Bulletin: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2023-01-13 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


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Baptized into Ministry

January 15, 2023

In our church calendar, the Ordinary Time follows after the celebration of Christ’s baptism (last Monday) which marks the formal beginning of His public ministry. His baptism by John the Baptist is both His first public appearance and the inauguration of His divine ministry.
Jesus’ baptism represents the fulfillment of what is prophesied in the Servant Song found in Isaiah 63. God sends His Servant-Son, filled with His spirit, sharing his divine life and power, to accomplish the redemption of the world and bring new life to all of humanity. He is designated as the presentation of God’s people according to the Spirit. He is declared formally as the only Son of God, the Servant of Yahweh, anointed with His prophetic spirit.
The celebration of the Lord’s baptism reminds us of our call as baptized Christians to ministry. It invites us to reflect how our lives interface with God’s plan for our world. It speaks of the need to ask God to consider or approve what we plan to do with our respective lives. It makes us reflect on the need to submit ourselves and our decisions to God’s scrutiny and clearance. It makes us consider seriously the need to get God’s stamp of approval of what we undertake on a daily basis.   
The celebration of Ordinary Time is an invitation for us to reflect on the fullness of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. We are, indeed, baptized into Christ’s ministry, to proclaim and work for Christ’s kingdom in this world. This ministry of evangelization is at the essence of what we really mean when we pray so often “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Healing Lines
“It’s not an enemy who taunts me – then I could bear it; It is not an adversary who deals insolently with me – then I could hide from him. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to hold sweet converse together within God’s house; we walked in fellowship. {Psalms 55:12-14) The tragedy of family violence is that it is so personal. The sense of betrayal and hurt is deeply wounding. Be ready to recognize the signs of abuse and be willing to reach out, as God would, to offer refuge and shelter to those effected by this violence.




Women’s Ministry Study

Wednesdays, starting January 18 at 10am/7pm

Metanoia: A Journey with Christ into Conversion – METANOIA – and believe in the Gospel. In the Gospel of Mark, the first words of Jesus are an invitation to metanoia, to repent, to change, to be converted. This series is beautifully filmed on location in the Holy Land, highlighting sacred places such as the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, the desert of Temptations, and many of the holy sites in Jerusalem. A 10 session study, starting on January 18th. With in-person sessions on Wednesday from 10-12 am and Zoom sessions from 7-9 pm. There will be no cost for this study. To register please visit: 




Registration for the 2023 Confirmation program is now open! To register your child(ren) in grades 6 and up for the Sacrament of Confirmation, visit our website at https://saintmichael.ca/confirmation/


2023 Contribution Envelopes

The 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.


Baptism Preparation

Our next Baptism preparation course will be on Saturday, February 11 from 9 am – 12 pm. To register your child for Baptism, please visit our website at https://saintmichael.ca/baptism/


Children’s Offering Basket 

Each Sunday, a children’s Offering Basket will be placed at the front of the altar during the offertory. Children are invited to place their offerings into the basket. The Children’s Offerings will be for general donations.


Knitting Ministry

A huge thank you to all who contributed to our knitting project.  We donated over 100 beautifully made hats, scarves, and neck warmers to Hearts for Humanity, a charity that works with the homeless. Thank you for your generosity! We will resume meeting every 2 weeks on Thursdays at 10 am starting January 12. If you like to knit or crotchet, please join us. Call 403-282-6469 for more info.


Day Chapel Renovation

The renovation of the Day Chapel is scheduled for next year. The Renovation includes the addition of two side altars for the Blessed Virgin Mary (current statue) and the Divine Mercy (framed canvas print). The Divine Mercy print is from the original. The two side altars will also have votive candle racks where devotees can light real candles. Thomas Tan will be our project coordinator. The renovation design was done by Architect June Lee. The project has been duly approved by the diocese. The project concept was presented by Bill Tapuska and Peggy Tan, in an effort to place the Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary in their appropriate places. The draft recommendations of the defunct Interior Enhancement Committee on the Day Chapel improvements have been duly taken into account. The Blessed Virgin Mary is currently located in a grotto-type make-shift altar at the back corner of the Day Chapel. The project cost is at $98,000 plus taxes, as budgeted by Cougar Construction who won a recent bidding. We encourage families and individuals in contributing to the project. So far, a family has contributed $30,000 for the project. 


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.



January 17 to March 2, 2023 

Have you lost a loved one recently, or know someone who has? The grief support ministry invites individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to participate in a Grief Share Program in the new year. The program consists of a video seminar (Christian based with personal stories from Christian experts who have experienced grief), group sharing with participants/facilitators and a personal workbook. The program runs every Tuesday, 7 pm to 9 pm from January 17 to March 7. There is a fee of $10 for the workbook. Free will offerings will also be accepted. To register or for more info, please contact the Parish Office at 403-249-0423 or info@saintmichael.ca.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Special thanks to all St. Michael parishioners for supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!

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)


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, January 14, 5 pm Mass: Fr. Edmund Vargas

Sunday, January 15, 9 am, 11 am & 5 pm Masses: Fr. Edmund Vargas



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