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June 11th is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi Sunday.  As part of the USCCB’s National Eucharistic Revival that began on Corpus Christi Sunday, 2022, Saint Michael’s Parish will hold a Eucharistic Procession. 

From the Knights of Columbus Eucharistic Processions booklet:  “A Eucharistic Procession, just like Eucharistic Adoration, is an extension of the worship of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. ….  A parish community that undertakes a Eucharistic Procession has made the decision to publicly proclaim its belief in Jesus’ True Presence in the Eucharist.  By this public witness of faith, the parish invites people in the community to encounter the Risen Lord present in the Eucharistic Host. ….  The procession is, finally, an invitation to Jesus himself to be a part of our daily lives, to be immersed in the world in which we live.”

Following the 9:30 am Mass, Father Joe will expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration until the beginning of the procession, which will begin at 4:30 pm, leaving Saint Michael’s Church and processing to the entrance of St. Michael’s Cemetery.  We will pause for a few moments of prayer before returning to St. Michael’s Church for Benediction.  The Canton Fire Department will assist with both crossings of Route 14.  You are invited and encouraged to be a part of the procession.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How blessed are we to be able to walk this earthly pilgrimage with one another as members of St. Michael Parish! No matter what is happening around us — be it a pandemic, challenges in our culture, or social strife — St. Michael Parish is our safe haven. It is the place where we can come together, gathered around the Eucharistic table, to worship and serve our Lord.

It is also the place where we serve one another. Here, united in God’s love, we are a visible sign of the body of Christ and together we can accomplish amazing things. Nourished by prayer and the sacraments, members of our parish community are journeying on the path of discipleship and growing in relationship with Jesus Christ each day. We value formation in the faith and sharing our faith with others through evangelization. We also know the importance of bringing the love of God to our neighbors through acts of charity and service. Through our many ministries, and our social and service-oriented outreach programs, we put into action the truth stated so eloquently by St. John the Apostle: “If God so loved us, we also must love one another” (1 Jn 4:11).

With this in mind, I invite you to respond to St. Michael’s new stewardship program: “God’s Love Unites Us.” Please prayerfully consider how you and your family can play an active role in continuing the work of Jesus Christ through our parish community. Our goal is to increase our Sunday offertory contributions in order to bring Jesus Christ to as many people as possible. This is no easy task in today’s climate, but I am confident that our dedicated parishioners are up to the challenge.

On February 11th and 12th the parish will be holding a special Commitment Weekend, inviting members of our community to connect with one another and to make a financial commitment that will allow St. Michael Parish to continue its important work. We are counting on you! Please participate in our “God’s Love Unites Us” Program and help us respond to God’s great gift of love by loving one another with the heart of His Son.

Thank you for your generosity, prayers, and commitment to St. Michael Parish!

In Christ, Fr. Joe Kutch

Making your Commitment

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The food donation bin is available for those who wish to make donations.  Hunger never ends. 

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

As we emerge from the pandemic, now is the time to prayerfully live our mission as we move toward a reenergized and renewed Church.

While we have suffered many hardships over the past several years, God has remained our source of all things good. In caring for one another, we magnify His glory and mercy.

Thanks to your support, we achieved our $4.5 million goal for the first time since 2018.  Your generosity and kindness have served as an inspiration to me. I know many of you have faced incredible personal difficulties, but thanks to your faithful support, we have been able to do God’s good work throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

The needs within our Diocese have only grown since the pandemic began: to inspire more to follow their vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, to educate more young people in our Catholic schools, to spread the Good News through all forms of media, to strengthen our service to others through Catholic Social Services, and to help every Catholic grow their faith through parish life.

Responding to these needs is God’s invitation for us to show that we are Catholic.

I encourage you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal to support these important initiatives.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you for your gift. May your generosity be returned to you in greater abundance from our God, who will never be outdone in love.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton

Through a grant from the Diocese of Scranton and generous parish sponsors, Saint Michael Parish has a subscription to FORMED, a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children.  FORMED has content from over 60 apostolates, including Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and the Knights of Columbus, with material that is professionally produced, engaging, and solid in its catechism.  Best of all, this material is free to you. This subscription has been renewed through September of 2023.

Our parish uses the material on FORMED to support our ministries and provide continuing education for staff members and parishioners, as well as outreach for our sick and homebound members.  Much of FORMED’s content is available in both English and Spanish.

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