What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Happy Mother’s Day!
We greet all the mothers in our parish community a very happy mother’s day! Let’s all offer the following prayer for all the mothers in our lives:
“Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings. Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly. Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most. Amen.”
Eucharistic Adoration Resumes – New
Beginning May 15, our weekly Friday Eucharistic Adoration will resume in St. Mary’s Chapel from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Heeding mass gathering restrictions in place, we can only admit up to 12 people for every hour — hence, we ask those interested in coming to please sign up for a slot and read the important information in this form. Thank you for your understanding!
Women’s Ministry Virtual Study – New
Women parishioners are invited to a weekly study on Lectio: Evangelization happening every Thursday at 7 p.m. until June 18. While this study already started last week, you can still join and catch up by watching the previous sessions on FORMED. To sign up and get the ZOOM link, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation. If you have any further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
40th Annual Hike for Life – New
Support the Calgary Pro-Life Association by participating in this year’s Hike for Life. You can join the St. Michael’s Team, start collecting pledges and do your own 10K hike in your neighbourhood by May 12. Don’t forget to take that hiking selfie and tag us on Instagram at @saintmichael.ca or on Facebook! You can also make a donation to Fr. John, Fr. Pilmaiken, or any other team member from now until May 31. To sign up, join a team, or make a pledge, visit saintmichael.ca/CWL.
Moms and Tots Virtual Meet-Up – New
Moms and Tots is inviting women to this first virtual meet-up happening on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. via ZOOM. Kimberly Cichon, parishioner and mother of six, will be sharing about her experiences during quarantine in a talk titled Stripped Away: Falls, Faith, and Family. To get the ZOOM link, join the Moms and Tots Flocknote mailing list at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots, or email email@example.com.
Diocesan Update on Gatherings – New
In preparation for the lifting of some restrictions on gatherings in public places in Alberta, the Catholic Bishops of Alberta are working to develop a plan for the eventual reinstatement of public celebrations of the Mass. The Bishops have established a task force under the direction of Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary. The mandate of this task force is to discern when and how this gradual reinstatement will be initiated. Their consideration will continue to be informed by the advice of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the provincial government’s staged COVID-19 recovery plan.
“We are acutely aware of our parishioners’ fervent desire to return to the Eucharist, and we share their concern,” said Archbishop Smith. “Our careful discernment now will ensure that when the time comes, we will be ready to begin inviting the faithful back to the churches they miss so much. We are extremely grateful to all those who have made great sacrifices in the common effort to protect our brothers and sisters by preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Do you or someone you know need help?
The following organizations are able to offer assistance:
- Dial 211 for food, shelter, and financial support
- AHS Access Mental Health: is the coronavirus anxiety affecting your mental health? Call 403-943-1500 for non-urgent cases (no referral needed), or call 403-266-4357 if you need immediate help
- Health Link 811: for individuals who are not seriously ill but have flu-like symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Call 911 if you are seriously ill or need immediate help.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-249-0423 ext. 122
See the bulletin for more announcements
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