A Desire to See Jesus - Saint Michael Catholic Community

MARCH 21 & 22, 2015
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
A Desire to See Jesus
In John 12:20-33, we are told that some Greeks, who have come to worship during the Passover festival, have approached Philip, the Apostle. “Sir, we would see Jesus.” A simple enough
sentence and yet it contains both respect and a desire. These Greeks were Gentiles who believed in God, yet they were excluded from many of the Jewish religious festivals. Their desire
to see Jesus is certainly understandable. Rather than preaching that heaven is open only to a
privileged few, Jesus has been preaching that forgiveness and salvation are available to all
those who believe.
Even though the Priests and Pharisees have rejected Jesus as the Messiah, these Greeks still
treat Philip with the respect becoming a devoted disciple of Christ. In this week’s Gospel,
Jesus says, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” Jesus predicts His
death and asks God to glorify His name. God responds by saying, “I have both glorified it and
will glorify it again.”
As Christians, we too are called to treat all those who follow Jesus, especially those who have
received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, with respect. Just as the Greeks did, it is not unreasonable to ask those closest to Jesus, the successors to His apostles, to lead us to Him.
There is an irony in that it is the Greeks who seek Jesus yet His own people, the Jews, will ultimately turn on Him. In the previous week’s Gospel reading, we hear that Jesus has raised
Lazarus from the dead. Even this miracle is not enough to convince the non-believers that the
Son of God is amongst them. For those who choose not to believe, no amount of miracles will
allow them to see Jesus as He really is.
Although it has been two thousand years since His death and resurrection, we should still
strive to “see” Jesus. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “… just as you did to one of the least of
these who are members of my family, you did to me.” All we have to do is look at our neighbours, or even strangers, and if we look, we will see Jesus. All we need to do is examine the
gifts bestowed upon us, and know that they are from Jesus.
March 29
Palm/Passion Sunday
Contact Alison at 403 249 0423 ext 125
or [email protected]
GIFT SHOP
Training sessions for Gift Shop Volunteers will be on Monday Mar 23
from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday Mar 28 from 3:00 pm to
4:00 pm. Please watch bulletin for upcoming details on gift shop opening days and times. For more information, please contact Magda at
[email protected]
PARISH RECONCILIATION
March 30
Step Mass Night
Contact Alison at 403 249 0423 ext 125
or [email protected]
Contact Rikka at
[email protected]
Parish reconciliation will be on Thursday March 26 at 7:30 pm, with
several priests in attendance. All are invited.
NO MASS
Please note, there will be no Mass or Rosary Group on Monday
Mar 30 at St. Michael Church. All are invited to the Chrism Mass at the
Cathedral at 7:30 pm.
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD RE-ENACTMENT
Those interested in participating in the re-enactment of the Passion
on Good Friday Apr 3, please fill out an application form available in
the gathering area. For more information, please contact Bob at
[email protected]
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Ages 18 to 35
Contact Jessica at
[email protected]
All women are invited to join us for an 8 week bible study; Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, on Tuesdays April 14 to June 9.
Your choice of a morning or evening study. For more information,
please visit our registration table in the gathering area after all weekend Masses or [email protected]
KIDS’ KINGDOM VACATION BIBLE CAMP
Save the Date! Vacation bible camp will be July 6 to 10.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (SSVP)
Share Sunday: Bags will be distributed this weekend for our Lenten
food collection. If you are taking food from your pantry, please check
the expiry date. Health Board regulations dictate that expired food
cannot be given out. Every Share Sunday, expired boxes of food are
discarded. Monetary donations are also welcome.
Clothes: NO CLOTHES, please. Neither the Society nor the
church has capacity to store clothing. Donations can be taken to:
Bibles for Missions, 3421-26 Ave SW,
WINS, 2907 Richmond Rd SW,
Quest School, 3405 Spruce Dr SW.
Needs: Portable humidifier, bread maker, men’s winter jacket - size
small. Please contact the Society at 403 249 0423 ext 122.
INSPIRITION BAND
The Inspirition Band at Sunday 5:00 pm Mass is looking for an experienced vocalist. Please contact band leader Demetrio Navarro at
403 605 4592 or [email protected] to set up an audition.
COMMUNION FOR THE SICK
If you or someone you know is sick or homebound, please call the Parish Office to request a visit from a Home Visitor. Pastoral Care Ministers bring the Eucharist to those who cannot attend Mass.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
Please register at the Catholic Family Service for one of the following Marriage Preparation weekends: March 27 to 29, April 17
to 19, April 24 to 26 or May 22 to 24. For register or for more
information, please call 403 233 2360.
CHRISM MASS
All are invited to attend the Chrism Mass on Monday March 30
at 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral. Doors open at 6:30 pm. During this Mass, the Bishop blesses the oil of catechumens and
the oil of the sick. He also prepares and consecrates the oil of
chrism that is used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation,
and holy orders. As the Bishop is the only minister who can consecrate the oil of chrism, this liturgy ritualizes his presence
through the chrism that will be used for baptisms by priests and
deacons throughout the diocese all year.
32ND ANNUAL OUTDOOR WAY OF THE CROSS
Join thousands as we walk the City of Calgary to celebrate the
death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Stations of the
Cross. Good Friday Apr 3 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in front of
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 219-18 Ave SW.
EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING
Putting Children First, a five week program that gives information about the needs of parents, children and families. This
program runs on five consecutive Wednesday evenings from
April 15 to May 13. For more info please call 403 218 5505.
CHRIST AND EVOLUTION-ILIA DELIO
Join Ilia Delio as she shares her insights of how evolution, ecology and technology are influencing the shape of human life today and our understanding of traditional religious beliefs. Ilia is a
Franciscan Sister of Washington, D.C. and Director of Catholic
Studies at Georgetown University, where she is also Visiting
Professor. St. Michael Church will host the first of a three weekend series of presentations on Friday Apr 24 from 7:00 pm to
9:00 pm. Cost: $25. Tickets available at the parish office, Mount
St. Francis Retreat Centre and FCJ Retreat & Conference Centre. For more info please contact the FCJ Centre at 403 228
4215 or [email protected]
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE (CWL)
CWL is requesting parishioners to collect toiletry items: toothpaste/brush, shampoo/conditioner, soap, deodorant and facecloths. Put into toiletry or Ziploc bags and label as CWL. Please
place toiletry bags into the SSVP box located next to the doors
of the main Sanctuary. Items will be donated to the Women in
A VIEW OF OUR FINANCES
GIFTS FOR LAST WEEK
General Donations
$39,482
Building Fund
$23,529
$333
Belize
$862
SSVP
$18,810
TIA Donations to Date
TIA 2015 Levy
$132,000
$8.1 million
Outstanding Bldg. Loan
# of Pre-Auth. Debit Enrollment
335
Thank you for your generosity!
calendar
Monday March 23
Step
Mass
Rosary Group
Tuesday March 24
Mass
ELL Morning—Intermediate
Wednesday March 25
That Man is You!
Mass
Reconciliation
Way of the Cross followed by Mass
Catholicism Study
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
Passion Play Rehearsal
12 Step Program
Thursday March 26
Mass
Mom’s & Tot’s Group
Inn From the Cold
Walking Toward Eternity
RCIA
Parish Reconciliation
Friday March 27
Reconciliation
Mass
Eucharistic Adoration
Youth Alpha
Way of the Cross followed by Mass
Passion Play Rehearsal
Saturday March 28
Mass
Reconciliation
Mass
Sunday March 29
Kids’ Kingdom
Mass
Kids’ Kingdom
Mass
Mass
Mass Intentions
Mar 21
Intentions of Castillo &
Castano Family
Tomasa Hidalgo +
Mar 22
Francisco & Hortensia Vega +
For Everyone
Antonin Dvorak +
Mar 23
Anthony & Peggy DeCoste +
Mar 24
Frances Moore +
Intentions of Ivanka
Intentions of Our Community
(Wentworth)
Intentions of the Residents of
Amica (Amica)
Mar 25
Intentions of the Aya Family
Christina Rochas + (Cedars)
John Schnitzler +
Mar 26
Gregorio Hidalgo +
Mar 27
Jean Carlson +
Virgilio Cantu Gonzalez +
Mar 28
Don Watson +
Frank Zerr +
Mar 29
Henry & Mauren Jones +
Hilda Bonaparte +
Carmelina Labrador Vitelli +
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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 26
Monday, March 30
Holy Thursday, April 2
Good Friday, April 3
Holy Saturday, April 4
7:30 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 am
7:30 pm
10:00 am
3:00 pm
8:00 am
8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 5
9:00 am
11:00 am
Parish Reconciliation.
Chrism Mass at the Cathedral. No Mass at St. Michael.
Prayer and Meditation.
Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
until midnight. Silent time with the Lord in His agony in the
Garden of Gethsemane.
Bring Bells. Incense will be used.
Solemn Liturgy with Re-enactment of the Lord’s Passion.
Solemn Liturgy with Re-enactment of the Lord’s Passion.
A day of fast and abstinence.
Prayer and Meditation.
No 5:00 pm Mass
Easter Vigil. Liturgy of Light, Liturgy of the Word,
Baptisms, Confirmations and Holy Eucharist.
Reception to follow. Please bring finger food to share.
Bring Bells. Incense will be used.
Mass. Incense will be used
Mass. Incense will be used.
No 5:00 pm Mass
Lenten Action
The Fifth Week of Lent
Loving God, You have heard my complaints, my
impatience. Sometimes I become frightened when
I move away from you. Guide my heart back to
you. Help me to think beyond my own wants
and to desire only to do you will.
Thank you for the many blessings in my life and for
the ways I feel your presence. Amen
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Imagine yourself in the crowd of pilgrims, accompanying Jesus into Jerusalem. What are your thoughts? Do
you have any misgivings? Pray for grace to recognize
our own weaknesses and to accept God’s forgiveness.
Celebrate all that has been good news this week for
you, the poor, and the planet.
Eat vegetarian one day.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Don Allen
Cecilia Almaz
Judy Arsenault
Peter Boyko
Joyce Capogreco
Elizabeth Chandless
Brian Chisholm
Debbie Clark
Ana Rivera Diaz
Evelyn Donlevy
Martin Dvorak
Pat Fehr
Loty Flores
Baby Foulonneau
Falon Hollmann
Pat & Molly Mooney
Ram Narayan
Evangeline Navarro
Eric Nissen
Albert Okopie
Jose Paez
Mateo Pozzi
Eve Renaud
Jack Rogowski
Judylina Ruelan
Ron Schell
Joanne Smith
Linda Soltys
Warren Stepaniuk
Clemencia Valencia
Amit
Angie
Antonio
Brielle
Catherine H
Carol
Curtis
Irene
Joe
Louise
Merl
Muriel
Sian
THE SOULS OF:
IN MEMORY OF:
John Reid-Bicknell
Consolación Acuňa (March 26, 2014)
THE VOCATIONS CHALICE
SEMINARIANS
will be presented to:
Paulette Crawford
on Sunday March 22
at the 9:00 am Mass
Please pray for:
Mark Drapal
Quinn Gomez
Philip Holy
Jonathan Klimow
Shane Lambert
Andrew Peloso
Derek Remus
Pilmaiken Murillo