Bulletin: The Ascension of the Lord

Posted 2024-05-10 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


Motherhood For All

May 11, 2024

Motherhood goes beyond maternity. Motherhood transcends life itself. In fact, it is far more spiritual than physical. The essence of motherhood lies in the spiritual bond between the mother and the child. Such a spiritual bond can actually exist without the biological relationship of mother and child. The task of mothering is not limited to mothers. The task of nurturing, caring, and educating is shared by all in the community. This is the reason the term ‘mother’ can also refer to a school as ‘alma mater’, to mother earth or mother church. Motherhood presents to us a reality that is beyond the physical, biological, or earthly. Motherhood reminds us of the reality of the human spirit in a culture that is presently engrossed with the purely material and physical. Motherhood is a kind of heroism that actually reminds us of spiritual redemption, rebirth, and resurrection. 
Christ’s ascension, which we celebrate today, deals with a reality that is beyond the earthly and physical. Like motherhood, Christ’s ascension is mysterious, spiritual, and faith-oriented.
We, as a Christian community, are a living testament of a people who adheres to the power of the resurrection and ascension and the presence of the Spirit in our life. As a people, we proclaim Christ’s message of love and liberation through our word and example. This is the basis of our Christian tradition. He is with us: yes to the end of time.
There is a story about a woman who saw a poorly dressed and ill-nourished little girl playing in the street. The woman became angry and said to God: “Why do you let a thing like that happen in the world you created? Why don’t you do something about it?” God replied: “I did do something about it: I created you”. The story invites us to ask ourselves “How serious do we take the mandate of Jesus to transform our world into the kind of place God created it to be”?
Today’s celebration marks the beginnings of the Church’s outreach in continuing the work of Christ in our world. Motherhood is a call to transformation of this world into a more loving place. It is a vocation not only for mothers but all the rest of us.
Healing Lines

“Arise then…women of this day!  Arise, all women who have hearts!  Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!”  (Howe, Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870) Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries including US, Australia, Canada, and India celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms. Julia Ward Howe and Ms. Anna Jarvis. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mother’s Day with joy and devotion. Blessings and Good Wishes on Mother’s Day to all mothers, of all ages!


Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, May 11 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, May 12 at 8:30am Morning Prayer:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, May 12 at 9am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, May 12 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, May 12 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino



Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)

Volunteerism, Anyone? 
We need volunteers in most ministries. The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit (EME) Committee is actively campaigning for more volunteers. With the return of our Basket Collection during weekends, we need volunteers in the Hospitality Ministry to increase the number of ushers and greeters who can help with the collection baskets. With the lifting of restrictions of the Communion with the Cup and if we proceed the pre-pandemic practice, we require to double the number of Eucharistic Ministers who can help administer Holy Communion during the weekend Masses. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca


St. Michael Event Schedule


Coffee Connections:

Thursdays | After Daily Mass | 9:30am

Sundays | After Morning Masses | 10:00am and 12:00pm


Children’s Liturgy:

Group A: start time 8:30am – ages 3 Years to Grade 3

Group B: start time 10:30am – ages 3 Years to Grade 3


Regular Events:

Mondays | Bible Study: “Galatians: Set Free To Live in the Spirit” | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

Tuesdays | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room | 7:0-9:00pm

Wednesdays | Into the Breach | Day Chapel | 6:00-7:30am

Thursdays | Moms and Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am

Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm


May 2024:

May 11 | Hike for Life | Prince’s Island Park | 8:30am-12:00pm

May 11 | Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition Volunteer Training | Day Chapel | 11:00am-12:30pm

May 11 & 12 | Mother’s Day Rose Sale | Narthex | After All Masses

May 14 | CWL Social | 6:45-9:00pm

May 14 | RCIA Last Session | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

May 16 | Knights of Columbus | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00-9:00pm

May 20 | CANCELLED: Bible Study “Galatians: Set Free To Live in the Spirit”

May 23 | CANCELLED: Coffee Connection

May 24 to June 2 | Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition | Mezzanine | Various Times

May 26 | CANCELLED: Altar Server Training

May 26 | Confirmation 2024 | Sanctuary | 2:00pm

May 28 | PPC Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00-9:00pm

May 28 | SSVP Meeting | St. Gabriel Room 145 | 7:00-9:00pm



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