Bulletin: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2022-10-21 by @saintmichaelyyc


What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:


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Our Sense of Mission

October 23, 2022

Organizations, who are conscious of their purpose, come up with a mission statement which is usually prominently displayed in their headquarters or offices. The mission statement becomes their inspiration and guide in their efforts to achieve their noble goals. It also becomes the basis for their periodic evaluation to improve their performance.
We, as a church community at Saint Michael, have our own mission statement. “SMCC is a spirit-filled church where all may experience that they are seen, known and loved by God, and who share this encounter with others.” (Mission Statement). ”To be Calgary’s model field hospital because each believer is a medic sent out to warm the hearts and heal the wounds of those suffering in life…” (Vision).
The celebration of World Mission Sunday is an opportunity for all of us to re-affirm our sense of mission as a church community. The World Mission Sunday celebration is not so much about the special contribution we make for the missionary efforts of the church. It is more about our sense of being sent to proclaim the Good News in our own lives. It is more about our readiness to carry the light of the Gospel to all the ends of the earth, beginning with our own immediate friends, families and communities.
The word “mission” comes from a Latin term meaning “being sent”. We are a community commissioned to bring the Good News of Salvation to all peoples. Missionaries are disciples tasked with the missionary activity in places where there is need for the Gospel to be preached and witnessed.
Our sense of mission requires us to be subject to what Christ requires of his followers which can be summed up in his more emphatic statements on discipleship found in the gospels. “If you want to be great, become a servant.” “If you want to be first, be at the service of others.” “I did not come to be served, but to serve.” “I didn’t come to save my life, but to give my life for others.” Our mission as a church is about service and sacrifice. It is about offering our lives in love and service of others.
Healing Lines
Even though we may not be touched by abuse in our families, we are affected by abuse daily. We see it portrayed in the media, we hear about the atrocities perpetrated on others through war, poverty and discrimination, and we witness it through the mistreatment of others around us (strangers, friends and relatives). Let us humbly pray that we readily recognize signs of abuse and take action to stop it whenever we can. Let us offer protection and solace to those abused in our faith community and Church.



Blessing of Anniversary Couples

October 29/30

There will be a special blessing for couples who have celebrated a wedding anniversary on the weekend of October 29/30. Let us celebrate the sacrament of Marriage as an essential component of our life as a Christian community. 


RCIA Sponsors Needed

Tuesdays, 7 pm to 9 pm

RCIA has begun, and we are looking for Sponsors for our new catechumens and candidates. In order to be a Sponsor, you must be a fully initiated, practicing Catholic over the age of 16. If married, you must be married in the Catholic Church. Sponsors are asked to attend sessions every Tuesday night from 7 pm to 9 pm, and accompany their candidate to Mass on Sundays. If you feel called to be a Sponsor, please contact Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca.


Ministry Fair

November 5-6

Our Stewardship (Ministry Fair) weekend will be taking place after the services on Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6. This is an opportunity for your respective ministries to engage with parishioners who might be interested in volunteering. If your ministry would like to participate, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca.


Catholic Education Sunday

November 5-6

Join us in celebrating Catholic Education Sunday on November 5 and 6, 2022. 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 theccef.ca.


Christmas Hamper Outreach

Volunteers Needed! 

Hamper Day Monday, December 19

Next week (October 29/30 weekend), members of the Hamper Organizing Committee will be in the gathering area after all Masses to answer questions and sign up volunteers for Hamper Day. After two years of reduced activity, we are once more gearing up for a large event, with plans to prepare and deliver 170 hampers on that day. We need your help with:

– Wednesday, December 14: Preparing and Wrapping Gifts 

– Sunday, December 18: Set up 

– Monday, December 19: Hamper Assembly: fill and pack hampers, assist in the store room, re-stock shelves and   store hampers ready for delivery. Note: Morning and afternoon sessions available

– Monday, December 19, Evening: Deliver prepared hampers to recipients’ homes

A detailed list of all required jobs will be available next weekend, and our Organizing Committee volunteers will be happy to assist you find a volunteer opportunity that matches your needs. Importantly, those delivering hampers will be required to have an updated Police Check on file. Note that it can take up to 4 weeks to process this, although it is a simple online process. To check if your volunteer requirements are up to date, please contact Marvin Matthews MMatthews@saintmichael.ca.

Gifts for children: The Angel Tree will be available the weekend of November 26/27, where you can select a child and shop for their special gift.  

Further details will be made available as we complete our plans.

Questions? Send to MMatthews@saintmichael.ca.

Referrals: Referrals will be accepted from parish schools, and through the SSVP intake line at 403-249-0423 ext 122.    


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122.

We are looking for new members. If you are interested, contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122. 

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the SSVP food chest in the gathering area. Currently we are looking for: cereal, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and canned fish/meat.

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.


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, October 22, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas 

Sunday, October 23, 9 am Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, October 23, 11 am & 5 pm Masses: Fr. Raul Hernandez




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