Bulletin: 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted 2024-03-07 by @saintmichaelyyc


What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:


Together in Action 2024

March 10, 2024

Together in Action (formerly the annual bishop’s appeal) has been launched this Lenten season. This year’s theme is “God will satisfy every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  Indeed, embracing God’s divine plan empowers us not only to enrich our own lives, but also positively impact those in need. Together in Action (TIA) supports key ministries, partner organizations, and agencies.  “Together in Action: the power of our faith at work” recognizes our need as missionary disciples to give and share of ourselves.  As Christ’s missionary disciples, we are called to receive God’s gift gratefully, to cultivate them responsibly, to share them lovingly in justice with others, and to return them with increase to the Lord.  This attitude of stewardship recognizes that God is the origin of life and that He gave us His Son to redeem us.  We praise and thank God by prayer, ministry, and sharing.
Working together in action enables us to create a future with horizons of hope, restore equality, offer new possibilities, and proclaim God’s favor.  May this campaign help us express our common hope of building a stronger community in our parish.
“Instruct those who are rich in this world’s goods that they should not be proud and should set their hopes not on money, which is untrustworthy, but on God who gives richly all that we need for our happiness.  They are to do good and rich in good works, generous in giving, and always ready to share – this is the way they can amass a good capital sum for the future if they want to possess the life that is real.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19) God is never outdone in love and generosity.   
This year’s campaign aims to raise $2 million for crucial causes such as caring for retired priests, hospital chaplaincy, pastoral care, diocesan ministries, and the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.  Last year’s campaign fell short of our parish goal of $121,243.00.  Our target goal for this year remains the same.  Whatever is in excess, if any, will be contributed to our Building Fund to cover our loan amortizations. Magda Aguillon is our new designated TIA coordinator.



Healing Lines

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him…”  God is available to forgive all our transgressions and heal us.  If we have been the aggressive one in our families, we can seek out the resources available in our community and God’s help will support us in our journey.  Take responsibility and be the model for your children and others around you.  Seek help.

Lenten Insights
1st Sunday:
Less is more. Less talk, more acts of kindness. When we give the Sign of Peace at Mass (before Holy Communion), we share the gesture or sign of peace in silence, not with words or verbal greetings of peace. Less food and drink, more fasting. Fasting creates an emptiness or vacancy for God in our lives which can all be about ourselves. Selfishness makes us sinful and veers us away from God’s power and presence. Communal prayer and obedience is more difficult than personal piety and devotion. Starting this Lenten season, the Morning Prayer will be recited as a community every Sunday at 8:30am, before the 9am Mass. Singing as a congregation is the ideal way of doing music at Mass, not leaving the choir to do the music for us. Alleluia is not recited or sung during the Lenten season in anticipation/preparation for the Alleluia Sunday (Easter Sunday). It is also not recited or acclaimed at Dismissal, unless provided by the rubrics during the Easter season. Outside the Easter season, alleluia is proclaimed during the Gospel Acclamation. Communal unity is more important than individual effort or action. Whatever we do can appear to be very important for us, but all should work towards unity. As we embark our Pastoral Renewal as a parish, let us reflect more about what we can do or share with the community, rather than what the community or parish can do for us. We do ministry, that is, all efforts are done on behalf and for God and His people, and not for us or for our own preferred or personal goals. “Whenever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of the liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.” (Pope Benedict XVI) “At Calvary, there were also those who applauded Christ’s death: the soldiers and the demons.” (Padre Pio) Liturgy is never about individual or group performance, but about God’s action through us.
2nd Sunday:
It used to be that the priest celebrated Mass and the people attended as silent spectators. But it is the whole Body of Christ with Christ our Head that celebrates the liturgy. Full participation at Mass  means much more than congregational participation in the music. Participation includes listening to the proclaimed Scripture readings, dialogue with the celebrant and other liturgical ministers. It includes praying the texts of the Mass with the rest of the assembly and, yes, singing those psalms, hymns, and Mass parts as well. Attentiveness is the key, even in the sacred silences of the Mass. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal indicates a number of specific locations in the liturgy where “silence” is mandated. For example, silence is mandated before the Act of Penitence and before the Opening Prayer. The Opening Prayer, called the “Collect” begins with the priest celebrant giving the invitation, “Let us pray.” The General Instruction indicates there is to be a period of silence following this invitation. The purpose of this period of silence is “so that all may be conscious of the fact that they are in God’s presence and may formulate their petitions mentally.” This silent period takes on a heightened importance for the engagement of the people in this communal prayer. Between the invitation to pray and the priest praying the Collect prayer, the rest of the people have something to do. This is the time that each person brings his or her hopes, joys, and concerns to mind to be included in this prayer. Then the priest, addressing God the Father, “collects” the people’s prayers by summing up the character of the celebration. The people, uniting themselves to this entreaty, make the prayer their own with an “Amen.” This Sunday when the priest gives the invitation, “Let us pray,” let us do just that. Let us all bring to mind our intentions, joining of our hopes, joys, sorrows, and concerns as we engage more fully, actively, and consciously at every Mass.
3rd Sunday:
Why Incense at Mass? “Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!”(Psalm 141:2) Frankincense was one of the precious gifts brought by the Three Kings to the Baby Jesus, a sign of His function as priest in addition to His two other functions as prophet and king. In his apocalyptic visions of heaven, St. John mentions incense being used at God’s heavenly throne. (Revelation 5:6-8)  When we see incense at Mass, it reminds us of heaven, that our worship of God in the liturgy is divine in origin, that our prayer rises to God like the smoke from the censer, purifying our worship of Him, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. Incense adds solemnity, mystery and transcendence to the Mass which literally links heaven with earth, allowing us to enter into the presence of God. The Mass transcends space and time, while the use of incense helps the worshiper to enter into this eternal reality through the use of the external senses. That is why incense, fragrant to the senses and visually compelling for the mind and heart, is such a powerful liturgical gift. 
Why bells at Mass?  Although it is not a required practice, bells are rung during the consecration to draw attention to the precise moment when transubstantiation,  the conversion of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, takes place. The bell are rung, once or three times, immediately after the consecration of the bread and of the wine. In some parishes, the large bells of the church are also rung. This homage to medieval practice serves as a stirring witness to the Church’s faith in the Real Presence, as the sound of the church bells resonates through the city streets, inviting all to observe a moment of prayerful gratitude to Christ for making Himself present to us in the Holy Eucharist.
4th Sunday: 
Making the Sunday Eucharist a priority… The Eucharist is “the source and summit” of the Christian life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324-1327).  All we do during the week should culminate with our Sunday Mass where we offer our sacrifices, joys, frustrations, faults, and petitions as an oblation to the Father.  All the other days of the week should lead to Sunday which we make holy with our worship and thanksgiving. We have to plan in advance to comply with our Sunday obligation.  It is an act of justice, giving back to God what we have received from His love and forgiveness.  As a worshipping community, we are the incarnate Church.  We pray together in person, encountering God in real time in His sanctuary. The Eucharist gives us spiritual sustenance and strength.  The Eucharist unites us as an family and as a community.  Our coming to Church is our solidarity with our fellow believers.  When we skip the Sunday Eucharist, we separate ourselves from communion with the Church.  The Sanctuary is our worship space.  As we sign ourselves with Holy Water from the Baptismal Font, we enter into God’s holy ground.  We observe prayerful silence as our expression of reverence for God and respect for others.  Posture during Mass… Our altar servers show us how to observe the reverent postures during Mass.  In Canada, we all kneel at the start of the Eucharistic Prayer until consecration.  We stand as we proclaim the Mystery of Faith together.  During Holy Communion, we all remain standing until the last communicant is done.  As God’s family, we respectfully wait for everyone to finish the Eucharistic banquet (meal).
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, March 9 at 5pm:  Fr. Kevin Chukwurah with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, March 10 at 8:30am:  Morning Prayer with Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, March 10 at 9am:  Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, March 10 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 10 at 5pm:  Fr. Edmund Vargas





Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)



St. Michael Event Schedule


Lent Schedule

Lent Fridays:  Mar. 22 | Mass 6:00pm | Stations of the Cross 6:30pm

Holy Thursday:  Thursday, March 28 | Mass 7:00pm | Adoration 8:00pm – 12:00am

Good Friday:  Friday, March 29 | Services 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Easter Vigil:  Saturday, March 30 | Mass 9:00pm

Easter Sunday:  Mass 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm

St. Michael Event Schedule

March Regular Events: 

Sundays | Coffee Sundays | Narthex | After 9:00am & 11:00am Masses

Mondays | Bible Study: Lectio Eucharist | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

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

Tuesdays | Grief Share | Rooms 143 and 144 | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room| 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesdays | TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00am

Wednesdays | Bible Study: Wild Goose | 10:00am-12:00pm | St. Nicolas Room | or Zoom 7:00-9:00pm

Thursdays | Coffee Thursdays | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass

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

Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm


March 2024:

March 9 | Baptism Prep | St. Nicholas Room | 9:00am

March 9 and 10 | Christians of the Holy Land Display and Sale | Mezzanine | After All Masses | Closed During Mass

March 12 | CWL General Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 6:30pm

March 12 | Grief Share: Last Session | Rooms 143 and 144 | 7:00pm

March 12 | Presentation: Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Barcelona | Day Chapel | 7:15pm

March 14 | First Communion Session 2 | Various Rooms | 6:00pm

March 15 | Daily Mass | Moved to the Day Chapel | 9:00am

March 15 | Confirmation Session 4 | Various Rooms | 7:00pm

March 16 | Youth Rally Impact Night | Grades 7-12 | Guest: Joe Melendrez | Sanctuary | 7:00pm

March 18 | Bible Study Lectio Eucharist: Last Session | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00pm

March 20 | Sacrament for Teens Session 5 | Library | 7:00pm 

March 21 | Parish Wide Reconciliation Night | Reconciliation Rooms and Surrounding Rooms| 7:00pm

March 21 | Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00pm

March 22 | 40 Days for Life | Kensington Abortuary 

March 23 | Sacrament for Teens | Pizza Party and Retreat, St. Nicholas Room, 12:00pm | Reconciliation, Reconciliation Rooms, 3:00pm

March 24 | Cancelled:  Altar Server Training

March 26 | Cancelled: SSVP Monthly Meeting

March 26 | Cancelled:  PPC Meeting

March 28 | Holy Thursday | No Daily Mass at 9:00am | Sanctuary Mass at 7:00pm | Day Chapel Adoration 8:00pm

March 29 | Good Friday | Services at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

March 30 | RCIA Retreat | Day Chapel and St. Nicholas Room | 8:00am

March 30 | Easter Vigil | Sanctuary | 9:00pm

March 31 | Easter Sunday | Mass at 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00pm




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