Join with us in prayer
2nd & 4th Sundays
Prayer begins at 1:30 PM
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
511 - 4th St. West, Brooks, AB
GTA-Brooks spearheads the 3rd Flowers of May
Celebration in Honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary
GTA Brooks Chapter held
its 3rd Year Flowers of May celebration on May 25th in Honour of our
Blessed Virgin Mary. The celebration
began with a Mass at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Nearly 300 participated in the celebration.
The pastor of
St. Mary’s parish Fr. Dennis Bhaskar blessed the participants of the celebration. The image of the Mother Mary was processioned
to St. Joseph Academy where she was elevated on stage and honoured with prayers
and songs. Over 30 children and youth represented the virtues and titles of
Mary. As they offered flowers to our
Lady, prayers were said for each Marian virtue or title.
Mysteries of the Holy
Rosary were also prayed, while parishioners, GTA members and their families
walked on the streets of Brooks at 12:30 PM.
The procession was a prayerful walk of faith – a walk to make the name
of Mary known.
Sincerest gratitude to our dearest Bishop Frederick Henry for his prayers and support, and to Fr. Dennis, Fr. Raul, Rev. Bob, the Administration and staff of St. Joseph Academy, and to all GTA-Brooks officers, members and supporters. Special thanks to our GTA brothers and sisters from Aidrie, Banff, and Calgary who participated in the celebration. God bless us all.
LETTER OF BISHOP
FREDERICK HENRY, DD
Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary
My Dear Brother and sisters of the God Almighty
Charismatic Prayer Group - Brooks Chapter:
Greetings and prayerful best wishes
as you celebrate the 2nd Brooks Mayflower Festival. As members of
St. Mary’s Parish, the lifestyle and faithful witness of Mary, Mother of the
Redeemer constantly teaches and shows you the way to appropriate the Word of
Mary is an icon of fruitful
listening to the Word: She teaches us to welcome it, to care for it, and to
meditate on it without ceasing: "Mary, for her part, treasured all
these things, meditating on them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).
Perfect image of the Church, Mary
allows herself to be formed by the Word of God: "Let it be done to me
according to your Word" (Luke 1:38).
And listening she makes a gift of
love: The Virgin of the annunciation goes to Elizabeth to help her in her need.
The woman of listening, Mary presents herself in the visitation as the Mother
of love: "How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
(Luke 2:43). Her voice is the bearer of messianic joy: "When the
voice of your greeting came to my ears the child in my womb leaped for
joy" (Luke 1:44). Her blessedness is to have heard and believed the
Word of the Eternal: "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would
fulfill his words to her" (Luke 2:45).
ask Mary -- creature of the Word, who intercedes for us in the glory of
God -- to help us to live as she did in listening to the Word, to welcome the
Word of life and bring him to others, in transparency and in the concerns of
our everyday life. Pray with Mary, entrust ourselves to her intercession (with
prayer of the rosary, for example, rich with biblical motifs), she will help us
to care for and live the divine Scriptures.
Wishing you all the best, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
X F. B.
Bishop of Calgary