Bulletin: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2024-06-21 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


The Church is like a boat…

June 23, 2024

The boat is a common symbolism for the Church as a community, recalling Noah’s ark of old that saved God’s people from the great flood. In a way, we are a boat people with Christ our Savior in our midst. When we belong to the Church, we actually get into a kind of boat, separating ourselves from the world to pursue Christ’s vision of a new life. Christ’s vision of new life is counter-cultural, going against the values the world espouses and promotes. Our Christian spirituality is against individualism and selfishness which lead to sin and death. Our Christian spirituality is about love and forgiveness. Our regular spiritual exercises help us protect ourselves from the worldly values, even as we live and work in the world environment.
When we encounter sin, temptation, and other distractions, we are usually disturbed. Like the disciples in the midst of storm, we are frightened and terrified. In a way, disturbance is an inseparable companion of growth and maturity. In growing, we leave one familiar stage where we find our comfort zone and enter into unfamiliar territory. It is natural to feel lost and disturbed in unfamiliar grounds. But disturbance can be an indication that we have entered a new, higher stage of growth. The disturbance we undergo when we encounter problems is a sign that something new and wonderful is taking place in our life and that God has entered our life.
There is absolutely no chance that God would abandon us, especially in our darkest moments. Nothing can or should separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. So when the heavy sea and the headwinds become frightening, listen to the Voice behind or from within the storm. Hold fast to your faith in Jesus, to His hands as He reaches out to you. Hold fast to those hands. Better still, remember that those hands will be holding yours tightly. And remind yourself that there are no safer hands than those, because there are none more loving and caring.
Through the centuries, and even to this day, the Church is tossed about in turbulent seas. Yet it is Jesus who calms our fears with the simple gesture of His hand. St. Augustine, in his fourth-century comments on our readings today, declares: “Jesus dwells in you through faith. Faith present in your heart is Jesus present. Watchful faith is Jesus Christ watching. Sleeping faith is Jesus Christ asleep. Therefore, wake Him up, arouse yourself and make this prayer, ‘Teacher… we are perishing’ (Sermon 81:8)”.


Healing Lines
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit, and Métis peoples.  The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.  Let us honor and welcome our Indigenous brothers and sisters as part of our communities and parishes and their spiritual gifts that they bring to enrich us.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, June 22 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, June 23 at 8:30am Morning Prayer:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, June 23 at 9am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, June 23 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, June 23 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino



Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)

Spam & Phishing Emails
These emails often appear to be from legitimate sources, such as trusted organizations or colleagues, and typically ask for sensitive information or prompt you to click on malicious links.  Spam Emails: These emails may contain advertisements or unsolicited content, but they can also carry malware or phishing links.  What You Should Do: Verify the sender. Always check the sender’s email address. Be cautious of any emails from unknown sources or unexpected addresses. The emails can appear like coming from Fr. Edmund or the Bishop’s Office, usually asking for gift cards or cash, but the email address of the sender is usually fraudulent or suspicious. Please call the Office to verify before doing any favor. Fr. Edmund or any clergy does not request to purchase gift cards because he is “busy”.  Do Not Click on Suspicious Links: Hover over links to see the actual URL before clicking. If it looks suspicious, do not click on it.  Do Not Open Unsolicited Attachments: Only open attachments from trusted sources. Be particularly cautious with files that you were not expecting.  Report Suspicious Emails: If you receive a suspicious email, please report it immediately, so that our IT support services provider can respond.  Additional Measures: Update Your Passwords Regularly: Do your best to ensure that your passwords are strong and unique for each account and take steps to update them regularly.
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.  
Pastor Announcements
As per Bishop William McGrattan, Rev. Jose Bustalino, currently Associate Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Standoff, Alberta effective August 1, 2024. Rev. Kelvin Chukwurah, on loan from the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria, and who has been providing Mass coverage to a few parishes in Calgary since April 2024, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Calgary, effective August 1, 2024.


St. Michael Event Schedule


Coffee Connections:

Cancelled for July and August | Will resume in the fall.


Children’s Liturgy:

June 16 | Last Day for Children’s Liturgy

Cancelled for July and August | Will resume in the fall.


Regular Events:

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


June 2024:

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

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

June 23 | Coffee Sunday | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass and 11:00am Mass

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

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

June 27 | Coffee Thursday | Narthex | After 9:00am Daily Mass 

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

June 30 | Coffee Sunday | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass and 11:00am Mass



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