Bulletin: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2022-09-29 by @saintmichaelyyc

 

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The Mustard Seed

October 2, 2022

The mustard seed is used as a startling metaphor of faith. It is a powerful symbolism of how faith takes over our life and our world.
 
The Roman author Pliny the Elder in his work Natural History writes: “Mustard… with its pungent taste and fiery effect is extremely beneficial to health. It grows entirely wild, though it is improved by being transplanted.  But on the other hand when it has once been sown, it is scarcely possible to get the place free of it, as the seed when it falls germinates at once…”
 
This wild Mediterranean plant, when it is deliberately cultivated for its medical or culinary properties, has the ability to destroy the garden. This proverbially small seed grows wild and deadly in grain fields, taking over where it is not wanted. Getting out of control, it tends to attract birds within cultivated areas where they are not particularly desired.
 
This comparison of faith to the wild mustard seed suggests the phenomenal transformation of a life based on this relationship with God. Like a pungent shrub with dangerous take-over properties, faith can hardly be exercised in small and carefully controlled doses. Its own inner and supernatural vitality explains  its revolutionary essence and character.
 
Faith changes our lives radically. Faith becomes so overwhelming that it eventually takes over one’s life. One’s life becomes part of the faith that promotes God’s kingdom. We become subservient to the requirements of the faith and the kingdom.
 
Faith is not a matter of favors done but of duties executed for the Master of that kingdom. Whatever we do, we as servants render our duty to our Master. Whoever we are, we are servants before the Lord. We live for service.
 
FrEdmund@saintmichael.ca
 
 
Healing Lines
 
The goals of 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 debate about the whole spectrum of the spirit and logic of violence has started but the course we have entered requires persistence and endurance. The respect for human dignity, the concern for the wellbeing of the neighbor and the active promotion of the common good are imperatives of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Men and women are created equally in the image of God 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.
 

 

Announcements:

 

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

 

Gift Shop Meet and Greet 

Sunday, October 2

The Gift Shop is hosting a meet and greet and serving coffee and cookies after the 9 am Sunday Mass. All are invited.

 

Rosary Ministry

October is the month of the Holy Rosary; the Catholic Church dedicates the rosary to the Blessed Virgin Mary . The rosary is also a family prayer. The parish prays the rosary as scheduled: Weekdays-8:25am before 9am mass; Tuesdays-6:30 pm after 6pm mass.

Please join us on October 11, after the Tuesday evening mass, the rosary group and CWL is hosting a living rosary in the chapel .  

A living rosary: The participants would stand in a circle shaped like a rosary as if each person is a bead on the rosary. The rosary begins with the first person assigned and continues with each person saying one prayer until the rosary is completed. We need at last 55 participants to complete the rosary. If not, we will continue with the participants in the circle until the rosary is completed. The rosary group will provide the battery-operated candles on the evening. Each participant will be provided with a candle. As the rosary begins the person assigned to the first prayer lights his or her candle. This continues around the circle until all candles are lit when we reach the end of the rosary. All candles will be lit once we have completed the rosary. Anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue can pray in their own language and we can all answer the prayer in English. Please bring family and friends.

 

Alpha for Adults and Alpha for Youth

Wednesday, October 12

Alpha is a ten week program to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. It will run on Wednesdays at 7 pm starting on October 12, 2022 at the church (“in-person” only). There will be two 

programs offered: Adults (with an option to be in a Spanish speaking small group) and Youth in grades 7 to 9. A 

dessert or a light snack will be served, followed by a short video, and small group discussion. The session will end by 8:45 pm. For more details or to register go to: https://saintmichael.ca/alpha/

 

Alpha Volunteer Opportunity

We require volunteers to assist with providing hospitality and serving food and drinks to our guests on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm starting October 12 to December 14. Please contact Mark at (403) 836-0545 or email alpha@saintmichael.ca.

 

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. 

 

Knitting Ministry

Thursdays at 10 am

The knitting ministry has begun meeting again and invite you to join us on Thursday, October 13, from 10 am to 12 pm in the Gathering Area, for fellowship and sharing as we work on our projects.  We meet every second Thursday and welcome anyone who knits or crotchets.  If you have any questions or want more info, please call Carol at 403-282-6469 or Christine at 403-686-2820.

 

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.

 

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 innocent human beings. 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? 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 14. 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 14. Please sign up for a time slot between the hours of 10 am to 4pm. Up to four persons can sign up for each one hour time slot. Signs are provided.

 

Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, October 1, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Raul Hernandez

Sunday, October 2, 9 am  Mass: Fr. Raul Hernandez

Sunday October 2, 11 am & 5 pm  Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas

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