What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Lent Begins This Week
The 40-day season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, when we practice the personal and communal observance of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for the joy of Easter.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the two days when Catholcis aged 18 to 59 are obligated to fast and abstain from meat, unless a physical condition prevents them to do so. Fasting is eating one meal a day and two smaller meals which, if combined together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Also, the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those aged 14 and older. Sundays are excluded from the Lenten fast and are not numbered in the traditional 40 days of Lent, as they are always considered “little Easters.” In keeping with the penitential spirit of Lent, the Sunday Masses during this season are subdued as we do not sing the Gloria and the Alleluia.
Visit saintmichael.ca/lent to see our Lent and Holy Week schedule.
ART WALK 2019
Parishioners’ paintings and photography works will be on display in the mezzanine between Masses this weekend, beginning on Saturday after the 5 p.m. Mass, and until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. All are invited to come and enjoy the display.
On Shrove Tuesday, March 5, the Knights of Columbus will be serving pancakes from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (before Mass). Freewill donations will be accepted and will benefit the diocese’s Office of Vocations. All are invited to come.
2019 THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CONFERENCE
St. Michael’s is excited to host the Theology of the Body conference happening next weekend, March 8-9, with speakers including Christopher West, Sr. Helena Burns, and Mike Mangione, among many others. Tickets are only $60 (or $50 for students). Currently, there are less than 100 tickets left. For tickets, talk topics, speaker bios, and event schedule, visit tob.calgarydiocese.ca.
CALGARY VISIT OF CARDINAL UROSA
Cardinal Jorge Urosa, Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas, Venezuela, will be visiting St. Michael’s on the weekend of March 9-10 sharing his message of hope: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). Join us on Saturday, March 9 at the 5 p.m. Mass which will be concelebrated by Bishop McGrattan in English, or on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. for Mass in Spanish. A social will follow after both Masses. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU: Life, Love, and Theology of the Body
YOU is a unique, six-week program for teens and their families which reveals to them their value as a person, their sexuality, and their individual call to love. It addresses many of the issues teens are already exposed to in the media, social pressures, and relationships. Start date for this course is currently TBA, but you can visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation for the latest info.
LAST DATES FOR 2019: 60TH ANNIVERSARY PHOTO DIRECTORY
Having yourself or your family photographed for our new photo directory is free, and families who participate will receive a free copy once it is published. Last dates for photo sittings are as follows: March 13-16, and April 10-13. To book your free photography appointment, register here.
Women’s Ministry: 33 Days to Merciful Love
The Women’s Ministry invites women of the parish to this study on Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Merciful Love. This study explores new material on the heart of St. Therese of Lesieux’s Little Way, uncovering the power of trust in the face of personal darkness, laying the foundation for a personal consecration to Divine Mercy. When: Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. beginning March 14. Cost is $30. To register, click here.
SEXUAL REVOLUTION: 50 YEARS SINCE HUMANAE VITAE
Sexual Revolution is a film on Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, the effects of the free-love experiment of the 1960s, and the little-known story of the founding doctors of Natural Family Planning (NFP). The film features Archbishop Charles Chaput, Dr.Peter Kreeft, and Abby Johnson, among many others. Watch the trailer here, and join us at the screening on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
Lenten Mission with Fr. George
Through the Desert, Into the Well: This Lent, join Fr. George in a 3-part Lenten mission, drawing spiritual lessons from the Old Testament Patriarchs and Church Fathers. When: March 19-21 (Tues-Thurs) at 7 p.m. To see the full schedule, visit saintmichael.ca/lent.
Medjugorje Pilgrimage with Fr. Julian
Fr. Julian will be leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje this year on September 15-27: those who are interested in joining are invited to an information session on Sunday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m., happening at St. Paul’s Parish in Airdrie (1305 Main Street South).
CWL’s First Undie Sunday
The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) will be having their first annual Undie Sunday during the weekend of March 30-31. Parishioners are encouraged to donate new men’s and women’s underwear, socks, and baby diapers for the needy. Collection bins will be available at the gathering area. For more information about this event, email email@example.com.
Vacation Bible School: Save the Date
We are now taking in registrations for children ages 5-10 for this summer’s VBS. The camp runs Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to noon, wit hthe first week on July 8-12 and the second week on July 15-19. Registration is $65: please register your child at the parish office (Mon-Thurs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on Fridays). We are also in need of teen crew members and adult volunteers to help run our stations. To volunteer, please email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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