Bulletin: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Posted 2023-05-19 by @saintmichaelyyc


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The Power And The Presence

May 21, 2023

Alleluia! You are witnesses. Forty days after Easter, witnesses saw Jesus taken up into heaven. Don’t just stand around looking at the sky! Jesus instructs those who love Him to continue to witness, teaching all people the Gospel.
Christ’s ascension, which we celebrate today, deals with a reality that is beyond the physical and the earthly.  In theology, Christ’s resurrection and ascension are referred to as two aspects of one reality. The ascension is the end of his physical appearances to His disciples and beginning of Christ’s spiritual presence among them.  Where the physical ends, the spiritual somehow begins.  
The spiritual represents a higher reality which can subsist on its own. The spiritual gives the physical its soul and significance. In death, the spiritual separates from the physical. In the resurrection and ascension, the spiritual, by its own power, reunites with physical for the fullness of human life in God. 
Christ’s resurrection demonstrates His power and dominion over death itself, that is, the power of the spiritual over the physical. As Christ commissions His disciples to be witnesses, He gives them the assurance of His powerful presence through the Spirit.
Our Christian life is about a power and a presence that encompasses the physical and the earthly. The resurrection and ascension assert Christ’s power and presence among us as we are commissioned to bring His message to the world. Christianity is about the continuing presence of God in the Church and in the world. God’s presence is brought to the world through our life in the Spirit.  
Indeed, we are commissioned to be a living testament of a people who adheres to the power and presence of Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
Healing Lines
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. (Matt 28:16-20) As we follow Christ’s commissioning to us all, be sure to include those who are vulnerable and suffer interpersonal violence in all its’ forms. These will be touched by you through your caring actions and administrating to their current traumas.



43rd Annual Hike for Life

Saturday, May 13 

Please join Fr. Edmund in support of the Calgary Pro-Life Association’s 10K Hike For Life at Prince’s Island. You can join the St. Michael’s team, start collecting pledges and hike on your own or you can make a donation to Fr. Edmund or any other team member from now until May 13. All donations go directly to Pro-Life and will be accepted until June 30th. All funds raised will go to support the Respect for Life program.


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


St. Mike’s Garden

St. Mike’s Garden group is looking for volunteers to assist with the cultivation, weeding and watering of the raised flower beds on our property. The vegetables will be distributed at the end of the season to various schools to provide nutrition to those in need. If you are interested, please contact, Leticia.sheldon@cssd.ab.ca for further information.


Women’s Conference by Beloved Daughters Ministry

May 26-27 

Join Beloved Daughters Ministry for their first annual women’s conference entitled, “Restoring the Feminine Heart.” Conference will be held from May 26-27, 2023 at St. Luke’s Parish (Calgary, AB) and guided by guest speakers Heather & Jake Khym of Life Restoration Ministries. For more information visit: www.beloveddaughtersyyc.com


“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.


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. 


St. Michael Catholic Community Pastoral Council

Greetings to our fellow parishioners and visitors at Saint Michael Catholic Community. We hope that you enjoyed a blessed and joyful Easter! Thank you to all volunteers who helped to make the Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday liturgies as beautiful as they were. Your dedication to our catholic community is appreciated.


Highlights from our meeting on April 25:

– A Children’s Liturgy Coordinator has been hired. Children’s liturgies start on Sunday mornings in June.

– Michael Chiasson of Access52 updated us on the success of the Saturday evening youth events. 

– Coffee is being served after both Sunday morning Masses (volunteers needed for 11 am)

– Coffee after Thursday morning weekday Masses will begin late May (volunteers needed)

– The next Name Tag Sunday will take place the last weekend in May.


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 March we helped 25 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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