Bulletin: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-10-06 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


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Love & Obedience

October 8, 2023

“The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone…” (Matthew 21:42).
In the Book of Genesis, Joseph, a dreamer and rejected and sold by his brother, makes use of his dreaming power to save his people by bringing them into Egypt, including his own brothers, and builds them into a new nation. Jesus Christ is the new Joseph who has become the cornerstone of the spiritual house of the new people of God. Jesus Christ was rejected and crucified by his own people. But God, who is building the spiritual house, has chosen Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone of that building made of all who believe in him. The cornerstone is referred to as the keystone in the center of an arch or a foundation stone which is the first stone laid in  constructing a building…We are God’s workmanship with Christ as the cornerstone. It is on him that we build community. The Church we belong to is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Jesus is the stone rejected by humanity but chosen by God who turns even our rebellion into glory by treading, through his Son, the remarkable route of incarnation, humiliation, cross and resurrection. The rejection of Jesus by his own people gives way to his becoming the cornerstone of God’s building. We are his handiwork. We are his new creation, a people redeemed. Like the stone that was rejected by the builders, what God has to offer us in terms of salvation may seem to be unpopular or desirable. The unpopularity of what God has to offer us stems from our intolerance or low tolerance to pain and difficulty that obstructs us from receiving God’s gift of faith in our hearts. But on so many occasions, we go through some personal suffering or “death” that turns out to be a life-giving experience. A problem or difficulty can always be an opportunity for growth and maturity. “Blessing in disguise” would fit the description of such experience.  
In so many ways, our Christian spirituality is based on rejection, suffering and betrayal. The people and circumstances we tend to reject or dislike are the same people and circumstances that become the source of our strength and salvation.  
With our faith in Christ’s resurrection, we can try to see beyond the darkness of our nights into the glorious dawn of a new day.  
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 center 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 imperatives of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal remains to move the search for reconciliation and peace “from the periphery to the center of the life and witness of the church”. Peace building in non-violent ways is a Christian core virtue and an imperative of the gospel message itself. This is the mission of healing.




Pastoral Renewal – You are Called, You Matter, You Belong

This Sunday our parish community is joining with all of the Diocesan Churches to begin a journey of renewal! Please bring home a pamphlet, read the Bishop’s Letter and watch the launch video to learn more about the pastoral renewal at www.catholicyyc.ca/renewal.



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.


October – The Month of the Rosary

The Catholic Church dedicates October as the month of the Rosary. This is the month when Catholics honour Mary as the Mother of Jesus and our mother, in a special way. We invite family/friends to pray the Rosary,  Wednesday to Friday, before Daily Mass at 8:20am. Tuesday, after Evening Mass at 6:30 pm.


The Living Rosary

October 24, 6:30pm

The Rosary group, the Catholic Women’s League and Fr. Edmund would like to invite you to join us to pray the living Rosary. In a living Rosary, each person stands in the place of a bead of the Rosary and leads the prayer when it is their turn. Each person will be holding a torch candle and will light the candle when it is her/his turn. We will be in a circle shaped like a Rosary. Please feel free to pray in your own language when it is your turn. We look forward of you to join us, and to pray the Rosary together as a parish.


St Michael Catholic Community Fellowship Dinner

November 5, 6pm

Save the Date! Our monthly Sunday night dinner is back! Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 5th at 6 pm (after the 5 o’clock Mass). We will provide the main course and sides. Please bring a dessert and/or Free Will Offering. We hope to see you there!


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 


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, October 7, 5 pm – Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October 8, 9 am – Fr. Jose Bustalino

Sunday, October 8, 11 am – Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October 8, 5 pm – Fr. Jose Bustalino


Calendar of Events for October

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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