What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Name tag weekend and potluck Sunday
It’s Name Tag Weekend! Be sure to grab a name tag at the gathering area before Mass. Also, join us after the Sunday 5 p.m. Mass on January 5 for an evening of food and fellowship. Please bring any food item to share.
Praise and Worship Night
Join us for a praise and worship night on Thursday, January 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. led by our NET missionaries. All are welcome!
Acts is the story of how a few Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit were chosen to bring Christ and the Good News to the ends of the earth. They faced secular forces, internal strife, and hostile crowds — and despite all this, they brought the kingdom of God to a broken world. This 20-week Bible study will help you to see your place in the Church as a disciple of Christ. When: Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning January 13 • Cost: $35 (book) • Sign up at saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Beginning this January, we have several faith formation programs that we invite all parishioners to participate in. Programs include: Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles (Monday evenings), Lectio: Prayer (Women’s Ministry), Exploring Spiritual Direction with Sr. Madeleine Gregg, FCJ, Theology of the Body, and more. To see all programs and to register, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
Together in Action: We’ve met our goal!
Thank you, everyone, for your support of Together in Action: this year, we’ve met our goal of $117,269. If you’re interested in donating, please consider contributing to our building fund to help pay off our loan. Thank you!
Moms and Tots – New
In addition to our weekly coffee and fellowship (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.), here are some upcoming notable events: January 10: come and hear how mother and daughter, Debbie and Kristin, were led to the Catholic faith • January 24: got questions about breastfeeding, NFP, growth charts, child flu, etc.? Join us at this Q&A session with a family doctor and pediatrician. See our full schedule at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots.
Lectio Prayer is a 6-week, video-based study program on Lectio Divina and the intimate spirituality of praying with the Sacred Scriptures. Women are invited to this study which begins on January 16, 2020 with morning and evening sessions available. Cost for the study guide is $20. To register, click here. If you have any further questions, contact the Women’s Ministry at Womensministry@saintmichael.ca.
Calling all parents: you are invited to this free session where you’ll learn insights, tangible tips, and resources for raising your kids in today’s digital culture. Topics include: internet safety, building trusting relationships with your kids, setting healthy digital boundaries, and more. When: Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
What is spiritual direction? How do you find a spiritual director? How can you minister to others by becoming a spiritual director? Join Sr. Madeleine Gregg of the Faithful Companions of Jesus at this free session on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. to learn more.
Teachers Needed for Kids Kingdom – New
Kids Kingdom, our Liturgy of the Word ministry for children ages 3+, is in need of adult volunteer teachers who will help run the ministry during all of our weekend Masses. No prior teaching experience needed — training and lesson materials are provided. If interested, please contact Alison at email@example.com or by calling 403-249-0423 ext. 125.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the big questions in life in a friendly, open, and informal environment; a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session begins with a free meal, followed by a video, then an open discussion. Alpha begins on Wednesday, January 15 until March 25: sign up today at saintmichael.ca/alpha.
Marriage Ministry: Conversation Cafe
Save the date: join St. Michael’s Marriage Ministry on Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m.: set aside some time in the New Year to chat together as a couple. Refreshments will be provided and this fun date night is open to all married, engaged, and seriously-dating couples. While this is a free event, we ask that you please RSVP online.
The Grief Support Ministry invites individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one to GriefShare: a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life during a time of grief. When: seven consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning January 20. This program consists of a video seminar, group support discussions, and a personal workbook. Free-will giving/$10 charge for the booklet. To register, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 403-249-0423.
Christian Life Seminar – New
Missionary Families of Christ (formerly Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life) is inviting married couples & single men and women ages 40+ to join the next Christian Life Seminar (CLS) on January 24-25 here at St. Michael’s. This free event leads participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to you as a Christian through teaching, small-group discussion, praise & worship, and fellowship. By hearing the message of the Gospel proclaimed anew, you can make a renewed commitment to God in a way that will allow you to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. For more info or to sign up, visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
In an age of selfies and egocentrism, YOU cuts through the noise to present an authentic view of the human person. It presents young people with the extraordinary story of their creation as unrepeatable individuals and introduces participants to the truth that life is not all about them; it is about going out of themselves to be a sincere gift for others. This program is open to anyone 13+, especially teens and their families. When: Wednesdays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 26, 2020, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Cost: $20 for the study book. Register online at saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
In this presentation, Dr. Mark Kolodziej will be speaking about Christian relationship and dating ethics, providing parents and teachers with the scientific evidence which supports and complements Scripture and Church teaching on the area of sexuality and healthy relationships, equipping them to better minister to their children and students. When: Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person/couple including coffee and desserts. To get your tickets or learn more about Dr. Kolodziej and his topic, click here.
Save the Date: A Blessing for Married Couples – New
Married couples are invited on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening that will strengthen your marriage—we will have a liturgy at 7:30 p.m., followed by a testimony from one of our parishioners and a blessing by one of our priests. There will be a social to follow with live music and a cash bar. Tickets are only $20 per couple and can be purchased online. If you need further information, email email@example.com.
See the bulletin for more announcements
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