What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Remembering Our Beloved Dead….
October 29, 2023
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 ; email@example.com; 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