What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
What’s our “Mission”?
October 24, 2021
Organizations, conscious of their purpose, have their respective “mission” statement. The mission statement is the principle of operation, the inspiration and basis of their various programs and activities.
We, as a community at St. Michael’s, 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.” Our community “vision” is “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.”
World Mission Sunday is an opportunity to re-affirm our sense of mission as a church community. It 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. The word “mission” comes from a Latin term meaning “being sent”.
Our mission as church is about service and sacrifice. It is about offering our lives in love and service of others.
In today’s gospel, Bartimeus, grateful for having his sight back, follows Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. He is now on a “mission”, a fearless disciple of Jesus, ready to share whatever fate awaited Jesus in Jerusalem. Like Bartimeus, are we spirit-filled and ready to share our encounter with God with others? Do we see ourselves as medics sent to warm the hearts and heal the wounds of those suffering in life? “Lord Jesus, heal our spiritual blindness. Give us the courage to follow you faithfully on the road to life. Give us strength to live for you day by day in the loving service of our brothers and sisters. Be on the road of life our peace and our joy. Amen.”
We Are Hiring
We are currently hiring for an Operations Manager at St. Michael’s. Please visit the Calgary Diocese website at www.catholicyyc.ca/careers to view the job posting.
Liturgy 101 with Fr. Edmund
Fr. Edmund will be hosting sessions that explore basic liturgical guidelines on celebrations, worship space designs and furnishings. The gathering provides an open forum. This continuing dialogue/formation strives to eventually come up with a comprehensive program and protocols for various ministries which can be helpful in our volunteer campaign, training & evaluation.
There will be 3 sessions held in the Main Sanctuary:
Saturday, November 13, 6-7 p.m. after the 5 p.m. Mass
Sunday November 14, noon-1 p.m. after the 11 a.m. Mass
Sunday, November 14, 6-7 p.m. after the 5 p.m. Mass
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 23, 5:00 PM – Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, October 24, 9:00 AM – Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, October 24, 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM – Fr. Edmund Vargas
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.
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.