Bulletin: 4th Sunday of Easter

Posted 2024-04-19 by @saintmichaelyyc

 

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Good Shepherd Sunday

April 21, 2024

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, sometimes called Vocations Sunday. It was suggested that I tell my vocation story. It is a bit different for me. I was ordained later in life, so a lot more happened that led me to receive that sacrament. I will tell a couple of stories. 
 
Let’s start at the beginning. I was born as the son of a protestant pastor. I was taught the faith from my earliest days. I got the full treatment. Christian school, Christian college, most of our social life was in the Church. I was just very strongly immersed in the Dutch Reformed faith. I pretty much believed it all. I learned the Bible. Many kids found it boring, but I loved it.  I grew up with a solid faith but not really a lively faith. I went to Church. I followed the rules. I studied the Bible. The Christian faith was something I had basically mastered. I would never have said that at the time but that was kind of my feeling.
 
Fast forward to my 20’s. I had moved out of my home. I was active in the young adults group. I started to encounter people who had a really vibrant and exciting relationship with Jesus. Many of these people had wandered away from the Church and come back. It seemed like they had something I was missing. It did not seem right. Why should someone who stayed on the straight and narrow miss out on some aspect of Christianity?
 
I went on a retreat with many of these people. I remember the speaker asked the question, “What is the sin that God hates the most?” I did not know. That bothered me. I would normally know the answer to questions like that. He said, “Murder is #3, but what is the #1 sin that God hates the most?” Well, the answer was pride. That really struck me. I had a lot of pride. I had done well to avoid the big sins like sex and drinking.… and murder. But I had not avoided the biggest sin of pride. The #2 sin? Lying. I was also lying a fair bit in those days to serve my pride. It all made me think.
 
Later he told a story about shepherds. That sometimes when a lamb was rebellious and refused to listen to a shepherd, the shepherd would take that lamb and break its legs. Then the shepherd would put that lamb on his shoulders and hold the bones in place. As the legs healed, the lamb learned to listen to the shepherd’s voice. He learned to love the shepherd’s voice. Then that lamb would rejoin the flock and no longer be disobedient.
 
That made me think as well. I could look at my life and see many things that were not going well at all. It was like God was telling me, this is not because you are a loser, it is because I love you. I broke your legs so you could learn to love me, too.

 

 
Healing Lines

There are victims of family violence who may have turned away from the Church because they feel they have not been supported. Also, some perpetrators of family violence may feel that the Church has not reached out to them and nor assisted them to get the help they need. Let us not forget those of God’s sheep who we may overlook.

 

 
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
 
Saturday, April 20 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, April 24 at 8:30am Morning Prayer:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, April 21 at 9am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, April 21 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, April 21 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter
 
 

Announcements:

 

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
This Sunday, World Day of Vocations or “Good Shepherd Sunday”, we heed the Lord’s call to “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest.” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). We ask for your prayers for young people to courageously answer God’s call to priesthood, diaconate, and religious life. The Diocese of Calgary also asks for your generous donations today to support the education and formation of our seminarians and those in the permanent diaconate program. You can donate online at catholicyyc.ca/give or through our parish. Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank you!
 
Volunteerism, Anyone? 
“It is National Volunteer Week, and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge everyone for their ongoing dedication to St. Michael’s. Your hard work not only helps strengthen and build the community, but it also creates friendships and unforgettable moments. You are truly making a difference!” (Marvin Matthews, Volunteer Coordinator) We need volunteers in most ministries. The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit (EME) Committee is actively campaigning for more volunteers. With the return of our Basket Collection during weekends, we need volunteers in the Hospitality Ministry to increase the number of ushers and greeters who can help with the collection baskets. With the lifting of restrictions of the Communion with the Cup and if we proceed the pre-pandemic practice, we require to double the number of Eucharistic Ministers who can help administer Holy Communion during the weekend Masses.  
 

 

St. Michael Event Schedule

 

Coffee Connections:

Thursdays | After Daily Mass | 9:30am

Sundays | After Morning Masses | 10:00am and 12:00pm

 

April 2024:

April 19 – 21 | 40 Hours Devotion for Vocations | Day Chapel | Begins Friday, April 19 at 3:00pm| Ends Sunday, April 21 at 8:00am

April 19 | Youth Rally Impact Night: Grades 7-12 | Guest from Houston, Texas | Sanctuary | 7:00-9:00pm

April 21 | Cancelled: Coffee Connections

April 21 | Vocations Rally | Sanctuary | 12:00pm-3:00pm

April 22 | Bible Study “Galatians: Set Free to Live in the Spirit” | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

April 23 | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

April 23 | RCIA | St. Nicholas’ Room | 7:00-9:00pm

April 23 | SSVP Monthly Meeting | St. Gabriel Room 145 | 7:00pm

April 24 | Women’s Ministry Bible Study “Wild Goose”| St. Nicholas Room and Theater | 10:00-12:00pmam

April 25 | Moms & Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am

April 25 | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm

April 26 | Fr. Edmund’s 45th Anniversary | Sanctuary Mass 6:00pm | Reception Narthex 7:00pm

April 27 | Baptism Prep | St. Nicholas’ Room | 9:00am-12:00pm

April 27-28 | Undie Sunday | Narthex | After All Masses

April 28 | Altar Server Training | Sanctuary | 12:00pm

April 29 | Bible Study “Galatians: Set Free to Live in the Spirit” | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

April 30 | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

April 30 | RCIA | St. Nicholas’ Room | 7:00-9:00pm

 

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