THE BATTLE OF PRAYER
#2725 Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ, neither can we pray habitually in his name. The “spiritual battle” of the Christian’s new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer. (CCC)
St. Michael's very own;
Longtime and much decorated pilot Gene Bielecki was honored at the North Central State Airport on Saturday when a hangar was named in his honor.
Treasures to be found in the Mass
In the busyness of our lives, we don’t often reflect upon the remarkable treasure to be found in the Mass. True Magnificence reveals the truth about the nature of worship, our understanding of the Mass, and how we gain access to Jesus Christ by participating in it. Through a series of interviews with Catholic lay people and Father John Riccardo, we gain insight into the Mass as a gift from God where he pours His grace upon us to face the challenges of life. Within the personal testimonies, the Mass as a sacrifice is explored as well as the great mystery of the Eucharist, whereby the body and blood of Jesus is made present and accessible to us.
OF THE GOSPEL
"The joy of the gospel" ~Pope Francis "Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others.
God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades". ~Pope Francis
** EVANGELII GAUDIUM **
What is Evangelization?
Evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.
The simplest way to say what evangelization means is to follow Pope Paul VI, whose message On Evangelization in the Modern World has inspired so much recent thought and activity in the Church. We can rephrase his words to say that evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. At its essence are the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God.
Evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed." Excerpt from Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.
WEEKLY IN OUR PARISH
Weekday Mass: Monday–Wednesday 7:00 AM
Morning Prayer:Monday – Wednesday 6:35 AM
Communal Recitation of the Rosary:Mondays at 6:30 PM
Feast: September 29
St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels,
is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel.
St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New.
The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, "Who is like God?"
St. Michael is the Patron Saint of: of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness.
WEEKLY IN THE PARISH
Morning Prayer: Monday – Wednesday, 6:30 AM
Communal Recitation of the Rosary: Mondays at 6:30 PM