Bulletin: Third Sunday of Lent

Posted 2022-03-18 by @saintmichaelyyc

 

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Water & Faith

March 20, 2022

Thirst, resulting from the absence or deprivation of water, becomes a metaphor for the need for God, for His saving love and forgiveness. 
 
The life-giving water from the rock at Horeb, mentioned in the first reading from Exodus, is instrumental in keeping the Israelites in believing that the journey is the path to salvation. Exodus, the Greek word for “way-out”, is for Israel the way out from the hopeless situation of oppressive servitude through what we can call a journey through a trackless desert where one can die of thirst. The Old Testament thirst for the living water comes to fulfillment with the coming of the Messiah.   
 
The grumbling, the mistrust and ingratitude of the Israelites in the desert is contrasted with the attitude of those who have accepted God’s gift of faith, exemplified by Moses who believes in God’s power to save.  In the face of their grumbling, he proves God’s presence by striking the rock to bring forth water. St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in the second reading, reminds us that we have been “justified by faith”. Faith has come to us as God’s gift in Jesus, that is, “the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us…” 
 
In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of this outpouring of God’s love when He tells the Samaritan woman at the well: “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” In a way, the Samaritan woman represents every infidelity borne of trying to quench our cravings on something other than the “living water” of God’s love. We indeed are thirsty for healing, for an end to hatred and indifference. We are thirsty for love and forgiveness. We are thirsty for acceptance and meaning in our lives. In our hearts, we thirst for God to fill us with life-giving water that only He can give.
 
Lent speaks of this thirst of the human spirit. Lent is a journey of the soul through the desert into the living water of Christ’s resurrection.
 
As we journey through Lent, let us ask God to pour His living water of faith upon all of us, to bless us with the water of life as we journey together in faith. As we make the sign of the cross with the water every time we gather for worship, we recognize and proclaim one faith in one God as we deepen our intimacy with Him.  
 

FrEdmund@saintmichael.ca

 

Healing Lines
A reflection on healing and reconciliation from Fr. Edmund 
A relationship is not healthy when…Your value and your accomplishments are belittled; Your opinions count for nothing; You are called names that are embarrassing, hurtful and degrading; Your likes and dislikes are disregarded; You are intentionally kept away from family and friends; There is extreme possessiveness or jealousy; You are threatened; You, your family, your work, your church and your friends are disrespected; You are pushed, kicked or hurt; Your faith is ridiculed; Your every move is monitored; You are denied access to food, money or other family resources; You are blamed for all the problems. 
 
CONNECT for help http://www.connectnetwork.ca/ 1-403-234-7233 (SAFE)
1-866-606-7233 (Toll Free in Alberta)

 

Announcements:

 

IWIN Raffle

March 24

Help support IWIN by purchasing raffle tickets (1 for $5 or 3 for $10). All proceeds go towards supporting survivors of human trafficking. Tickets can be purchased by emailing your name, address and phone number to iwincalgary@gmail.com. Payment is by e-transfer to iwincalgary@gmail.com (password IWINcalgary).  There are 4 great prizes valued at $1,300, including Hillberg & Berk jewelry, a one night stay at the Hampton Inn, a charcuterie board, wine and original artwork from a survivor of human trafficking. Draw date is March 24. Thanks for supporting IWIN!

 

Blessing of Anniversary Couples 

Weekend of March 26/27

There will be a special blessing for couples who have celebrated a wedding anniversary the weekend of March 26/27. Let us celebrate the sacrament of Marriage as an essential component of our life as a Christian community. 

 

Parish Lenten Reconciliation

Thursday, March 31

Please note the date and time has changed for the Parish Lenten Reconciliation. Mass starts at 6 p.m. followed by Adoration and reconciliation.

 

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign

April 1

The Lenten campaign for 40 Days for Life has commenced and St. Michael is once again participating. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful prayer vigil held near the Kensington Abortion facility in Calgary as part of a world wide campaign of prayer for the unborn taking place during Lent. We encourage everyone to participate. If you’ve never done it before, we encourage you to join us this Lent in union with thousands of people around the world praying for an end to abortion. St. Michael’s assigned day is Friday, April 1. To sign up for a one hour time slot please go to www.40daysforlife.com/calgary and click on the box “Sign up for Vigil Hours”. If you have questions, please call Karen at 403-870-7080.

 

Lenten Share Sunday – Palm Sunday

Weekend of April 2/3

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be having its first Share Sunday in over 2 years. Members of the Society will be distributing bags and food lists the weekend of April 2/3 to receive your Lenten offerings on Palm Sunday, April 9/10. May the kindness and compassion of your food and monetary donations stir the hearts of those who receive and fill them with hope. If you are providing from your home pantry, please check the Best Before date as we cannot use stale-dated items.

Urgent Request: plastic bags for hamper packing.

 

Memorial Mass

Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a Memorial Mass for loved ones we have lost during the pandemic on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary.

 

The Invitation—Lent Tour 2022

Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

St. Michael Church is hosting  an evening of talks, music, inspiration and prayer for a one night Parish Mission featuring Michael Chiasson on Thursday, April 7. RSVP/ pre-register here. There is no cost for this event.

 

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!

 

Columbarium Access

Update, March 20: Access cards have been received and are being programmed. Once they are all programmed we will make an announcement for pickup. The Columbarium door will be unlocked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to allow for visiting in the meantime. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

 

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 February we helped 25 families (44 adults and 35 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.

 

Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, March 19, 5 p.m. – Fr. Raul Hernandez

Sunday, March 20, 9 a.m. – Fr. Raul Hernandez

Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Fr. Edmund Vargas

 

2022 Lent & Easter Schedule

 

Ash Wednesday: March 2

Mass at 9 a.m., 6 p.m.

 

Lenten Fridays: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

Mass at 6 p.m.

Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

 

Parish Reconciliation: Thursday, March 31

Liturgy and Confessions at 6 p.m.

 

Palm Sunday: April 9, 10

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (Livestreamed), 5 p.m.

 

Holy Week

 

Holy Thursday: April 14

Mass at 7 p.m.

Adoration following Mass until 11 p.m.

 

Good Friday: April 15

Liturgy at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. 

 

Easter Vigil: April 16

Mass at 9 p.m.

 

Easter Sunday: April 17

Regular Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (Livestreamed), 5 p.m.

 

Parish Office: The office will be open regular hours from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on April 12 – 14. We will be closed on April 15 for Good Friday.

*Live-streamed 11 a.m. Mass can be accessed at saintmichael.ca/Mass and on our Facebook Page. Once the live-streamed Mass has finished, the video can be viewed on our Facebook page. For a list of all live-streamed Masses in the diocese, visit catholicyyc.ca.

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