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The 5-session program A Biblical Walk Through the Mass is now a part of the Confirmation curriculum in Saint Michael’s Parish!  You are warmly invited to join us for this program upstairs in St. John’s on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm January 24th through February 28th. (We will not meet on February 14th.)

Discover the Beauty and Riches of the Mass

The words, the gestures, and the rituals of the Mass are rich in meaning.  Everything we say and do in the Liturgy is steeped in biblical language.  A Biblical Walk Through the Mass explores the extraordinary biblical roots of the Liturgy and reveals what it all means and why it all matters.  This fascinating tour of the Mass will renew your faith and deepen your love for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

Watch this short teaser for the program: 

The parish is providing study materials for the Confirmation class. These materials aren’t necessary, but can enhance your learning experience. Click on the link below to see what materials are available and decide if you’d like to purchase your own copies.

John F. Kennedy Council 5517 was featured on the national Knights of Columbus website in the November, 2022 “Knights in Action” section. National Knights of Columbus were bringing attention to the Mass and prayers that were offered in Saint Michael’s Church on August 14, 2022 for the cause for sainthood for Blessed Father Michael McGivney.

The Mass and prayers were beautiful and very well attended by the parish at large and Knights of Columbus in particular, including some Knights who travelled to Canton for the event.

Below is the photo and text from the article. Please continue to pray for the canonization of Blessed Father Michael McGivney.

IN CELEBRATION OF OUR FOUNDER

Members of the John F. Kennedy Council 5517 in Canton, Pa., gather with Father Joseph Kutch, pastor of St. Michael Parish and council chaplain, following a Mass on the feast day of Blessed Michael McGivney. In addition to the Mass, the council prayed a rosary and a litany for Father McGivney’s canonization.

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.

You can enjoy FORMED on your computer or on your television with an inexpensive Roku device or Apple TV.  You can even listen on your phone as you commute to work or do chores.

Click on the link below to get started. Find us by entering our parish zip code of 17724, click on our parish name, then enter your name and email address. It’s that easy!

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