What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
We Are The Church
May 28, 2023
While the word ‘church’ indicates a special building designated for worship, it also refers to an assembly, a congregation or a gathering together of people. The Second Vatican Council defines the Church as the People of God, who are constituted in Christ by the Holy Spirit. The Latin term for church ‘ecclesia’ derives from the Greek which means ‘to call out of”. It is a people set apart, a people called out of darkness into Christ’s wonderful light.
The Church as an organized society existing in our world and history is a visible reality. We call this the Church an institution, a hierarchy. The Church is also spiritual reality that transcends our world and our history. This is also referred to as the charismatic aspect of the Church. The Church is a mystery and a sacrament. It is a sign and instrument of a spiritual reality. The Church as a sacrament contains within itself as well as communicates God’s power and presence.
The purpose of the Church is to make holy the members of Christ’s body through the love given by Christ. By our baptism, we become part of the Church. We share in God’s grace through the Church which is built on the foundation of Christ who is our way, the truth and the life. We are the Church.
Speaking of the Church as a parish, Pope John Paul II reminds us: “It is necessary that in the light of faith, all rediscover the true meaning of the parish, that is, the place where the very ‘mystery’ of church is present and at work… The parish is not principally a structure, a territory or a building, but rather, ‘the family of God’, ‘a fellowship afire with a unifying spirit’, ‘a familial and welcoming home’, ‘a community of the faithful’. Plainly and simply, the parish is founded on a theological reality because it is a Eucharistic community.”
As we face the challenges of this post-pandemic era, let us transform our efforts into wonderful opportunities to relate with one another in a personal way, to encounter one another on behalf of Christ who works in our midst and to strengthen the bonds that ties us together as one people, sharing the one bread in the Eucharist and worshipping the one Lord of all.
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/saturday-night-lights-youth-group-may-tickets-633655419417
“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.
CCEF Ignite the Spark Gala
Thursday, June 1
Please join the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation in an evening of celebrating and fundraising at Ignite the Spark on June 1, 2023, at Telus Spark. Hosted by Michael Chiasson of Access52, you’ll be dazzled all evening with live entertainment, inspiring stories, a decadent display of food & beverage, plus an online live auction & wine raffle. Tickets are on sale now and available at https://bit.ly/Ignitethespark. Proceeds support enhanced learning opportunities for students and schools in the Calgary Catholic School District.
Prayer Intention Basket
We will be reviving the “Intention Basket” at Friday Masses starting on June 2nd. Prior to Mass there will be slips of paper for you to write a brief intention on – anonymity is fine – and then placed in a basket. The intentions in the basket will be prayed for during the “prayers of the faithful” and then you will have the blessed opportunity to take one of the intentions after Mass and keep that intention close to your heart and pray for them till the following week.
Feed the Hungry
Sunday, June 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral
St. Michael’s will be sponsoring dinner at Feed the Hungry on Sunday, June 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral hall. If you’re interested in helping, there are different food prep and dinner service volunteer roles available for you to sign up for. Please sign up in the gathering area.
Friday, June 30 11:30 am
Inviting all Seniors, 55+ for Food and Fellowship
When: Friday June 30th, 11:30 am
Where: St. Michael Catholic Community
Come and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the culinary team at Verve Aspen Woods (formerly Amica Aspen Woods). RSVP by Friday June 23rd by emailing Bob Choquette at email@example.com
St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council
Pentecost Sunday is here! Together as a community we pray Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You will renew the face of the earth! We pray that each of you will feel the presence and consolation of the Holy Spirit today and always.
Highlights from our meeting on May 23:
– A letter has been sent to all ministry coordinators asking for information relating to their ministry. A detailed calendar and Program of Activities for SMCC for 2023-2024 will be prepared based upon responses received.
– The Prayer Basket will be re-introduced at Friday morning weekday Masses. Please see the bulletin for further details.
– Coffee after Thursday morning weekday Masses begins on June 8. More volunteers are needed!
– Seniors 50+ There will be a luncheon following Mass and Holy Hour on Friday, June 30. Please RSVP by Friday June 23rd by emailing Bob Choquette at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 April we helped 11 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.
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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