What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Prayer Ministry: How Can We Pray for You?
Prayer Ministry teams will be available at the Day Chapel following all Masses this weekend (October 19-20) for individuals who want to be prayed for.
Come and join us in the Day Chapel to pray the Vespers — the evening prayer of the liturgy of the hours — on Monday, October 21 at 6 p.m. If you would like to join but could not make it to church, email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Rock 2019
Calling Catholics ages 18-35! St. Michael’s is once again hosting One Rock, the Diocese’s Catholic young adults conference. This year’s speakers include Paul Kim, Emily Wilson, and Ken Yasinski, with special guests Chris Bray and Joe Melendrez. The first 300 registrants will be invited to an exclusive launch party at the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre on Friday night, October 25. Get your tickets today at www.onerock.ca.
- Eucharistic Adoration: parishioners are invited to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and intercede for all the young adult delegates during One Rock. Sign up sheets are posted outside the Blessed Sacrament chapel.
- Evening Program: the all-ages evening event (starting at 7:30 p.m.) is open to everyone: come and hear the speakers, join in praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration, and check out One Rock’s vendors and exhibits! Tickets are $20/adult, $10/child, and free for those 12 and under. Buy your tickets today at www.onerock.ca.
Pancake Breakfast – New
The Knights of Columbus will be offering a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 27, after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. Net proceeds from free-will donations will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Thanks for your support!
Mass and Rosary Procession
In celebration of October as a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, all are invited on Tuesday, October 29 here at the church for Mass at 7 p.m., followed by a candle-lit rosary procession. Bring your family and friends! Refreshments to follow.
Grafted In: Monthly Talk Series with Don Swenson – New
Join Don Swenson in the monthly talk series Grafted In: Reflections on the Jewish Roots of the Christian-Catholic Tradition and the Relationship Between Gentile and Jewish Believers in Jesus. The second talk this fall (The Mother of All Churches: The Jerusalem Church) will be on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
Calgary’s Annual Red Mass
The annual Red Mass invites all judges, lawyers, paralegals, assistants, clerks, and other members of the legal profession and related professions, as well as family and friends on Wednesday, October 30 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bishop McGrattan will be celebrating Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at the Cathedral hall featuring Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom, who will be speaking about Conscience Rights. While all are welcome to attend Mass, the reception is a ticketed event: email the St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild at email@example.com to request tickets.
All Souls’ Day Mass
All are invited to our All Souls’ Day Mass on Saturday, November 2 at 9 a.m. Let us commend the souls of our departed loved ones to the mercy of God through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Parishioners are encouraged to extend this invitation to family and friends, especially those in our parish community who have lost a loved one or are interred in our columbarium.
Voices of Grief
If you are grieving from the loss of a loved one, know someone who does, or if you’re interested in knowing how to successfully navigate through grief, you are invited to a film screening of Voices of Grief on Saturday, November 2 at 9:55 a.m. For more details or to watch the trailer, click here.
Date Night (Marriage Ministry) – New
The Marriage Ministry is hosting this free event on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. for married, engaged, and seriously-dating couples. The evening will include a short video produced by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott on the topic of “Your Time-Starved Marriage.” There will be some excellent opportunity to discuss how to stay connected in a busy world. There will be light refreshments and a chance to connect with other couples in the parish. While this is a free event, we ask that you please register by clicking here. Thank you!
For all volunteers
As per instructions from the Diocese, all volunteers in medium or high-risk roles are asked to complete the Armatus on-line training modules. On Sunday, November 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Day Chapel, we’re holding a group session to help you complete the modules. This will allow you to complete everything in a quick and timely manner; light refreshments will be served.
If you are able to attend, please respond back to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be registered. Only the first four modules will be covered during the session, the remaining modules, while mandatory, can be completed at your convenience. The modules can also be accessed at saintmichael.ca/volunteer.
Mass Intentions – New
Please note that we are no longer accepting Mass intentions as we are fully booked for the remainder of 2019. We will resume accepting Mass intentions on December 2.
New Sanctuary Projectors – New
The projectors in our sanctuary have already reached their estimated lamp life of eight years. In fact, one of the two stopped functioning several months ago which necessitated our renting a similar unit at a cost of $100 per week, while the other projector currently produces a noticeably dark and low-contrast image.
We have explored other options to address our projection needs, including purchasing used projectors, renting projectors, and replacing our screens with modular LED panels. However, we have decided that purchasing two new laser projectors (vs. our current lamp-based units) is a more cost effective option which will give us more value in the long run, for the following reasons:
- Our current lamp-based units cost about $4,000 in maintenance every two years, with its brightness continually deteriorating at a relatively fast rate over its estimated life span.
- Laser projectors are essentially maintenance-free over a similar estimated life span, with a very minimal decrease in brightness
The Finance Council and Pastoral Centre have already approved the purchase of these new projectors, which amounts to $40,630. They will be installed within the next two weeks.
If you have any questions or would be interested in making a monetary contribution to help offset the cost of this significant purchase, please contact Suzy at email@example.com or call 403-249-0423 ext. 119.
Change is in the air: 2019 national pro-life conference
This conference, happening on November 8-9 at the Executive Royal Hotel (Calgary), will include workshops, panels, and a banquet keynote address, all focused on inspiring and equipping you to defend the most vulnerable in our society from abortion and euthanasia. Speakers include LifeSite News writer Jonathon Van Maren, Scott Hayward and Alissa Golob of RightNow, Cameron Cote from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), and former Ohio state representative and Heartbeat Bill sponsor Christina Hagan, among many others. For more info or to register, visit changeisintheair2019.ca.
See the bulletin for more announcements
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