Bulletin: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-10-27 by @saintmichaelyyc


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Remembering Our Beloved Dead….

October 29, 2023

With the whole Church, we celebrate on Thursday, November 2, the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed.  
We celebrate the love we have shared with our beloved dead, who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We pause and reflect on our certain faith in the mystery of the Communion of Saints, that is, our interrelationship as the pilgrim church with those suffering in purgatory and those triumphant in heaven. We pause to offer our special prayers and sacrifices for the repose of the souls of our loved ones.  
When death comes so close to us, as in a family, we can feel more the  emptiness and devastation that come with bereavement. Yet in our loss and bereavement, we discover God’s presence in the sympathy and love our friends and family offer us in our time of need. We learn to appreciate more the real value of the gifts of faith, family and friendship. We discover the value of sympathy and solidarity that make us go through our difficulties and challenges in life with more faith, more hope, and more love.
As we remember our loved ones, we offer our prayers for them. We are encouraged to show sympathy and support for our families in their time of bereavement, especially those families who are alone in coping with this difficulty and challenge. This is also part of the reason we have proposed the columbarium to be established in our Lower Hall and the basement of this church. The columbarium project would open up ministries around grief support, renewal of friendships in family relationships during the time of bereavement, perpetual care for the remains of our loved ones and our continued prayers for our beloved dead, especially during the celebration of All Souls’ Day and death anniversaries of our family and friends. We pledge that every gesture of affection and friendship we show to one another on behalf of our beloved dead becomes a sign of God’s love for all of us. The legacy of love and friendship that our loved ones have left us should inspire and move us to live a life full of love and concern for one another. 
The Sunday Eucharist is the celebration of Christ’s death, the ultimate expressions of His love for us. It is the celebration of the greatest love that  this world has ever known through Christ’s own offering of his life for the forgiveness of our own sins, including the sins of our loved ones who have gone before us.
Healing Lines
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt 22:34-40) How can we show to all our neighbors how we respect them as we are asked to by God? We all have rights in the eyes of the Lord and all forms of abuse dishonors those rights.



Real Votive Candles

Real Votive Candles are now waiting for you to light for your prayer intentions. The candle racks are in the alcoves of the Virgin Mary and the Divine Mercy inside St Mary’s Chapel. It is said that when you leave the candle you have lit, the Angels finish up your prayers.  


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.


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.


Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Oct. 26 – Dec.14 (excluding Nov.2), 7:00-8:30 pm.

There will be a seven week video series on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary beginning Thurs. Oct. 26 in the Day Chapel. Please feel free to show up for any, or all, of the days. Please note that there is no meeting on Nov. 2. For more information about the series, please visit the website at saintmichael.ca/events.


St. Michael Catholic Community Fellowship Dinner – Cancelled 

The previously planned Community Fellowship Dinner is cancelled for Sunday, November 5th..


Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance, where we can write the names of beloved dead, is now in the gathering area throughout the month of November.


Grief Share Program

The last meeting for the Grief Share Program will be held on Mon. Oct. 30, instead of Tues. Oct. 31. The meeting will be from 6:30-9:00pm which includes a pizza supper.


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: canned soup, canned tomatoes, canned pasta sauce, canned fruit, cereal, and syrup. Please note that we do not need tuna or pasta.

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.


Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Sanitary countertops have recently been installed in our washrooms. We are also installing the same state-of-the-art sanitary countertops in our kitchen area. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please contact Fr. Edmund or the Office for details. You can also make a donation with memo/note: countertops. Hopefully, we can all help maintain cleanliness in our Church we love. May God continue to bless our families and individuals for their continuing support.


Community Night 

Friday, December 1, 6pm

A Community Night will be celebrated on Friday, December 1st, with a Mass at 6pm, followed by a reception.  The Mass will be presided by Fr. Edmund who also celebrates his birthday on the day (Philippine time).  The reception will be tendered by our Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women’s League. A free will offering is suggested.  Entertainment will be provided by Ad Hoc Band with Marvin Matthews, our Volunteer Coordinator. The Ad Hoc Band has raised thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations. The Partnership of Hope, which looks after our Refugee Program, will receive what would have been their performance fee. Please register at saintmichael.ca/bulletin.


“One Starry Night” Pageant

Friday, December 8 starting at 6:00 pm

Ready to take your family back in time? Want to make some family memories you’ll treasure forever? And would you like to have an amazing time as you do it? On Friday, December 8, on the day of The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the KIDS’ KINGDOM proudly presents a 6:00pm Mass, followed by a Nativity Pageant and “INNteractive” stations for the whole family. Please stay tuned for more information or contact Caroline Dixon, Children’s Liturgy Coordinator, at 403-249-0423, ext. 105.


Catholic Christmas Market

Sunday, December 10, Mezzanine, After 9am & 11am Masses until 4pm

St. Michael’s is excited to host a Catholic Christmas Market featuring local Catholic and Christian goods from all sorts of wonderful vendors. This will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10th in the Mezzanine after 9am and 11am Masses until 4pm. If anyone is interested in being a vendor, or a volunteer, please contact Colleen Joy at pcjoy@shaw.ca.   


Christmas Hamper Program

Monday, December 18

Hamper Day is Monday, December 18th. We are accepting referrals for Christmas Hampers through the SSVP Intake line, (403) 249-0423, ext. 122. Our Christmas Hamper Volunteer Sign Up blitz for all December 18volunteer needs will take place after all Masses on the weekend of November 18 and 19.


2024 Missals

Living With Christ Missals 2024 for adults and children are available for purchase at the Gift Shop or the Office.


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

Greetings to our fellow parishioners and visitors, and thank you to all volunteers, new and seasoned! Your dedication to our community is appreciated! A few of the many items discussed at our meeting on October 24 were: Memorial Mass on November 2 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary, An annual display of the posters featuring our Church building, Hosting the Eucharistic Miracles display, Printing bulletins weekly instead of monthly. More details on these and the other items discussed will be available on the website after our next meeting on November 28. If you would like to attend one of our meetings as an observer, or if you have any questions or concerns, please reach us at (403) 249-0423. To read minutes from our meeting in September, or any past meeting, please go to: saintmichael.ca/bulletin.


All Soul’s Day Mass

Thursday, November 2, 2023

In addition to our regular 9am Mass, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7pm for the families of our beloved dead in our Columbarium, as well the families whose loved ones died to the Covid period. This is a celebration of our becoming a community in a common journey towards the Father. We share our grief and sorrows for the loss of our loved ones in our efforts as partners in dealing with our own human mortality towards eternal life. This evening celebration is all about friendship, family and faith. Christine Pastega and her group will host a reception that follows. Please register at saintmichael.ca/bulletin.


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


Partnership of Hope

I would like to introduce to you St Michael’s newest sponsored refugee family arriving on November 7th, 2023.

There are five people in the family. Dad-Mehdi (Matthew), Mom-Negar (Mary), Aryan 11 yrs. (M), Adryian yrs. (M) and Manley 5yrs (F). Originally from Iran, they were called to the Catholic faith and have been baptized. Since then, their lives have been in danger, and it is unsafe for them to return to Iran. They have been living in Turkey as refugees, where they are badly mistreated. Life in Turkey has been very difficult. As refugees they are not allowed to work and any odd jobs they might find are poorly compensated. They are unable to move around freely. They are very excited to start their new life in Canada. To be welcomed and become part of the St. Michael’s Community, to be able to attend church to pray peacefully, to work and have their children attend school. Your help is desperately needed. We are looking for donations of household items, clothing, gift cards for groceries or clothing. Monetary donations are always welcomed. Tax receipts will be issued for gifts in kind. 

There are many volunteer opportunities available to help them settle into their new life here. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact: Jocelyn Fitzgerald ; cefitz@shaw.ca; 403-650-9741.

URGENT NEED: We are looking for accommodations for them, if anyone is able to help with that it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me either by email, text or phone if you have anything to donate. Please do not drop items off directly at the Church, as there is no space to handle the items. Thank you for your continued support.



Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, October 28        5 pm       Fr. Kevin Chukwurah

Sunday, October 29          9 am       Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October  29         11 am     Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October  29         5 pm       Fr. Kevin Chukwurah


Calendar of Events for October

October 26, Thursday                       Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, 7-Week Series Begins (excluding Nov.2), Day Chapel, 7:00-8:30pm

October 28, Saturday                       Book of Remembrance, Gathering Area, Available Last Week of October and All Month of November to Sign 

October 30, Monday                         Grief Share, Last Meeting, Supper Included, 6:30-9:00pm (not Tues. Oct. 31)

October 31, Tuesday                         RCIA Cancelled

November 1, Wednesday                 Calgary Catholic Schools Faith Day for School Staff, 8:30am-12:00pm

November 2, Thursday                    All Soul’s Day, Memorial Mass for All Deceased, 9:00am & 7:00pm

November 4, Saturday                     Celebrate Catholic Education Sunday

November 5, Sunday                        Celebrate Catholic Education Sunday

November 5, Sunday                        Cancelled – Community Fellowship Dinner

November 6, Monday                       Christmas Hamper Committee Meeting, St. Michael’s Room, 7:00pm

November 7, Tuesday                       RCIA, Green Room, 7:00-9:00pm

November 9, Thursday                     First Reconciliation Session 2, 6:00-7:30pm

November 9, Thursday                     Pastoral Care Training Session Meeting, Mezzanine, 7:00pm

November 9, Thursday                     Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, Day Chapel, 7:00-8:30pm



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