What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
This weekend’s bulletin (December 21-22) will be the last print bulletin of 2019. From the clergy, staff, and volunteers at St. Michael’s, we want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in our parish community a very Merry Christmas! May you experience the love of Christ with family and friends during this joyful season.
Did you know that last year, close to six thousand people joined us at our Christmas Masses? For this reason, we want to remind you to be mindful of everyone’s safety with regard to parking:
- Park only in designated stalls and not along fire lanes
- The Knights will be directing parking during the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, so we strongly advise all those attending to follow their directions. Also, to ease congestion, please consider carpooling with family and friends!
- Lastly, West 85th shopping mall (south of our church) has graciously allowed us an overflow parking area, which will be marked by orange pylons — please park only in these areas and not in front of restaurants and other businesses.
Christmas Hamper Program – New
A big thanks to everyone in our parish community for the support we received in completing our Christmas Hamper Program. Last Tuesday, we prepared and delivered 177 hampers. Thanks to all those who helped through the Angel Tree, food donations, monetary contributions, and to all our volunteers who enjoyed a day of fellowship and service. A special shout out goes to the parish schools: St. Michael School, St. Joan of Arc, Guardian Angels, and john Costello for their participation — our student volunteers were a big help!
Panhandling at Church
Every Christmas season, we’ve noticed the presence of people asking for money at the church entrances after Mass. We’d like to advise parishioners not to give them cash — instead, the SSVP have prepared bags containing non-perishable food items which you can grab from the alcove (beside the men’s washroom) for you to give. Also, refer them to our SSVP intake line (403-249-0423 ext. 122) so they can be provided with more substantial help. If they call, they are followed-up by the SSVP the following day.
Thank you for your donations – New
St. Michael’s is grateful for the financial support given by everyone in our parish community. As we approach the last few days of 2019, we humbly ask that you remember the parish for your year-end giving, and wish to remind you that we will issue tax receipts for all donations received by December 31. to donate, use the envelopes attached in this weekend’s bulletin or online at saintmichael.ca/giving.
Name tag weekend and potluck Sunday – New
Name Tag Weekend will be on January 4-5: be sure to grab a name tag at the gathering area before Mass. Also, join us after the Sunday 5 p.m. Mass on January 5 for an evening of food and fellowship. Please bring any food item to share.
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.
Together in Action: We’ve met our goal! – New
Thank you, everyone, for your support of Together in Action: this year, we’ve met our goal of $117,269. If you’re interested in donating, please consider contributing to our building fund to help pay off our loan. Thank you!
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.
- 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.
Conclusion of our 60th Anniversary Year
This weekend concludes the parish Community’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Thank you to everyone for letting your diamond shine throughout the year. A big thank you also goes out to the 60th anniversary committee: Noreen Pate (chair); Betty Labrosse; Scholastica Omoregbee; Tammy Ringstad; Heather Schilling; Jolly Thomas; Marc Verones; Mary Vos; and Dino Zuzic. Recap the year by watching the anniversary video below:
Praise and Worship Night – New
Join us for a praise and worship night on Thursday, January 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. led by our NET missionaries. All are welcome!
Marriage Ministry: Conversation Cafe
Save the date: join St. Michael’s Marriage Ministry on Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m.: set aside some time in the New Year to chat together as a couple. Refreshments will be provided and this fun date night is open to all married, engaged, and seriously-dating couples. While this is a free event, we ask that you please RSVP online.
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.
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.
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.
GriefShare – New
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.
Christian Life Seminar – New
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, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
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.
Chalice: Help Children in Developing Countries
Chalice, a Canadian Catholic sponsorship organization, invites you to share the blessings of Christmas with children in the developing world by purchasing gifts from their Christmas Gift Catalogue. This gives you the opportunity to purchase a gift on behalf of a loved one and receive an official tax receipt. Thanks to your generous giving, 50,000 children in 15 countries will have increased access to education, health, and family livelihood. Gift catalogues are available in the gathering area and online at www.chalice.ca.
Conclude parish support for In His Will ministries
Since 2001, St Michael’s has financially supported the “In His Will (Belize)” Ministry through children’s donations at all masses. The funds collected were used to support a pre-school program, a computer lab, library, and a feeding program for students in Unitedville, Cayo, Belize. While a few parishioners were directly involved with the Ministry in its early years, there is currently little reporting or ongoing linkage between the parish and the McBride family, who is singularly responsible for initiating, maintaining, and ensuring the Ministry’s future.
In discussing the relevance of the “In His Will” program to the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Michael Catholic Community, the Parish Outreach subcommittee concluded that it is not aligned with the principles evolved by the committee to assess the value of outreach activities in our parish. It recommended that support for the program be concluded at the end of December. Fr John has informed the McBride family. We wish them the very best in their work with the In His Will Ministry.
The former monies will be reallocated to the community’s current Children’s Mission Collection beneficiaries: Chalice, Mission Mexico, and the Holy Childhood Association. For more information please contact the Parish Outreach subcommittee chair: Jeanne Besner firstname.lastname@example.org.
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