Bulletin: Easter Sunday

Posted 2023-04-07 by @saintmichaelyyc


What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:


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Dawn After Darkness

April 9, 2023

The event of Easter, that is, Christ’s resurrection is reckoned as happening at early Sunday morning. The narrative of the Easter event emphasizes dawning: dispelling the darkness, clearing up a sad misunderstanding with a joyous realization. A dawning after darkness:  a new day, a new week, a new era, a new life. 
Being raised to life in Christ, our thoughts and aspirations are meant to express this new life. The direction of Christian life is an onward and upward course. Retrogression or stagnation is not compatible with this new life. “If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above… set your minds on things that are above…” (Col 3:1-4)
Easter is living life on a higher level. It is constantly lifting our minds to the mind of our Savior, giving us a power that sublimates the weaknesses of our human nature. It is a capacity to see beyond the boredom and the routine of our ordinary lives.
Easter is a personal movement towards a living experience of Christ’s resurrection. It is embracing our crosses as glorious crosses. It is granting forgiveness to those who are difficult or almost impossible to forgive. It is loving our loved ones during moments of un-lovableness. It is not regretting the past, but growing and living for the present and the future.  
It is the power of Christ’s resurrection which gives us the divine capacity to forgive, to look beyond the petty idiosyncrasies of our flawed relationships, to see the face of the Risen Christ in His unlovable likeness in the human flesh. 
It is experiencing the maturity of unselfishly absorbing our differences and tensions about others (especially through gossip) and giving back what is pure and positive for the family or community. It is willingly surrendering our power to decide to do God’s will in our lives. Easter is joyfully facing our problems and difficulties with the faith that the Lord does not give us problems and difficulties which we cannot bear.
Healing Lines
Lord Jesus Christ, You told the women of Jerusalem not to weep for you but to weep for themselves. Be with the women who suffer violence in their homes, as they weep for their sons caught up in the violence. Be with the women who live in domestic violence, who have learnt their own pains, who have suffered so long they are numb. Strengthen your Church in Her care and support all who are in pain. Help us to be sensitive and caring for you are the Lord who suffers and serves.



Children’s Liturgy Coordinator Position

St. Michael’s is looking to hire a Children’s Liturgy Coordinator to plan and oversee the implementation of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry. Please click on the link below if you are interested in applying for this position:




Please note: There will be NO Confessions on Saturday, April 8. 


Easter Vigil: April 8

Mass at 8 pm. We will welcome our new members of the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass.


Easter Sunday: April 9

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 am, 11 am (live-streamed), 5 pm.


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


Blessing of the St. Mary’s Chapel on Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, April 16, 1:45 – 2pm

Please join us for the blessing of the chapel on Divine mercy Sunday April 16- 1:45 pm to 2pm before the Divine Mercy Service.


Divine Mercy Service 

Sunday, April 16, 2-3pm 

In a revelation to St. Faustina in October 1937, Jesus requested daily prayer at 3 pm to honor the hour of his death and to implore mercy for sinners. “If only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of my death. This is the hour of mercy for the whole world… In this hour, I refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion” (Diary, 1320). The Feast of the Divine Mercy will be celebrated in our church on the Sunday after Easter Sunday, April 16, starting at 2 pm and ending at 3 pm when we honor the hour of Christ’s death on the cross. You are invited to a reception at the gathering area after the service sponsored by Fr. Edmund and the parish council.


Spring Market

Sunday, April 23, 10-3pm

St. Michaels is excited to be hosting a Spring Market for unique local Catholic vendors Sunday April 23 from 10-3 pm in the Mezzanine.  Come and shop for sacrament gifts, religious jewelry, art work, icons, children’s books, and much much more … Any questions please ask Colleen Joy at the gift shop after masses, or contact Rikka at Marysnookbusiness@gmail.com.


Saturday Night Lights with Michael Chiasson & Access 52

Saturday, April 29, 6pm

All students for life (Grade 7-12) are invited to an amazing youth experience on Saturday, April 29, 6-8pm after the 5pm Mass. This will be followed every last Saturday of the month: May 27 & June 24, 6-8pm.  

To register please  go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/591820590317


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

The members of Pastoral Council would like to extend a thank you to all volunteers at St. Michael! Your dedication to our catholic community is appreciated!


A meeting of Pastoral Council was held on March 28. Some of the highlights from our meeting:

– Our new assistant pastor, Fr. Ajeesh, was welcomed by Fr. Edmund and members of pastoral council.

– We are advertising for a Children’s Liturgy Coordinator. Please see the link in the bulletin. 

– Divine Mercy Sunday, April 13. Blessing of the Chapel followed by Divine Mercy Liturgy and reception.

– Thursday morning coffee after Mass was approved. Watch for further details.

– Save the Date to Celebrate: Fr. Edmund’s anniversary of ordination – April 28 at 7:00 pm


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.

As the Lenten journey nears its end, Pastoral Council wishes you a Blessed and Joyful Easter.


43rd Annual Hike for Life

Saturday, May 13 

Please join Fr. Edmund in support of the Calgary Pro-Life Association’s 10K Hike For Life at Prince’s Island. You can join the St. Michael’s team, start collecting pledges and hike on your own or you can make a donation to Fr. Edmund or any other team member from now until May 13. All donations go directly to Pro-Life and will be accepted until June 30th. All funds raised will go to support the Respect for Life program.


Together in Action 2023

Thank you to all parishioners for your generosity and sacrificial giving in helping St. Michael’s continue to reach our TIA goals. This year’s goal is $121, 243, and the campaign theme is taken from I John 3:18: “Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” In a shared act of faith, let us join together and pool our resources to bring the Gospel message to a world in need. The TIA beneficiaries include local charities, ministries in support of parish life, Catholic missions serving across Canada, Mission Council work internationally, and Development and Peace efforts promoting social change and justice for all of our neighbours at home and abroad. How you can help: parishioners are now able to make donations by debit from a chequing or Visa and Mastercard account using St. Michael’s process, or by designating to our TIA campaign any contribution to St. Michael’s. For parishioners donating through United Way designations, please check to ensure that St. Michael’s Church (Registered Charity # 107909939RR0026) and TOGETHER IN ACTION are recorded on the pledge form.  


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!  During the month of February we helped 16 families. If you have lost your job please contact us for food support.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A TREASURER: If you have an accounting background and are interested in volunteering your talent, please contact us by email SSVP@saintmichael.ca

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.


Women’s Conference by Beloved Daughters Ministry

May 26-27 

Join Beloved Daughters Ministry for their first annual women’s conference entitled, “Restoring the Feminine Heart.” Conference will be held from May 26-27, 2023 at St. Luke’s Parish (Calgary, AB) and guided by guest speakers Heather & Jake Khym of Life Restoration Ministries. For more information visit: www.beloveddaughtersyyc.com


Holy Land Pilgrimage

November 13 to 21, 2023

Holy Land Pilgrimage Alert! The deposit ($600) due date for the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr Edmund this coming November is May 7, after which reservations will be based on availability.  Deposits are refundable until May 14. 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.



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