Bulletin: Ascension of the Lord

Posted 2020-05-21 by St. Michael's Communications

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

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Fr. John’s letter to the parish

Please read the letter attached in this bulletin for a message from Fr. John, including information on St. Michael’s financial results for 2019 and Q1 2020.

CWL 100th Anniversary – New

On the occasion of the Catholic Women’s League’s 100th anniversary, all women are invited to pray the Rosary with St. Michael’s CWL and Fr. Pilmaikén on Friday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. TO get the meeting link, visit saintmichael.ca/CWL and scroll down to events.

Eucharistic Adoration

A reminder that our weekly Eucharistic Adoration has now resumed, happening every Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel. Heeding current mass gathering restrictions, please sign up ahead of time since we can only admit up to 12 people for every hour. Thank you for your understanding!

Online self-help from Catholic Family Service – New

Stressed out? Feeling depressed or lost? Know someone who does? Catholic Family Service has online resources available for those who may be struggling with depression, addictions, parenting, anxiety, etc. You can access their online self-help service at www.cfs-ab.org or by calling 403-233-2360.

Diocesan Update on Gatherings – New

May 15, 2020 From www.catholicyyc.ca

“The Catholic Bishops of Alberta remain committed to the gradual reinstatement of public celebrations of the Mass and welcome the recent release of the Guidance for Places of Public Worship document as part of the provincial government’s relaunch strategy. These guidelines are being carefully considered by the task force that the Bishops have established under the direction of Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary. 

“The task force is drafting for the Bishops a set of directives for the gradual reintroduction of Masses in public. The Bishops will present these to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The proposed directives will take into consideration the information that will be received from the Telephone Town Hall with the Premier and the Chief Medical Officer scheduled for Thursday, May 21. No date will be set for the resumption of public liturgies in our Catholic churches and institutions until the Bishops are satisfied that their own directives can be fully and properly implemented.

“Any announcement of the date for the gradual reintroduction will be made at least five days before the first scheduled Mass. Parishes by then will have received diocesan guidelines which help ensure the safety of everyone.

‘It is critical that we understand the risks and take steps in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through prudent planning,” said Bishop McGrattan. “The health and safety of our parishioners, priests, and church staff are of utmost importance. Each and every life is a precious gift from God, and we are called to do everything in our power to protect them. This has been a tremendous sacrifice on the part of the faithful who strongly desire to celebrate the Eucharist in their parish communities. We are grateful for their cooperation, their patient endurance, and especially for their prayers.'”

Do you or someone you know need help?

The following organizations are able to offer assistance:

  • Dial 211 for food, shelter, and financial support
  • AHS Access Mental Health: is the coronavirus anxiety affecting your mental health? Call 403-943-1500 for non-urgent cases (no referral needed), or call 403-266-4357 if you need immediate help
  • Health Link 811: for individuals who are not seriously ill but have flu-like symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Call 911 if you are seriously ill or need immediate help.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul: ssvp@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext. 122

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