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Parish Trip to Lancaster ... December 3-5
Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel Feast Day & Social
On September 29th, the Parish celebrated its 8th Birthday with a social.
Pictures from our Social can be seen by clicking here:
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Jesus’ identity as the Son of God was revealed at His Baptism – He is the Beloved Son (Lk 3:22). Following this, Jesus was led into the desert “by the Spirit” and there confronted evil. To violate basic human laws – to turn stones into bread, to worship the devil as a good, to deny death – would have been consistent with the revelation that Jesus is the divine One, but would have called into question both His identity with us humans and the credibility of the public ministry upon which He was about to embark. By resisting the temptations, Jesus models for us how we are to respond to the inevitable temptations we face as human beings. In the desert, He was faced with the balance between human need and divine goodness. He was mightily tempted, yet remained strong and never succumbed to the wiles of the devil. By choosing good, He models for us the choices we are to make.
Twice the devil entices Jesus to give into temptation by saying, “If you are the Son of God …” True, Jesus is divine, but He is also fully human. Jesus resists the devil’s temptation to put aside His humanity and to act like God, thus remaining true to Himself and to why He came. But Jesus’ resisting temptations has implications for us, too. By fully embracing His humanity, Jesus lifts us up to be who we are in relationship with God. Only from this relationship do we have the inner strength and conviction to make right choices in face of the temptations that are an inevitable part of being human.
Jesus resisted the temptation to act divine, and in this remained true to His identity also as being fully human. When we resist temptation, we remain true to our identity – an identity both as humans who are tempted and as persons who share in God’s very divine life (through Baptism). Choosing goodness is choosing who we are and who God intends us to be. We, too, are the beloved children of God.
Whatever Lenten practices we undertake, it is important to remember their purpose. Lenten practices are not about losing weight or finally stopping smoking, but they are about deepening our baptismal identity as children of God and members of the Body of Christ. “If you are [children] of God …” this is the identity conferred on us at Baptism. This is the identity out of which we enter into our own Lenten desert. This is the identity out of which we face our own worst temptations. By remaining faithful to who we are – God’s children, members of the Body of Christ – we can resist temptations and grow in our relationships with God, with ourselves, and with others.
Traditionally, Christian penance has always included three (3) prongs: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (charity). This suggests to us that penance isn’t only a matter of “giving up” something, nor is it a single act – even if it’s performed over a long period of time like forty days. Christian penance has as its purpose genuine conversion of life, so that at the end of Lent when we renew our baptismal promises, we are able to do so fully, well aware of our own wonderful identity as sons and daughters of God. The new life we celebrate at Easter cannot happen without our dying to ourselves, without our going to Jerusalem with Jesus and willingly embracing whatever death is in store for us. That is the road to new life. That is the road we travel during Lent.
May Saint Michael the Archangel defend, guide, protect, and intercede for us always!
~ Fr. Larry
Monday: 12 noon to 4:00p
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 8:30a to 4:30p
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: Closed
In the case of an EMERGENCY when the Parish Office is closed, please call 856-881-9155. (Please press "0" to by-pass the auto-attendant.)
Liturgical & Sacramental Schedule
Monday at 9:00a - Saint Catherine of Siena
Tuesday at 9:00a - Nativity
Wednesday at 9:00a - Nativity
Thursday at 7:00p - Saint Catherine of Siena
Friday at 9:00a - Nativity
Saturday at 9:00a - Saint Catherine of Siena
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday at 4:00p (Vigil) - Nativity
Sunday at 8:00a - Saint Catherine of Siena
Sunday at 10:45a - Nativity
Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 7p
March 15th - Nativity
March 22nd - Saint Catherine of Siena
March 29th - Nativity
April 5th - Saint Catherine of Siena
April 12th - Nativity
Saturday from 9:30-10:00a at Saint Catherine of Siena
Saturday from 3-3:30p at Nativity
(*or by appointment)
Holy Day Mass Schedule:
Vigil (night before) at 7:00p- Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Day at 9:00a - Nativity
Holy Day at 7:00p - Nativity
*** (Please confirm by checking the bulletin.) ***