Bulletin: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2024-06-14 by @saintmichaelyyc

 

What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:


 

A Deacon’s Reflection

June 16, 2024

We are in what the church calls Ordinary Time. The color is green. One of the reasons for that is because in Ordinary Time we are supposed to grow in a slow and steady way much like the way plants grow. The feast days are there to celebrate our faith, but a lot of the growth in our faith happens between feast days when we just live our lives and choose to cooperate with the grace of God every day again. Today’s readings fit with this as well. There are some plants talked about. First, we have a cedar of Lebanon. This is a massive tree. It is big and beautiful. The wood is strong. They were very expensive. Much of the temple was made from cedars of Lebanon. They could grow to about 40 meters tall. They were just impressive trees. Often, they were used as symbols of an empire. In fact, Ezekiel 31 compares the empire of Egypt to a cedar of Lebanon. So, when Ezekiel 17 says that out of the nation of Israel will come a great cedar, it means something of great strength and world-wide influence. The obvious fulfillment of this is the church. It is a massively influential institution that came from the Jewish faith by a special act of God. 
 
Now this is the backdrop for the parable we have in our gospel. Jesus talks about a mustard seed. It starts out small. Then it grows into the largest of shrubs. Shrubs? Really? Actually, the Greek word used here can also mean vegetable. So, we are not talking about the largest of trees. Jesus is taking that image from Ezekiel and giving it a twist. Could the birds make nests in its branches? They could. Yet mustard plants only grow to be 2 or 3 meters tall. Most birds would look for something a little taller, like maybe a cedar tree! 
 
Yet what is the mustard plant known for? Sure, it has small seed. Yet it also has strong roots. Mustard plants will grow underground in all directions and can easily take over a garden. So, the important growth is not what you see but what you do not see. It can look like it is dead, but the roots are still healthy, and it comes back strong. Jesus is saying the Kingdom of God is like this. An Empire? Sure. Yet a very different beast than human empires. 
 
Again, the comparison to the Church is interesting. The church grew from a small number of people on Pentecost to eventually taking over the Roman Empire in the 4th century. Yet it did not grow like typical human empires. It did not raise an army and fight battles. It did not make political alliances. It grew in a way that was invisible. It went in all directions, and it connected with people in a lot of different ways. It was a bit like the roots of a mustard plant.
 
rgritter@saintmichael.ca
 
 
 
Healing Lines
 
Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day, celebrating fatherhood and male parenting and to honor and commemorate fathers, forefathers and father-figures. The first observance of Father’s Day is believed to have been held on July 5, 1908 in a church in West Virginia. Sonora Dodd thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and she arranged a tribute for her father on June 19, 1910.  We wish Happy Father’s Day to all fathers in our parish and encourage them to be part of the solution to end family violence.
 
 
 
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
 
Saturday, June 15 at 5pm:  Fr. Kevin Chukwurah with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, June 16 at 8:30am Morning Prayer:  Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, June 16 at 9am:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, June 16 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, June 16 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter
 
 

Announcements:

 

Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)

 
 
Parish Renewal Survey Update
 
Bishop McGrattan would like to express his heartfelt gratitude to all parishioners for participating in the Pastoral Renewal Survey. We received 769 responses from our parish, as of last weekend. There were 132 uncompleted and unsubmitted responses.  Your feedback is crucial in helping us understand the needs, hopes, and dreams of our faith community. The more parishioners who participate, the more impact our survey report will have in guiding our parish and diocesan pastoral planning. High survey participation provides a rich, meaningful, and more accurate understanding of our community’s current needs. If you didn’t have the opportunity to complete the survey, we’d love to hear from you. The Diocese of Calgary has extended the survey period to June 21 to allow us to reach more parishioners. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey before then. May God bless the renewal of our faith community. 
 
Financial Reporting
Our financial reporting system has not been at pace since the start of the year due to turnovers of our diocese-designated bookkeepers and due to problems in the diocesan data-recording “Parish Friendly” program which will soon be replaced with a new system.  Non-reporting is not intentional at all. Transparency is a priority.  We are working on the issues.  Hopefully by the end of this month, we will be able to update our books and come up with our regular financial reports, as published in the bulletin.  We appreciate your trust and understanding.  
 

 

St. Michael Event Schedule

 

Coffee Connections:

Thursdays | After Daily Mass | 9:30am

Sundays | After Morning Masses | 10:00am and 12:00pm

 

Children’s Liturgy:

Group A: Start time 8:30am – Ages 3 Years to Grade 3

Group B: Start time 10:30am – Ages 3 Years to Grade 3

 

Regular Events:

Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

 

June 2024:

June 16 | CANCELLED: Coffee Sunday

June 16 | Philippine Independence Day | Mass 1:00pm | Reception 2:00-4:00pm

June 20 | Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting | Theater | 7:00-9:00pm

June 22 | Baptism Prep | St. Nicholas Room | 9:00am-12:00pm

June 22-23 | Share Sunday | SSVP Distributes Grocery Bags | Narthex

June 23 | CANCELLED: Coffee Sunday

June 23 | Altar Server Training| Sanctuary | 12:00-2:00pm

June 25 | SSVP Meeting and Potluck | Room 145 | 7:00-9:00pm

June 29-30 | Share Sunday | SSVP Grocery Bags Returned Filled

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