Scripture and Prayer
"In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, but as what it really is: the Word of God. In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS:
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY GROUP:
We start each session in the Parish Hall after the Thursday morning Mass (at approximately 8:30 AM) with a review and a discussion of the following Sunday’s readings. At approximately 9:15, we transition to our study of the Bible. We have just completed the study of the 46 books in the Catholic Old Testament. Now we will be examining the individuals that wrote the 27 books of the New Testament and the people for whom they were writing. We will be examining the economy, the politics, the history, and the geography of Palestine and the Roman Empire in the First Century C. E. as well as the development of Catholic theology. We welcome any who want to join our group. Just show up.
Refreshments are served.
THURSDAY NIGHT SCRIPTURE GROUP: Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 PM in the Bell Tower Room. The group reads and reflects on the Gospel that will be proclaimed at the following Sunday Mass. Each participant brings a Bible and the discussion follows a general outline--but no preparation or prior knowledge required. With no formal "leader" the group reads/listens together as the Gospel is read aloud and then draws the message from God's Word that is there for each person and the community. This informal welcoming group is dedicated to hearing God's Word and allowing it to make a difference in their lives. For more information contact Jeanne Neville at 330-533-7702; firstname.lastname@example.org
AN EVENING with SCRIPTURE
A faith-sharing parishioner group that focuses on Bible study and then faith sharing with a Scripture passage, meets monthly from 7:00-9:00 PM in the home of Richard & Jan Sternagel on Talsman Drive. Each evening is “self-contained” and Sunday scripture readings will be our focus. For more information call Barbara Spencer at 330-503-4756.
"Prayer is the response of faith to the free promise of salvation and also a response of love to the thirst of the only Son of God" —United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYERS
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY:
A group gathers in the pews near the Blessed Mother’s altar for an oral recitation of the rosary the first Saturday of the month at 3:45 PM. Please call Mary Ann Camardo at 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 at 330-533-2432. Read more HERE.
If you would like to become involved in a more spiritual way at St. Michael, you can… by devoting time to pray for your fellow parishioners’ needs as they arise. St. Michael has established a Prayer Chain Ministry to pray for the special requests of our parish family and friends.
A prayer chain is a way for people to gain God's assistance by interceding or praying on behalf of one another. It is an effective
way to bring the power of many prayers to those in need. The commitment to pray for others is a sacred privilege and is an example of our faith in action. It is a comfort to know that others
are praying for us.
Consider being a part of the St. Michael Prayer Chain. Pray as time allows during your day. To be a part of this church ministry:
Email Anita Gorman: email@example.com
or Text Holly Buente at 330-540-0314.
New members are always needed.
Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that
you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Note from Father Terry:
What is an “Act of Spiritual Communion”?
When you are unable to receive Holy Communion physically, like now in this pandemic, many people like to receive it spiritually by saying the prayer above. It is not the same, but sometimes it is the best we can do.
Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle
Be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the divine power of God, thrust into hell
Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son,
our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the
communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Every now and then someone will ask about the line in the Apostles Creed about Jesus “descending into hell.”
This is not the “hell” of the damned, but rather it is the place below the earth of the dead. The worldview at the time
was that the world was flat, and the land of the dead was below the land of the living, buried underground. It was not
a place of punishment. It is also called “Sheol” or the “underground” or simply “the land of the dead.” When the original sin occurred, the gates of heaven were closed. Angels were stationed with fiery swords to guard the gates and prevent anyone from entering. (Genesis 3:24) So Sheol was the place good people went when they died to await the Savior
who would open the gates of heaven to let them in. (Rev. 2:7; 22:2,14,19) So this line “He descended into hell” means that Jesus descended to the dead to announce that the gates of heaven were now open and they were free to enter. Some translations of the Apostles Creed read: “He descended to the dead”, while other translations leave this line out completely.
Fr. Terry Hazel
Holy Days of Obligation
On Holy days of Obligation we are bound by Church law to attend Mass.
Holy days of Obligation are:
Mary the Mother of God, January 1
Ascension of the Lord
Assumption of Mary, August 15
Feast of All Saints, November 1
Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8
The Nativity of our Lord, December 25
See you in Church.
Fr. Terry Hazel