Bulletin: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-02-10 by @saintmichaelyyc


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Anger, Hatred and Cruelty…

February 12, 2023

Anger is an emotion not easily understood. Feeling angry can be perceived as a weakness, even a sin. The ideal is usually to keep one’s cool and maintain one’s serenity.  
Jesus is described in the gospels in a show of hatred, like when he drove away the moneychangers in the temple. We must conclude then that, in itself, anger is not a sin. It is a God-given human passion meant to resist, among others, threats and dangers, evil and injustice under any form. It  does that without going beyond the limits of justice and charity, it is just anger, as was the anger of Jesus. Jesus does not use His improvised whip against persons, but only a crop to shoo away the animals. He achieves the very difficult balance of being nonviolently angry. In this respect, as in all others, He remains our model.  
As St Paul writes: “If you are angry, let it be without sin.” (Ephesians 4: 26). We can be angry without sin, if we know how to express our anger and at what objects it should be directed. We can even say that we must be angry at times. We must be angry at the attack against the weak and defenseless including the unborn, racism, political corruption and many other heinous crimes against humanity. Not to be angry at such outrages is not Christian forbearance but unchristian spinelessness. Are we angry at sin itself and its harmful consequences or are we angry at persons who deserve our love and respect? How do we express our anger constructively or nonviolently?  
Anger can also lead to hatred, even to cruelty…
Commenting on today’s gospel, Bishop Robert Barron writes: “Killing is an action but that action is rooted in a more fundamental dysfunction: a hateful attitude, a disordered soul, a basic misconception of reality. To be like God utterly, we obviously have to eliminate cruel and hateful actions, but we have to go deeper, eliminating cruel and hateful thoughts and attitudes as well, for God is love, right through.” 
Healing Lines
Victims of violence and abuse are often lost in the darkness of terror and despair. The light of our caring and good deeds toward them can help them find strength to see their way out of this. Be aware of what your fellow parishioners, colleagues and friends might be going through and let your light shine.




Columbarium Access Changes

Please note that effective immediately, the Columbarium will no longer be open to the public. From now on, the only way to access it will be with the security cards assigned to the families of the deceased who are buried in the Columbarium, or if a staff member opens it for you during business hours. In order to comply with the Accessible Canada Act, we have recently installed a handicap door, which opens automatically when a card is swiped over the reader. As well, we want to ensure that the Columbarium is being kept safe and secure at all times, and therefore can no longer keep it open to the public. Two security cards are assigned to each niche owner after the time of the first inurnment. If you should require any additional cards for your family to visit a deceased loved one, a $20 fee can be paid, and a card issued to you by Luisa at ladams@saintmichael.ca.


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.


Presentation Night Holy Land Pilgrimage

Tuesday, March 7 – 7 pm

A Presentation Night on the Israel Pilgrimage with Fr Edmund this coming November, will be held on Tuesday, March 7,  at 7pm  in the St. Michael Meeting Room. Those interested are encouraged to attend for questions & clarifications. 


Altar Servers

It has been almost three years since we have had regular altar servers at St. Michael’s Parish. If anyone is interested in helping with this ministry or your children would like to serve, please contact Joyce @ joycevayalumkal@gmail.com.  


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! During the month of January we helped 14 families. If you have lost your job please contact us for food support.

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)


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council
Every month, a dedicated team of Pastoral Council members meet to discuss important issues that affect St. Michael’s Catholic Community. At our meeting in January, some of the matters we discussed were:

– A Coordinator for Kids’ Kingdom.
– St. Mary’s (Day) Chapel renovations.
– Return of the Pastors’ Picture Gallery.
– Formation of a Social Committee (if you would like to join, please drop us a line).

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 through the office at (403) 249 0423.


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, February 11, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, February 12, 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 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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