What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Merry Christmas! – New
From Fr. Poul, Fr. Raul, and the staff at St. Michael’s, we want to wish everyone in our parish community a very merry Christmas! May this season truly be a source of joy among families, despite the situation we are in. A special thank you also goes out to all our volunteers whose commitment makes it possible for us to have all these Masses and events during this busy time. Again: thank you, God bless all of you, and Merry Christmas.
Welcome to all visitors – New
We welcome all visitors and new parishioners who are here with us over the Christmas season: we hope you’ll find a spiritual home here in our parish community. Please fill out a connect card at the welcome booth after Mass so you can stay connected. Thank you!
Registration for Christmas Masses – New
As of Friday afternoon, Masses on December 24 and 25 are now full — with the exception of the Christmas Eve midnight Mass. You can join us on livestream at 2 p.m. on December 24 and 9 a.m. on December 25. Please remember: if you are registered but are no longer able to attend, please cancel your registration by the morning of Thursday, December 24 at the latest so others can sign up. To do this, click the “view and manage your order online” link in your confirmation email OR contact the parish office immediately by calling 403-249-0423 or emailing email@example.com.
This Christmas, you have the opportunity to dedicate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one. Use this online form to reserve your poinsettia/s and visit the parish office to pay ($30 each — cash, cheque, debit/ credit accepted). You can also drop off your payment in the collection basket using an envelope with your name, earmarked “poinsettias”. Limited quantities available. Deadline to place an order is Monday, December 21. If you have further questions, please call 403-249-0423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Schedule – New
Please see our Christmas Mass times below. Registration will open on Thursday, December 17 at midnight.
- Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24): 2 p.m. (live-streamed*) • 4 p.m. • 6 p.m. • 7:30 p.m. • 9 p.m. • 10:30 p.m. • 12 midnight
- Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25): 9 a.m. (live-streamed*) • 11 a.m.
- Feast of St. Stephen (Saturday, Dec. 26): no daily Mass • Sunday Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.
- Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday, Dec. 27): Mass at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
- Mon-Wed of the Octave of Christmas (Dec. 28-30): Daily Mass at 9 a.m.
- New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31): 5 p.m. Vigil Mass
- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Friday, Jan. 1): 9 a.m. (live-streamed*), 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.
- Weekend of Jan. 2-3 (Epiphany): Saturday Vigil Mass 5 p.m. • Sunday 9, 11, and 5 p.m.
- Parish office: please note that the office will be closed from the afternoon of Thursday, December 24 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
- Eucharistic Adoration: there will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays December 25 and January 1, as we are having Masses during these days. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will, however, remain open for private prayer. Adoration will resume Friday, January 8.
*Live-streamed Masses can be accessed at saintmichael.ca/Mass and on our Facebook Page. Once the live-streamed Mass is over, the video is still available to be viewed afterwards. For a list of all live-streamed Masses in the diocese, visit catholicyyc.ca.
Christmas Hampers Update – New
Dec. 19-20 update: Over the past week, we prepared and delivered 60 hampers. Many cards and notes of thanks were received from our recipients. A sincere message of thanks to all who contributed to our 2020 Hamper Campaign, to the Knights of Columbus and parish schools for their support. We are grateful to Fr. Poul, Fr. Raul, and our parish staff who supported our endeavour. May you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas season!
Thank you, St. Michael‘s – New
The following message is from Rosalie Geeraert, outgoing staff member: It was truly an honor and an incredible opportunity to work and serve the parish of St. Michael and the parishioners over these years. I will be forever grateful and blessed because of it. Thank you to the many parishioners for all the kind words and well-wishes. –Rosalie
Distress Lines – New
Christmas can be a joyful time but also stressful for some. Do you need help or someone to talk to? Please consider the following: Calgary Distress Centre: 403-266-4357 or distresscentre.com (24/7) | Woods Homes Community Resource Team: 403-299-9699 or woodshomes.ca (24/7) | Family Violence Helpline: 403-234-7233 (24/7) | Society of St. Vincent de Paul: 403-249-0423 ext. 122.
Confirmation 2021 – New
Information for our 2021 Confirmation preparation will be available online by December 24. Parents who have children in grades 6+ who haven’t yet received the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to check all the details and register. Please visit saintmichael.ca/confirmation to do so. For any further questions, please contact us at email@example.com
Serve with us: volunteer opportunities – New
Are you interested in technical, audio-visual work? We’re looking for individuals who can help run the sound mixer, Pro-Presenter slides, and cameras during our weekday and weekend Masses. 1 on 1 training will be provided. If you’re interested, please sign up at saintmichael.ca/volunteer.
Women’s Ministry January faith formation program – New
The Women’s Ministry is hosting a new, virtual faith formation program in January titled Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. This study will be hosted via Zoom every Tuesday at 7 p.m. beginning January 12 to February 2 (four weeks). To watch the trailer and sign up, click here.
Bishop Carroll High School Virtual Open House – New
Bishop Carroll High School offers Catholic education in a self-directed learning environment, alongside a full range of athletics, fine arts, and hockey skills programs. For more info, visit their virtual open house 24/7 at bishopcarroll.cssd.ab.ca/open-house. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins Feb. 1, 2021.
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