Bulletin: First Sunday of Advent
What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Our Ministry of Presence
November 27, 2022
2023 Contribution Envelopes
Next year’s 2023 contribution envelopes are now available for pickup in the Gathering Area. Please look for your name alphabetically organized and note that your number may have changed from last year. If you have any questions, call the parish office at 403-249-0423.
Together in Action (Formerly Bishop’s Appeal)
The parish target for 2022 is $121,243, we are still short by $93,585.50. Please consider making a contribution by the end of the year.
Simbang Gabi at SMCC
Saturday, December 17
St Michael’s Church is hosting the traditional Filipino Mass (Simbang Gabi) on Saturday, December 17, at 7pm starting with carols at 6:30 pm. Filipino families or individuals who are interested in helping with our Filipino Night reception, following the Mass, may email Fr. Edmund at Fredmund@saintmichael.ca or text 403-874-2015.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
November 13 to 21, 2023
Join Fr. Edmund on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, November 13 to 21, 2023, on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world. 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.
Please join us in the Day Chapel for our Advent Recollection (retreat) celebrated by Fr. Edmund on Saturday, November 26, 1 pm to 3 pm, or Sunday, November 27, 1 pm to 3 pm.
Giving Tuesday marks a global movement dedicated to charitable giving. As we approach the end of 2022, please consider St. Michael Catholic Community as a recipient of your year-end charitable giving! To donate, visit saintmichael.ca/giving or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Bell Concert
St. Michaels is pleased to be hosting Steve Bell in a solo concert on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. This will be an evening of story and song featuring music from his latest album, “Wouldn’t You Love to Know,” as well as Steve Bell classics and favorites. Tickets are $25 and are available on-line at www.stevebell.com/events, or from the parish office. Visit www.stevebell.com/events for more info.
We invite everyone in the parish to join us in our fall project of knitting/crocheting hats, scarves, neck warmers, mitts for the needy (mostly adults). Last year we collected almost 100 beautifully made items which were donated to and gratefully received by several charities serving the homeless. There will be a collection box in the gathering area with an end date of Dec.15. Thank you for helping us meet this ongoing need!
Christmas Hamper Outreach
Hamper Day Monday, December 19
Referrals are coming in and we especially need cash donations, as detailed below.
Referrals: Referrals are accepted from parish school counselors, and through the SSVP intake line at 403-249-0423 extension 122.
Monetary donations help us offset the costs of our food (purchased at wholesale prices), and each hamper includes a grocery gift card for the recipient to purchase their turkey.
Donations may be made through:
-the collection box, noted for Christmas Hampers
-depositing the green envelopes located in the SSVP donation bin/lockbox in the gathering area
-online at saintmichael.ca/giving.
Please include your clearly printed name and address – tax receipts will be issued in January 2023
Gifts for Children: The Angel Tree will be available this weekend and next. Our Angel Gift Tags hold a child’s special request. Shop for that special gift and return it to be enclosed with the hamper going to the family.
Volunteers: Thank you to all our faithful parish members who volunteered. We will be in touch about your assignment. More delivery volunteers are needed for the evening of December 19th. Importantly, those delivering are required to have an updated Police Check on file, and complete Praesidium training. Note it can take up to 4 weeks to process but this can be completed online. To volunteer please contact Marvin Matthews MMatthews@saintmichael.ca
Food Donations: Christmas Hampers contain a standard list of goods and quantities, purchased wholesale, at a substantial cost saving. SSVP provides support to families year-round, and food donations received this month will be used by SSVP to address late hamper requests and after-Christmas hamper needs. Thank you to our parish schools conducting food drives in support of SSVP.
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 October we helped over 20 families.
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)
Christmas Mass Schedule
Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve
4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 10:00 pm
Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day
9:00 am, 11:00 am
Saturday, December 31, New Years Eve
Sunday, January 1, New Years Day
9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, November 26, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, November 27, 9 am Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, November 27, 11 am & 5 pm Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas
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