What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Super Warm Welcome, Fr. Edmund Vargas !!!
Born on December 2, 1955, Edmund F. Vargas was ordained priest on April 28, 1979. He earned the degrees of Licentiate in Sacred Theology and M.A. in Higher Religious Studies from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he was also a university paper editor.
For 17 years, he served for the Diocese of Virac, including as parish priest, chancellor-secretary, high school principal, and social development director. Before ministry here at St Michael’s, he served at St Anthony’s Calgary (2019-2021), St James Calgary (2016-2019), Sacred Heart Calgary (2001-2016), Sacred Heart Strathmore (1999-2001) and Holy Spirit Calgary (1996-1999). In 2007, he attended the three-month sabbatical program at Institute for Continuing Theological Education in Rome. He wrote “Metaphors from a Priest” and articles for publications, including “A faith perspective on creating a better 2021”. (cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/author/father-edmund-vargas).
He is the current dean of Calgary South Deanery, a member of the Presbyteral Council, Personnel Committee and Liturgical Design and Architectural Advisory Committee and the director of Cemeteries. He is currently spiritual advisor of the Filipino Catholic Society of the Diocese of Calgary and spiritual advisor of the El Shaddai Calgary Chapter.
Since January 2003, he has been a member of St. Mary’s College Community Advisory Council. He was diocesan spiritual advisor of the Catholic Women’s League (2001-2011). He was involved in the Fire in the Rose, an ecumenical program on family violence and healing.
He served as board trustee of the Fr Latour Foundation (Native Pastoral Center).
Fr Edmund will be installed on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, during a Mass at 7pm with Bishop William McGrattan as presider.
Let us unite in prayer and give Fr. Edmund Vargas a warm welcome!
A Message from Fr. Edmund Vargas
Miracles happen when we are open to God’s word and action. Miracles require that we offer our own loaves and fish which can be our own little contribution, our little talent and our little time for others and for God. Miracles thrive with an open soul, open to God’s will and the needs of others. Miracles happen when we believe and hope.
My transfer to St Michael’s Church is part of own journey of being open to God’s will, as expressed through the of our Universal Church. It is an openness that makes me follow what my superiors require in the spirit of obedience that has brought me here twenty-four months earlier. It is an openness that supersedes personal or particular interests, no matter how important they may seem. My efforts during my rather short-lived ministry with you in strengthening our sense of community is also part of this journey of openness to God’s will. The coming of your new pastor is part of his own journey of being open to God’s will in his life.
After almost 26 years in this diocese (three years in Holy Spirit in Calgary, two years in Sacred Heart in Strathmore, fifteen years at Sacred Heart in Calgary, three at St James in Calgary and two years here at St Anthony’s), I have realized a universal sense of faith and religion. My experience in this part of the world has been a miracle in terms of giving me a wider perspective of what is true, what is Catholic and what is human.
The miracle of the multiplication of the bread and the fish was preceded by the willingness on the part of the disciples, through the boy, to offer the loaves and fish, however little. The miracle is not really about the physical satisfaction of hunger. It is about our willingness to be open to God’s will in our lives, to allow the Lord “to make us sit down”, to let God help us plan and organize our lives. It is a demonstration of God’s generosity when we are generous enough to share our own fragments left over. It is about our sense of sharing that can satisfy our very own deeper hungers. It is about our unselfishness, our own care and concern for others in their hunger and thirst. It is about our own realization of what keeps us from sharing our own loaves and fish: namely, our need for security, the sense of never having enough or our need for comfort and ease.
Miracles happen when we let go and let God in our lives, when we entrust our lives to God and let His will prevail over our own.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, July 31st 5:00 PM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, August 1st 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM—Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, August 1st 5:00 PM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Monday Masses in August
To accommodate our priests during this transition time, staring on August 2nd, all Monday Masses at 9:00 AM will be moved to 5:00 PM until further notice.
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time , 01/08/2021, 1.10 MB