Bulletin: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-01-27 by @saintmichaelyyc


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Law and Spirit

January 29, 2023

In the Old Testament, the divine pattern for human conduct was set forth for His people in the Ten Commandments which is a summary of instructions given to God’s chosen people before they entered the Promised Land. In the New Testament, God reveals himself to us in the person of Jesus who has showed how we are to live. With Christ’s new commandment of love, we freely respond to the call for holiness in the particular circumstances of our lives.  
Many theologians would like to see the parallelism of the Ten Commandments handed down to Moses on Mt. Sinai and the Beatitudes which Christ preached on the Mount which is featured in our gospel reading today. So to speak, the Beatitudes becomes the New Testament version of the Ten Commandments. The Beatitudes expresses a personal commitment to what Christ demands as part of our calling as God’s children. The Beatitudes is the positive response to God’s call to love, making us comply with our external acts of the law as an expression of our commitment to justice and peace.
The gift of God’s love in Christ, as exemplified in the Eucharist, becomes the central force of our acts of justice, kindness and love. Just evil intentions come from the human heart, goodness comes from the grace of God. Living the Christian faith is not all about complying with outward practices of our religion. Christian faith has to be deeply rooted in our souls, making the word of God as the source of all our actions and thoughts.  
God gives us the capacity to act in accordance with God’s love in Jesus Christ who became human so we can share our humanity but not our sinfulness. We go beyond our religious practices and acts of justice and peace to realize that it is God’s grace that moves us to pursue what is good. As St. Paul asserts in the second reading today that Christ Jesus has become our wisdom from God, our righteousness, sanctification and redemption. And quoting the prophet Jeremiah, St Paul adds: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Healing Lines
As churches work to become safe communities for survivors of abuse, it is vitally important to make sure that the church building, its programs and its workers are safe for vulnerable people. Let’s follow the teachings of Jesus to work to ensure our Church community is a safe and nourishing one for those who are abused and oppressed, and to eradicate any abusive behavior by our members.




Baptism Preparation

Our next Baptism preparation course will be on Saturday, February 11 from 9 am – 12 pm. To register your child for Baptism, please visit our website at https://saintmichael.ca/baptism/


Blessing of Anniversary Couples 

There will be a special blessing for couples who have celebrated a wedding anniversary this weekend of January 28 and 29. Let us celebrate the sacrament of Marriage as an essential component of our life as a Christian community. 


Last Year’s Palms 

Since the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday Liturgy were blessed, they are now sacramentals which should be treated with respect and never be thrown away. If you would like to dispose of your palms, please bring them to the church and deposit them in the “old palms” container outside the Parish Office. Once collected, the palms will be burned to be used on Ash Wednesday.


Moms and Tots


Moms and Tots is back. Please join us every Thursday 9:30-11:30 am in the St. Nicholas room for coffee, social and play!


Blessing of Candles

Thursday, February 2 during the 9 am Mass

As a Catholic tradition during the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, the 9 am Mass will include the blessing of candles. Parishioners are invited to bring candles to this Mass so that they can be blessed by the presiding priest.


Blessing of the Throats

Friday, February 3 during the 9 am Mass

In honor of the feast of St. Blaise-patron saint of those with throat illness– there will be a special blessing of throats during the 9 am Mass. All are invited, especially those who would like to receive healing through the intercession of St. Blaise.


IWIN Virtual Event

February 8 – 7pm

IWIN invites you to an evening of prayer on February 8 at 7 pm, in recognition of the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking. Please join the zoom meeting at: HTTPS://US06WEB.ZOOM.US/J/86332252851? PWD=WTAWK0XJENBZB2FVVUXQRNNUOVPVUT09. Passcode: 220171  


World Day of the Sick Mass

Saturday, February 11 at 5 pm

Fr. Edmund will be celebrating a healing Mass in observance of World Day of the Sick, on Saturday, February 11 at 5 pm. All are invited to attend.


Art Walk 2023: Callout for Artists

March 4-5

We invite artists and photographers from beginners to professionals to register to showcase their works at the up coming Art Walk. You must be a member of Saint Michaels Catholic Church. The cut off for registration is February 20. For registration info and for submission requirements, please visit saintmichael.ca/event/artwalk.


Day Chapel Renovation

The Day Chapel is now closed for renovation which includes the addition of two side altars for the Blessed Virgin Mary (current statue) and the Divine Mercy (framed canvas print). The Divine Mercy print is from the original. The two side altars will also have votive candle racks where devotees can light real candles. Thomas Tan will be our project coordinator. The renovation design was done by Architect June Lee. The project has been duly approved by the diocese. The project concept was presented by Bill Tapuska and Peggy Tan, in an effort to place the Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary in their appropriate places. The draft recommendations of the defunct Interior Enhancement Committee on the Day Chapel improvements have been duly taken into account. The Blessed Virgin Mary is currently located in a grotto-type make-shift altar at the back corner of the Day Chapel. The project cost is at $98,000 plus taxes, as budgeted by Cougar Construction who won a recent bidding. So far, a family has contributed $30,000 for the project. We encourage families and individuals to support the project through financial contributions or through continued prayers.

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.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!

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, January 28, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, January 29, 9 am, 11 am & 5 pm Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas


Lent & Easter Schedule

Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2023

Mass at  9 am, 6 pm


Lenten Fridays: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Mass at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm


Parish Reconciliation: Thursday, March 23

Confessions at 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Palm Sunday: April 2

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 am, 11 am, 5 pm


Holy Week

Holy Thursday: April 6

Mass at 7 pm, Adoration following Mass until 11 pm


Good Friday: April 7

Liturgy at 12 pm, 3 pm


Easter Vigil: April 8

Mass at 9 pm


Easter Sunday: April 9

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 am, 11 am, 5 pm


Parish Office: The office will be closed on Good Friday.



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