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Welcome to the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel, Franklinville / Clayton, New Jersey, located in the Diocese of Camden, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Dennis Joseph Sullivan.  Rev. Lawrence 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 Street, Clayton.  We have two worship sites:  Nativity Church located at 2677 Delsea Drive, Franklinville and Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 700 N. Delsea Drive, 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 Saint Michael's your parish home and join us in our mission:

Current Events

From the Pastor's Desk


My dear friends,

   One bane of parents is children’s temper tantrums. Some children are more prone to such behaviors than others. Some children prolong these displays longer than others. At root is a crossing of wills – children throw a temper tantrum when they don’t get their own way. But adults can display unseemly behavior when they, too, don’t get their own way. They might not lie on the floor and kick and scream, but they may well pout, get angry, or walk out after slamming a door. Getting our own way seems to be something we struggle with all our lives. Sometimes, it’s all right to get our own way – about what we might wear, how much we eat, or how long our hair is. It’s not all right to insist on our own way when it gets in the way of “conducting (our)selves in holiness and devotion” [Second Reading]. Our own way must make room for God’s ways.

   In the Gospel, we are admonished to prepare the “Way of the Lord.” What is this “Way of the Lord”? Yes, it is a life of “holiness and devotion” [Second Reading] but also a life of “repentance” and “forgiveness” [Gospel], a life of hearing the “glad tidings” of God’s salvation and announcing this “Good News” [First Reading] to the world. This is the way John the Baptist lived. This is the way of life into which Christ baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Left to our own human limits, we cannot prepare for or bring ourselves to this kind of living. It is God who shepherds us, feeds us, gathers us, is faithful to divine promises, and baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. The work of salvation is God’s. Our preparation is openness to the divine initiative.

   Like John the Baptist, we must be voices crying out to prepare the “Way of the Lord.” Salvation is already upon us. What we are doing now is critical, as critical as what John the Baptist was doing to announce Jesus’ first coming. The way we live our lives makes a difference, not only for our own salvation, but also because – since we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and already share in God’s divine life – we are to announce God’s reign to others. The role of John the Baptist is transferred to us. The most poignant announcement of and preparation for Christ’s coming is living our lives in such a way that we are “without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [Second Reading]. The fullness of this “Way of the Lord” will only come when this world will “pass away” [Second Reading]. But nonetheless, through the Holy Spirit, we now share in this goodness of life God wishes for us. The “Way of the Lord” begins now and is completed when we reach the “new heavens and a new earth.”

   The amazing thing about these readings is that they remind us that we ourselves, by the righteousness of our own lives in Christ, continually prepare for divine presence. By the goodness of our lives, we announce that Christ has come and brought us salvation. All we need to do is respond in faithfulness, for by our “holiness and devotion” [Second Reading], we are not just “waiting for” but also “hastening the coming of the day of God” [Second Reading]. We live the “Way of the Lord” by eagerly welcoming God’s abiding presence, living God’s good gifts, and attesting to peace and righteousness. Our everyday living does make a difference – through us Christ comes!

May Saint Michael the Archangel defend, intercede, and guide us always!

Fr. Larry Polansky

 

 
May Saint Michael the Archangel defend, intercede, and guide us always!


Fr. Larry Polansky

 

Mass Times

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

Advent Parish Confession Opportunities

Saturdays in Advent

December 16th
9:30 to 10:30 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
2:30 to 3:30 PM - Nativity

NO Confessions on Saturday, December 23rd

Sundays in Advent

December 17th
9:15 to 9:45 AM - Saint Catherine of Siena
12:00 noon to 12:30 PM - Nativity
(or by appointment)

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

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

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

Staff

Events

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Links

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.