Bulletin: Easter Sunday

Posted 2022-04-14 by @saintmichaelyyc


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Love and the Resurrection

April 17, 2022

Our gospel reading today changes the mood of sadness, sorrow, devastation and even desperation after Christ’s death on the cross into an atmosphere of hope and expectation for his disciples. After long hours of mourning and confusion, the disciples begin to see a glimmer of a new beginning. Night, as it were, is giving way to the light of day.
Set in the darkness of Magdalene’s early morning visit to the tomb, the gospel reading is an account of several lights dawning: daybreak itself, the discovery of the empty tomb by the disciples, the dawning awareness of what the empty tomb means and the beloved disciple’s coming to believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead.
Most striking in this gospel account is the role of the beloved disciple, who having heard Mary’s story, outruns Peter to the tomb, yet allowing Peter to enter first. Both enter the tomb, but the beloved disciple alone is described as believing. The explanation given to John’s faith in the Christ’s resurrection is the power of love to put the believer in touch with the truth of the resurrection. John, because of his love for Jesus, comes more quickly to discern and believe that Jesus is risen.  
The important thing that the beloved disciple has learned from Christ is love.
It is love that transforms death from the taking away of life from us into a voluntary giving of our life to God. It is love that makes our life meaningful, in spite of the apparent meaninglessness of life’s waste and disaster.
It is love that conquers death. It is love that outlives death and its power over us. Love makes our relationships last. It is the greatest of the things that last. 
Let our love for one another be filled with the love that inspires our faith. Let Christ’s love for us inspire us to continue loving. For the love which Christ has showed us is the greatest of God’s gifts.  



Healing Lines

A reflection on healing and reconciliation from Fr. Edmund

Family violence does not happen in a vacuum. It couldn’t be so widespread or have carried on so long in silence if it were only a matter of a few people not controlling their tempers. Abuse is rooted in a host of personal and social values that we have come to accept as right or necessary or normal. “God, we know that many of your children have been hurting for a long time. Open our eyes to their pain and help us to reflect on the values we hold which may contribute to the pain and silence around family violence.”




Columbarium Access

Update, April 17: We have now completed programing the access cards for the Columbarium. Please note, you will only receive a card if the niche is currently being occupied as per the contract agreement. The cards are available for pick-up at the office. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this process.


Divine Mercy Celebration

Sunday, April 24

Please join us for Holy Hour Celebration, starting with confessions at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m., by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration/meditation, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Homily, and Benediction.

Please Note: incense will be used during the celebration.


Fr. Edmund’s Anniversary of Ordination

Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.

Come celebrate Fr. Edmund’s 43rd year of Ordination on Wednesday, April 27 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 6 p.m. followed by fellowship/reception of coffee and cookies.


Building Stronger Families

Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

Monsignor Frederick Dolan of the Opus Dei will facilitate “Building Stronger Families: Revisiting Patris Corde, the Letter of Pope Francis for the Year of the Family” on Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church. All families are welcome!


Undie Sunday

Weekend of April 23/24

St. Michael’s Knights & CWL are pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Undie Sunday in support of Elizabeth House on the weekend of April 23/24. We will be accepting donations of NEW items: diapers (all sizes newborn to size 5), baby wipes, clothing for babies up to 2 years of age, women’s underwear & socks, personal care products.

For monetary donation, please visit www.elizabethhousecalgary.caclick donate; click ‘Birdies For Kids’ link at the top. Cheques payee to Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation (memo: Elizabeth House). Monetary donations will be matched up to 50%.


St. Michael Choir

The Choirs for the Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses are reconvened. Those interested may indicate their intent by contacting Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca.


Coffee Reception

Beginning in May, we will hold a coffee reception after the weekend Masses: Saturday, May 7, after the 5 p.m. Mass (1st weekend), Sunday, May 15, after the 9 a.m. Mass (2nd weekend), Sunday, May 22, after the 11 a.m. Mass (3rd weekend) and Sunday, May 29, after the 5 p.m. Mass (4th weekend). If you are interested in volunteering for the coffee receptions, please contact Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca.


Hydrangeas and Lilies in Memory of a Loved One

Parishioners are invited to help decorate the Church this Easter by purchasing a hydrangea or lily in memory of a loved one. Order forms are available in the Gathering Area. You can drop off your completed form along with your payment ($20/hydrangea or $15/lily) in the collection boxes throughout the church or at the parish office by Wednesday, April 13.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!  During the month of March we helped 39 families (58 adults and 32 children). If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122.

We are looking for new members. If you are interested, contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122. 

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the SSVP food chest in the gathering area. 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.


Holy Week Schedule


Holy Thursday: April 14

Mass at 7 p.m.

Adoration following Mass until 11 p.m.


Good Friday: April 15

Liturgy at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. (Livestreamed)


Easter Vigil: April 16

Mass at 9 p.m.


Easter Sunday: April 17

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (Livestreamed), 5 p.m.


Parish Office: The office will be open regular hours from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on April 12 – 14. We will be closed on April 15 for Good Friday.

*Live-streamed 11 a.m. Mass can be accessed at saintmichael.ca/Mass and on our Facebook Page. Once the live-streamed Mass has finished, the video can be viewed on our Facebook page. For a list of all live-streamed Masses in the diocese, visit catholicyyc.ca.



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