Bulletin: 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted 2023-03-24 by @saintmichaelyyc

 

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Coming Forth From our Graves

March 26, 2023

The story of the resurrection of Lazarus has always been considered a proto-type of our spiritual conversion. His physical death is typical of our spiritual death.  
 
Just as Christ went to the tomb of Lazarus to resurrect and liberate him, He comes to our dead and dying world to regenerate us by conversion. He comes to liberate us from the encumbrances of spiritual grave clothes: old bad habits, rags of self-righteousness and unwillingness to forgive. He has come to redeem us, to rescue us from the clutches of the sin and death.
 
The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead represents the power of Christ’s own resurrection and its saving efficacy to liberate us from sin and death, which is also a consequence of sin.   
 
As we spend the last few days of the Lenten season, let us reflect on our life that has been influenced by the power of evil. Let us examine our old bad habits that can be classified addictions controlling our sense of freedom and dignity and sons and daughters of God. Let us see the darkness that hovers over our horizon because we have chosen to veer away from the light of Christ. Let us feel the weakness that results from our inability to exercise the works or love and mercy mandated by the Gospel. 
 
As we reflect on the Christ’s life of love and forgiveness, let us express sorrow for our own unwillingness to forgive one another from our hearts. Let us appreciate how Christ, dying on the cross, expressed forgiveness to those who brought him to his painful suffering and death. Let us learn that forgiveness is a higher level of strength and that the capacity to forgive not human, but a free gift of participation in God’s divine love and mercy. Let us be more attentive to Christ’s invitation for us to become a forgiven and forgiving community. Let us re-learn to be more open to the healing sacraments of the Church. Let us re-visit the importance of the works of mercy as a reparation for our own sins and the sins of others.
 
As we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, let us re-learn to associate our own trials and tribulations with the saving sacrifice of Christ on the cross. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s death on the cross, especially on Good Friday, let us have the courage to approach his rich mercy and forgiveness.  
 
May these last days of the Lenten period help us to come forth from our spiritual grave to the overflowing grace of God’s liberating love and mercy.
 
FrEdmund@saintmichael.ca
 
 
Healing Lines
 
“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die”. This is Jesus’ promise to us. We need only to believe and live as He has asked us in order to gain Eternal Life. Follow His example of creating and living a non-abusive life. It is up to us to choose the path to God.

 

Announcements:

 

Important Security Alert! 

The church security system is armed and monitored outside of scheduled hours of opening. If you require access to the building outside of office hours please contact the office. Anyone entering outside the scheduled hours will trigger the alarm and a call will be made to the monitoring company, which may result in a police response. 

 

Children’s Liturgy Coordinator Position

St. Michael’s is looking to hire a Children’s Liturgy Coordinator to plan and oversee the implementation of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry. Please click on the link below if you are interested in applying for this position:

https://www.catholicyyc.ca/uploads/6/5/5/7/65570685/childrens_liturgy_coordinator__march2023_.pdf

 

Saturday Night Lights with Michael Chiasson & Access 52

Saturday, March 25, 6pm

All students for life (Grade 7-12) are invited to an amazing youth experience on Saturday, March 25, 6-8pm after the 5pm Mass. This will be followed every last Saturday of the month: April 29, May 27 & June 24, 6-8pm.  

To register please  go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/591820590317

 

Liturgical Ministers Lenten Retreat

Friday, March 31, 7pm

Please join us for a Liturgical Ministers Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Edmund on Friday, March 31 at 7 pm (following Mass and Stations of the Cross). Enjoy a Lenten fish dinner while you listen to Fr. Edmund; free will offering to the Knights of Columbus. ALL ARE WELCOME!!  This retreat will be especially beneficial for volunteers who serve in a liturgical capacity at Mass (Communion Ministers, Proclaimers, Ushers and Choir members) or for anyone who would like to serve as a Liturgical Minister. To register, please call the office at (403) 249 0423.

 

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

Friday, March 31

St. Michael is once again part of this prayer campaign. Over 5000 babies are killed at the Kensington abortion facility every year. 40 Days for Life is a prayerful, respectful campaign that seeks to bring awareness to the inconvenient truth that abortion kills innocent human beings. Our prayerful presence during 40 Days at abortion centres around the world draws attention to the plight of preborn children and seeks God’s help through intercessory prayer. Will you join us? Sign up and be a loving, prayerful voice for the preborn babies who have no voice but ours. We know from the testimonies of many that these campaigns save lives. St. Michael’s day to pray this campaign is Friday, March 31. Please join us and signup online at 40 Days for Life. Click on the “SIGN UP FOR VIGIL HOURS” box and choose an hour or more on Friday, March 31. Please sign up for a time slot between the hours of 10 am to 4pm. Up to four persons can sign up for each one hour time slot. Signs are provided. 

 

St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

Every month, a dedicated team of Pastoral Council members meet with our Pastor to discuss and advise on issues that affect Saint Michael’s Catholic Community.

At our meeting in February, some of the matters we discussed were:

· Hiring a Children’s Liturgy Coordinator

· Blessing of St. Mary’s Chapel on Divine Mercy Sunday

· The Triduum – help is needed to decorate!  Please email Bob camaro11@shaw.ca

· Liturgical Ministers Lenten Retreat on March 31 at 7 pm ALL WELCOME! Register at the office.

If you would like to read the minutes from our most recent meeting, or any past meeting, please go to www.saintmichael.ca/bulletin          

Questions? Concerns? Please reach us at (403) 249 0423

 

Divine Mercy Service 

Sunday, April 16, 2-3 pm 

In a revelation to St. Faustina in October 1937, Jesus requested daily prayer at 3 pm to honor the hour of his death and to implore mercy for sinners. “If only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of my death. This is the hour of mercy for the whole world… In this hour, I refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion” (Diary, 1320). The Feast of the Divine Mercy will be celebrated in our church on the Sunday after Easter Sunday, April 16, starting at 2 pm and ending at 3 pm when we honor the hour of Christ’s death on the cross.  

 

43rd Annual Hike for Life

Saturday, May 13 

Please join Fr. Edmund in support of the Calgary Pro-Life Association’s 10K Hike For Life at Prince’s Island. You can join the St. Michael’s team, start collecting pledges and hike on your own or you can make a donation to Fr. Edmund or any other team member from now until May 13. All donations go directly to Pro-Life and will be accepted until June 30th. All funds raised will go to support the Respect for Life program.

 

Holy Land Pilgrimage

November 13 to 21, 2023

Holy Land Pilgrimage Alert! The deposit ($600) due date for the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr Edmund this coming November is May 7, after which reservations will be based on availability.  Deposits are refundable until May 14. 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!  During the month of February we helped 16 families. If you have lost your job please contact us for food support.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A TREASURER: If you have an accounting background and are interested in volunteering your talent, please contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca

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.

 

Moms and Tots 

Thursdays 9:30 am

Moms and Tots is every Thursday 9:30- 11:30 am in the St. Nicholas Room. Moms and their little(s) are invited to join us for coffee, social, and fellowship. Guest speaker Debbie Wagner will give her faith testimony of her conversion to Catholicism at age 46 and then proceeded to be a constant beacon in the church and even CWL president in 2020/21.

 

Women’s Conference by Beloved Daughters Ministry

May 26-27 

Join Beloved Daughters Ministry for their first annual women’s conference entitled, “Restoring the Feminine Heart.” Conference will be held from May 26-27, 2023 at St. Luke’s Parish (Calgary, AB) and guided by guest speakers Heather & Jake Khym of Life Restoration Ministries. For more information visit: www.beloveddaughtersyyc.com

 

Lent & Easter Schedule

Lenten Fridays: March 31

Mass at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross at 6:30 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 8 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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