Bulletin: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2022-09-23 by @saintmichaelyyc


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Lazarus’s at our Gates

September 25, 2022

In the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, Jesus names the poor man but he does not name the rich man. We, people, usually give particular attention to those who are rich and famous but not to those who are poor. In society pages of publications, we carefully note the names of hockey players, actors and actresses or politicians who attended functions but we do not really pay any attention to waiters or waitresses or those others in the background who apparently do not count.
The problem with the rich man (traditionally referred to as Dives, meaning rich in Latin) was not his wealth, but his indifference to Lazarus and his misery. The rich man just did not care.  
The parable applies to us on the individual as well as on the social level.
As individuals, we may not be financially rich, but we are all rich (that is, gifted) in something like intelligence, health, good looks, education, career or friends. Daily, we encounter people who are far less gifted in one of  these aspects. We sometimes tend to look down or be indifferent to those who are not very bright, uneducated, ugly or unpopular? We sometimes are not keen to smile or greet beggars or servers or waiters or waitresses. Let us be more aware and conscious of those Lazarus’s at our gates, so to speak. How attentive are we to the Lazarus’s in our lives? Those who just want a ‘scrap’ of our time or attention? 
On the social level, we often hear or read about the phenomenon of the growing gap between the rich and the poor. This is true in our society’s classes as well as in our community of countries in the world. As a society, we have to do whatever it takes to reverse this trend. This is against the will of God in our world which He has created for all peoples. This growing disparity is also contributory to social unrest, conflicts and terrorism. Peace is rooted in justice and in the equitable sharing of the world’s resources.
Healing Lines
Overcoming violence and building a culture of peace imply spiritual, theological and practical challenges for our churches, which touch us in the centre of what it means to be church. The respect for human dignity, the concern for the well-being of the neighbor and the active promotion of the common good are Gospel imperatives. Men and women are created equally in God’s image and justified by grace. Therefore, human rights are basic elements of preventing violence at all levels, individual, inter-personal, and collective, especially violence against women and children.




Registration for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 

If you have a child who is in grade 2 or older, they are eligible to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. For more information, and to register, please visit our website at https://saintmichael.ca/first-communion-and-reconciliation/.


Volunteer Catechist Opportunity

If you are interested in volunteering as a catechist for the First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion program, please contact Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 126.


Interested in Becoming Catholic?

If you or someone you know is an adult interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Don at bryantdg@shaw.ca to register for RCIA.


RCIA Sponsors Needed

RCIA is beginning on Tuesday, September 27 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 7pm to 9pm, and accompany their candidate to Mass on Sundays. If you feel called to be a Sponsor, please contact Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca


CWL Meet and Greet

Sunday, September 25

The Catholic Women’s League is hosting a meet and greet and serving coffee and cookies after the 5 pm Sunday Mass. All are invited.



Sunday, September 25

IWIN (I’m Worth It Now) is a registered charity that was started right here at St. Michael’s Catholic Community by the Catholic Women’s League. IWIN’s mandate is twofold – to raise awareness about human trafficking – an atrocity that is occurring right here in our own city – and to provide survivors of human trafficking throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan with backpacks of basic necessities. IWIN is coming back to SMCC and would like to invite you to the following events:  

On Sunday, September 25, IWIN, with the support of the SMCC Catholic Women’s League, will be hosting a Red Sand Service outside the main doors of St. Michael’s after the 9am, 11am and 5pm masses. We would love for you to participate. It is a short service raising awareness about human trafficking where red sand is poured into the sidewalk cracks. This is to serve as a reminder that we cannot merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities – those who “fall through” the metaphoric cracks. The red sand also symbolizes the blood Christ poured out for all His children. 

On Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm (following the 6pm Mass) please join IWIN and the Catholic Women’s League in St. Mary’s Chapel for a 30 minute presentation where you can learn more about IWIN and human trafficking in Canada. There will be a Q&A period following the presentation. 

Please consider donating any of the following items that will go directly to survivors of human trafficking. There will be a place to drop off donations the weekends of September 24/25 and October 1/2:

– full size bottle (1 litre/33fl oz.) of shampoo and conditioner

– full size bottle (500ml/17fl oz.) of body wash 

– full size bottle of lotion 

– bath loofa 

– toothbrush (individually packaged)

– full size tube of toothpaste 

– full sized women’s deodorant 

– women’s socks

– journal (cannot contain any messaging, just plain paper)

Alternatively, if you wish you make a financial donation, IWIN accepts cheques made out to IWIN or etransfer to iwincalgary@gmail.com. Tax receipts will be provided for donations $25 or more.

Please follow us on social media as every follow/like makes a big difference to grow our community and spread the word.

Instagram: @iwin_calgary_ 

Twitter: @iwin_calgary

Facebook: @iwincalgary


Bible Study

Mondays, starting September 26 at 7pm

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. A Powerful Study on the Life of Jesus Christ. This study takes place over 10 in person sessions here at the church every Monday at 7 pm, beginning September 26. Please note that this is in person only, no ZOOM sessions will be available. To register or for more info, please contact Augusto at abitter@telus.net


Women’s Ministry Study

Wednesdays, starting September 28 at 10am/7pm

Conversion: Following the call of Christ – “Illuminating six biblical stories of conversion, Bishop Robert Barron explores how to follow the call of Christ toward an ever deeper, personal relationship with Him.” This is a 7 session study, with in-person sessions on Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm, AND ZOOM sessions on Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm. The study begins on Wednesday September 28th (zoom and in-person). To register or for more info, please contact Pam at pamvandemoss@gmail.com


Christmas Hamper Outreach

Monday, December 19

Save the date! Hamper Assembly Day will be Monday December 19. On that day, the bulk of hampers will be prepared and delivered. This year, the program will return to its usual scale, with some changes based on what we learned from adapting during the past two years of Covid-19 lockdowns.  

Referrals: Referrals will be accepted from parish schools, and through the SSVP intake line at 403-249-0423 extension 122. Our referral process opens in later October. Watch the bulletin for further information.  

Volunteer! Many hands will be needed in the days prior to, and during Hamper Day. If you wish to volunteer on Hamper Day, please contact Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca to discuss your interest and note that completion of some volunteer paperwork will be a requirement.  

Join the Organizing Committee! If you are interested in joining the Hamper Organizing Committee, our initial meeting is Monday September 19 at 7pm at the church. Please contact Colleen at jcfitzpat@shaw.ca to confirm attendance and for further details.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our important outreach.


Blessing of Pets

Saturday, October 1 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 1 at 2 pm, outside the church’s main entrance. To ensure their safety, please make sure that your pets are leashed.


Priest Study Days—Cancellation of Daily Mass

October 4, 5, 6

Masses will be cancelled on October 4-6 as the priests will be away on study days. 


Sacred Heart Church Variety Hour

Saturday, October 8, 7-9pm, at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons

Guest Performers are Re/Mix, Drew Gregory Band and the Kristee Trio. This promises to be a special evening with some fantastic entertainment. Tickets are $100 + tax which includes a $50 tax receipt. Order tickets online at https://www.artscommons.ca/whats-on/sacred-heart-church-variety-hour. Call Nettie at 403-875-7981 for help with ordering tickets. Please consider supporting this event by purchasing your tickets today. All proceeds will go to the Building Fund to build the new Sacred Heart Church in Strathmore; all details at www.sacredhc.ca. Thank you for your support!


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122.

We are looking for new members. If you are interested, contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122. 

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the SSVP food chest in the gathering area. Currently we are looking for: cereal, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and canned fish/meat.

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.


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, September 24, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Raul  Hernandez

Sunday, September 25, 9 am  Mass: Fr. Raul Hernandez

Sunday September 25, 11 am & 5 pm  Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas



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