What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Love & Remembrance
November 7, 2021
November is the month of remembrance. As a country, we celebrate Remembrance Day as a tribute to our heroes who lived and died for the freedom we still enjoy. With the whole Church, we celebrate this month 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 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.
In time of bereavement, we show support for our families, especially when they are alone in coping with this difficulty. Our columbarium expresses our care for the remains of our loved ones. Our 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 that our loved ones have left us should inspire us more to love one another.
The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is Christ’s own legacy of His self-sacrificing love for all of 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.
SSVP Christmas Hampers:
Hamper Night is on December 14
We are happy to announce that St. Michaels Christmas Hamper will have distributions this year. Due to COVID restrictions, we will have a smaller event, but we need your assistance more than ever as requests for help at Christmas are coming in. SSVP is working to meet the needs and deliver hampers while maintaining the safety of our volunteers and recipients.
This year, we’re unable to handle food donations but we will process Angel Tree gifts. SSVP will purchase all required food from our wholesaler and would welcome your support for this in the form of monetary donations. Donations to SSVP may be dropped in the collection basket, placed in a green SSVP donation envelope and dropped at the church in the SSVP locked box located in our Food Chest, or made online: Donate Now– St. Michael Catholic Community – Please select Society of St Vincent de Paul (including Christmas Hampers) in the “Funds” drop-down menu. Tax receipts will be issued in January 2022 for any monetary donations.
Gifts for children: In addition to the Angel tree we will be providing gift cards to families with children. Any donations may be dropped at the parish office, labeled SSVP Christmas Hamper Donation, or placed in the locked box located in our SSVP collection bin Food Chest.
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact SSVP@saintmichael.ca.
Further details will be made available as we complete our plans.
2022 Contribution Envelopes
Next year’s 2022 contribution envelopes are now available for pickup in the Gathering Area. Please look for your name alphabetically-organized, and note that your number may have changed from last year. If you have any questions, call the parish office at 403-249-0423.
There will be Daily Mass at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, however, the Parish Office will be closed for Remembrance Day.
Parish Pastoral Council
In the process of re-establishing the Parish Pastoral Council, please provide five (5) names of parishioners who you think and feel can represent our community. Please email the names to Luisa Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 16.
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
Changes to Daily Mass and Office Hours
Effective November 2, Daily Mass on Tuesdays will be moved from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. As of October 4, Daily Mass is no longer being celebrated on Mondays and the parish office is closed.
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, November 6, 5:00 PM – Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, November 7, 9:00 AM – Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, November 7, 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM – Fr. Edmund Vargas