“Take courage! It is I, the Lord.”
St. Michael’s response to COVID-19
Parish updates regarding COVID-19
Last updated: Friday, May 22 at 3:15 p.m.
From the Diocese of Calgary (Friday, May 15): The Catholic Bishops of Alberta remain committed to the gradual reinstatement of public celebrations of the Mass and welcome the recent release of the Guidance for Places of Public Worship document as part of the provincial government’s relaunch strategy. These guidelines are being carefully considered by the task force that the Bishops have established under the direction of Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary. Read more
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop McGrattan issued his latest letter on Friday, March 27, which extends the suspension of all Masses in the Diocese of Calgary indefinitely. There will be no Masses at St. Michael’s for the time being.
Our church remains open for private prayer from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and our priests are available to hear Confessions Mon-Sat from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment. We have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and our parish office is open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to noon.
In keeping with the Government of Alberta’s mandatory mass gathering restrictions, please observe the following:
- When visiting the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for private prayer, there should be no more than 15 people together at any time
- Observe at least 2 metres of physical distancing
- Those who are ill, show symptoms of illness (however mild), as well as individuals from “demographic groups at greater risk of severe disease, such as people 60 years of age or older and individuals with chronic medical conditions” should stay home.
Please be assured that we are working closely with the Diocese of Calgary, with guidance from the Government of Alberta, regarding the reintroduction of public Masses.
If you would like to stay connected with other parishioners and offer assistance (i.e. offering to pick up groceries for those in physical isolation, etc.), join our public Facebook group.
Mass Live Stream Schedule
- 11 a.m. daily at saintmichael.ca/Mass
- 10 a.m. Sunday Mass from St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop McGrattan presiding: catholicyyc.ca
- Salt + Light TV: Daily Mass and Sunday Mass at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
- Daily Mass with Bishop Robert Barron & Fr. Steve Grunow is also available at wordonfire.org/daily-mass.
How can we pray for you?
If you have any prayer intentions, use the form below so our prayer teams can pray for you!
Do you or someone you know need help?
The following organizations are able to offer assistance:
- Dial 211 for food, shelter, and financial support
- AHS Access Mental Health: is the coronavirus anxiety affecting your mental health? Call 403-943-1500 for non-urgent cases (no referral needed), or call 403-266-4357 if you need immediate help
- Health Link 811: for individuals who are not seriously ill but have flu-like symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Call 911 if you are seriously ill or need immediate help.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-249-0423 ext. 122
- See: How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits
Event Cancellations & Schedule Changes
- Weekly Eucharistic Adoration is back every Friday beginning May 15, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prior sign-up is required as we can only admit up to 12 people every hour. Visit saintmichael.ca/faithformation for the sign up link.
- Beginning Friday, May 1, the parish office will only be open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Both weeks of Vacation Bible Camp (July 2020) have been cancelled. If you’ve already registered and paid for your child, please contact Rosalie at email@example.com or call 403-249-0423 ext. 125 to get a refund.
- Confessions: Monday-Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment
- Creative Arts Open Studio (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month): cancelled until further notice
- All Moms and Tots in-church meet-ups (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.) are cancelled until further notice
- Monday Night Bible Studies: future sessions of the Acts – Spread of the Kingdom Bible study have been cancelled.
- Rosary Group: the Tuesday evening Rosary group is also cancelled until further notice.
- Family Compass: the series of workshops organized by the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement (beginning Saturday, March 21), has been postponed to a later date. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pastoral Care services at Wentworth Manor and Wentworth Court have been cancelled until further notice.
- Youth Ministry: ROOTS Youth (Monday nights) and UNITE youth nights (Thursday nights) are cancelled. Youth are asked to connect with us on Instagram (@onthursdaynights) for upcoming faith content via IGTV.
- English Language Learners: our Tuesday morning ELL classes are cancelled.
- Women’s Ministry: our monthly Coffee Connections and Lectio: Evangelization sessions are currently cancelled (until further notice)
- Men’s Ministry: That Man is You sessions on Wednesday mornings are currently cancelled. All inquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
What you can do
Keeping Sunday holy when we cannot gather for Mass
This is indeed a painful time for Catholics who live on the Eucharist and the sacramental life of the Church as a source of sanctifying grace and strength. However, this can be an opportunity to intensify your interior life of prayer through the different practices and devotions of our Catholic faith.
LECTIO DIVINA & READING SCRIPTURE
Parishioners are encouraged to pray and reflect on the daily readings and practice Lectio Divina, using resources such as The Daily Gospel. You can also login to FORMED and watch the weekly Opening the Word, which offers a prayerful reflection on the Sunday readings. (Don’t have a FORMED account? Claim your free account by going to saintmichael.formed.org).
You can also watch the televised Sunday Mass on Salt+Light TV or through the online live stream at saltandlighttv.org at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. every Sunday (Mountain Time), at St. Peter Parish’s Facebook page daily at 8:30 a.m., and from the Diocese of Calgary every Sunday at 10 a.m.
PRAY THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS
The Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office, is the daily prayer of the Church which marks the hours of each day and sanctify it with prayer. To learn more and begin praying this venerable practice of Catholic Tradition, visit universalis.com.
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