Bulletin: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted 2019-12-13 by St. Michael's Communications

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Congratulations to all our newly-baptized – New

In your charity, please join us in praying for the newest members of our parish community and of the universal Church who have been recently baptized last weekend: Alexis C., Andrei S., Andres N., Andrew H., Brandon D., Cassandra, Christine L., Elizabeth, Fallon, Frederick R., Isaac R., Jack M., Mae, Philip A., Theodore, Viraj, and Zachary. Welcome to the Body of Christ!


Our Stocking Tree Outreach is in its 30th Year

Fill a pair of socks with essentials for daily living such as underwear, mitts, gloves, toques, Kleenex packets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, bandages, shampoo, razors, shaving cream and, if you have room, candy bars. Hang the stockings onto the Stocking Tree in the sanctuary. These stockings will be delivered to the Drop-In Centre this Christmas. Thanks for your generosity!


Advent Penitential Service – New

Our parish penitential service will be on Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. There will be several priests available to hear confessions — come and prepare yourself for Christmas spiritually with the sacrament of Reconciliation. If you cannot make it that night, we will also have extended Confession times on Saturday, December 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Poinsettias in Memory Loved One

Parishioners are invited to help decorate the sanctuary this Christmas by purchasing a poinsettia in memory of a loved one. Order forms are available in the gathering area. You can drop off your completed form along with your payment ($30/poinsettia) in the collection basket during Mass or at the parish office by Wednesday, December 18.


Sandwich Friday – New

Help make sandwiches for the Drop-In Centre: we ask that you bring your prepared sandwiches (e.g. ham, turkey, peanut butter, etc.) to the church by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 20. Thanks for your generosity!


WInter 2020 faith FOrmation Programs – New

Beginning this January, we have several faith formation programs that we invite all parishioners to participate in. Programs include: Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles (Monday evenings), Lectio: Prayer (Women’s Ministry), Exploring Spiritual Direction with Sr. Madeleine Gregg, FCJ, Theology of the Body, and more. To see all programs and to register, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.


Panhandling at Church – New

Every Christmas season, we’ve noticed the presence of people asking for money at the church entrances after Mass. We’d like to advise parishioners not to give them cash — instead, the SSVP have prepared bags containing non-perishable food items which you can grab from the alcove (beside the men’s washroom) for you to give. Also, refer them to our SSVP intake line (403-249-0423 ext. 122) so they can be provided with more substantial help. If they call, they are followed-up by the SSVP the following day.


Conclusion of our 60th Anniversary Year – New

This weekend concludes the parish Community’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Thank you to everyone for letting your diamond shine throughout the year. A big thank you also goes out to the 60th anniversary committee: Noreen Pate (chair); Betty Labrosse; Scholastica Omoregbee; Tammy Ringstad; Heather Schilling; Jolly Thomas; Marc Verones; Mary Vos; and Dino Zuzic. Recap the year by watching the anniversary video below:


Distress Lines

Christmas can be a joyful time but also stressful for some. Do you or someone you know need help? Please consider the following:


Christmas Hamper Day 2019

Hamper Day is almost here! If you signed up to be a volunteer either to prepare hampers or deliver, thank you — and know that your participation is very important to the success of our hamper program. On behalf of the organizing committee and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, thank you! See you on Hamper Day.


Christmas Parking – New

Did you know that last year, close to six thousand people joined us at our Christmas Masses? For this reason, we want to remind you to be mindful of everyone’s safety with regard to parking:

  • Park only in designated stalls and not along fire lanes
  • The Knights will be directing parking during the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, so we strongly advise all those attending to follow their directions. Also, to ease congestion, please consider carpooling with family and friends!
  • Lastly, West 85th shopping mall (south of our church) has graciously allowed us an overflow parking area, which will be marked by orange pylons — please park only in these areas and not in front of restaurants and other businesses.

Marriage Ministry: Conversation Cafe – New

Save the date: join St. Michael’s Marriage Ministry on Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m.: set aside some time in the New Year to chat together as a couple. Refreshments will be provided and this fun date night is open to all married, engaged, and seriously-dating couples. While this is a free event, we ask that you please RSVP online.


Conclude parish support for In His Will ministries – New

Since 2001, St Michael’s has financially supported the “In His Will (Belize)” Ministry through children’s donations at all masses. The funds collected were used to support a pre-school program, a computer lab, library, and a feeding program for students in Unitedville, Cayo, Belize. While a few parishioners were directly involved with the Ministry in its early years, there is currently little reporting or ongoing linkage between the parish and the McBride family, who is singularly responsible for initiating, maintaining, and ensuring the Ministry’s future.

In discussing the relevance of the “In His Will” program to the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Michael Catholic Community, the Parish Outreach subcommittee concluded that it is not aligned with the principles evolved by the committee to assess the value of outreach activities in our parish. It recommended that support for the program be concluded at the end of December. Fr John has informed the McBride family. We wish them the very best in their work with the In His Will Ministry.

The former monies will be reallocated to the community’s current Children’s Mission Collection beneficiaries: Chalice, Mission Mexico, and the Holy Childhood Association. For more information please contact the Parish Outreach subcommittee chair: Jeanne Besner outreach@saintmichael.ca.


Chalice: Help Children in Developing Countries

Chalice, a Canadian Catholic sponsorship organization, invites you to share the blessings of Christmas with children in the developing world by purchasing gifts from their Christmas Gift Catalogue. This gives you the opportunity to purchase a gift on behalf of a loved one and receive an official tax receipt. Thanks to your generous giving, 50,000 children in 15 countries will have increased access to education, health, and family livelihood. Gift catalogues are available in the gathering area and online at www.chalice.ca.


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