What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
The Offering of the Eucharist
June 11, 2023
“Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread (wine) to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life (our spiritual drink)”. This is the prayer the priest offers on behalf of all those gathered as he offers the bread and wine during the offertory.
In a way, our participation at Mass becomes a sharing of God’s divine gifts through Christ as expressed by the prayer of the priest as he mixes a little amount of water with the wine: “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity”.
The offering of bread and wine is an offering of our entire selves. Bread and wine are not natural symbols, like water. God does not make bread and wine. Human beings do. Animals do not prepare bread and wine. Bread and wine represents our human work and all that we are. When we offer that bread and the wine as well as our own respective monetary contributions/offerings during the offertory, we symbolically offer all that we do and all that we are.
The Eucharist as communion is expressed in our actual sharing of the one bread and the one cup. Sharing one bread and one cup, just as Jesus did during the Last Supper and God’s people in the past, tells our story as a people. The language of eating together at Mass is the language of Christ’s love and redemption. Breaking bread is the breaking of Himself for all of us. The Eucharist transforms us into bread broken for others. At every Mass, we request Christ to transform us into himself: bread broken for others.
This weekend our First Communion candidates receive their first Eucharist. As a Eucharistic community, we are mandated with the challenge of showing our younger members the way of sharing our lives just as Christ has shared and sacrificed His own life for all of us.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” Let us honor this promise from Jesus by remaining connected to Him as we deal with all aspects of our lives, and look to Him for support and love if we are dealing with abuse in our relationships. He is always there for us. How are we honoring this promise? How are we helping others suffering from abuse? How are we reaching out to keep our families safe from abuse?
Kids Kingdom Registration NOW OPEN!
Open to all kids in grades 1, 2 and 3. Kids Kingdom = Children’s Liturgy of the Word. We gather around God’s Story within the Mass. Program begins Fall 2023 and runs to June 2024. Please see parish website for online registration, full schedule, program details, and volunteer opportunities.
Registration will be open June 4th on the Parish website https://saintmichael.ca/children-youth, by using the attached QR code at the bottom, or by using this link https://forms.gle/t7WBt8mFsc4LPMjz7.
Volunteer Form for Adult Leaders, High School Leaders, and Junior Crew Leaders (Grades 6-8) will be on the Parish website as well https://saintmichael.ca/children-youth
Questions? Please Contact Coordinator Mrs. Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Kingdom Program Description
Program Call Time: Sunday 8:30 am (for 9:00 am Mass); Sunday 10:30 am (for 11:00 am Mass)
Location: Guardian Angels Room
Door Operator: Mrs. Dixon email@example.com
Kids in Grades: 1, 2, and 3 are invited to celebrate God’s amazing love for them, and His wonder-filled Word within the Sacred Mass. During our Children’s Liturgy of the Word Program, children are offered time to grow closer to God in a special place, and in a way that is natural for their age and development. We encourage full, conscious, and active participation through the Holy Scriptures, Rituals of the Mass, and Prayer using dialogue, singing, activities and making friends with their fellow little brothers and sisters in Christ. In this way we strengthen and develop in relationship with Jesus who lives in the heart of all God’s children.
Altar Servers are back! Starting this weekend, you will notice that Father Edmund finally has some help at the Altar. If you or your children are interested in becoming an Altar Server, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or request to join the Altar Server Ministry on Flocknote.
Ordination of Santiago Torres to Priesthood
Friday, June 16 – 7 pm
Rev. Mr. Santiago Torres, a transitional deacon currently completing studies at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, has been called to ordination to the Holy Priesthood on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, June 16 at 7 pm – St. Mary’s Cathedral. All are welcome!
Taste of Portugal
Saturday, June 17 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Participants of the St Francis Xavier Chaplaincy, along with numerous young adults from throughout the diocese, are going to World Youth Day this summer. The “Taste of Portugal” will be a fundraiser held on June 17 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. There will be a three-course meal alongside entertainment directed by our pilgrims. Get tickets here https://wydlisbon.ticketleap.com/taste-of-portugal/
Saturday Night Lights with Michael Chiasson & Access 52
Saturday, June 24 – 6pm
All students for life (Grade 7-12) are invited to an amazing youth experience on Saturday, June 24, 6-8 pm after the 5 pm Mass. This will be the last session before the summer.
To register please go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/591820590317.
Feed the Hungry
Sunday, June 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral
St. Michael’s will be sponsoring dinner at Feed the Hungry on Sunday, June 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral hall. If you’re interested in helping, there are different food prep and dinner service volunteer roles available for you to sign up for. Please sign up in the gathering area.
Friday, June 30 11:30 am
Inviting all Seniors, 55+ for Food and Fellowship
When: Friday June 30th, 11:30 am
Where: St. Michael Catholic Community
Come and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the culinary team at Verve Aspen Woods (formerly Amica Aspen Woods). RSVP by Friday June 23rd by emailing Bob Choquette at email@example.com
St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council
Pentecost Sunday is here! Together as a community we pray Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You will renew the face of the earth! We pray that each of you will feel the presence and consolation of the Holy Spirit today and always.
Highlights from our meeting on May 23:
– A letter has been sent to all ministry coordinators asking for information relating to their ministry. A detailed calendar and Program of Activities for SMCC for 2023-2024 will be prepared based upon responses received.
– The Prayer Basket will be re-introduced at Friday morning weekday Masses. Please see the bulletin for further details.
– Coffee after Thursday morning weekday Masses begins on June 8. More volunteers are needed!
– Seniors 50+ There will be a luncheon following Mass and Holy Hour on Friday, June 30. Please RSVP by Friday June 23rd by emailing Bob Choquette at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to read the minutes from our most recent meeting, or any past meeting, please go to: www.saintmichael.ca/bulletin
Questions? Concerns? Please reach us at 403-249-0423.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! If you have lost your job please contact us for food support.
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.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
November 13 to 21, 2023
Holy Land Pilgrimage Alert! The space reduction date is May 14 on the Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land tour with Fr Edmund on November 13-21. After May 14, reservations will be based on first-come first-serve availability. After the reduction date, air rates can vary and the legal names and dates of birth are required to request airline space. It takes approximately 48-72 hours to hear back from the airlines if we can get the seat back at the same rate or what else they can offer.
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