What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
“Whoever is not against us is for us…”
September 26, 2021
“Ut unum sint (that they may be one)…” was the prayer Jesus asks of His Father as he was about to leave our world. We are mandated to work and pray for unity of all peoples from other religions.
To fulfill this mandate, we have to address our own sense of unity within our own church. We cannot really speak about unity with other Christians when we don’t appreciate and exercise our own commitment to unity among ourselves as members of our respective communities. In turn, we can only speak about such commitment to unity in our community when we live the unity and peace that should characterize our personal relationships in our loved ones in our respective families.
In the absence of this sense of unity, some people have decided to fashion a life of aloneness and loneliness to escape the hurtful experiences in community and companionship. In a way, we have learned to avoid relationships in order or avoid being hurt. We avoid reaching out. We avoid getting involved in the activities and programs because we want to be left to ourselves. But as Christians, we have to reach out. Spreading the Good News is possible through our personal interaction with people. Like the original apostles who were chosen by Christ in our gospel today, we are sent to proclaim the Good News of peace, love and unity to all peoples, starting with our own families and communities.
It is ironic that the major conflicts in our world today are related to religion. Religion, which teaches that we have to love one another, has become the cause of division and violence. Marriage and family, which most religions consider sacred, have become the venue for unspeakable physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Churches, which act as the guardian of sexual ethics, have become the respondent for sexual abuse crimes.
Unity, based on mere human efforts, is an illusion. Unity has to be referred to Someone beyond ourselves. The transforming power of Christian love is what can make our life in community bearable and even beautiful.
As we come together for the Eucharist which is the sacrament of unity, let us be reminded that Christ’s love is the source of our unity and strength as God’s people.
Fr. Edmund Vargas
We are no longer accepting any Mass bookings until December 15th as we are fully booked until December 31st.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, September 25th 5:00 PM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, September 26th 9:00 AM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, September 26th 11: 00 AM & 5:00 PM— Fr. Edmund Vargas
Changes to Daily Mass and Office Hours
Effective October 4th there will be no Mass celebrated on Mondays and the parish office will be closed.
COVID Restrictions Update – September 16
The following changes have been made:
• Capacity limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy (400 people per Mass)
• Masks are mandatory
• 2 meters physical distancing between households, or 2 close contacts for those living alone
• For this weekends Masses, first-served approach and locking doors when the capacity limit is reached
• Registration not required
40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign
St. Michael is once again part of this prayer campaign. Over 5000 babies are killed at the Kensington abortion facility every year. 40 Days for Life is a prayerful, respectful campaign that seeks to bring awareness to the inconvenient truth that abortion kills human beings. Our culture tells us to ignore this truth, but we refuse to be silenced. Our prayerful presence during 40 Days at abortion centres around the world draws attention to the plight of preborn children and seeks God’s help through intercessory prayer. Will you join us? Will you stand up for Truth? We need you! St. Michael’s day to pray is Friday, Oct.1. Sign up and be a loving, prayerful voice for the preborn babies who have no voice but ours. We know from the testimonies of many that these campaigns save lives. St. Michael’s day to pray this campaign is Friday, October 1. Please join us and signup online at 40 Days for Life. Click on the “SIGN UP FOR VIGIL HOURS” box and choose an hour or more on Friday, October 1. Up to four persons can sign up for each one hour time slot. We ensure that no one stands alone, so if you are the only signed up, don’t worry , someone will be there with you. Signs are provided. Questions? Call Karen at 403-870-7080
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. It will run Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning October 6, via Zoom, gathering once a week over an eleven-week period. Alpha welcomes people from every walk of life, wherever they are on their faith journey. We will have time for connection, dialogue, and small group discussion. Many are looking for meaning in their lives during this time and Alpha is a great place to start! Come and bring a friend! Call Mark at 403-836-0545 with any questions. For more details or to register, go to saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Alpha Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like to assist as a small group host, helper, or prayer team member for our fall Alpha program? Training is provided. Alpha starts on October 6 and will run online using Zoom. Please contact Mark Richards at 403-836-0545 or via email: email@example.com.