Bulletin: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted 2023-05-05 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


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Peace to Action

May 7, 2023

“Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom…”. This is the prayer for peace and unity we invoke before partaking of Christ’s body and blood at every Eucharistic celebration. And at the end of the celebration, we are dismissed with the parting words: “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord…”.
The Eucharist, as the center and source of all Christian life, gives us the gift of shalom, Christ’s own peace, and his other gifts. Through baptism, partaking in the Eucharist, receiving forgiveness through reconciliation and the sealing of our lives with the Holy Spirit in confirmation, we as a Church pass on the same gifts that Jesus left to his followers. As these gifts connect us to God, these also draw us together as the body of Christ, calling us out into the world.
Because we are a people gifted with Christ’s peace and love, we are called to action: to share the divine life that Christ has won for us through his death and resurrection. Because we are a people chosen and anointed by Christ, we are called “to proclaim the Good News to the poor, bring freedom to captives and announce the time of God’s favor…”. We are as a priestly, prophetic and kingly people, mandated to continue Christ’s ministry of unity and healing.
God has given himself in Jesus Christ so that we may see him with the eyes of faith. In our respective lives, we are called to be authentic reflections of God’s presence within ourselves, giving us the courage to bring Christ’s peace and love to a world of hatred and indifference.
Healing Lines
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you”. Even in our darkest moments, God is with us. As in the poem by Mary Stevenson, “Footprints in the Sand”, at the times we cannot see God’s support He is quietly carrying us. For those of us who suffer the impacts of violence and abuse this can be of comfort. Let’s support God’s efforts by reaching out to those in need in our communities.



Saturday Night Lights with Michael Chiasson & Access 52

Saturday, May 27 – 6pm

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

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


Altar Server Training

Friday, May 5 @ 6:30pm & Sunday, May 7 @ 12pm

There will be two upcoming training sessions for anyone interested in altar serving to attend. Both will be held in the Sanctuary. Choose one of them, or both if you think you or your child will need extra time to learn. Please go to www.saintmichael.ca/bulletin to sign up for a session. Click on the “sign up” button to sign up and it will prompt you to type in the names of all those who will be attending ( include all children in your family who will attend).

There are a few things to note:

1. Attendance at a training session is mandatory in order to be scheduled to serve.

2. There will be some forms that need to be signed before you can be scheduled to serve. Another message with these forms will be sent out and forms will be available at the training sessions as well.

3. There is a special Mass for Confirmation on May 28th at 2pm. This training, plus additional training will be needed for that, and any other special Mass in the future. Please let us know if you are interested.

4. As for signing up for Masses we will let you know once it is set up.


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

Greetings to our fellow parishioners and visitors at Saint Michael Catholic Community. We hope that you enjoyed a blessed and joyful Easter! Thank you to all volunteers who helped to make the Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday liturgies as beautiful as they were. Your dedication to our catholic community is appreciated.


Highlights from our meeting on April 25:

– A Children’s Liturgy Coordinator has been hired. Children’s liturgies start on Sunday mornings in June.

– Michael Chiasson of Access52 updated us on the success of the Saturday evening youth events. 

– Coffee is being served after both Sunday morning Masses (volunteers needed for 11 am)

– Coffee after Thursday morning weekday Masses will begin late May (volunteers needed)

– The next Name Tag Sunday will take place the last weekend in May.


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.


Moms and Tots 

Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am 

Moms and Tots is every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 am in the St. Nicholas Room. May 11 is our Mother’s Celebration, come join us for crafts and treats to honor our Mothers and Mother Mary.


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.


Pastoral Care Ministry Update

Augusto Bitter, our coordinator and his wife Emilia are now looking for volunteers to work in this important ministry. You may wish to join us as a new volunteer, resume your previous (pre-pandemic) volunteer activity, to join another area of this ministry, or to help us recruit others who may respond to your invitation to serve. For details, please reach out to him at abitter@telus.net or 403-804-5047.


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 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


“TRAiD for MAiD”

Tuesday, May 30 – 7pm

True Assistance in Dying: why is MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) embedding itself in our country? St. Michael’s Catholic Women’s League will be hosting Dr. Peggy Thomson-Gibson, MSCM. FRCP(C), as she presents on how to “Defend the Faith without Raising our Voice” to shed the light of faith through prayer, action and sacrifice on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s Chapel. All are welcome to attend this timely event.


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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