What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Masses Cancelled in the Diocese
As you all know, since Tuesday, March 17, all Masses in the Diocese of Calgary have been cancelled until April 5 (incl. Palm Sunday) in response to AHS and the government’s recommendations to combat the spread of COVID-19. An episcopal decree by Bishop McGrattan dispenses Catholics from the Sunday Obligation during this period. We expect to receive an update from the Diocese regarding the celebration of Holy Week and Triduum liturgies sometime this week, so please make sure you’re signed up on Flocknote to get the latest email updates. To sign up, simply visit www.flocknote.com/smcyyc or text “SMCYYC” to 514-900-0130.
While Masses are cancelled, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel remains open for private prayer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Fr. John & Fr. Pilmaiken are also available for Confession and/or spiritual direction Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please use the south entrance doors at all times, as the other doors will be locked. We do ask seniors, those with pre-existing health conditions, and more importantly, individuals who are ill or show symptoms of illness to please remain at home
St. Michael’s Mass Webcast – New
Every day at 12 noon, we will be streaming Mass on our website at saintmichael.ca/Mass. There is also an online form which gives you the opportunity to submit a prayer intention — Fr. John & Fr. Pilmaiken will then offer your petitions during Mass, as we normally do during our Friday morning Mass. In addition, our prayer teams will also be praying for you.
Here is a list of other places where you can stream Mass live:
- 8:30 a.m. Daily Mass from St. Peter’s Church live on their website or via Facebook Live
- 10 a.m. Sunday Mass with Bishop McGrattan live on the Diocese website or via Facebook Live
- Salt + Light TV: daily at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
In Memoriam: Fr. Bernie McCosham, OMI – New
In the charity of your prayers, please remember Fr. Bernie McCosham, OMI who passed away on Saturday, March 21 in Vancouver. Fr. Bernie was Associate Pastor at St. Michael’s back in 1976. If you knew Fr. Bernie and would like to watch his funeral Mass, click here.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Bernie O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
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
NET Team 7 – New
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, National Evangelization Teams (NET) Canada decided to recall St. Michael’s Team 7 back to Ottawa last Sunday, March 22. The team wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all parishioners of St. Michael’s, especially the generous host families who took them in as their own during the team’s stay in the parish.
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil – New
Please note that St. Michael’s 40 Days for Life prayer vigil on Thursday, April 2, has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact Jairo Garzon at email@example.com.
Sacred Silence: Online Parish Mission – New
Thank you to all of you who joined us online during last Thursday’s Sacred Silence parish Lenten mission with Michael Chiasson and Access52, and to all who showed their generosity by making a donation online. We hope that the event ministered to you during this unique time of spiritual need. If you missed it, you can watch the video recording at saintmichael.ca/media.
How can we pray for you during this difficult time? If you have any intentions, please use the form here so our prayer teams can pray for you. You can also email your intentions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections and Devotions for Youth – New
If you have children in grades 7-12, sign up for our UNITE Youth Flocknote email group to receive age-appropriate reflection and devotional videos made by Nolan and our NET Team. To sign up, visit smcyyc.flocknote.com/uniteyouth.
Event Cancellations and Schedule Changes
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our upcoming events have been cancelled and/or postponed to a later date. Visit saintmichael.ca/covid19 for the latest on schedule changes and event cancellations.
See the bulletin for more announcements
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