Bulletin: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2022-11-18 by @saintmichaelyyc


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His Kingdom Come!

November 20, 2022

The French philosopher Blaise Pascal classifies reality in three orders. These orders, according to their increasing importance and value, are: the order of body (which includes visible things, money and politics), the order of mind (which includes knowledge, understanding and artistic talent) and the order of charity (which includes love, wisdom and grace). The second order is infinitely higher than the first one. The third order is infinitely superior to the two other orders.
Christ’s kingship belongs more to the last order of charity. His kingdom was totally of a different order and reality. In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks to Pilate with a mastery and a majesty which suggest a complete transcendence over the power of Rome.
The greatness of Christ in chains dominates history and the universe. The reality of His kingship belongs to the highest order in the classification of Blaise Pascal. His kingship is that of love, wisdom and grace. No kingdom has a power comparable to the power of love.
In many ways, our becoming church is all about building this kingdom of love, wisdom and grace on this earth. 
We endeavor to love as Christ loves. He is king, but He kneels before His followers and washes their feet. He is king who was born in a stable, that is, in poverty and humility. He is king who died on a cross between two criminals to save us from sin and death. We follow His gospel values to the eternal path that will allow us to live forever.
Christ reigns over “an eternal and universal kingdom: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace” (Preface, Christ the King).
“Almighty and ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the Universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise…” (Opening Prayer).
Healing Lines
Family Violence does not happen in a vacuum. It couldn’t be so widespread or have carried on so long in silence if it were only a matter of a few people not controlling their tempers. Abuse is rooted in a host of personal and social values that we have come to accept as right or necessary or “normal.”  “God, we know that many of your children have been hurting for a long time. Open our eyes to their pain and help us to reflect on the values we hold which may contribute to the pain and silence around family violence.”




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.


Together in Action (Formerly Bishop’s Appeal)  

As of this writing, total collection amounts to $27,657.50. The parish target for 2022 is $121,243. We are still short by $93,585.50.  Please consider making a contribution by the end of the year. 


Share Sunday

November 19 & 20

This weekend is Share Sunday! We are accepting monetary donations in support of our Christmas Hamper program. Tax receipts will be issued in 2023 for all donations received by December 31.


Simbang Gabi at SMCC 

Saturday, December 17

St Michael’s Church is hosting the traditional Filipino Mass (Simbang Gabi) on Saturday, December 17, at 7pm starting with carols at 6:30 pm. Filipino families or individuals who are interested in helping with our Filipino Night reception, following the Mass, may email Fr. Edmund at Fredmund@saintmichael.ca or text 403-874-2015.


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 in the Day Chapel for our Advent Recollection (retreat) celebrated by Fr. Edmund on Saturday, November 26, 1 pm to 3 pm, or Sunday, November 27, 1 pm to 3 pm. 


Giving Tuesday

November 29

Giving Tuesday marks a global movement dedicated to charitable giving. As we approach the end of 2022, please consider St. Michael Catholic Community as a recipient of your year-end charitable 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 favorites. 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!


Christmas Hamper Outreach

Volunteers Needed! 

Hamper Day Monday, December 19

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 extension 122.    

Donate: We purchase food at wholesale prices, and include a grocery gift card in each hamper for the recipient to purchase their turkey. Monetary Donations to SSVP are needed to offset this cost.  

Donations 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 will be used by SSVP to address late hamper requests and after-Christmas hamper needs.  Thank you to our parish schools conducting food drives in support of SSVP.

Thank you to all our faithful parish members who volunteered. We will be in touch about your assignment.  

We do need more volunteers to help deliver 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 volunteer and update your volunteer requirements, 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 19, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Troy Nguyen 

Sunday, November 20, 9 am  Mass: Fr. Troy Nguyen

Sunday, November 20, 11 am & 5 pm  Masses: Fr. Troy Nguyen



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