What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
The Other Side of Christmas
December 25, 2022
2023 Contribution Envelopes
Next year’s 2023 contribution envelopes are now available for pickup in the Gathering Area. Please look for your name alphabetically organized and note that your number may have changed from last year. If you have any questions, call the parish office at 403-249-0423.
Registration for the 2023 Confirmation program is now open! To register your child(ren) in grades 6 and up for the Sacrament of Confirmation, visit our website at https://saintmichael.ca/confirmation/
Together in Action (Formerly Bishop’s Appeal)
The parish target for 2022 is $121,243, we are still short by $93,585.50. With only one week left in the year, please consider making a contribution to help us meet our target.
Day Chapel Renovation
The renovation of the Day Chapel is scheduled for next year. The Renovation includes the addition of two side altars for the Blessed Virgin Mary (current statue) and the Divine Mercy (framed canvas print). The Divine Mercy print is from the original. The two side altars will also have votive candle racks where devotees can light real candles. Thomas Tan will be our project coordinator. The renovation design was done by Architect June Lee. The project has been duly approved by the diocese. The project concept was presented by Bill Tapuska and Peggy Tan, in an effort to place the Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary in their appropriate places. The draft recommendations of the defunct Interior Enhancement Committee on the Day Chapel improvements have been duly taken into account. The Blessed Virgin Mary is currently located in a grotto-type make-shift altar at the back corner of the Day Chapel. The project cost is at $98,000 plus taxes, as budgeted by Cougar Construction who won a recent bidding. We encourage families and individuals in contributing to the project. So far, a family has contributed $30,000 for the project.
Children’s Offering Basket
Each Sunday, a children’s Offering Basket will be placed at the front of the altar during the offertory. Children are invited to place their offerings into the basket. The Children’s Offerings will be for general donations.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
November 13 to 21, 2023
Join Fr. Edmund on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, November 13 to 21, 2023, on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world. Book now and save $150 per person. Cost: double $5,699, single $6,849 and triple $5,669. For more information visit: gateway.gocollette.com/link/1122663.
January 17 to March 2, 2023
Have you lost a loved one recently, or know someone who has? The grief support ministry invites individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to participate in a Grief Share Program in the new year. The program consists of a video seminar (Christian based with personal stories from Christian experts who have experienced grief), group sharing with participants/facilitators and a personal workbook. The program runs every Tuesday, 7 pm to 9 pm from January 17 to March 7. There is a fee of $10 for the workbook. Free will offerings will also be accepted. To register or for more info, please contact the Parish Office at 403-249-0423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Hampers 2022 Donations
We will distribute hampers to 170 families at the cost of $54,000. The parish has “advanced” $29,000 to cover the required amount while we wait for contributions from parishioners. Please consider supporting this outreach effort as part of being a “missionary” community.
Christmas Hamper Program Update
A big thank you to all parishioners for your support of our 2022 Christmas Hamper program. On Monday, December 19, our parish community volunteers braved the coldest of temperatures with an outpouring of service, bringing their light to the world. Together we prepared and delivered 155 hampers, serving 515 people. Your generous support was much appreciated as our team grappled with supply chain problems and increased costs. We also prepared 210 Angel Tree gifts for delivery with the hampers. Our volunteers bring many talents to this project, most importantly evident this year was the gift of a willing heart.
Many thanks to our parish schools for their support with food donations, and to the Knights of Columbus for keeping us safe on a cold night.
Donations are still being accepted:
Online: via the parish website https://saintmichael.ca/giving/
Cheques or cash: place them in the green SSVP envelopes located at the SSVP donation box.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!
WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. If you are interested contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca or phone (403) 249-0423 (ext 122)
DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS can be dropped off in the SSVP Food Chest in the Church Gathering Area or make arrangements by e-mailing us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca. Currently we are looking for: Cereal, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and canned fish/meat.
MONETARY DONATIONS can be deposited in the drop-box in the Food Chest or by online donations through the St. Michaels Parish website: https://saintmichael.ca/giving/. Please indicate funds are for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the drop-down menu.
If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca or phone (403) 249-0423 (ext 122)
Christmas Mass Schedule
Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve
4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 10:00 pm
Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day
9:00 am, 11:00 am
Saturday, December 31, New Years Eve
Sunday, January 1, New Years Day
9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, December 24, 4 pm, 7 pm & 10 pm Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, December 25, 9 am & 11 am Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas
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