Bulletin: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy

Posted 2022-04-22 by @saintmichaelyyc


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To Forgive is Divine

April 24, 2022

As we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, let us reflect on Christ’s love and forgiveness in our own respective lives.
Hanging on the cross in Calvary, Christ utters a prayer of forgiveness for the very people who have brought him excruciating pain and eventual death: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” These loving words summarize Christ’s basic attitude towards relationships.
Let us always take to heart when we pray for forgiveness, as found in the prayer that Jesus has taught us: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”
Our Christian life is bound to be a journey of forgiveness. Fear and violence are to be confronted with the loving force of Christian forgiveness. Our Christian community has to be a community of the forgiven and the forgiving.
Let us consider this basic Christian option to become a forgiving person, just as Christ was forgiving until the last breath of his life. Let our attitude of forgiveness become our legacy to a world that is full of hatred and indifference.
Let our forgiveness become not only an occasional act, but a permanent attitude.


Healing Lines

A reflection on healing and reconciliation from Fr. Edmund

God knows that we are lovable and capable, but sometimes we don’t feel that way about ourselves. We can be tempted to let our mistakes and failures define us. Abusive behavior often springs from how we respect ourselves and care for the image of God in us. Point for Reflection: What is one thing you can do for yourself on a regular basis that will make you feel good about yourself and make your life more balanced and harmonious?




St. Michael Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council members, based on nominations by parishioners and appointment by the Pastor, are as follows:

Augusto Bitter, Gerard Brand, Bob Choquette, Sheila Gaela, Lory Iovinelli, Teresa Klassen, Michael McGee (Finance), Nidia McIntosh, Tom Novecosky, Brian Popp,  Kris Renger, Peggy Tan, Margaret Tapuska, Adam Valdez and Pam Van de Mosselaer.

“In every parish of the diocese, a Pastoral Council shall be established…  The Pastoral Council assists in promoting pastoral action in the parish.” (Canon 536 #1). By Canon Law,  unlike the Finance Council,  ceases at the end of the term of a pastor and the new pastor re-establishes a new one. Based on nominations by parishioners and by appointment by the Pastor, the members will serve for a two-year term, renewable once. The new council will hold a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. The council will then meet on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. and every fourth Tuesday of the month, except July and August. It a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the community. Although the Council is not a body which makes binding decisions, the recommendations of the Pastoral Council are to be taken seriously when grounded in prayer, discernment and communal wisdom.


Columbarium Access

We have now completed programing the access cards for the Columbarium. Please note, you will only receive a card if the niche is currently being occupied as per the contract agreement. The cards are available for pick-up at the office. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this process.


Divine Mercy Celebration

Sunday, April 24

Please join us for Holy Hour Celebration, starting with confessions at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m., by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration/meditation, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Homily, and Benediction.

Please Note: incense will be used during the celebration.


Fr. Edmund’s Anniversary of Ordination

Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.

Come celebrate Fr. Edmund’s 43rd year of Ordination on Wednesday, April 27 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 6 p.m. followed by fellowship/reception of coffee and cookies.


Building Stronger Families

Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

Monsignor Frederick Dolan of the Opus Dei will facilitate “Building Stronger Families: Revisiting Patris Corde, the Letter of Pope Francis for the Year of the Family” on Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church. All families are welcome!


St. Michael Choir

The Choirs for the Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses are reconvened. Those interested may indicate their intent by contacting Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca.


Coffee Reception

Beginning in May, we will hold a coffee reception after the weekend Masses: Saturday, May 7, after the 5 p.m. Mass (1st weekend), Sunday, May 15, after the 9 a.m. Mass (2nd weekend), Sunday, May 22, after the 11 a.m. Mass (3rd weekend) and Sunday, May 29, after the 5 p.m. Mass (4th weekend). If you are interested in volunteering for the coffee receptions, please contact Marvin Matthews at mmatthews@saintmichael.ca.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!  During the month of March we helped 39 families (58 adults and 32 children). If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122.

We are looking for new members. If you are interested, contact us at SSVP@saintmichael.ca or 403-249-0423 ext 122. 

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the SSVP food chest in the gathering area. 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.



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