Bulletin: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-09-29 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


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Love & Obedience

October 1, 2023

Because we have a high regard for virtue, we often try to appear virtuous, even when we don’t end up in being virtuous. We want to look good, if not in God’s eyes, at least in our own estimation or in the eyes of those who see us. We tend to be like the Pharisees who were outwardly religious, scrupulous about observing the smallest prescriptions of the law and intent on avoiding those who are less religiously inclined. We can be hypocrites, proud, arrogant, judgmental and convinced of our utter superiority over others in terms of personal worth. For the Pharisees, the average Jew was miserably ignorant of the law, a sinner and thus unworthy of God. So when John the Baptist came, the Pharisees went through the motions of his ritual of purification. But they were not really repentant, because they did not see themselves as sinners. Real sinners like the tax collectors and prostitutes took John seriously and mended their ways.
As indicated in the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes realized that the parable of the two sons was about them. It was about their disobedience. It is about obedience that goes beyond mere observance of the law by external actions. It is also about repentance. The second son thought better of his refusal to obey and changed his mind and did his father’s will.
The lesson of the parable is that we have to listen to God’s word, take it into our hearts and make it our own and be obedient. Obedience means submission of the mind and the will which can be painful. St. Paul suggests to us where the source of obedience is: Jesus who lowered Himself to our human condition, took on the form of a slave, always obedient to His Father, submitted to death on the cross, dying like a common criminal. Jesus came to our world to do the will of His Father with an immense, immeasurable love. It was this love in His heart that inspired Him to become human, suffered and died for all of us.
Indeed, obedience is transfused and sustained by love. Loving obedience enables us to obey even when it is difficult. And this love is communicated to us as we celebrate the Eucharist, where Christ is obedient to His Father even unto death on the cross. Repentant and obedient to God’s word, we offer ourselves to God at the Offertory and receive Him in Holy Communion to sustain us to love and serve Him in our daily lives. 
Healing Lines
God knows that we are lovable and capable, but sometimes we don’t feel that way about ourselves. We can be tempted to let our mistakes and failures define us. Abusive behavior often springs from how we respect ourselves and care for the image of God in us. What is one thing you can do for yourself on a regular basis that will make you feel good about yourself and make your life more balanced and harmonious?





Registration for all children’s Sacraments are now open! If you would like more information, or would like to register your children for Baptism, First Reconciliation/ First Communion, or Confirmation, please visit the Sacrament section of our website. 


Sacrament Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteer catechists to teach the children First Reconciliation and First Communion. If you are interested and would like to learn more, please reach out to Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca


Interested in Becoming Catholic?

If you or someone you know is an adult interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Don at

bryantdon40@gmail.com for more information, and to register for RCIA.


RCIA Sponsors Needed!

RCIA is beginning on Tuesday, September 12 here at St. Michael’s, and we are looking for Sponsors for our new catechumens and candidates. In order to be a Sponsor, you must be a fully initiated, practicing Catholic over the age of 16. If married, you must be married in the Catholic Church. Sponsors are asked to attend sessions every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-9:00pm, and accompany their candidate to Mass on Sundays. If you feel called to be a Sponsor, please contact Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca 


Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions can now be booked online at saintmichael.ca, the link is on the homepage next to the Mass schedule, or directly via: Mass Intentions Booking Form. The parish office will follow up on booking requests before any Mass Intention is confirmed and scheduled.


Oktoberfest Luncheon 

October 20th @ 11:30am

All 50+ Parishioners are invited to attend this free Luncheon. Register: camaro11@shaw.ca or phone 403-804-3268 prior to October 18, 2023.


Altar Server Training

Sunday, October 22 after 11am Mass

The next Altar Server training session will take place on Sunday September 22, after the 11am Mass in the main sanctuary. This occurs on the 4th Sunday of every month. If you or your children are interested please send an email to altarservers@saintmichael.ca or request access to the Altar Server group on Flocknote.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! If you have lost your job please contact us for food support.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. If you are interested contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca or phone 403-249-0423 ext 122 

DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS can be dropped off in the SSVP Food Chest in the church Gathering Area or make arrangements by e-mailing us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca. Currently we are looking for:

Cereal, pasta sauce, crackers, pancake syrup, canned fruit.

MONETARY DONATIONS can be deposited in the drop-box in the Food Chest or by online donations through the St. Michaels Parish website: https://saintmichael.ca/giving/. Please indicate funds are for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the drop-down menu. 

If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca or phone 403-249-0423 ext 122.


Christmas Hamper Program

Save the Date! Our 2023 Christmas Hamper Assembly and Delivery date has been set for Monday December 18th. Sign up for all volunteer needs will happen on the weekend of November 18/19.  Come visit us this weekend at the Volunteer Ministry Fair. We can be contacted at christmashampers@saintmichael.ca 


Partnership of Hope

A presentation on previous and new incoming sponsored refugee families, and how you might be able to help will be held next weekend September 30th and October 1st at all Masses. 


Priest Study Days—Cancellation of Daily Mass

October 3, 4, 5 & 6

The priests will be away on study days from October 3-6, weekday masses will still be celebrated by a visiting priest.


Kids Kingdom

Kids Kingdom will be cancelled Thanksgiving Weekend October 7 & 8. 


Blessing of Pets

Saturday, October 7 at 2 pm

In honor of St. Francis’ feast on October 4, all are invited to bring their pets for a blessing on Saturday, October 7 at 2 pm, outside the church’s main entrance. To ensure their safety, please make sure that your pets are leashed.


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

The first meeting of Pastoral Council after the summer break was held on September 26. All members of the parish were invited to attend. The minutes from the meeting will be available after our meeting on October 24. In the meantime, please read below some of the matters we discussed.


– A memorial Mass will be celebrated for parishioners who passed away during Covid. It will be held on November 2, All Souls’ Day. Please watch the bulletin for further details.

– We are hoping to hold blood donor clinics once again at the church. A request will be sent to Canadian Blood Services. 

– The prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, our patron, will be recited before Masses starting in October.

If you would like to read the minutes from any past meeting, please go to: www.saintmichael.ca/bulletin Questions? Concerns? Please reach us at (403) 249 0423.


Catholic Education Sunday  

Join us in celebrating Catholic Education Sunday on November 4 & 5, 2023. Let us unite with our community to support and give thanks for Catholic education in Alberta. Your dedicated donation will provide enhanced learning opportunities for Calgary and area Catholic students. For more information, please visit https://theccef.ca/who-we-are/news-events/catholic-education-sunday.html



Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, September 30, 5 pm – Fr. Jose Bustalino

Sunday, October 1, 9 am – Fr. Jose Bustalino

Sunday, October 1, 11 am – Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October 1, 5 pm – Fr. Edmund Vargas


Calendar of Events for September

October 1 | Sundays | Coffee Sundays | Gathering Area after 9/11am Masses

October 1 | Sunday | Lectio Divina 2024 Fundraiser (Bake Sale) | Gathering Area | After All Masses

October 2 | Monday | Office Closed | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

October 2 | Mondays | Bible Study | Green Room | 7-9pm

October 3-6 | Priest Study Days | Mass Celebrated by Visiting Priest

October 3 | Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel 6:30-7pm

October 3 | Tuesdays | Grief Share | St. Gabriel Rooms 143&144 | 7-9pm

October 3 | Tuesdays | RCIA | Green Room | 7-9pm

October 4 | Wednesdays | TMIY | Gathering Area | 6-7:30am

October 4 | Wednesdays | Women’s Ministry | Childrens Main Theatre & Green Room | 9:30am-12pm

October 5 | Thursdays | Coffee Thursdays | Gathering Area | After 9am Mass

October 5 | Thursdays | Moms & Tots | Green Room | 9:30-11:30am

October 5 | Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10-11:30am

October 7 | Saturday | Blessing of Pets | Outside Main Entrance | 2pm

October 9 | Monday | Office Closed | Thanksgiving Day

October 12 | Thursday | Volunteer Appreciation Night | Sanctuary-Mass 6pm | Reception to Follow

October 18 | Wednesday | Trico Presentation | Gathering Area | 5-9pm

October 19 | Thursday | John Costello Student Faith Day Celebration | At School | 10:30am

October 19 | Thursday | First Reconciliation (Session 1) | Sanctuary | 6-7:30pm

October 20 | Friday | Oktoberfest Luncheon | Gathering Area | 11:30am

October 21 | Saturday | Baptism Prep | Green Room | 9am-12pm

October 24 | Tuesday | PPC Meeting | Office Conference Room | 7-9pm

October 24 | Tuesday | CWL Meeting and Living Rosary | St. Michael’s Room | 5:30-9:00pm

October 24 | 4th Tuesday of Every Month | SVDP Meeting | St. Gabriel Room 145 | 7-9pm




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