"Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus." These words from this weekend’s second reading from Paul's letter to the Philippians challenges us to consider ourselves, our lives, our living out of the Faith. A challenge that each of us should take seriously. Paul points to Jesus' self-emptying love and His giving of Himself for others for the glory of God. How often do we consider others over ourselves? Even in our families we may struggle to follow Jesus' way. We may find ourselves feeling used, neglected, and taken for granted by the ones we love. A very human attitude very prevalent in our world today. If all would consider others as Jesus did how much happier we would find ourselves. If we continually open our hearts to God's grace and allow ourselves to be filled up we shall see a change in ourselves and others to the glory of God, the Father.
Please remember in your prayers the family of John Goedeker, a member of the St. Michael family who died this last week. May they know the nearness of God through our prayers and caring presence. Also I want again thank all who contributed their time talent and treasure toward the success of St. Michael's "Septemberfest."
The weather was great as were the smiling faces of our families and workers. Our next 'Big Thing' is the yard sale coming up at St. Michael's as well as the monthly fish and shrimp dinner at St. Francis this next Friday. Remember St. Francis does a Fish Fry on the first Friday of the month and every Friday during Lent. It's great food at a great price. May God continue to shower His life giving grace upon us all.
Keep up the 'good' works,
We are in need of servers for Mass, cantors and people who like to sing, those who play instruments of various kinds and proclaimers of the Scriptures. Prayerfully consider offering your time and talents for the glory and praise of God. Call the office to enlist in the service of The Lord.
There will be a special collection on September 28th for our Christian Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East.
"You saw how the Lord, your God carried you, as a parent carries his child, all along your journey until you arrived at this place" Deuteronomy 1,31
Welcome To St. Michael & St. Francis Catholic Parishes In Northern Clark County!
For a 150 years the people of St. Michael & St Francis have celebrated the presence of God in the towns and rural community of norther Clark County. We are a pilgrim people guided by the proclamation of the Scriptures and strengthend by the grace of God in the Eucharist. We welcome new members through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. We seek reconciliation with all through the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We ask God's blessings upon those who commit themselves in the Sacrament of Marriage. We celebrate God's presence in both Word and Sacrament.
Jesus taught us a message of forgiveness. And so, we seek an openess to the grace of reconciliation. Part of the "Good News" is that we don't have to burden ourselves with hatred and resentment. Through the Spirit of the Risen Jesus it is possible to move beyond bitterness and exclusion of others. With the grace of the Holy Spirit we can find God's presence in every human being.
An authentic spiritual journey is more than just prayer. It also includes action. As Jesus chose to be a servant of all, we seek to serve our community. Through programs of outreach and participation in community activities we try to give credibility to our faith. We are not yet Saints in heaven. We are sinners seeking the grace and guidance of God.
We hope that this webiste will be an aid to all the people of our community. May it be an aid to your own journey of faith.
Fr. Harry Tully, Pastor , St. Michael & St. Francis