What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Thank You – New
With this Sunday marking the end of the Christmas season, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and staff members who worked tirelessly over Advent and Christmas to ensure that all our Eucharistic celebrations and outreach activities were carefully planned, and the church building well taken care of. Thank you also to all parishioners for your sacrificial giving through the different appeals that we had over this season. May the Lord abundantly bless you with his joy and peace.
Acts is the story of how a few Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit were chosen to bring Christ and the Good News to the ends of the earth. They faced secular forces, internal strife, and hostile crowds — and despite all this, they brought the kingdom of God to a broken world. This 20-week Bible study will help you to see your place in the Church as a disciple of Christ. When: Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning January 13 • Cost: $35 (book) • Sign up at saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Last call: Alpha begins this Wednesday!
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the big questions in life in a friendly, open, and informal environment; a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session begins with a free meal, followed by a video, then an open discussion. Alpha begins on Wednesday, January 15 until March 25: sign up today at saintmichael.ca/alpha.
Lectio Prayer is a 6-week, video-based study program on Lectio Divina and the intimate spirituality of praying with the Sacred Scriptures. Women are invited to this study which begins on January 16, 2020 with morning and evening sessions available. Cost for the study guide is $20. To register, click here. If you have any further questions, contact the Women’s Ministry at Womensministry@saintmichael.ca.
St. Michael’s family ski trip – New
Love to ski or snowboard? You’re invited for a day of fun at the slopes! Come and join other families on Saturday, February 22, for a family ski trip at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. We will be providing bus transportation to and from Lake Louise, departing St. Michael’s at 7 a.m. and leaving Lake Louise by 4 p.m.
The cost (includes lift pass, bus transportation, and park pass) starts at $149 for adults, $113 for youth ages 13-17, $59 for children ages 6-12, and $122 for seniors 65+. Ski/snowboard rentals extra. To learn more and sign up, click here. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, February 12.
Calling all parents: you are invited to this free session where you’ll learn insights, tangible tips, and resources for raising your kids in today’s digital culture. Topics include: internet safety, building trusting relationships with your kids, setting healthy digital boundaries, and more. When: Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Sandwich Friday – New
Help make sandwiches for the Drop-In Centre every 3rd Friday of the month. We ask that you bring your prepared sandwiches (e.g. ham, turkey, peanut butter, etc.) to the church by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 17. Thanks for your generosity!
Beginning this January, we have several faith formation programs that we invite all parishioners to participate in. Programs include: Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles (Monday evenings), Lectio: Prayer (Women’s Ministry), Exploring Spiritual Direction with Sr. Madeleine Gregg, FCJ, Theology of the Body, and more. To see all programs and to register, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Moms and Tots
In addition to our weekly coffee and fellowship (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.), here are some upcoming notable events: • January 24: got questions about breastfeeding, NFP, growth charts, child flu, etc.? Join us at this Q&A session with a family doctor and pediatrician. See our full schedule at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots.
What is spiritual direction? How do you find a spiritual director? How can you minister to others by becoming a spiritual director? Join Sr. Madeleine Gregg of the Faithful Companions of Jesus at this free session on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. to learn more.
The Grief Support Ministry invites individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one to GriefShare: a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life during a time of grief. When: seven consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning January 20. This program consists of a video seminar, group support discussions, and a personal workbook. Free-will giving/$10 charge for the booklet. To register, please contact the parish office at email@example.com or by calling 403-249-0423.
- Kids Kingdom, our Liturgy of the Word ministry for children ages 3+, is in need of adult volunteer teachers who will help run the ministry during all of our weekend Masses. No prior teaching experience needed — training and lesson materials are provided. If interested, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 403-249-0423 ext. 125.
- We’re looking for a leader for our Welcome Desk: a vital source of information for parishioners and guests after Mass every weekend. As leader, responsibilities include assisting new parishioners with connect cards, scheduling other volunteers, answering general inquiries regarding the parish, among a few others. This is an important role that helps create a friendly and welcoming experience for everyone in the church, especially for our guests. If you’re interested or would like to learn more, please contact Marvin at email@example.com or by calling 403-249-0423 ext. 158.
Christian Life Seminar
Missionary Families of Christ (formerly Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life) is inviting married couples & single men and women ages 40+ to join the next Christian Life Seminar (CLS) on January 24-25 here at St. Michael’s. This free event leads participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to you as a Christian through teaching, small-group discussion, praise & worship, and fellowship. By hearing the message of the Gospel proclaimed anew, you can make a renewed commitment to God in a way that will allow you to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. For more info or to sign up, click here.
In an age of selfies and egocentrism, YOU cuts through the noise to present an authentic view of the human person. It presents young people with the extraordinary story of their creation as unrepeatable individuals and introduces participants to the truth that life is not all about them; it is about going out of themselves to be a sincere gift for others. This program is open to anyone 13+, especially teens and their families. When: Wednesdays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 26, 2020, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Cost: $20 for the study book. Register online at saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Free for St. Michael’s parishioners: In this presentation, Dr. Mark Kolodziej will be speaking about Christian relationship and dating ethics, providing parents and teachers with the scientific evidence which supports and complements Scripture and Church teaching on the area of sexuality and healthy relationships, equipping them to better minister to their children and students. When: Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person/couple including coffee and desserts. To get your tickets or learn more about Dr. Kolodziej and his topic, click here.
A Blessing for Married Couples
Married couples are invited on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening that will strengthen your marriage—we will have a liturgy at 7:30 p.m., followed by a testimony from one of our parishioners and a blessing by one of our priests. There will be a social to follow with live music and a cash bar. Tickets are only $20 per couple and can be purchased online. If you need further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Walk 2020: Callout for Artists – New
We invite artists and photographers to register to showcase their work at this spring’s Art Walk on the weekend of March 28-29. Deadline to register is Friday, February 28. For registration info and for submission requirements, please visit saintmichael.ca/event/artwalk.
See the bulletin for more announcements
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