SCHEDULES

 HOLY WEEK CONFESSION

                 Tuesday             2-4 pm       

         Wednesday        2-4 pm

 

HOLY WEEK /EASTER CELEBRATIONS

  Palm Sunday                  9:00 a.m.

  Holy Thursday               4:00 p.m.

  Good Friday                   3:00p.m.

  Easter Vigil                     9:00 p.m.

       Easter Sunday               9:00 a.m.      

 

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 Make sure to mark in your calendar the great feast of our beloved patroness,

          

 

OUR LADY OF GRACE

Saturday, 3rd May 2014

   Procession         -        2:00 p.m.

   Holy Mass         -        3:00 p.m.

 

Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn

               Main Celebrant

 

 

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Ash Wednesday

 

 

Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Mass and Distribution of Ashes at 7:30 A.M.

On 5 March 2014 we will begin the penitential journey of Lent. During this forty day fast we imitate our savior Jesus Christ who fasted for forty days and forty nights. And we join with our blessed mother Mary and the Apostles in this season of penance. As the Lord says to us in the scriptures Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

 

In Canada Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are special days of fasting and abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age.

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Blessed Stephen Bellesini, priest

 

From the Augustinian Website.

February 3

Luigi Bellesini was born in Trent, Italy, on November 25, 1774. He entered the Order at the monastery of San Marco in his native city, taking the name Stephen, and making his profession on May 31, 1794. Following studies in Rome and Bologna, he was forced to return to Trent during the government suppression of religious houses and there completed his theological education. He was ordained priest in 1797. After several years of ministry, principally as a preacher as well as a teacher in the local schools, the monastery in Trent was also ordered closed and Stephen was forced to return to his family home. There he dedicated his energies to teaching the poor children of the city with such remarkable results that his work won the respect of the local authorities, who appointed him Director and Superintendent of all schools of the district. However, when the opportunity presented itself, he resigned from these offices and secretly made his way to Rome in order to resume his religious life. He was appointed novice master first in Rome, then in Umbria and lastly at Genazzano. The closing years of his life were spent as pastor at the Shrine of Our Mother of Good Counsel, where he died while ministering to the victims of an epidemic, a martyr of charity, on February 2, 1840. Stephen was beatified by Pius X on December 27, 1904. His remains are venerated in a special chapel dedicated to him at the Shrine of Our Mother of Good Counsel, Genazzano.

Blessed Stephen is an extraordinary example of fidelity in the face of trials: fidelity to his vocation as an Augustinian and fidelity to the service of God’s people, especially the poor and the infirm. His ministry as educator, formator and pastor recommend him in a special way to Augustinians today who share his religious vocation and ministry in challenging times.

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Update on the Natural Disasters in the Philippines

From the Augustinian Website.

 

Cebu, Philippines
November 2013

The extent of the destruction caused by the catastrophic earthquake and super-typhoon which recently occurred in the Phillipines cannot be described sufficiently in words….

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Commemoration of Deceased Relatives of the Augustinian Family

 

 

Today the Augustinian Order remembers all the deceased parents, brothers, sisters and relatives of the Augustinian Family. May they enjoy eternal peace!

Augustinians throughout the world commemorate the deceased benefactors of the Augustinian Family, a practice prescribed first by the Constitutions of the Order in 1290 and continued ever since. The commemoration was fixed on this date in 1975.

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Christmas at the Monastery

 

Here are some pics from our Christmas season.

Enjoy.

Christmas at the Monastery.

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Fr. Clement Fuhl OSA declared “Venerable”

From the Augustinian Website.

Ven. Clement Fuhl, OSA (1874-1935)

A life of heroic virtue

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the decree regarding the heroic virtue of Father Clement Fuhl, OSA.

Monday, December 9, 2013, Pope Francis received in audience the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Among the many people of whom the Holy Father had to give his approval was the Augustinian priest, Clement Fuhl, OSA .

With this step , the Church brings the life of Clement Fuhl to the people of God, calling him ” Venerable”, giving testimony that our brother lived the theological and cardinal virtues, as well as the evangelical counsels in a heroic way.

The cause of Venerable Clement Fuhl began March 31, 1962, just 27 years after his death in Bolivia. The legal process ended September 9, 1965 . Aside from testimonies which came from Wurzburg (Germany), were testamonies from Spain, the United States of America and Italy. This demonstrates the widespread view on the sanctity of Venerable Clement Fuhl.

In March 1966, the process de non cultu and super scriptis were initiated. The validity of the process was declared in February 1995. Three years later he was given the recognition of Positio super vita, virtuitibus et fama sanctitatis.

A man of great faith and strong initiative, he gave himself totally for the good of the Order and the Church. The scholar, Fr. Francis Roth, OSA states : “Just to see him walking down the street fully united with God, looking neither to the right nor to the left, was a sermon on the necessity of union with God.”

The process toward beatification will continue once a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Clement Fuhl is investigated and approved by the Church.

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE OF Ven. CLEMENTE Fuhl OSA

1874, June 18 Born in Aidhausen (Bavaria – Germany). 1874, June 19 Baptism in his parish church, receives the name of Vincent. 1886 Beginning of school studies in Münnerstadt . 1887, April 24 Received First Communion, Münnerstadt . 1888, May 16 Received the Sacrament of Confirmation. 1893, July 14 Completed high school in Münnerstadt . 1893, Sept. 17 Vested in the Augustinian habit at the convent in Münnerstadt, received the name of Clement. 1894, Sept. 18 Made his first profession in the Order. 1894-1897 Studied Philosophy and Theology in Würzburg. 1897, August 1 Ordained to the priesthood in Würzburg. 1899-1902 Responsible for the training of Augustinian Novices as Vice- Master and Secretary of the Province of Germany. 1902-1908 Dedicated to training novices as Master. 1908-1912 Master of professed students. 1912-1916 Appointed Prior of the community Münnerstadt. 1916-1918 Appointed sub-prior of the community Münnerstadt. 1918-1920 Chosen again as Provincial Secretary. 1919-1922 Master of the simply professed for the second time . 1920-1929 Elected for the first time Provincial of the German Province. He was reelected in 1924 and 1927. 1929 Traveled to the United States of America in August. While in the U.S. resigned from office of Prior Provincial, then received the mandate as Commissary Provincial. 1930, July Appointed as Definitor General of the Order. 1931 Returned to Europe to take part in the General Chapter. 1931, Sept. 26 Elected Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine. 1934, December Began a visit to the Augustinian community in South America (Brazil, Argentina , Peru, Chile and Bolivia). 1935, March 28 Felt ill during the trip and moved from Chile to Bolivia. 1935, March 31 Died while recouperating at the German clinic in La Paz, Bolivia 1935, April 1 Funeral was celebrated in the Cathedral of La Paz. His body was buried in a tomb of the Franciscan Recollect Fathers. 1953, July 16 The body was transported from La Paz (Bolivia) to Würzburg (Germany) where he was solemnly buried in the Augustinian Church of the city.

 

 

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Letter from the Prior General: Aid to Philippines

We are very grateful for all the prayers and financial aid which has already been given to help the people of the Philippines. Thank you. The following letter is from the Prior General taken off the OSA website.

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Christmas Schedule

 

Monday December 9 – Immaculate Conception Mass 9 am

Confessions:

16th – 21st December – Monday  — Saturday 2-4 pm

 

Mass Schedule:

Tuesday, 24th December            - Christmas Vigil   Mass 10 pm   (no morning mass).

Wednesday, 25th December     – Christmas Day     Mass 9 am.

Wednesday, 1st January 2014  – Mother God         Mass 9 am.

Sunday, 5th January                  – Epiphany              Mass 9 am.

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The Immaculate Conception

 

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Immaculate Conception

490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.”132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace”.133 In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God,134 was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.135
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