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MASS OF INSTALLATION
At the 4:30 Mass on September 18, The Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, will officially install the Very Reverend John-Michael Lavelle as the sixth pastor of Saint Michael Parish. During the ceremony, Bishop Bonnar will invite Father Lavelle to make a profession of faith and oath of fidelity to the office of pastor. There will be a light reception to follow. All are welcome to attend.
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS
More information will appear soon in the bulletin and on the website, but please mark these dates on your calendar.
Annual Parish Picnic – Sunday, September 26.
OktoberFest – Saturday, October 23.
High School Youth Nights – After the Game: Friday, September 24 and Friday, October 8.
Home from College Get Together – Friday, November 26.
AFTER THE GAME - Attention all High School Students
The parish will be hosting two “After the Game” nights on Friday, September 24 and Friday, October 8, beginning at 9:30 PM (or immediately after the football game) until 12:00 AM. During that time, we will have pizza, wings, chips, sweets, pop – as well as basketball, pool, corn hole and other games. Everyone in attendance will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two $100 Amazon Gift Cards each evening. On September 24 we will also have a brief discussion about other activities our high school students would like to have throughout the year. Saint Michael Youth are welcome to bring high school age guests with them--the event is not limited to parishioners. We are really looking forward to enjoying a great time after the game.
SAINT MICHAEL PARISH PICNIC
Sunday, September 26, 12:00 – 2:00. We missed this opportunity last year so let’s get together and join fellow parishioners, meet the new Pastor and thank Deacon Tom for his service and ministry to our parish.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION for 25th, 40th, 50th and over anniversaries.
The Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 10 1:00 PM at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, honoring couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th and over wedding anniversaries in 2021.
The Wedding Anniversary celebration will include Mass with the Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Following the Mass, there will be a reception for the couples and their families in the parish hall. You must make advanced reservations for this event by contacting your parish office abtaining your pastor’s signature before September 15.
GENERATIONS OF FAITH NEWS
It's time to continue this journey of lifelong faith formation through Generations of Faith. Registration forms have
been mailed out. If you did not receive one, call the parish office and we will get one out to you. For more information, please contact Marcy Fessler (330) 533-6839 or email email@example.com. You can also register for our program by visiting www.stmikesgof.com
Reflecting upon the number of registrations to date as well as the availability of catechists we have determined that there will be two weekly sessions, Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening for Generations of Faith. We are eliminating the Tuesday evening session. We will be contacting those families who have already registered for Tuesday to assess which day fill fit better for their family.
Mask Mandate for Religious Education
On August 20, 2021, the Diocese of Youngstown put into effect a mask mandate for all students in our Catholic Schools. This
extends to all religious education programs, as well as other activities with youth in a parish setting or utilizing our parish facilities. As such, at this time, participants in Generations of Faith will need to wear masks. This mandate also extends to scouts and youth using any of our facilities. There are no exceptions.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus sold Football Crazy tickets at all Masses the weekend of September 10/11. All proceeds go to local charities. Tickets are $20 each. For details and tickets, please contact the Knights of Columbus or the parish office.
Knights of Columbus Invitation to Join
Catholic men 18 and older, what are you doing to actively grow in your faith and put your faith into action? The Knights of Columbus invite you to a special 1 hour meeting Sunday, September 19, at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall to view and then discuss a very powerful brief video on being a Catholic in our Church today.
MEN'S CLUB STEER AND EAR NIGHT
Make your reservations now for an evening of fun, food, music, and a plain good time at 6:30 PM, Thursday evening, September 9, Saint Michael Parish Hall. The Strip Steaks will be huge; the corn tender; the salad par excellence, with the conversation lively. Men’s Club members, spouses of deceased Men’s Club members and their guest or prospective members and guest are invited to attend. The tab is just $18.00 per person with BYOB, though light liquid refreshments will be provided. Please, reservations are limited.
Send your check/reservation, payable to the Saint Michael’s Men’s Club to Ralph Stupka, 7464 Cool Rd., Canfield, Ohio 44406.
Questions, call 330-533-3282. This is a great way to wind down the summer season, and greet the days of falling leaves with old and new friends.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Are you interested in being part of a once a month Bible Study Group? A group of Saint Michael parishioners meet monthly to discuss and learn about the Bible. If anyone is interested in joining our group, please phone Barb Spencer at 330-503-4756 for more information. New members are welcome!
The next Altar Guild meeting will be Monday, September 13. It will begin with Benediction in the church at 6:00 PM followed by a “Welcome Back” boxed salad provided by the Altar Guild. New members are always welcome. Members, bring along a friend to find out more about the Altar Guild. Call Deborah Holecko at 3430-533-3393 or Lynda Fuller at 330-533-6019.
On Wednesday, September 22, Saint Michael Garden Guild will meet at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall for a Design
Program and workshop with Jenny Wehr of “Willows at Wehr”. Participating members will make an artificial floral item to take home. Cost: $20.00. All reservations must be made to Carol Cartwright by September 18 at the latest. Please send your check to Geri Bertison by September 18.
JOIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
RCIA is the program which brings non-Catholic adults into the Catholic Church. If you are, or if you know someone who wants to become Catholic, now is the time! RCIA is open to those baptized in other Christian traditions, as well as those who have never been baptized. It is also open to those who were baptized in the Catholic Church but never had any religious education, and never made their first communion. For more information, please call Maureen Hall (330-533-6839) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our parish will be joining parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown in asking every Catholic family to support the 2021 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. The Appeal is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities in the six counties of our diocese. Especially as we continue to weather the effects of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of needy persons coming to Catholic Charities for help, and they depend on our support of the Bishop’s Appeal. The Bishop’s Appeal also helps to support our diocesan ministries including seminarian formation and the Office of Vocations, the Office of Catholic Schools, religious Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown (CTNY). Our parish was given an Appeal goal of $84,500 to contribute towards the diocesan goal of $4 million. Bishop Bonnar is counting on our support of the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal to reach our goal. Thank you to those members of our parish who responded to the Appeal. Please prayerfully consider how you can best respond when asked to make a commitment.
(Many have been temporarily suspended until further notice. Check with your group for updates.)
GENERATIONS OF FAITH
Register today for a year of learning, discovering, and growing in our faith and love of Jesus together. To learn more about our program please contact Marcy Fessler at the parish office (330-533-6839) or click HERE. Even if you do not have a child currently in our program, we still welcome you to participate.
This ministry outreach, run by parish volunteers, has as its main purpose to build community and to strengthen friendships while enjoying a meal together. There is no charge. The meal is meant for anyone who would like to come, both parishioners of the parish and anyone else from the larger geographical area. For example, if someone lives alone, it’s an opportunity to “meet new people.” For others, it’s a social supper out. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no meals are scheduled at this time.
For information on how to volunteer call Barb Spencer (330-503-4756). Read more HERE.
As one of our liturgy songs goes: “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!”
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY
A group gathers in the pews near the Blessed Mother’s altar for an oral recitation of the rosary the 1st Saturday of the month at 3:45 PM. Please call Mary Ann Camardo (330-2286-3432) for more information.
Please join us on Tuesday mornings (unless there is a funeral) at 11:00 AM in the church to say the Patriotic Rosary. For more information call Kate Pavlich (330-533-24320. Read more HERE.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Family Life Center. The group is open to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. Please contact Mary Witkowski (330-533-61400 or email@example.com for information.
OPEN GYM FOR WALKING
The Family Life Center Gymnasium is now open four days a week: Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Parishioners are invited to come and walk for healthy exercise and companionship. Walkers are requested to stop in the open meeting room across from the restrooms to store their coats and change from outdoor boots and shoes to indoor athletic or walking shoes—required to protect the FLC floor. Now there is no need to go to the mall to exercise. This is a great opportunity right here at home to walk your way to a healthy lifestyle. Please enter through the side door.
THURSDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE STUDY
For more information about this gathering click HERE.
SCHEDULING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
If you would like to schedule a meeting or event for any of our parish organizations, or schedule a rental anywhere in the Church or Parish Hall Building, you must do so by contacting Stephanie Howley at the parish office (330-533-68390.
For all meetings and events at the Family Life Center, please contact Audrey Geskey (330-533-3181).