Bulletin: Palm Sunday

Posted 2024-03-22 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


Slow me down, Lord…

March 24, 2024

Today’s long Gospel reading reminds us that Christianity is not about speed, short-cuts, or anesthesia.  In truth, it is about length, pain, and suffering.
We now live in a world where pain and waiting are to be avoided at all cost. We have acquired a mentality that has a very low tolerance for anything that involves length, mistakes, and suffering. Our waiting has been reduced by super-fast procedures: superfast computers, automatic teller machines, fast food, instant messages, instant coffee, and instant marriages. Our threshold for pain and suffering has been minimized by so-called miracles of medical science and technology: Advil, Tylenol forte, abortion pill, and mercy-killing.
Even our relationships have been adversely affected by what we call a “computer” mentality which rejects human error and waiting time. Such mentality disposes us to seek quick solutions to long-term problems, especially in marriage and family life. We have developed a passion for painlessness and velocity. And we have lost our sense of direction and meaning.
Long time ago, Chase & Sanborn, a coffee company, ran an advertisement which read “Happiness does not come in an instant!” Of course, we know that the difference between brewed coffee and instant coffee is the quality that comes with the process.
Besides being person-oriented, Christian life is process-oriented. Resurrection comes only after passion and death. Christianity does not take away our problems and fears. It gives us the strength to face and endure them. It gives us a sense of Christian purpose and meaning. It makes us understand the meaning of our struggle for sanity.
Our life can be short and quick, but it has to have direction and meaning. Let us re-learn our sense of Christian purpose, which is rooted in the mysteries we celebrate these days. Life in the fast lane requires a consciousness of our Christian sense of direction. We have to hold on together with our Christian vision if we don’t want to lose our way in this maze of quick fixes.


Healing Lines

“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” As we welcome Jesus this Palm Sunday, let us remember to welcome all around us as well.  Jesus has always reminded us to take care of everyone, especially those who are most in need of our love and prayers. Some live in families and communities that are abusive, some are homeless, some are elderly and neglected…. Reach out to them all.


Lenten Insights (1-5): All Previous “Lenten Insights” are available here: https://saintmichael.ca/bulletin-4th-sunday-lent-2/


Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, March 23 at 5pm:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 24 at 8:30am:  Morning Prayer with Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, March 24 at 9am:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter
Sunday, March 24 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 24 at 5pm:  Fr. Kevin Chukwurah



Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)



St. Michael Event Schedule


Lent Schedule

Holy Thursday:  Thursday, March 28 | Mass 7:00pm | Adoration 8:00pm – 12:00am

Good Friday:  Friday, March 29 | Services 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Easter Vigil:  Saturday, March 30 | Mass 9:00pm

Easter Sunday:  Mass 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm

St. Michael Event Schedule

March Regular Events: 

Sundays | Coffee Sundays | Narthex | After 9:00am & 11:00am Masses

Mondays | Bible Study: Lectio Eucharist | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

Tuesdays | Grief Share | Rooms 143 and 144 | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room| 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesdays | TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00am

Wednesdays | Bible Study: Wild Goose | 10:00am-12:00pm | St. Nicolas Room | or Zoom 7:00-9:00pm

Thursdays | Coffee Thursdays | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass

Thursdays | Moms & Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am

Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm


March 2024:

March 23 | Sacrament for Teens | Pizza Party and Retreat | St. Nicholas Room| 12:00-2:00pm

March 23 | Sacrament for Teens |Reconciliation | Reconciliation Rooms | 1:30pm

March 23 | Lenten Retreat: “You Are Called…” | Day Chapel 1-3pm | Confessions 3:30-4:30pm | Sanctuary Mass 5:00pm

March 24 | Cancelled: Coffee Sunday

March 24 | Cancelled:  Altar Server Training

March 26 | Cancelled: SSVP Monthly Meeting

March 26 | Cancelled:  PPC Meeting

March 26 | RCIA | St. Nicolas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

March 27 | TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00-7:30am

March 27 | Cancelled:  Women’s Ministry Bible Study

March 28 | Cancelled: Coffee Thursday

March 28 | Cancelled: Moms and Tots 

March 28 | Cancelled: Knitting Ministry

March 28 | Holy Thursday | No Daily Mass 9:00am | Sanctuary Mass 7:00pm | Day Chapel Adoration 8:00pm

March 29 | Good Friday Services | 12:00pm and 3:00pm

March 30 | RCIA Retreat | Day Chapel and St. Nicholas Room | 8:00am

March 30 | Easter Vigil | Sanctuary | 9:00pm

March 31 | Cancelled: Coffee Sunday

March 31 | Easter Sunday | Mass at 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00pm



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