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Welcome to the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel, Franklinville / Clayton, located in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey under the leadership of the Most Reverend Dennis J Sullivan. Rev Lawrence E Polansky is our Pastor. Saint Michael the Archangel Parish was established September 29, 2010 through the merger of Nativity Parish, Franklinville and Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Clayton. The Parish Office is located at 49 W North St, Clayton. We have two worship sites:  Nativity Church located at 2677 Delsea Dr, Franklinville and Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 700 North Delsea Dr, Clayton. We invite you to visit the pages of our Parish Site, to learn about who we are as a community of faith and the services our parish provides. If you are thinking about moving into our area, we cordially invite you to make the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel your parish home and join us in our mission.

From the Pastor's Desk



 My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     As our RCIA Candidates prepare for their entrance into the Church at the Easter Vigil, today, the Fifth Sunday of Lent has us listening to the readings for the Third Scrutiny ... the story of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Jesus promises Martha (and us) that whoever "lives and believes in Me will never die." The amazing fact of our living the dying and rising of the Paschal Mystery is that we already share in this eternal life. Its fullness will be known only after we die, to be sure ... the grace of it, however, is already received. This is so because, according to Saint Paul in the Second Reading, we already live in the Spirit.
     We readily see the dying in our everyday lives ... pain, sickness, suffering, death, sinfulness, self-emptying, discipline, giving up our wills. This Gospel challenges us to see and believe equally signs of the grace of new life ... glory, joy, peace, forgiveness, mercy, trust, kindness. Living the Paschal Mystery draws us to see these dyings and risings as two aspects of the same mystery. The "now" of eternal life is God's grace already working in our lives. This is why the dying isn't all there is. This is why in the very dying is the rising and the new life.
May Saint Michael the Archangel protect, defend, guide, and intercede for us always!

Fr. Larry


     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 60 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.





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Office Hours

The Rectory Office is open:

Monday: 12 noon to 4 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 AM to 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM to 12 noon

In the case of an EMERGENCY when the Rectory Office is closed, please call 856-881-9155.

Liturgical & Sacramental Schedule

Stations of the Cross & Benediction
Fridays of Lent at 7 PM

March 23rd - Nativity
March 30th - Saint Catherine of Siena (no Benediction)
Confession to follow Stations on Good Friday

Confession Opportunities*

Saturdays of Lent

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 25th
9:15-9:45 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
12:00-12:30 PM - Nativity, Franklinville

* (or by appointment)

The Triduum

Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
No Morning Mass
Mass of the Lord's Supper
7 PM at Nativity, Franklinville
Visitation to the Altar of Repose until 10 PM

Good Friday - March 30, 2018
No Morning Mass
The Passion of the Lord
3 PM - Nativity Church, Franklinville
7 PM - Stations of the Cross - Saint Catherine, Clayton
Confession to follow Stations

Holy Saturday - March 31, 2018
No Morning Mass
12 Noon - Blessing of Easter Food - Nativity
8 PM - Easter Vigil in the Holy Night - Nativity

Easter Sunday - April 1, 2018
8 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena, Clayton
10:45 AM - Nativity, Franklinville

Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday at 9 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Tuesday at 9 AM - Nativity
Wednesday at 9 AM - Nativity
Thursday at 7 PM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Friday at 9 AM - Nativity
Saturday at 9 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday at 4 PM (Vigil) - Nativity
Sunday at 8 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Sunday at 10:45 AM - Nativity

Confession Opportunities
Saturday: 3 - 3:30 PM
(or by appointment)

Holy Day Mass Schedule:
Vigil (night before) at 7 PM - Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Day at 9 AM - Nativity
Holy Day at 7 PM - Nativity


Click here for Fr. Larry's Blog (containing his bulletin reflections & homilies)

Click here for Current Ministry Schedules for the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel

Click here for Daily Scripture Readings

Click here for the Diocese of Camden Website

Click here for the Saint Michael the Archangel Regional School Website

Click here for information on reporting sexual abuse or call toll-free 1-800-964-6588.