Welcome to the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel! We are located in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey under the leadership of the Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan. The Parish serves the communities of Franklinville and Clayton.  Rev Lawrence E. Polansky is our Pastor. The Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel was established September 29, 2010 through the merger of the Church of the Nativity, located at 2677 Delsea Dr, Franklinville, and Saint Catherine of Siena Church, located at 700 N Delsea Dr, Clayton. The Parish Office is located at 49 W North St, 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.

Liturgical & Sacramental Schedule

**Summer Mass Schedule (through September 1, 2019)

Thursday, August 15, 2019 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

*** It is a Holy Day of Obligation. ***
(The Mass Schedule for the Holy Day is below.)

Monday at 9:00a - Saint Catherine of Siena
Tuesday at 9:00a - Nativity
Wednesday at 9:00a - Nativity
Thursday: NO Mass
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

Confession Opportunities*
Saturday from 9:30-10:00a at Saint Catherine of Siena
Saturday from 2:30-3:30p 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.) ***

Office Hours

The Parish Office is open:
(Summer Office Hours through September 1, 2019)

Monday: 12 noon to 4:00p
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30a to 4:30p
Thursday: 8a to 12 noon
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.)

Events

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Parish Happenings ...

 Saturday, September 28, 2019

Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel

Feast Day Social

7:00 - 11:00p

More Details to Follow!

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Check out pictures from our recent trip to New York to see Phantom of the Opera!

Parish Trip #8

Links

Relevant Websites

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

The Saint Michael the Archangel Regional School Website

The Diocese of Camden Website

South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries

Daily Scripture Readings

To report sexual abuse or call toll-free 1-800-964-6588

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

   We all dream of finding treasures. Usually our “treasure” is money, a special heirloom, or a cherished memory. Ordinarily we don’t think of “treasure” as a person. Yes, we do speak of two people being deeply in love as treasuring each other. Parents treasure their children. People can be treasures. This weekend’s Gospel speaks of treasure, a very special one. This treasure is Life. This treasure is the Master. This treasure is the Messiah. This treasure is the Son of God.

  What, really, does the Father give us? What is the treasure that is to claim our hearts? The “inexhaustible treasure in heaven” the Father gives us is the Son (the Master). Our hearts must lie with the Son, for He is our treasure. Those servants who are formed by this Treasure abide by the Son’s expectations and seek to carry them out. Faithful servants do as the Son would do – their actions follow their heart. When our hearts lie where our treasure is, it is not overly difficult to do what the Son would do.

  Jesus admonishes His disciples to be vigilant for the “master’s return,” to be eager to learn and to do the “master’s will,” and be “faithful” though the master’s coming is delayed. Though much will be required of them, more will be given to them: “your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” In the Gospel, the kingdom we seek is not a place, but it is a divine Presence. It is manifested when we followers of Jesus are faithful to our Master’s will. God’s kingdom is present when we are engaged in an activity of “doing God.” That is, when our doing is God-like: when it is creating and loving, merciful and forgiving, faithful and prudent.

   What helps us in our doing “doing God” is vigilant preparation. This preparation is not about busyness, but it is about keeping ourselves focused on God who entrusts us with much: preparing ourselves for the coming of the “Son of Man.” Receiving this inexhaustible treasure depends upon our readiness. Delay does not matter. Seeking God does.

  There are many treasures found in this life, for example, family, home, community, friendship, integrity, to name a few. Good as these are, they are nonetheless exhaustible. What the Father offers us is an inexhaustible Treasure: the fullness of the Life of the Risen Lord. Possessing this divine Life is possessing the Spirit of the Risen Son who dwells with those of us who are faithful stewards.

   We live according to where our treasure is. This is why the way we live as disciples is so critical. This is why being a disciple is not something we slot into our already too busy schedules: one hour a week for Mass, only so much money in the collection basket, or another hour a week doing some volunteer work. Being a disciple is just that – being. It is much more a matter of the surrender of our whole selves to the “Master’s will” which means, first, being true to making present the kingdom which is already within and among us. This is the “much” with which we have been entrusted: who we are and how we live makes present God’s kingdom.

   The way we live, therefore, witnesses to where our treasure is. Our very living challenges others to prioritize their treasures. Clearly, God must have priority in our lives. We make this apparent when religion is not so much practices we do as a loving relationship we develop as we encounter God and then extend that life we are given to others.

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

~ Fr. Larry


Staff

New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program

     The Diocese of Camden – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as children or young adults, were sexually abused by a priest of the Diocese.

     The IVCP is independently administered by experienced victim compensation experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros.

     The IVCP will handles the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and operates independently of the Diocese or any church-affiliated institution.  The administrators of the IVCP have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be independently determined by the IVCP administrators.  All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially. 

     Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the protocol for submitting a claim.

     Bishop Sullivan strongly encourages anyone who was sexually victimized by a priest of the Diocese to participate in the IVCP, and has asked that anyone who knows of someone who was abused to contact them so that they are aware of the IVCP and can participate in it.