Saint Michael 
the Archangel, 
defend us in 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 - cast into hell,
and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world  seeking the ruin  of souls.

Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel
February 2018 Edition


"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time."
- 1 Peter 5:6


The words I'd like to share with you are also found in the bulletin this  Sunday and are from the Diocese ... referring to Ash Wednesday  and Valentine's Day ... both occur this Wednesday, 
February 14, 2018 ... 

To:         Priests, Deacons, Religious, and Lay Faithful  of the Diocese
From:     Father Robert Hughes, V.G.
Date:      February 1, 2018
RE:         Ash Wednesday Reminder
     In recent days, some inquiries have been made concerning  the convergence of Ash Wednesday with the secular holiday,  Valentine's Day.
     In the Diocese of Camden, as in the Church universal,   Ash Wednesday is to be observed as a day of penance, fasting,  and prayer. As a day of fast and abstinence, Catholics from the  age of 18 to the age of 60 are bound to the mandate to fast.  Catholics over the age of 14 are seriously bound to observe the  abstinence from meat.
     Lenten fasting allows for a single "normal" meal. Sustenance  through the day is permitted but the quantity of food for this  sustenance is not to equal or exceed the amount of food taken in  the single normal meal.
     As a Diocese, we recognize and affirm the expression of  human love that is celebrated by the customs associated with  Valentine's Day. However, the mandate that we observe fast and
abstinence on Ash Wednesday supersede any secular celebration  and may not be dispensed. You may wish to celebrate with your  Valentine prior to Ash Wednesday (much in the way certain  cultures celebrate Carnivale or Mardi Gras ), so that the solemn  penitential nature is not compromised.

Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018
(ashes distributed at all liturgical events)
9 AM - Mass at Saint Catherine of Siena
12 Noon - Service at Nativity
4 PM - Service at Saint Catherine of Siena
7 PM - Mass at Nativity
Stations of the Cross & Benediction
Fridays of Lent at 7 PM
February 16th - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
February 23rd - Nativity, Franklinville
March 2nd - Saint Catherine of Siena
March 9th - Nativity
March 16th - Saint Catherine of Siena
March 23rd - Nativity
March 30th - Saint Catherine of Siena (no Benediction)
Confession to follow Stations on Good Friday
Confession Opportunities*
Saturdays of Lent
February 17th & 24th, March 3rd & 10th
9 :30-10 AM  - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
3-3:30 PM - Nativity, Franklinville
March 17th & March 24th
9:30-10:30 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
2:30-3:30 PM - Nativity, Franklinville
No Confession on Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
Sundays in Lent
March 18th & March 25th
9:15-9:45 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
12:00-12:30 PM - Nativity, Franklinville
* (or by appointment)

     The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.
     On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.
     On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of Abstinence.
     The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence "substantially" or as a whole is a serious obligation.
     The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of Penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as Penance.
     The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, February 18, 2018 to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 27, 2018.

   The seasons of the church change before our eyes. The reds and whites of Christmas are gone with the poinsettia. The green of ordinary time was a fresh clean look, after the purple of Advent and the whites and golds of the Christmas Season, but now that will give way to the Purple of Lent. We have to change our thinking and try to fast and sacrifice . February 14th is Ash Wednesday, our official beginning of Lent. 

According the Catholic 101 ...
"Lent - A name which means springtime, a time of new growth, a time for getting in shape spiritually. The Catholic Church has chosen fast and abstinence as the method for doing that. In so doing for 40 days of Lent (Sundays in Lent do not count), the faithful imitate Christ's fasting in the desert for 40 days, which occurred immediately after His baptism. At the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Trinity was manifested on earth all at once - The Father spoke out loud, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, and Jesus was in the Jordan River."

Biblical Reflections ... 
meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Next meeting is  Tuesday, February 20th at 7 PM  in the Conference Center.

Share Your Faith ...
generally meets twice a month on
Wednesdays at 7 PM at the Conference Center. Check the Parish Website for dates. All are welcome, even if you come late.
   Last week we talked about Saint Peter as "the Rock" and we also talked about the meaning of  the "Lamb of God."
   Share Your Faith is also a great place to bring up questions, concerns, and challenges about our faith.
We share lots of laughs and we usually snack. Join us for our next meeting on February 28th.

Stewardship and Evangelization ... 
Our next meeting is   Monday, February 19th at 7 PM in the Conference Center. 

Compassionate Outreach ...
is a group of individuals in our parish who do a number of things to help members of the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel.
  • Our knitters and crocheters have many lovely blankets to give out to the elderly, the chronically ill, and others who are disabled. We have given some out at Masses, but need to know of others who may like to receive one. 
  • Members of this Ministry also make the baby Baptism blankets given to the families on the day their child receives the Sacrament.
  • We assist with the Bereavement Ministry by sending sympathy cards or arranging visits.
  • We send cards to those on sick list and to shut-ins.
In order to preserve your privacy and to obey the HIPPA Privacy Act, please first call the Rectory or e-mail them at If you wish, Father Larry will visit to hear your Confession, bring you Communion, give you the Sacrament of the Sick, and with your permission, share your information with the Ministry to help keep you in touch with the Parish.

   Here in South Jersey, 1 in 6 people, and 1 in 5 children, suffer from food insecurity. In response to this situation, the Diocese of Camden is, once again, conducting its annual FaithFULL Food Drive. The 2018 diocese wide goal is 150,000 pounds of food which will go to support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden.  Here, at the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel, we will be collecting nonperishable food items at all masses beginning Saturday, March 10, and continuing through Sunday, March 18. On March 18, everything that has been collected will be delivered to our designated drop-off site where the food will be weighed and                                                                   credited to our parish.

We will be collecting the following items:
Canned Vegetables                                     Canned Tuna Fish
Canned Vegetable Juice                             Canned Chicken
Canned Tomato Products                            Canned Soup
Canned Pasta Sauce                                   Canned Beans
Canned Fruit                                               Canned Chili
Applesauce                                                 Canned Beef Stew
Canned Fruit Juice                                      Peanut Butter
   ONE can of tuna, ONE can of soup, ONE can of vegetables - each and every ONE of these items can make a difference in someone's life. By working together as ONE community of   faith, WE can fight hunger right here in South Jersey. This is a wonderful opportunity to put our faith into action during the Lenten Season.

The Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel currently has three individuals in our Program who will receive their Sacraments on Easter Vigil. All are welcome to join our upcoming meetings on Thursdays: February 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Conference Center.

Pictures from the Mass opening Catholic Schools' Week held at Nativity Church. (Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel with the students of Saint Michael the Archangel Regional School)
Please read your bulletin or check out our website to keep up with all that is happening.

You can read it online by clicking here.   click here

Lorraine Kiefer
Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel
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