Lenten Cross Initiative
St. Michael’s Lenten Cross Initiative begins on the weekend of February 17th/18th and concludes on March 22nd (Friday). All parishioners are encouraged to participate by taking a prayer request card and/or leaving one in the baskets provided at both entrances to the church. This is a wonderful opportunity to support one another in prayer and to build a sense of community as we journey through this season of Lent.
World Day of Prayer at Two Locations
St. Michael's Parish
St. Michael’s CWL is hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer, which will be celebrated at St. Michael's Parish on Friday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Palestine, the theme is I Beg You... Bear With One Another in Love, found in Ephesians 4:1-3.
The celebration will be followed by a reception in the parish hall and all members of our parishes are encouraged to attend this special service along with members of our local Christian churches. For any questions, please contact Maggie McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Hub - St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Peter's CWL and St. Paul's are co-hosting World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1st at 1:00 pm in the St. David's Chapel at St. Paul's Cathedral. Light refreshments following the service. All are welcome to attend! Please contact Marian Strom at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Truth & Reconciliation Video Series
The Diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Committee has heard many people ask, “What can I do?” The first answer to this question is to begin learning more. The Committee hosted a series of educational presentations over the past two years for all staff and clergy and they are available to everyone. They are rich and powerful and make for a wonderful learning experience. Here is a poster for more information. Very soon, information will be provided about inviting parish groups and/or educators to use these videos as a learning opportunity.
A summary of the presenters, the topics they discussed and reflection questions is at this link.
Pope Francis Fund - Application Process is Open
The Pope Francis Fund application process is now open for grants that will be distributed in 2024. Last year, ten organizations received a total of $48,000 in funding. The process, criteria and past recipients are at www.dol.ca/pff. Parishioners are asked to share this with any groups who could benefit from this funding and use it to help the poor in our communities. The application process closes on February 28.
St. Michael’s Truth and Reconciliation Book Club
“Education got us into the mess and education will get us out of it."
Senator Murray Sinclair
St. Michael’s Social Justice Committee invites you to join a book club. In keeping with the theme of Truth and Reconciliation, the committee has selected three books:
1) They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers
2) Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
3) Our Voice of Fire by Brandi Morin
Books synopsis here.
The most successful book clubs consist of 6 to a maximum of 10 members.
Interest will determine the number of groups.
A Social Justice committee member will lead each group. The schedule is as follows:
Date to be set for February 2024- They Called Me Number One, facilitated by Cathie Gauthier
Date to be set for April 2024 – Seven Fallen Feathers, facilitated by Carole Murphy
Date to be set for June – Our Voice of Fire, facilitated by Sharon White
Members of each book club formed will identify the actual location and meeting date for the book being discussed with the facilitator.
These books are available for purchase online and can also be accessed through the London Public Library.
The committee welcomes you to this opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Indigenous experience and discuss our thoughts and feelings on this important topic.
If interested, please contact Carole Murphy at 519-679-3584 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th.
Belong to a book club already? Why not choose one of these books for you group? These groups would not be facilitate though we’d love to hear your groups learnings and thoughts.
Women of Grace Study:
Oremus, a Guide to Catholic Prayer
January 30th to March 19th
Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 AM
John Paul II Room at St. Michael’s Parish
OREMUS, an eight-week program will teach you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life.
Learn to talk to God and hear back His voice. Become aware of His presence. Overcome distractions and dryness. Accept desolation and consolation as normal prayers experiences. Grow closer to God and also to all around you.
All from our Family of Parishes are invited to this program to help you grow spiritually this Lent.
Space is limited so sign up now! Please contact Veronica Solis at 519-488-6265 / email@example.com. Registration is FREE. First come, first served.
Development and Peace 2024 Share Lent campaign
This Lent, let’s work toward
Reaping our Rights
This year, Development and Peace — Caritas Canada’s Create Hope: Reaping our Rights campaign calls you to stand with small-scale farmers and peasant communities who feed the world while caring for the Earth. Do this by:
• Donating online at devp.org/give or during the Solidarity Sunday collection on March 17, the fifth Sunday of Lent. Your generosity helps support over 73 projects in 36 countries around the world!
• Learning more by reading the Mini-magazine and other resources available at devp.org/lent/resources.
• Meeting our solidarity visitors and participating in the campaign launch webinar on February 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
See this week’s bulletin insert for the
Letter of Support from the Most Rev. William T. McGrattan, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Solidarity Calendar found on the reverse side.
Come & See Weekend
From Friday, March 8, 2024 to Sunday March 10, 2024, St. Peter's Seminary invites you to a discernment retreat for men 17 years old and older who are considering a call to the priesthood. This weekend offers a firsthand experience of the life of a seminarian, provides spiritual help for discernment and offers the opportunity to meet current seminarians and faculty of St. Peter's Seminary.