Friday, October 21, 2016

Parish Planning

Our next steps in our parish planning, will include:

A planning meeting at Opie’s at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 28th.  The primary purpose will be for the Stewardship Committee to plan a ministry fair where people can learn about some of the different ministries that we have in the parish.

Stewardship is focuses on how we as a community of disciples use our time, talent, and treasure in responding to God’s goodness.

On Tuesday, October 25, the Social Concerns Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement.

Social Concerns gathers all of the parish social ministries: our connection with Care and Share of Plymouth/Marshall County, Grace and Peace Covenant, Prophetic Voting, and Catholic Relief Services.

On Thursday, November 3, the Worship Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. This is a gathering of all ministries that support worship: proclaimers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, music ministry, and the priests. We will focus on the preparations for Advent and Christmas.

Discipleship and Evangelization focus on small group development, such as Why Catholic/Por que Catolico, and the Alpha Retreats.

Fellowship is concerned about our common life as a parish, as well as our unity in diversity.

We are planning a ministry fair for Sunday, December 11, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blessed José Sanchez del Rios to be canonized.

Blessed José Sanchez del Rio will be canonized this Sunday by Pope Francis.
Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio was born in Sahuayo, Michoacan (Mexico), on March 28, 1913—his parents were Macario Sanchez and María del Río. At the age of 13 , Jose begged God that he too might be able to die in defense of his Catholic faith. In response to the bitter persecution of the Catholic Church by the government of Plutarco Calles, a movement of Catholics called the “Cristeros” rose up in defense of the Faith. Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio told his mother, “In order to go to Heaven, we have to go to war.”

Friday, October 7, 2016

From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB

With upcoming elections, it is important for us to study all of the issues and see them in the light of the Gospel. The candidates and political parties do not neatly line up according to (or against) our values. Take the time to listen, to study, and to pray before choosing.

From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB):

34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well- formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among
moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, deliberately subjecting workers or the poor to subhuman living conditions, redefining marriage in ways that violate its essential meaning, or racist behavior,if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases,a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter
should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.

37. In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and that the moral obligation to oppose policies promoting intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions. These decisions should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue. In the end, this is a decision to be made by each Catholic guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Parish Planning Retreat

Parish Planning Retreat Report
This past Saturday several members representing a broad spectrum of our parish met to review the mission of St. Michael Church. The group, then had an opportunity to gather knowledge in five specific visionary areas of a healthy church. During the discussions ideas were identified in each of the five areas to move St. Michael closer to the mission. Everything we think and do should help us reach our mission to:
Love God,
Love Others,
Make and Be Disciples

Next week more on what this means. We will also share more on the five visionary areas with the ideas identified to help move us continuously closer to our mission.

Thanks to all who participated and to those who prayed for a successful retreat.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Villanova University held a seminar on Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. The talks on parish renewal, sacramental practices, Catholic schools, and finances are very interesting. You can see them here: