What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Praise & Worship Night
This month’s praise and worship night will be on Sunday, February 16 at 7 p.m. and will be led by our NET missionaries. All are invited to come!
Reflections on the Jewish Roots of Catholic-Christian Tradition – New
Join Don Swenson in the monthly talk series Grafted In: Reflections on the Jewish Roots of the Christian-Catholic Tradition and the Relationship Between Gentile and Jewish Believers in Jesus. The second (on the Holocaust) will be on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. All are invited.
Save the Date: Parish Lenten Mission with Chris Bray
Join us for Radical Love: a parish Lenten mission with Catholic evangelist, speaker, and musician Chris Bray. Whether you’re a parishioner or not, we invite you to join us in this special, three-evening mission designed to remind us of God’s radical love, prepare us for Lent, and to encourage us in the work of evangelization and sharing this love with others. When: February 23-25 (Sunday-Tuesday) at 7 p.m. This is a free event. Share this with family and friends! Click here to learn about Chris’ talk topics.
(Note: on Tuesday, February 25, the mission will follow the 7 p.m. Mass. Also, parishioners are encouraged to bring any food item to share each night for a simple potluck fellowship).
Discovery Faith Study
Our NET missionaries are leading Discovery: a six-week faith study on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, giving you the opportunity to grow in relationship with Christ. This will be conducted in men’s and women’s small groups for six consecutive Sundays here in the parish, beginning February 16 at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this personal and intimate study of the faith is encouraged to join! To sign up, see our NET missionaries in the gathering area after Mass this weekend, or come to our first meeting on Sunday, February 16 at 3 p.m. in the St. Nicholas Room.
Ash Wednesday falls on February 26: join us for Mass at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as we mark the beginning of the season of Lent. For our full Lent and Holy Week schedule, visit saintmichael.ca/lent.
In these presentations, Dr. Mark Kolodziej will be speaking about Christian relationship and dating ethics, providing young adults with the scientific evidence which supports and complements Scripture and Church teaching on the area of sexuality and healthy relationships. When: Thursday, February 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $10 including food and a workbook.
To get your tickets or learn more about Dr. Kolodziej and his topic, click here.
Family Retreat – New
Re-orient your life this Lent: families are invited to our first-ever Family Retreat happening Saturday, March 7 from noon to 5 p.m., led by our NET missionaries. Come be renewed in your faith and enjoy an afternoon of inspiring talks, praise and worship, and more. This retreat is open to everyone and costs $20 per family, including lunch. Sign up at the parish office or by emailing Nolan at email@example.com.
Sandwich Friday Update – New
The Drop-In Centre is currently foregoing pickups of sandwiches here at St. Michael’s following a recent requirement from Alberta Health Services that we have to comply with. With this new development, we’re asking those who regularly donate sandwiches every 3rd Friday of the month not to do so until we have said otherwise in a future update. Thank you!
Thank You for Your Support – New
Judy York extends her gratitude to everyone at St. Michael’s who signed last week’s petition for changes in the province’s penalties for careless driving. Please be reminded that concerned parishioners who missed last week’s opportunity to sign the petition are still able to do so at the parish office in the next two weeks.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Donation Items
This month’s most-needed items for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are: canned seafood, jam, cake mix, and Hamburger Helper. Thank you for your continued support. If you are interested in volunteering with the SSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Local Survivors of Human Trafficking
I’m Worth It Now (IWIN) is an initiative by St. Michael’s Catholic Women’s League to assist human trafficking survivors by providing backpacks and raising awareness about this issue. Inspired by a successful group in Florida, CWL conducted a trial run of 12 backpacks last December: each backpack containing personal care products, change of clothing, and a personal note for local survivors of human trafficking. A bracelet was also enclosed, with a matching bracelet being given to a prayer warrior to keep the recipient close to their hearts in prayer. These backpacks were then distributed through Calgary Police Service personnel and the
RESET Society of Calgary.
With the success of this trial, the CWL is inspired to help more survivors through this initiative — but your help is needed. To learn how you can contribute, visit saintmichael.ca/IWINinitiative and come to the launch event on Saturday, February 22 at 1 p.m. There will be a testimony from a local survivor, and Detective Paul Rubner of Calgary Police Service will be presenting on Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Calgary: Understanding the Realities. For more information, visit saintmichael.ca/IWINinitiative.
Catholic Women’s League: Prayer Request – New
Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council will be meeting with the Government of Alberta at the Legislature in Edmonton on February 24th. President Judy Look, accompanied by the President-Elect, Legislation Chair and Resolutions Chair, will bring forward the resolutions below, as well as the Seniors’ Advocate Initiative. As Alberta Mackenzie represents every CWL member in the province, Judy invites you to be present with them at the table through your prayers. It would truly be a blessing if you and your members would pray one Hail Mary daily during February, dedicated to the successful outcome of this meeting.
- 2015.01 – Establish Provincial/Territorial Protocols for Child Welfare Interventions
- 2018.01 – Official Recognition of Obesity as a Chronic Disease
- 2019.01 – In-School Dental Screening for Children in Alberta Grades K-12
Knights’ Pancake Breakfast
- The Knights of Columbus will be offering a pancake breakfast after the morning Masses on Sunday, February 23, for a suggested donation of $5 per person. All net proceeds will benefit charities and parish activities sponsored by the Knights such as Kids Kingdom, our annual Vacation Bible Camp, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Elizabeth House, our church’s Christmas lights, Padres Night, and John Costello School. Thank you for your continued support!
- A reminder to all Knights that this month’s council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Theatre. Social to follow.
Moms and Tots
In addition to our weekly coffee and fellowship (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.), please take note of the following upcoming events: February 21 at 7 p.m.: Paint night for moms ($30/person) • February 28: marriage and family therapist Dr. Mark Kolodziej will be speaking about having a strong and faithful marriage. Check out the paint night details and our full schedule at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots.
Lectio: Evangelization (Women’s Ministry)
In this ten-part series, Dr. Mary Healy combines insightful biblical study with Church teaching and practical advice to show how modern Catholics can effectively impact their world for Jesus Christ. She explores topics such as the call of Jesus to evangelize, the power of the Sacraments, the role of charisms for building up the Body of Christ, techniques from St. Paul for reaching a secular culture, and more. This study has morning and evening options available (10 a.m. or 7 p.m.) every Thursday beginning March 5, and will continue for ten weeks until May 14 (no meeting on Holy Thursday, April 9). Cost for the study guide is $25, or download for free from FORMED. To sign up, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Family Compass is a program offered by the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement of Calgary, designed for Spanish-speaking couples who want to enrich their relationship and connect on a deeper level with God and their family. These monthly encounters, which begins on Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., include time for prayer, a short talk, and discussion. More details will be announced soon. If you have any questions, please email Will at email@example.com.
Vacation Bible Camp 2020
For all young families: this summer’s Vacation Bible Camp will be on July 6-10 and 13-17. All children ages 5-10 are encouraged sign up! Registration: $65. Please register your child at the parish office — we are open Mon-Thurs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on Fridays. If you have any further questions or would like to volunteer to help run the stations (teen and adult volunteers needed), contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-249-0423 ext. 125.
See the bulletin for more announcements
Bulletin: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16/02/2020, 1.24 MB