What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ. Register for Bible study, happening Mondays at 7 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks, beginning September 30. Cost of book: $30. Click here to register.
Confirmation Preparation: Registration Deadline Coming Soon
Online registration for next spring’s student Confirmation is available at saintmichael.ca/confirmation — students grades 6 and up are encouraged to sign up. Preparation classes will be on Fridays at 7 p.m. beginning in October, and deadline to register is Tuesday, October 1. If you have any further questions, please contact Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship Wednesday – New
Why do we do the things we do at Mass? Sign up for Worship Wednesday: a weekly email with formation and catechetical videos on the liturgy, delivered straight to your inbox. This week: what is the importance of the Liturgy of the Word? Sign up at saintmichael.ca/worship.
DO THE BIG BANG AND FAITH COLLIDE?
The Catholic Women’s League Annual Lecture in Catholic Studies invites everyone to a keynote talk by physicist and Jesuit priest Fr. Adam Hincks, SJ on how science, philosophy, and Catholic Theology explain the origins of the universe. When: Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s University (14500 Bannister Road SE). Fr. Hincks earned his Ph.D in physics from Princeton University, studied Theology at the Gregorianum in Rome, and is an Associate Scholar of the Vatican Observatory. Learn more about Fr. Hinks and his talk here.
One Rock 2019 – New
Calling Catholics ages 18-35! St. Michael’s is once again hosting One Rock, the Diocese’s Catholic young adults conference. This year’s speakers include Paul Kim, Emily Wilson, and Ken Yasinski, with special guests Chris Bray and Joe Melendrez. The $35 early bird pricing has been extended for a few more days, and the first 300 registrants will be invited to an exclusive launch party at the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre on Friday night, October 25. Get your tickets today at www.onerock.ca.
Potluck Sunday and Name Tag Weekend – New
Name Tag Weekend will be on October 5-6: be sure to grab a name tag at the gathering area before Mass. Also, join us after the Sunday 5 p.m. Mass on October 6 for an evening of food and fellowship! Please bring any food item to share.
Marriage Encounter Drop-In Circle
The next Drop-In Circle will be on Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. This event is open to all couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter weekend in the past. If you have any questions, please contact Dean and Tammy at email@example.com.
Voices of Grief – New
If you are grieving from the loss of a loved one, know someone who does, or if you’re interested in knowing how to successfully navigate through grief, you are invited to a film screening of Voices of Grief on Saturday, October 5 at 9:55 a.m. For more details or to watch the trailer, click here.
Blessing of Pets
In honour of St. Francis’ feast on October 4, all are invited to bring their pets for a blessing on Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m., happening outside the church’s main entrance. To ensure their safety, please make sure that your pets are leashed.
Pass it On: Winter Coats and Boots Needed
To help Pass it On‘s 10th annual clothing giveaway for families in need, parishioners are invited to donate gently-used winter coats and boots only for both children and adults. Please bring your donations here at the church next Sunday, October 6. If you are not able to drop off your donations on this date, please contact Theresa at 403-815-6055.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Most-Needed Items – New
Beginning this month, the SSVP will discontinue the distribution of “Share Sunday” bags (except at Christmas), and will instead post a monthly list of most-needed items. While parishioners are invited to continue donating items of their choice if they prefer, this approach will allow us to better manage our stock of non-perishable items and will hopefully contribute to the diminished use of plastic bags. Cash donations continue to be welcomed at any time.
This month’s most-needed items: canned ham, canned fruit, shampoo, and toothpaste. Please drop off your donations at the SSVP bin located next to the sanctuary doors.
Kids’ Kingdom: Volunteer Teachers Needed
We are currently looking for adult volunteer teachers (ages 18+) who can help us run our children’s liturgy ministry during weekend Masses. Lessons are already made and training is provided. If you are interested, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at saintmichael.ca/volunteer.
Moms and Tots Upcoming Events
In addition to our weekly coffee fellowship, here are some notable upcoming events: October 4: Fall craft for kids and Q&A session with Fr. John — there will be an opportunity for moms to submit anonymous questions or bring them on the day of.
Please note: there will be no Moms and Tots meet on Friday, October 11. See our full schedule at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots.
Families and individuals who have had their photo taken for the photo directory can pick up their complementary copy at the parish office. Parishioners who would like to purchase one can also do so at the gift shop after Mass or at the parish office for $20 until the end of the month. Limited quantities available.
Calgary’s Annual Red Mass
The annual Red Mass invites all judges, lawyers, paralegals, assistants, clerks, and other members of the legal profession and related professions, as well as family and friends on Wednesday, October 30 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bishop McGrattan will be celebrating Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at the Cathedral hall featuring Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom, who will be speaking about Conscience Rights. While all are welcome to attend Mass, the reception is a ticketed event: email the St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild at email@example.com to request tickets.
Together in Action
Thanks to all parishioners for your compassion, sacrificial giving, and caring in helping St. Michael’s reach our TIA goal of $117,269. As of September, we have approximately $40,000 remaining to raise. In a shared act of faith, let us join together and pool our resources to bring the GOspel message to a world in need. The TIA beneficiaries are numerous local charities, ministries, national and international missionary work, as well as Development and Peace efforts at home and abroad.
Parishioners are now able to make donations by debit from a chequing or Visa/Mastercard account using St. Michael’s process, or by designating to our TIA campaign any contribution to St. Michael’s. For parishioners donating through United Way designations, please ensure that St. Michael’s Church, registered charity # 107909939RR0026 and TOGETHER IN ACTION are recorded on the pledge form, otherwise, your donations will be allocated to general revenues.
See the bulletin for more announcements
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29/09/2019, 1.26 MB