What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Faith & Service
October 17, 2021
Three pastoral concerns come to mind as we reflect on our faith as service: our ongoing support for our outreach projects, World Mission Sunday next weekend and tomorrow’s civic elections. Our response to these social concerns is living out the leadership and service which Jesus mandates in today’s gospel: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant… For the Son of Man came not be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” While these concerns involve decisions that are largely personal, they are all communitarian and relevant to the building of God’s kingdom in our world.
Our outreach programs, including the efforts of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our Refugee Family program, our support for the Together in Action and our regular support for our parish are all expressive of our growing maturity as Church. As community, we contribute to the good of other communities in our diocese and the world. Our support for God’s poor is a powerful expression of our faith. Our participation in tomorrow’s elections is a renewal of our respect for the nobility of political service as a powerful vehicle towards creating a just society. Political participation is mandated by the Gospel. Our faith and our political life cannot be separated. Our faith should inspire and influence our political perspective and how we conduct our life as public servants and as servants of God.
Next weekend’s celebration of World Mission Sunday reminds us to pray and work towards a world united in the spirit of the Gospel. We have the opportunity to make our own offering for the World Mission Sunday collection, which is taken up in almost every country in the world, including the poorest in Africa and Asia where, despite their own material poverty, our fellow believers in the impoverished continents are eager to contribute to the universal mission of the Church. This exercise of solidarity is a powerful witness to the faith we profess.
Faith is not a mere appendix to our book of life. Our faith inspires our life in all its aspects, dimensions and levels. A life that is inspired by faith in its totality is a life of constant prayer, a perfect offering of oneself to our Creator and Savior.
Indoor Social Gatherings
Due to provincial temporary measures, indoor social gathering after Mass or in the parish halls is not permitted. Please refrain from socializing in the Church after Mass.
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, October 16, 5:00 PM – Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, October 17, 9:00 AM – Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, October 17, 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM – Fr. Raul Hernandez
Changes to Daily Mass and Office Hours
Effective November 2, Mass on Tuesdays will be moved from 9am to 6pm. As of October 4, Daily Mass is no longer being celebrated on Mondays and the parish office is 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
• Masses are held on a first-come, first-served approach and doors are locked when the capacity limit is reached
• Registration not required
Greetings from the Knitting Ministry! Although we can’t meet in person, we continue our work from home. Currently there is a need for mitts, scarves and hats for the Drop In Centre, Mustard Seed, and CUPS. Since there are only 13 in our group, we invite anyone who knits or crochets to join us in this project. There will be a Knitting Ministry box by the SSVP food donation box where items can be dropped off before December 10, in order to be distributed before Christmas. Please join us in our attempt to meet this need and make a difference.
St. Michael’s Bible Study
Please join us for St. Michael’s Bible Study, starting on Monday, October 18th at 7:00 pm via zoon, and will run until December 13th. Please register online at saintmichael.ca/events. If you have any questions please contact Augusto Bitter by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.