Summer Bulletin #2: August 30, 2020

Posted 2020-08-28 by St. Michael's Communications

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Virtual Marian Prayer Group – NEW

St. Michael’s Marian prayer group will be having an online prayer meeting on Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. for the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. To join the Zoom meeting, visit https://zoom.us/j/4053561505.


Frassati Hike with Lay Dominicans – NEW

The Calgary Lay Dominicans invite you to a nature hike on Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020. Where: Raspberry Ridge Trailhead (Kananaskis). It is a moderate hike (round trip about 10km, 650m elevation gain, 5-6 hours) to a beautiful place. Weather permitting, there will be Mass at the summit. More information here. Contact: Ryan Fox at rfox@redeemer.ab.ca.


40 Days for Life – NEW

The 40DFL Fall 2020 campaign runs from September 23-November 1, and we count on all Catholics and people of goodwill to join us in our prayer vigils across the world. Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to sign up and help end abortion by participating in a prayerful, peaceful vigil. To sign up, visit 40daysforlife.com. For more info, contact Camille at 403-874-2533 or email smcwleducationhealth@gmail.com.


Daily Bible Reading Challenge

Fr. Poul is inviting the whole parish community on a spiritual adventure that will get everyone reading and meditating on the Word of God this Fall. Beginning September 29 (the Feast of the Archangels), commit to a daily reading of the Bible and get two others to join you. By following the guide we will provide, by Sept. 28, 2021 you will have read the entire Bible — from Genesis to Revelation! Do your daily readings at a time and place of your own choosing; a setting that is conducive for your daily walk with the Lord. To learn more and sign up, visit saintmichael.ca/biblechallenge.


Emergency Fund for Lebanon

Following the deadly explosions that devastated Beirut, the people of Lebanon need our solidarity. Development and Peace and CNEWA are responding to help those affected by this crisis. If you would like more info on how to give a financial offering, click here.


Virtual study on Lectio: Philippians

The Women’s Ministry is hosting a virtual study via ZOOM on St. Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, happening Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from September 23 to October 28. In this six-part study, Dr. Tim Gray combines insight and practical guidance using the lectio divina disciplines to make the Scriptures come alive. Click here to learn more and sign up.


Communion Observers

During the Communion Rite, we will have observers in the altar area to help direct parishioners and to ensure that Jesus, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, is properly consumed and not desecrated. Some time ago, there have been incidents when the Eucharist was found dropped on the floor and on a chair after Mass. Having observers will help direct communicants to the appropriate places where they are to consume Jesus immediately, and leave only when they have done so.


Altar Candles

Soon we will be utilizing six altar candles during our celebration of Holy Mass (3 on each side of the altar). In addition to their liturgical significance — symbolizing reverence and Christ as the light of the world — they also serve a practical purpose, as the number of lit candles signify feasts according to the liturgical calendar: two candles are lit during ordinary weekdays, while four candles signify a feast where the Gloria is recited. Lastly, six candles are lit during Sundays and Solemnities where both the Gloria and Creed are recited.


Disinfectant wipes needed

CWL’s I’m Worth It Now (IWIN) Initiative welcomes donations of disinfectant wipes (such as Lysol and other similar brands) for the RESET Society of Calgary. RESET has daily programming and housing for human trafficking survivors and is in need of disinfectant wipes. For those able to donate, please don’t leave your donations in the church — instead, contact Kristin at iwincalgary@gmail.com to arrange drop-off. Thank you!


Mandatory mask use

In accordance with the City of Calgary’s mandatory mask use bylaw, anyone who enters our church building will be required to wear a face covering/mask, beginning Saturday, August 1. This includes Mass attendees and those going for Confession, Adoration, Baptism, and other sacraments and dealings with the parish office. There are exceptions to this requirement, which includes children under 2 and individuals with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering. To learn more, visit saintmichael.ca/covid19.


New confession times

Beginning August 1, our new Confession times will be Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment. You can find the contact information of our priests at saintmichael.ca/contact.


Eucharistic Adoration

Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., we require at least two committed adorers every hour while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. If you would like to sign up and commit to spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, please sign up here.


Summer Bulletin

While we will only be publishing this bulletin once this August, we will continue posting weekly updates on our website at saintmichael.ca/media and on Flocknote. Sign up for our email newsletter by visiting www.flocknote.com/smcyyc.


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