Bulletin: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2022-11-10 by @saintmichaelyyc


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The Time is Near! (Luke 21:8)

November 13, 2022

Today’s anxiety over the end of the world is similar to the expectation of the Thessalonians about Christ’s imminent return. This end-of-the-world syndrome has to be approached with the same recommendation prescribed by Paul in his letter to them. During Paul’s time, the expectation of Christ’s imminent return was construed as an excuse for giving up productive work, a license for social irresponsibility and an alibi to act as pious busybodies. Paul’s rule that “anyone unwilling to work should not eat” was invoked in the context of this mentality.  
We still have to continue to tackle today’s tasks and challenges. After all, eternity is shaped by today’s efforts. Today’s gospel exhortation is courageous constancy amidst fear and anxiety. In all our troubles, we have to seize the opportunity to witness to our faith, confident of God’s grace and our ultimate redemption. We have to live our life in accordance with the will of God.  
We have to become enduring witnesses to Christ’s resurrection and its promise of eternal life until we come to the moment when we behold Christ’s glory by living our life with perseverance and endurance amidst difficulties and challenges. 
As we gather today, reflecting on the end of our own life and the end of the world, we continue to work and pray for peace in the world, and for justice in our communities and in our world. We continue to pray for those who are upset because of their fear for the future, for people, especially children, who are abused in their homes or place of work, and for those who love and hate us. We have to work for the coming of God’s kingdom in our respective lives.
The Eucharist, which relives Christ’s endurance and perseverance in His suffering and death on the cross, should inspire us with these same virtues of endurance and perseverance as we continue to tackle daily tasks with their inherent difficulties and challenges.
Healing Lines
Bullying is a conscious, willful and deliberate act of power through aggression that is repeated, unequal power, which creates fear in the victim and an inability to act. Bullying includes: physical aggression (hitting, kicking, taking or damaging belonging), verbal aggression (insults, name-calling, and repeated teasing), social exclusion, intimidation through spreading nasty rumours or threatening, sexual aggression, and cyber-bullying. If you are experiencing this reach out for help at Bullying Helpline – Call or text 310-1818.




2023 Contribution Envelopes

Next year’s 2023 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.



To register your child for Baptism, please visit https://saintmichael.ca/baptism/. The next Baptism preparation course will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 9 am-12 pm. Please contact Francesca at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca for more details.



November 19 & 20

“The Eucharist Commits Us To The Poor.” – Catechism 

Please welcome Canadian recording artist and Chalice Champion Chris Bray, who will speak at all November 19 & 20 Masses about the opportunity to begin a relationship with a child in need through the benefits of Child Sponsorship. Sponsorship is a powerful way to live out the faith we profess! Chalice is Canada’s largest Catholic Child Sponsorship organization. Please visit chalice.ca for more information about Chalice and its mission to its 52 sponsor sites in 14 countries.    

Holy Land Pilgrimage

November 13 to 21, 2023

Join Fr. Edmund on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, November 13 to 21, 2023, on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world. Book now and save $150 per person. Cost: double $5,699, single $6,849 and triple $5,669. For more information visit: gateway.gocollette.com/link/1122663.


NET Youth Retreats at St. Michael’s

Calling all youth grades 4-12! Join NET Ministries at St. Michael’s for one of our incredible youth retreats. It will be a time to meet new friends, eat pizza, and encounter God in a new and exciting way!

Retreat for grades 8 to 12: Friday, November 25 (5 pm to 10 pm)

Retreat for grades 4 to 7: Saturday, November 26 (10 am to 2 pm)


To register, visit the links below:

Retreat for grades 8 to 12: 


Retreat for grades 4 to 7:



Advent Pasta Fundraiser Night

Saturday, November 26  

Please join us for Pasta night – Fundraiser hosted by the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, November 26 after the 5 pm Mass. The proceeds will go to our Christmas Hamper program as well as a new playground for St. Michael’s Catholic School. Tickets will be available after weekend Masses (November 12/13, 19/20) or at the office during the week. Cost: $5 for child (ages 3 to 13) and $10 for adult (ages 14 and up).


Advent Recollection

November 26-27

Please join us for our Advent Recollection celebrated by Father Edmund on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 at 1 pm in the Day Chapel. 


Giving Tuesday

November 29

Giving Tuesday marks a global movement dedicated to charitable giving. As we approach the end of 2022, we ask that you remember St. Michael’s in your year-end giving. To donate, visit saintmichael.ca/giving or e-transfer to isupport@saintmichael.ca.


Steve Bell Concert

December 2

St. Michaels is pleased to be hosting Steve Bell in a solo concert on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. This will be an evening of story and song featuring music from his latest album, “Wouldn’t You Love to Know,” as well as Steve Bell classics and favourites. Tickets are $25 and are available on-line at www.stevebell.com/events, or from the parish office. Visit www.stevebell.com/events for more info.


Knitting Ministry 

We invite everyone in the parish to join us in our fall project of knitting/crocheting hats, scarves, neck warmers, mitts for the needy (mostly adults). Last year we collected almost 100 beautifully made items which were donated to and gratefully received by several charities serving the homeless. There will be a collection box in the gathering area with an end date of Dec.15. Thank you for helping us meet this ongoing need!


Moms and Tots

Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Moms and Tots are invited to join us for coffee, social and play every Thursday morning from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the St. Nicholas Room.


Christmas Hamper Outreach

Volunteers Needed! 

Hamper Day Monday, December 19

Our target is to prepare and deliver 170 hampers on that day. We are now receiving referrals and accepting donations. Cash donations are especially needed, as detailed below.  

Referrals: Referrals are accepted from Parish school counselors, and through the SSVP intake line at 403-249-0423 ext 122.    

Donate: Monetary Donations to SSVP are used to purchase food at wholesale prices, and may be made through: 

– the collection box, noted for Christmas Hampers

– depositing the green envelopes located in the SSVP donation bin/lockbox in the gathering area

– online at saintmichael.ca/giving.

Please include your clearly printed name and address – tax receipts will be issued in January 2023.

Food Donations: Christmas Hampers contain a standard list of goods and quantities, purchased wholesale, at a substantial cost saving.  SSVP provides support to families year-round, and food donations received this month that are not on our list will be placed in the larder, for use by SSVP to address late hamper requests and after-Christmas hamper needs. Thank you to our Parish schools who are conducting food drives in support of SSVP.

Thank you to all our faithful Parish members who signed up last weekend to assist with hamper preparations and delivery. It is great to see the desire to help, especially after the past two years of reduced service. We are contacting all those who signed up and will be in touch about your assignment.  

We do need more volunteers to help with delivery on the night of December 19.   

Importantly, those delivering hampers are required to have an updated Police Check on file, and complete Praesidium training. Note it can take up to 4 weeks to process but can be completed online. 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 our Angel Gift Tags hold a child’s special request. Shop for that special gift and return it to be enclosed with the hamper going to the family.   


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! During the month of October we helped over 20 families.

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: 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. 

If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca or phone (403) 249-0423 (ext 122)


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, November 12, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas 

Sunday, November 13, 9 am  Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, November 13, 11 am & 5 pm  Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas




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