What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Love One Another
May 15, 2022
This Sunday’s Gospel is part of the Last Supper event. This was after Judas Iscariot left the Upper Room to accomplish his act of betrayal. Jesus then gives his most important teaching and command to his disciples, the core of the entire Gospel proclamation: “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Following this commandment is the sole way by which we will be known as Christians, followers of Christ. Self- sacrificing love is the true mark of a Christian.
Love means sacrifice. Love is a very common word. In fact, we use it very loosely and we have the tendency to trivialize it. Seldom do we realize the grandeur and profundity of its meaning and the seriousness of its challenge. In the Gospel, Jesus made a very important qualification to the love he is talking about: “Love one another as I have loved you.” In other words, Jesus is urging us to follow his kind of love, that is, self-sacrificing love, even to the point of offering oneself for the beloved. Blessed Mother Teresa said: “True love causes pain. Jesus, in order to give us the proof of his love, died on the cross. A mother, in order to give birth to her baby, has to suffer. If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.” That is why, in our experience, true love hurts. But the hurt becomes bearable, and even meaningful and necessary because it is borne out of love. That is precisely the difference between a donation and a sacrifice. A donation is something that comes out of the pocket; a sacrifice comes out of the heart. And God is not asking for our donation; rather, He is asking for sacrifice, something painful because it is what we give from our hearts filled with love.
Refer to St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 – all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in vain when there is no love. In other words, the value of anything we do will only come when we do it out of love. Then and only then can we be considered true followers of Christ. (Catholic For Life)
Altar Servers Meet, Greet, and Coffee
The Altar Serving Ministry is hosting a meet and greet and serving coffee and cookies after the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass this weekend. All are invited.
Praying the Rosary
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday at 8:25 a.m.
May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This month we offer our rosary/prayers to the blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession. Please join us in praying the rosary on Tuesdays after the 6 p.m. Mass and Wednesday to Friday at 8:25 a.m.
42nd Annual Hike for Life Virtual Event
Please join Fr. Edmund and Fr. Raul as they support the Calgary Pro-Life Association’s “virtual” 10K Hike For Life. 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, Fr. Raul or any other team member from now until June 12. All donations go directly to Pro-Life. All funds raised will go to support the Respect for Life program.
St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus & Catholic Women’s League extend their sincerest appreciation to all parishioners who donated funds and items to our 3rd annual “Undie Sunday” event in support of Elizabeth House on April 23/24.
Are you interested in becoming more involved in St. Michael’s Catholic Community and part of the Altar Servers Ministry? We are currently looking for volunteers to join our group and help with the training and scheduling of severs. With your participation, we will ensure our servers are active participants in the Holy Mass, having the privilege of assisting the priest in the sanctuary during the Mass and other liturgical functions. If you are a registered, practicing member of the parish, please consider this opportunity and contact Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Are you interested in becoming more involved in St. Michael’s Catholic Community and part of the Altar Servers Ministry?
We are currently looking for volunteers to join our group and help with the training and scheduling of severs. With your participation, we will ensure our servers are active participants in the Holy Mass, having the privilege of assisting the priest in the sanctuary during the Mass and other liturgical functions.
If you are a registered, practicing member of the parish, please consider this opportunity and contact Marvin at email@example.com for more further details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 April we helped 31 families (44 adults and 24 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.
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