What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
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FUNDRAISING FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Help us raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul by purchasing high-quality food products from Fund Forward Community Fundraisers, and 20% of the proceeds will go towards SSVP. Place your order online at stmichaels244.fundfwdshop.ca or by seeing Theresa at the gathering area after Masses this weekend. Orders will be ready for pickup here at the church on Wednesday, December 5, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Chalice: Help Children in Developing Countries this Christmas – NEW
Chalice, a Canadian Catholic child sponsorship organization, invites you to share your blessings this Christmas by purchasing items from their Christmas Gift Catalogue. This gives you the opportunity to purchase a gift on behalf of a loved one and receive a tax receipt.
Volunteer Callout: Moms & Tots – NEW
The Friday morning Moms & Tots ministry is looking for volunteer babysitters for 3 consecutive Fridays (November 30, December 7 and 14) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers must have a valid police check. If you’re interested, please email Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: SHARE SUNDAY AND VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
- We kick off our hamper preparations this weekend with our first Share Sunday and volunteer sign up weekend. Take a bag after Mass and fill it with our most-needed food items. Also, sign up sheets for different positions will be available after Mass in the gathering area.
- Angel Tree supplies needed: our Angel Tree will be available on the weekends of November 24-25 and December 1-2. Pick an angel from the tree, shop for the gift wished for by that child, and return it by noon on December 9 to ensure it is included with the hamper intended for that child’s family. We also welcome donations of wrapping paper and gift bags (approximately 15″x18″ or larger). If you are able to donate these items, you can drop them off at the Angel Tree box outside the main sanctuary. Thank you!
- Hamper delivery and police checks: the Diocese requires that anyone delivering hampers to homes must have a valid Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check (VSPIC) and have completed the Diocese’s online learning module. If you’re interested in helping with hamper delivery on December 17 and have not yet initiated the VSPIC process, email email@example.com. We are still in need of an additional 30 delivery teams, and at least one in each team must complete both requirements. Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteer!
Purpose of Life Seminar
Do you have a hectic schedule? Searching for direction and purpose? Join Dr. Mark Kolodziej and counselor Ron Semenoff at the second part of the Purpose of Life seminar on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more info, click here.
#RedWednesday: Pray for Persecuted Christians – NEW
Aid for the Church in Need (ACN Canada) has designated November 21 as a day of awareness on Christian persecution around the world. On this day, you’re invited to wear red and include our persecuted brothers and sisters in your prayers. To learn more about Christian persecution and other #RedWednesday events in the Diocese of Calgary, visit catholicyyc.ca.
MARRIAGE MINISTRY MEET & GREET
For married, engaged, and seriously-dating couples: come meet the Marriage Ministry team, Deacon Pat and Jennifer Woo for a brief introduction, followed by snacks, fun, and fellowship on Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required. Please register here or at the Marriage Ministry booth after Mass.
Rejoice: Women’s Ministry Advent Retreat
The Women’s Ministry is inviting women parishioners to their Advent retreat, followed by coffee and desserts on Thursday, November 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free will offering accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stocking Tree – NEW
Fill a pair of socks with essentials for daily living such as: underwear, mitts, gloves, toques, Kleenex packets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, bandages, shampoo, razors, shaving cream and, if you have room, candy bars. Hang the stockings onto the Stocking Tree in the sanctuary beginning on the weekend of December 1-2, the First Sunday of Advent. These stockings will be delivered to the Drop-In Centre this Christmas.
CCSD Advent Choral Festival – NEW
All are invited to the Calgary Catholic School District’s choral festival on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m., featuring choirs from Catholic high schools in Calgary. Come and join in celebrating Advent through music as the students fill the sanctuary with heartwarming holiday spirit.
Breakfast with St. Nicholas – NEW
Join us in the Kids’ Kingdom room on Sunday, December 9, after the 11 a.m. Mass for a pancake breakfast with the Knights and the Bishop of Myra — the “real” Santa! He will be around to greet the children. Read up about St. Nicholas and who he really was at saintnicholascenter.org.
Righteous Sounds of Winter Concert
Join the Inspirition Band (music ministry for the Sunday 5 p.m. Mass) for an evening of beautiful Christmas music at the Righteous Sounds of Winter concert, happening on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Text to Donate – NEW
Don’t carry cash? You can now use text messaging to donate any amount to St. Michael’s. To sign up for this service, text give to 438-800-8739. Once you’re signed up, you can text any amount to the same number, anytime.
CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG and lunch
Save the date! The 55+ Circle of Friends’ annual Christmas Sing-Along is happening on Wednesday, December 12 at noon. Tickets are $20 each and will go on sale from November 26 to December 9. During this period, you can buy tickets at the parish office, after Mass on weekends, or after the 9 a.m. Mass on Fridays (Nov. 30 and Dec. 7). Last day to buy tickets is December 9.
Christmas Pageant and Potluck – NEW
All are invited to the children’s Christmas Pageant happening on Friday, December 21 at 6 p.m. This is a family event followed by a potluck dinner. For more info, email Alison at email@example.com.
ART WALK 2019: CALLOUT FOR ARTISTS
We invite artists and photographers to come and register to showcase their work at next spring’s Art Walk. For information on how to register and for submission requirements, click here.
In His Will Ministries: Belize Mission – NEW
As you may be aware, Carmen and Faye McBride have operated a mission in Unitedville, Belize since 2001. While they’ve made an enormous positive impact on the community through education and parenting support, Carmen and Faye are ready for retirement and are looking for an energetic, faith-filled couple or family to carry on their work. St. Michael’s has supported In His Will for 16 years, and we would certainly pray for the work of this mission to continue. For more information, please contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31. Learn more about the Belize mission at meaworldwide.org/in-his-will.
TOGETHER IN ACTION AND UNITED WAY
Did you know you can contribute to St. Michael’s and TIA through the United Way campaign at your place of work? You can direct some or all of your pledged contribution be directed to a registered charity, including our TIA campaign, by designating your gift to “St. Michael Catholic Community – Together in Action” and using CRA registered charity number 10790993RR0026. If you have any questions, contact Sean Maxwell at email@example.com.