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June 4, 2021All Day
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First Friday at St. Francis de Sales Parish

On the First Friday of every month we begin our Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m.  Our hour includes the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, quiet time for prayer and reflection and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and concludes with Benediction.  Mass is then celebrated at 7 p.m.                         




 

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus ...

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June 24, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/nativity-of-st-john/

The birth of John the Baptist was one of the earliest feasts to be named to a particular day on the Church calendar. June 24 was chosen as it is six months before the birth of Christ. With its proximity to the summer solstice, it signifies the waning of the light, while the birth of Jesus near the winter solstice marks the coming of the light. When John was born, his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, called him John in accordance with an angel’s instruction. In disbelief that they would have a son, Zechariah asked for a sign and was made mute, but with the giving of the name, his speech was restored. Luke records that he responded with the Benedictus, the great hymn of love and thanksgiving still recited in the liturgy of the hours.

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The birth of John the Baptist was one of the earliest feasts to be named to a particular day on the Church calendar. June 24 was chosen as it is six months before the birth of Christ. With its proximity to the summer solstice, it signifies the waning of the light, while the birth of Jesus near the winter solstice marks the coming of the light. When John was born, his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, called him John in accordance with an angel’s instruction. In disbelief that they would have a son, Zechariah asked for a sign and was made mute, but with the giving of the name, his speech was restored. Luke records that he responded with the Benedictus, the great hymn of love and thanksgiving still recited in the liturgy of the hours.
June 29, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-peter-and-st-paul/

Tradition says these two apostles, honoured since the earliest days, were martyred in Rome. Peter, a fisherman, was chosen by Jesus to be his disciple. After Simon confessed that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter and told him that it was on this rock (petra) that he would build his Church. Acts records that, after the Ascension, Peter was indeed the “chief of the Apostles”. From the middle of the 3rd century onward, documents show that the bishops of Rome were recognized as the successors of Peter.

Paul was born in Tarsus, a Roman citizen raised and educated as a Pharisee. His experience of the risen Christ resulted in his conversion from a zealous persecutor of Christians to an apostle. In the Acts of the Apostles his friend Luke describes ...

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July 2, 2021All Day
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First Friday at St. Francis de Sales Parish

On the First Friday of every month we begin our Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m.  Our hour includes the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, quiet time for prayer and reflection and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and concludes with Benediction.  Mass is then celebrated at 7 p.m.                         




 

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus ...

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July 3, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-thomas/

Since the early Church there has been a tradition that Thomas is the Apostle of India. In Syriac his name means ‘twin’: he is also called by the Greek equivalent, ‘Didymus’. Although the phrase “doubting Thomas” refers to him, it overlooks both his loyalty in troubled times and his absolute surrender when given the evidence he sought. Having seen, he declared Christian confession “My Lord and my God”: the doubter became the believer. Thomas is a patron saint of builders, and of India and Pakistan.

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Since the early Church there has been a tradition that Thomas is the Apostle of India. In Syriac his name means ‘twin’: he is also called by the Greek equivalent, ‘Didymus’. Although the phrase “doubting Thomas” refers to him, it overlooks both his loyalty in troubled times and his absolute surrender when given the evidence he sought. Having seen, he declared Christian confession “My Lord and my God”: the doubter became the believer. Thomas is a patron saint of builders, and of India and Pakistan.
July 26, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-anne-and-st-joachim/

The gospels are bereft of details regarding Mary’s parents – Jesus’ grandparents – not even offering their names. What we do know comes from writings excluded the canon of Scripture, in particular the Protogospel of James. Nevertheless, the cult of Saint Anne existed in the 6th century in the Church of Constantinople and early in the 8th century in Rome. In the 13th and 14th centuries, popular devotion to Anne increased, as seen by the number of churches bearing her name. At the request of some English bishops petitioned by parishioners, Pope Urban VI made her feast an annual celebration. Joachim has been honoured in the East from earliest days, but in the West only since the 16th century. Their names were entered into the Roman calendar in 1584.

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The gospels are bereft of details regarding Mary’s parents – Jesus’ grandparents – not even offering their names. What we do know comes from writings excluded the canon of Scripture, in particular the Protogospel of James. Nevertheless, the cult of Saint Anne existed in the 6th century in the Church of Constantinople and early in the 8th century in Rome. In the 13th and 14th centuries, popular devotion to Anne increased, as seen by the number of churches bearing her name. At the request of some English bishops petitioned by parishioners, Pope Urban VI made her feast an annual celebration. Joachim has been honoured in the East from earliest days, but in the West only since the 16th century. Their names were entered into the Roman calendar in 1584.

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