St. Michael's Parish, ~ ~ ~ ~ Elk Point


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  St. Michael's Parish  

  5329 — 48 Avenue  

  Elk Point, AB  


Fr. Gérard Gauthier

(780) 645-3033

gerardo@agt.net


     Confessions: Sunday Morning

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. 


 

4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Saturday, December 23rd: 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral (Bilingual)

No morning Mass in Elk Point

Sunday, December 24th: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral (Bilingual)

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

4:00 p.m. Sunnyside Manor (Bilingual)

6:00 p.m. in English at the Cathedral

8:30 p.m. in French at the Cathedral

9:00 p.m. St. Michael, Elk Point

10:30 p.m. in English at the Cathedral

 

CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATIONS

Monday, December 25th, 2017

10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral (Bilingual)

No Christmas Day Mass in Elk Point

 

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Saturday, December 30th : 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral (Bilingual)

Sunday, December 31st : 9:00 a.m. 

Sunday Mass at St. Michael, Elk Point

Sunday, December 31st : 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral in French

Sunday, December 31st : 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Cathedral in English

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral (Bilingual)

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

Monday, January 1st, 2018

10:30 a.m. St. Michael, Elk Point

10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral (bilingual)

 





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  Gratitude is the greatest weapon, 

God gives us against despair. 

To see the light in the midst of darkness.


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Our Lord’s blessings be with all of us, 

as we enjoy the summer holidays, 

travel and embark on new beginnings.


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Please be attentive to wearing perfumes 

or strong scents during Mass,

we do have parishioners 

who have sensitivities / reactions 

to these products.

 




Papal Prayer Intentions
for December

The Elderly:

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

        






SUNDAY  LITURGY  TIMES
Sunday: 9 a.m.


December 10, 2017

[ 2nd Sunday of Advent ]

1st Reading: Isaiah 40: 1 – 5, 9 – 11
Psalm 85: 9ab, 10, 11 – 12, 13 –14
2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3: 8 – 14
Gospel: Mark 1: 1 – 8

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December 17, 2017

[ 3rd Sunday of Advent ]

1st Reading:  Isaiah 61: 1 – 2a, 10 –11
Canticle: Luke 1: 46 – 48, 49 – 50, 53 – 54
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24
Gospel: John 1: 6 – 8, 19 – 28

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December 24, 2017

[ 4th Sunday of Advent ]

1st Reading:  2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27-29
2nd Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

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December 24, 2017

[ Christmas Eve ]

1st Reading: Isaiah 9: 1 – 6
Psalm 96: 1
 – 2a, 2b – 3, 11-12, 13
2nd Reading: Titus 2: 11 – 14
Gospel: Luke 2: 1 – 14

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December 25, 2017

[ Christmas Day ]

1st Reading:  Isaiah 62: 11 – 12
Psalm 97: 1, 6, 11
 – 12
2nd Reading: Titus 3: 4 – 7
Gospel: Luke 2: 15 – 20

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December 31, 2017

[ Holy Family of

Jesus, Mary & Joseph ]

1st Reading:  Sir 3: 3 – 7, 14 – 17a
Psalm 128: 1 – 2, 3, 4 – 5
2nd Reading: Colossians 3: 12 – 21
Luke 2: 22 – 40

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January 7, 2018

[ Epiphany of the Lord ]

1st Reading: Isaiah 60: 1 – 6
Psalm 72: 1 – 2, 7 – 8, 10 – 11, 12 – 13
2nd Reading: Ephesians 3: 2 – 3a, 5 – 6
Gospel: Matthew 2: 1 – 12

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 Donations to the Food Bank 

can be placed in the box, 

situated at the back of the Church. 

Please help us to assist the poor

in our community.

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Practice for the Cantata will begin 

Wednesday, October 25/17 @ 7:00 p.m. 

at St. Michael’s.


Everyone is welcome to join the choir.

 

Cantata :  December 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 


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Thank you for  your contribution in support of our Parish    
 
Collection for September 2017:   $ 1,830.60 
 Collection for May 2017:   $ 2,061.00
 Collection for Papal Works:   $ 350.00
 Collection for Vocations:   $ 300.00 
 Collection for the Month:  April 2017:   $ 3,317.00  
Collection for Development & Peace:   $ 7,675.00   
Collection for the Holy Land:   $ 877.00  
  Collection for the Month:  March 2017:   $ 2,103.00    
 Collection for the Month:  February 2017:   $ 1,9759.55    
  Collection for Canadian Missions:   $ 616.00 
 Collection for the Month:  January 2017:   $ 3,511.00  
 Collection for Camp St. Louis:   $ 604.00  
Collection for the Month:  December 2016:   $ 2,426.55   
 Collection for the Month:  November 2016:   $ 2,770.50  
Special Collection:  (World Missions):   $ 724.00 
 Collection for the Month:  October 2016:   $ 2,321.75 
Special Collection:  (Needs of the Canadian Church):   $ 1,048.00  
 Collection for the Month:  September 2016:   $ 1,782.50 






 Thank you to all parishioners who donate to the Food Bank. 

The Food Bank items collected were donated to the Elk Point Lions 

for those in need in our local community.

Donation Suggestion:

Each month, bring one-day's-groceries for a family of 4 


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Volunteers for lay ministries are needed for St. Michael’s. 

We are in need of readers, for the collection, bringing up the offering, 

communion to the sick, etc.

A training session will be offered, if necessary. 

Please contact the Parish Council for more information.


You can Sign Up on the poster in the back of the church 

to offer your service in one of the ministries.






Let us pray for the departed faithful.
Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest 
in the hope of rising again; 
bring them and all the departed into the light of your presence.  



 John Edward Hillebrand
Date of Death: October 3, 2017                                 Date of Funeral: October 6, 2017 
84 years
Mary Harriet Theresa Nelson
Date of Death: August 22, 2017                                 Date of Funeral: August 30, 2017 
75 years
 Brigid Ethna Krekowski
Date of Death: February 25, 2017                                 Date of Funeral: March 4, 2017 
73 years
Bernadette Godlien
Date of Death: January 29, 2017                                 Date of Funeral: February 11, 2017 
73 years







  Prayer of the Faithful   —   December 10, 2017  

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis and for his intention: 

that the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, 

may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith 

and forming the new generations 

2.  We pray for Bishop Paul, for his pastoral concerns for the Diocese 

and for Fr. Aureus and the Parishioners of Mallaig and Ste. Lina                     

3.  Let us pray for the chronically ill, for those close to death in need of our prayer support; 

[ and for: Yvette, Walter, Omer, Roy, Dennis, Natasha, & Raymond ]                     

4.  We pray for vocations to the Permanent Diaconate, 

for Mitch, the other candidates and their wives; 

and for their perseverance in the challenges they encounter 

as they discern the will of God                                        

5.  Let us pray for families in crisis and in failed marriages, 

for those affected by unemployment and lay-offs 

and for our moral, emotional and financial support to them in their time of need                     

6.  We pray for the dying and for all the departed faithful as they enter eternal life, 

for the recent departed, for all who grieve the loss of a loved one                     

7. Let us pray for one another: 

and for a deeper attachment to God and loving detachment from everything else                     

8.  We pray for the concerns we will face this week

for the deepening of our faith during the season of Advent, 

and for our personal concerns and intentions

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   December 3, 2017  

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis, and for his intention

that the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, 

may apply their wisdom and experience 

to spreading the faith and forming the new generations                                                                                                                     

2.  We pray for Bishop Paul and the Alberta Bishops, 

for Fr. Casmir and the Parishioners of Plamondon and Breynat 

3.  Let us pray for the elderly,

for everyone at Parkview Manor and in hospital, 

for their caregivers and health care workers, 

for those commended to our prayer; 

[ and for Val,  Omer, Walter, Wade, Steve, Roy, 

Dennis, Roland, and Yvette ]

4.  We pray for vocations to Marriage: the community of life and love, 

for couples committed to a life long sacramental marriage 

and for all couples awaiting the birth of a child

5. Let us pray for young families, for the youth and for the elderly, 

for the opportunities for them to learn from each other in mutual respect, 

and for our own children and grandchildren        

6.  We pray for all who grieve a loss, 

and for all the departed faithful among our families and friends 

7. Let us pray for one another: 

and for for all of our families to be schools of love for life 

8.  We pray for the decisions we will make this week, 

for patient endurance during the Advent season

and for our personal intentions and concerns

 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   November 26, 2017    

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis, and for his intention:  

that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, 

may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, 

especially with those of other religions                    

2.  We pray for Bishop Paul, 

for the faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul,

and for Fr. Trini and the Parishioners of Lac La Biche and Kikino

3.  Let us pray for those undergoing tests and treatment for cancer, 

for those in need of healing, consolation, hope and peace 

[ and for Dale, Richard, Walter, Steve, Wade, Paul, Dustin, Val, and Mimi ]

4.  We pray for vocations to the consecrated life

for the Missionaries of Charity, 

and the other Religious sisters and priests in our Diocese, 

for a greater Vocation awareness among our youth 

and for all who witness their faith to others through their service and prayer                    

5.  Let us pray for single parent families, 

for your providence and abiding presence in their homes, 

for our own children, 

and for all families affected by financial and other concerns                    

6.  We pray for eternal life for those approaching death, 

for those who have died in defense of our peace and freedom, 

for all who have preceded us into eternal life                    

7. Let us pray for each another, 

and for lives lived in imitation of our humble King

8.  We pray for our concerns this week

for the homeless and others at the mercy of the weather, 

and for the silent prayers we express from the depths of our hearts

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   November 19, 2017   

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis and for his intention: 

that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, 

may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, 

especially with those of other religions

2.  We pray for Bishop Paul, 

for all the baptized in the Diocese, 

and for Fr. Reddy, Fr. Jhack and the Parishioners of St. Paul in Fort McMurray, 

and in Fort MacKay & Fort Chipewyan 

3.  Let us pray for the elderly, for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, 

for those in hospital, for everyone trusting in our prayer and moral support, 

[ and for Cliff, Yvette, Steve, Wade, Dale, Dennis, Natasha, Raymond & Louis

4.  We pray for vocations to the priesthood:  

for the seminarians in their formation, 

and for the building up of the Kingdom of God in our Parish 

5. Let us pray for all families, 

that the compassion of God may bring hope and forgiveness 

to our homes and joy in our daily family life 

6.  We pray in hope of eternal life, rooted in baptism 

— that the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus 

may give us reason to live with hope, 

for all our departed family members and friends; 

[and for Gerald Zdrill ] 

7. Let us pray for one another: 

and for complete surrender to God 

8.  We pray for one another's intentions, 

for the homeless and others at the mercy of the weather, 

and for our own personal intentions

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   November 12, 2017   

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis, for his leadership, and for his intention: 

that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, 

may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, 

especially with those of other religions

2.  We pray for Bishop Paul, for the faithful of the diocese of St. Paul, 

and for Fr. Andrew, Fr. Augustine and the Parishioners 

of St. John the Baptist in Fort McMurray, and in Chard, & Conklin 

3.  Let us pray for all who suffer from addictions, loneliness and poor health, 

for all the sick relying on our prayer support; 

[ and for Val, Steve, Cliff, Henry, Omer, Dale, Dennis, Roland, and Yvette ]                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

4.  We pray for discernment of our own vocation, 

for thankful hearts, open to the will of God, 

and for all families in their effort to promote vocations 

through their example of service to others and faithful commitment

5.  Let us pray for blended families, 

for joy in the homes of all believers 

and for the hope of all families to live in peace and security

6.  We pray for those who die in the workplace, 

in the line of duty and in defense of our freedom, 

for all who grieve a loss in the recent past, 

for parents who have lost infant children, 

[and for Harry Shankowski ] 

7. Let us pray for one another: 

and for the courage to stay awake 

and to participate in God’s saving work in us

8.  We pray for those who work away from home

for safe travel on our winter roads, 

and for the intentions we speak from our hearts

  We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   November 5, 2017  

1.  Let us pray for Pope Francis and for his intention: 

that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, 

may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, 

especially with those of other religions 

2.  We pray for our Shepherd, Bishop Paul Terrio, 

for the clergy and laity of the Diocese 

and for Fr. Thomas and the Parishioners of LeGoff,

 Elizabeth Settlement and Fishing Lake 

3.  Let us pray for those recovering from surgery, 

for those requesting prayer and in need of our moral support, 

[and for  Walter, Val, Wade, Dale, Dustin, Paul, Mimi, and Richard ] 

4.  We pray for vocations to lay ministry, 

for all who minister to us, sharing their time, talent and treasure; 

and for all the volunteers in our parish

5.  Let us pray for dating and engaged couples 

preparing for a life-long marriage, 

and for the example of faithfulness given to them by all married couples 

6.  We pray for all who die alone, without the support of loved ones, 

for widows and widowers, 

[ and for Sandra Poulin and Harry Shenkowsky 

7.  Let us pray for one another: 

and for the willingness to offer our wisdom and our whole selves 

8.  We pray for the issues and concerns we will face this week, 

for safe travel on our winter roads, 

and for our personal and family intentions

 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   December 17, 2017  


 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   December 25, 2017  


 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.






  Prayer of the Faithful   —   December 31, 2017  


 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   January 1, 2018  


 We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.





  Prayer of the Faithful   —   January 7, 2018  


We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   January 14, 2018  


We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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  Prayer of the Faithful   —   January 21, 2018  


We pray to you, Lord.   Lord, hear our prayer.

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A Prayer for Young People

Lord, this world needs this marvelous wealth of youth.

Help  young people,

They hold the inexhaustible wealth of the future.

Do not allow an easy life to corrupt them, nor obstacles to crush their spirit.

Free them from the worst of all ---

That of getting used to being

Old within themselves

And only young on the outside.

Dom H. Camara

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 Suggestion for our parishioners to participate in taking turns
as a MEET & GREET representative before Mass. 

If anyone is interested in doing so, you are more than welcome.


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 We are looking to add to our collection of Children’s stories in our library. 

If anyone has books their children have outgrown or would like to donate, we’d love to add to our collection.


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 Parish Contacts:  
   
Parish Council:  Armand Houle  (780) 724 – 3170
 Orest Sereda (780) 724 – 3735   
  Jean Gascon  (780) 724 – 2094 
    Melissa Rogal    (780)724 – 4302
   
 Parish Council Meetings:  1st Tuesday of the month @ 7:00pm (or as announced)
   
 Music Ministry :Gabe Bayduza    (780)724 – 2698  
   
 Church Watch Coordinators: Armand Houle (780) 724 – 3170 
  Ed  Poulin    (780) 724 – 2057
   









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