What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Sr. Katrina Le and Sr. Gabrielle Cornelio of the Sisters of Divine Mercy will be here at St. Michael’s on Tuesday-Thursday (December 8-10) for our Parish Advent Mission. Each night will begin with Mass at 6:30 p.m. followed by a talk. Registration is required to attend in-person: click here to sign up or call 403-249-0423. The talks will also be streamed live here on our website.
Waiting & Watching: an Advent experience for youth
Also, this Friday, Michael Chiasson and Access 52 will be joining us at St. Michael’s for Waiting & Watching: a special Advent experience we’re hosting for youth in grades 7-12 featuring music, prayer, and inspiring talks. This will be on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary. We’re inviting students to join us in-person or via livestream on our website. To attend in-person, click the button below to register:
60th Wedding Anniversary – New
Congratulations and happy anniversary to our parishioners Gerry and Dolores Metzinger for celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on November 26. May Christ the bridegroom continue to bless your union and that of all married couples in our parish community.
Thank you for your sacrificial giving – New
Thanks to all parishioners who responded to our Giving Tuesday appeal. Because of your sacrificial giving, you’re helping to keep the parish running and minister to people during this time of need. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for making St. Michael’s a part of your gift-giving this Christmas.
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations received by December 31, so all who wish to make a year-end financial gift to the parish have until the end of the month to do so. Thanks for your generosity!
Is it okay to be vaccinated against covid-19? – New
Many people might be surprised that the question is even being asked. What could be wrong about receiving a vaccine, when we know that vaccinations save lives? The moral issue arises from the fact that vaccine development and testing often make use of cell lines derived from either the tissue of aborted fetuses or destroyed human embryos. Therefore, reception of a vaccine developed and produced from this unethical research presents us with a dilemma that seriously engages our conscience.
The short answer from our Bishops on whether it’s okay to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is: Yes, it is. Click here to read their latest pastoral letter.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
In honour of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will be having an extra daily Mass on Saturday, December 12 at noon. All are invited to attend—please register ahead of time by clicking here.
Click here to download a free catechetical resource on this devotion.
Fill a pair of socks with essentials for daily living such as underwear, mitts, gloves, toques, Kleenex packets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, bandages, shampoo, razors, shaving cream and, if you have room, candy bars. Hang the stockings onto the Stocking Tree in the sanctuary — these stockings will be delivered to the Drop-In Centre on Monday, December 21. Thanks for your generosity!
Our Advent Penitential Service will be on Thursday, December 17, with several priests available to hear confessions beginning at 7 p.m. All are invited prepare for Christmas spiritually and encounter God’s mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation. If you plan on coming, please pick a time slot and register ahead of time at saintmichael.ca/events.
This list will only be used to keep track of the number of people present in the church building and will be destroyed after two weeks. This does not give any of the confessors any information about the penitents.
Christmas Schedule – New
Please see our Christmas Mass times below. Registration will open on Thursday, December 17 at midnight.
- Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24): 2 p.m. • 4 p.m. • 6 p.m. • 7:30 p.m. • 9 p.m. • 10:30 p.m. • 12 midnight
- Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25): 9 a.m. • 11 a.m.
- Feast of St. Stephen (Saturday, Dec. 26): no daily Mass • Sunday Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.
- Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday, Dec. 27): Mass at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
- Mon-Wed of the Octave of Christmas (Dec. 28-30): Daily Mass at 9 a.m.
- New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31): 5 p.m. Vigil Mass
- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Friday, Jan. 1): 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
- Weekend of Jan. 2-3 (Epiphany): Saturday Vigil Mass 5 p.m. • Sunday 9, 11, and 5 p.m.
Christmas Hampers Update – New
Dec. 5-6 update: Next weekend, SSVP will prepare and deliver our Christmas hampers. Some parishioners who have helped in previous years are pitching in to ensure all are delivered on time. We are grateful for their support. Many thanks to all who responded to our call for monetary and gift card donations. We rely on the unfailing support of our parish community to help us meet the needs of our recipients. Our needs continue into the new year, so if you have not yet made your donation, please consider whether you are able to support our efforts.
Donations can be made at saintmichael.ca/giving, or placed in a green SSVP envelope and dropped in the lockbox in the SSVP donation bin in the gathering area. Tax receipts will be issued in January 2021.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Mexico Day – New
December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is designated as Mission Mexico Day in the Diocese of Calgary. Please read Bishop McGrattan’s pastoral letter and consider making a donation to this outreach project, which has provided greater access to education and self-sustaining projects to the people in Guerrero, Mexico.
On Tuesday, November 24, the provincial government declared a state of public health emergency in Alberta. In light of this development, the Diocese of Calgary has mandated mask use for everyone who enters a church building — this includes wearing a mask throughout the entirety of Mass, even while seated and stationary in the sanctuary. Exceptions under the current municipal bylaw apply — however, those who wish to receive Holy Communion must wear a mask when lining up. Thank you for your cooperation.
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