Bulletin: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-02-03 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


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Witnessing to God’s Justice  

February 5, 2023

The metaphor of light suggests public presence. Light suggests a social reality that can be perceived, experienced and imitated by all. The image of light as an attribute of God’s people suggests the powerful notion that as a people we are called to be a force for good in society. By becoming the people adhering to the Beatitudes, we become the light that has dawned in our world. We become agents and witnesses of God’s kingdom in our world. Christ, as our Savior and Lord, has come among us to show us the way to eternal life. He wants us to be the light of the world and salt of the earth so that our actions might lead others to follow God’s will in their lives and build His kingdom in this world.  
As a Christian community, one of the powerful ways that we become the light of the world is our preferential option for the poor. The power of God’s love is shown through the lives of those who work for the poor. In our concern for the poor and the oppressed, we become agents of God’s kingdom that is characterized by the love that Christ has left us as a legacy.  
The reading from the Prophet Isaiah invokes God’s people that their piety should consist in acting on behalf of the poor and the powerless, including action against unjust structures in society. The concrete actions that flow from true faith is sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked and fighting against injustices. Such concrete applications of the faith make God’s people a light dawning for all peoples. Psalm 112 echoes the theme of light dawning on the just whose lives give glory to God.  
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians continues with the theme of God’s power as the source and inspiration of all the efforts in preaching the Good News to the poor. The gospel’s imperative to become the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” is what the ancient prophets called the Chosen People to be: a people whose life is characterized by justice and the preferential option for the poor.
Healing Lines
“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Also remember to always shine light on abuse around you. In order to be part of the solution, we must highlight all forms of interpersonal violence and work to end its prevalence in our world.




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/


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!


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.


Bible Study

February 27

Monday’s Bible Study for Spring 2023: “Exodus: A Call to Freedom”. Through the lens of Christ and the Church, we’ll see that God desired to free his people from the dangerous grip of sin. It will start on February 27th  with 10 presential sessions (no zoom) in one of St. Michael’s meeting rooms every Monday at 7 pm. To register or to get additional information, please contact Augusto Bitter at abitter@telus.net.


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, February 4, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, February 5, 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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