What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Save the Date: Parish Lenten Mission with Chris Bray
Join us for Radical Love: a parish Lenten mission with Catholic evangelist, speaker, and musician Chris Bray. Whether you’re a parishioner or not, we invite you to join us in this special, three-evening mission designed to remind us of God’s radical love, prepare us for Lent, and to encourage us in the work of evangelization and sharing this love with others. When: February 23-25 (Sunday-Tuesday) at 7 p.m. This is a free event. Share this with family and friends! Click here to learn about Chris’ talk topics.
Catholic Women’s League Fundraiser
Stock up on seafood for Lent: this year’s Fish for Fridays Fundraiser ends this weekend, February 1-2. Visit the CWL table in the gathering area after Mass to place your order, or do so online. Pick up will be on Wednesday, February 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. here at the parish.
In these presentations, Dr. Mark Kolodziej will be speaking about Christian relationship and dating ethics, providing parents, teachers, and young adults with the scientific evidence which supports and complements Scripture and Church teaching on the area of sexuality and healthy relationships. To get your tickets or learn more about the Dr. Kolodziej and his topic, click here.
- Parents & teachers session: Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person (including coffee & desserts), but free for St. Michael’s parishioners. Get your free ticket here.
- For young adults: Thursday, February 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $10 including food and a workbook. Click here to learn more and sign up.
24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration – New
Spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during our 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, February 7, following the 9 a.m. Mass. Sign up for a slot outside the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, or online at saintmichael.ca/faithformation.
A BLESSING FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Married couples are invited on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening that will strengthen your marriage—we will have a liturgy at 7:30 p.m., followed by a testimony from one of our parishioners and a blessing by one of our priests. There will be a social to follow with live music and a cash bar. Tickets are only $20 per couple and can be purchased online. If you need further information, email email@example.com.
New Parishioners’ Welcome Reception – New
If you regularly attend St. Michael’s, we strongly encourage you to register as a member of our parish by going online at saintmichael.ca or by filling out a registration form at the welcome booth after Mass. You are also invited to our Welcome Reception on Sunday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come and learn more about what St. Michael’s has to offer you and your family, as well as find ways for you to get involved.
How can we pray for you?
Prayer Ministry teams will be available at St. Mary’s Chapel (formerly Day Chapel) following all Masses next weekend for those who want to be prayed for.
World Day of the Sick – New
In commemoration of this year’s World Day of the Sick, all those who suffer from illnesses are invited to receive anointing of the sick during the 7 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, February 11.
Discovery Faith Study – New
Our NET missionaries are leading Discovery: a six-week faith study on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, giving you the opportunity to grow in relationship with Christ. This will be conducted in men’s and women’s small groups for six consecutive Sundays here in the parish, beginning February 16 at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this personal and intimate study of the faith is encouraged to join! To sign up, see our NET missionaries in the gathering area after Mass this weekend, or come to our first meeting on Sunday, February 16 at 3 p.m. in the St. Nicholas Room.
Help Local Survivors of Human Trafficking – New
I’m Worth It Now (IWIN) is an initiative by St. Michael’s Catholic Women’s League to assist human trafficking survivors by providing backpacks and raising awareness about this issue. Inspired by a successful group in Florida, CWL conducted a trial run of 12 backpacks last December: each backpack containing personal care products, change of clothing, and a personal note for local survivors of human trafficking. A bracelet was also enclosed, with a matching bracelet being given to a prayer warrior to keep the recipient close to their hearts in prayer. These backpacks were then distributed through Calgary Police Service personnel and the
RESET Society of Calgary.
With the success of this trial, the CWL is inspired to help more survivors through this initiative — but your help is needed. To learn how you can contribute, you’re invited to the launch event on Saturday, February 22 at 1 p.m. here at St. Michael’s. There will be a testimony from a local survivor, and Detective Paul Rubner of Calgary Police Service will be presenting on Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Calgary: Understanding the Realities. For more information, visit saintmichael.ca/IWINinitiative.
Moms and Tots
In addition to our weekly coffee and fellowship (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.), please take note of the following upcoming events: February 7: Alma, who serves in St. Michael’s Marriage Ministry, will be sharing her testimony and offer some advice on having a strong marriage • February 14: Valentine’s Day craft • February 21 at 7 p.m.: Paint night for moms ($30/person). Check out the paint night details and our full schedule at saintmichael.ca/momsandtots.
Help Change Driving Penalties in Alberta – New
On Christmas Eve of 2018, Lucinda Yaworski and George Balint lost their lives after being struck by a vehicle at a crosswalk in NW Calgary. The driver was charged with careless driving and, last November, was given the maximum—yet seemingly lenient—sentence under provincial traffic safety laws: a three-month driving suspension and $2,000 fine. Lucinda was the sister of St. Michael’s parishioner Judy York.
Judy and her sister Bev have started a signature campaign to petition the Alberta government for stricter penalties for careless driving. Next weekend, February 8- 9, petition forms will be made available in the gathering area for concerned parishioners to sign after Mass, and at the parish office during the week.
Art Walk 2020: Callout for Artists
We invite artists and photographers to register to showcase their work at this spring’s Art Walk on the weekend of March 28-29. Deadline to register is Friday, February 28. For registration info and for submission requirements, please visit saintmichael.ca/event/artwalk.
Save the Date: Vacation Bible Camp – New
For all young families: save the date! If you’re planning your summer holidays, be advised that this year’s Vacation Bible Camp will be on July 6-10 and July 13-18. Registration will open this spring. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Alison at email@example.com or by calling 403-249-0423 ext. 125.
See the bulletin for more announcements
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