Bulletin: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2018-02-11 by @saintmichaelyyc

Note: contrary to the printed bulletin that you picked up at church this weekend, Mary O’Regan is, in fact, alive but not well — she broke her leg skiing. Please keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery!

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Lent begins this week!

The 40-day celebration of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, when we practice personal and communal observance of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for the joy of Easter. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the two days when Catholics aged 18 to 59 are obligated to fast and abstain from meat unless a physical condition prevents otherwise. Fasting is defined as eating one meal a day and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those aged 14 and older. In keeping with the penitential spirit of Lent, the Sunday Masses during Lent are subdued as we do not sing the Gloria and the Alleluia. Sundays are excluded from the Lenten fasting and abstinence restrictions are not numbered in the traditional 40 Days of Lent—as they are always considered “little Easters”. Below are the additional Mass and Sacramental Reconciliation times for this Lent. You can also find more information by visiting, saintmichael.ca/lent.

Free Videos from Bishop Barron this Lent

We’re excited to announce that St. Michael’s now has access to premium video content from Word on Fire through Flocknote! For Lent, we’ll be sending short weekly videos from Bishop Barron on topics essential to the Catholic faith. We encourage you to participate, as together we draw deeper into the Faith. To sign up, visit saintmichael.ca/lent

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA program is the initiation into the Catholic faith and way of life, based on the teachings, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Please pray for Alexandra, Duncan, Julie, Lawrence, Ted and Valentine who are journeying in this program.

A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR TEENS AND THEIR FAMILIES

You: Life, Love, and Theology of the Body is a unique, six-week program for teens and their families which reveals to them their value as a person. It addresses many of the issues teens are already exposed to in the media, social pressures, and relationships. This program will be on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 12, 2018. Click here to learn more.

Healing Service

Please note, the Healing Service on Tuesday, Feb. 13 has been cancelled.

ASHES TO GLORY: A LENTEN RETREAT FOR WOMEN

The Women’s Ministry is inviting all women in the parish to a Lenten Retreat with Fr. Pilmaiken on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Day chapel. Enrich your Lenten journey as Fr. Pilmaiken speaks about prayer and fasting in the Christian life. No registration needed, but free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost of materials. Click here for more info.

Sandwich Friday

Please purchase a loaf or two of bread and make sandwiches for the Drop-In Centre on Friday. Fill them with items such as peanut butter, ham, or turkey slices. Bring the prepared loaves to the church by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Last month we donated 633 loaves. Thank you for your generosity!

Footsteps of St. Paul – October 2018 Pilgrimage

(Info session on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.) Join Fr John on a Greek Pilgrimage from Oct. 17-27, 2018 as you will retrace the missionary journeys of St Paul, the prolific writer of the New Testament letters and also enjoy a 3-night cruise visiting the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, and Santorini. Costs are $5,199 (inside double rate) and $5,879 (inside single rate), which includes land, air, fuel surcharges & taxes, and port charges, for the 3-day cruise portion, and all airport transfers. For more information please attend the Pilgrimage presentation at St. Michael, or contact Suzanne Wickenden at Expedia Cruise Ship Centers at swickenden@cruiseshipcenters.com, or 403-401-8721 or saintmichael.ca/following-footsteps-st-paul.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year, St. Michael’s will be hosting Calgary’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. All are invited to take part and be one in prayer with our Christian sisters and brothers.

55+ St. Patrick’s Day Social

Save the date: on Wednesday, March 14 at noon, the 55+ Circle of Friends invites those ages 55 and over to the St. Patrick’s Day Social. Tickets and more info to be announced in the coming weeks.

PALLIATIVE CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM

St. Michael’s will be hosting the Diocesan Palliative Care Education Program this Spring. Palliative care is the active, compassionate care of a person whose disease is no longer responsive to traditional treatment aimed at a cure. Registration is $50, but the course is offered free of charge for St. Michael’s parishioners and for alumni of past courses. For more information, click here.

ART WALK 2018

Calling St. Michael’s artists and photographers to participate in this year’s Art Walk, happening on April 14-15, 2018. We are seeking to celebrate and honour the God-given talents in our community. Participants will be 18 years and over. Amateurs, emerging artists, and professionals are all welcome. Registration forms are available at the Parish Office or at saintmichael.ca/event/artwalk.

YOUTH GROUP VOLUNTEERS

ROOTS Youth is looking for volunteer teachers to help lead Youth Nights, happening Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you enjoy the dynamic vibe of pre-teen youth and feel called to share your time with us, please contact Alison at astraface@saintmichael.ca.

Sunday 5 p.m. Hospitality Ministers Needed

Get to know your fellow parishioners by volunteering for the Sunday 5 p.m. Hospitality Ministry. A smile and warm welcome are all you need to be part of this fun and rewarding ministry. For more information, please contact Mike at ash.mike.fox@gmail.com.

Instrumentalists and Vocalists Needed

Our Music Ministry for the Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday morning Masses is looking for vocalists and instrumentalists, in particular, drummer, guitarist, keyboardist. For more information, please contact Jim at jhowells@saintmichael.ca or visit saintmichael.ca/volunteer.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul

The SSVP is in URGENT need of a queen size mattress and box spring, 2 double beds and box springs and a sofa. Please contact SSVP at 403-249-0423 ext. 122 if you are able to assist.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE LENTEN PRAYER CAMPAIGN

St. Michael’s is once again part of this prayer campaign, and our church’s assigned day to pray across the Kensington Clinic is on Friday, Feb. 16 2018 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sign up for vigil slot times at the Gathering Area after weekend Masses, or click here for more info.

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