St. Michael Parish Mission – Running The Paschal Mystery Marathon

Come out for the Paschal Mystery focused mission led by Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, esteemed author and theologian, who invites you to reevaluate your understanding of this key Catholic concept and become an active participant in the Paschal Mystery. Each night will run for about an hour and a half and consist of a scripture reading, preaching, and ritual. Parishioners are highly encouraged to attend these nights, which are designed to rejuvenate and deepen our faith. The mission will run Nov. 11-14, from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of God through storytelling, poetry, and humor. Working with parents, teachers, pastoral staff and faith communities, Dr. Nelson-Johnson designs and conducts formation programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. The author and leader of the acclaimed Beloved retreat, he is the Founder as well as Creative & Animating Partner of Soul Play LLC, which can be found at Dr. Nelson-Johnson is also Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick’s Church. He holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.


A Reminder to Register for


If you haven’t yet registered on Formed, then you absolutely should. Simply go to the homepage, select “enter code”, input 2Z668F, then follow the registration prompts.

Saint Michael’s provides all parishioners with free access to this indispensable resource, which normally would require a paid monthly subscription (think Netflix for Catholicism).  Formed is a repository of exciting Catholic content including movies, documentaries, eBooks, podcasts, audio books, and more.

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to enrich your faith and knowledge.

Meet Two of The Church’s Newest Saints (from

Check out this material from Formed in order to become better acquainted with two of our newest Saints!

Saint Paul VI:

“Saint Paul VI led the Church through some of the most tumultuous years of the 20th century. This exciting and insightful film covers fifty years of history that changed the Catholic Church and the world.”

Saint Oscar Romero:

“A ‘revolution of Christ’s love’ moved Saint Oscar to pursue the power of love instead of violence—seeking not the overthrow but the conversion of society. In this brand new book, meet the hero who dared all, risked all, and sacrificed all for the sake of the God who is love.”

Divine Mercy (from


We highly recommend this video series as a source of illumination pertaining to a variety of topics vital to us as Catholics.

“Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God’s love and mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute’s film studio, the vast panorama of God’s work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.”


Saint Michael Church Renovation: Pardon Our Dust

Dear Parishioners,

As you all know, we embarked on the journey of renovating our church last year.  Thus far, the work has been primarily focused on the exterior structure; however, this week that has changed and serious renovation of the interior has officially commenced.

This work is going to have an effect on our area of worship for a time, it’s simply unavoidable given the scope of the project, but do not despair as we are taking every possible measure to minimize disruption to our services.  Regular mass times will still be upheld and normal church operations will continue unimpeded.  That said, we respectfully request that you demonstrate patience during this process, being certain to keep in mind the end result— a greatly improved place of worship.

As the work progresses, the areas of the church impacted by the construction will change; over the ensuing weeks this blog will be providing regularly updated information regarding the specific nature of the renovation work being conducted at any given time.

Since this is new to all of you, there are a few specific areas of concern we think are especially important to address:

  • Please avoid areas that are marked with caution tape, or are otherwise cordoned off (this may seem like common sense, but it’s important that we keep everyone safe during this process).  In the same vein, please avoid any areas that are actively being worked on, and as a general rule avoid touching anything that seems involved with the construction.
  • We are doing our absolute best to reduce dust, but the work taking place IS messy.  There is a possibility that you may come into contact with some dust, and that some of it may go home with you.  We will be trying our hardest to mitigate the production of dust, but this may be something to take into account for wardrobe considerations.
  • Pews are going to be moved as part of this process, so there will be inevitable temporary changes to the seating configuration.  We apologize for this, but it’s a necessary part of the project.
  • There will be a break in the work, beginning December 17th, so important holiday services and events will be in no way affected.

We express our sincerest gratitude for your continued patience as this work proceeds.  Current projections estimate that the overall end date to all of the construction efforts will be sometime during summer next year, but we anticipate that the bulk of the interior work will be finished well before that.  We assure you that when this is all said and done, the inconveniences associated with this project will seem minor in relation to the wonderful enhancements our place of worship will have received.  Ultimately, these improvements are an investment in our future and will help create a spectacular atmosphere for worship to be enjoyed not only by you, but countless generations of Saint Michael’s parishioners to come.

Formation Begins at the Font (from

Formation Begins at the Font
Discover the deeply personal and sacred relevance of Baptism in Reborn: You, Your Child and the Heart of Baptism, an Augustine Institute Studios original series. With a step-by-step explanation of the rite, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition, Reborn prepares you to support your loved one’s faith long after the rite is over.

Cinematic artistry, an original score, and captivating teachers like Dr. Edward Sri and Dr. Tim Gray bring the depth and beauty of Baptism to life.


The Journey of RCIA

In celebrating this month of Our Lady’s final journey to God in her glorious Assumption, let us ask her motherly intercession to draw souls to the Sacred Heart of her Son. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey too—of conversion to God and what he intends for us.

Invite those who have never been baptized, baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition, or baptized in the Catholic Faith and never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation and are over the age of 7, to seek information regarding the RCIA process at 322-4505, ext. 241.


Do You Know? (RCIA)

Do You Know…

   “How the baptized carry our their rights and responsibilities?

As baptized Christians, we have immense privileges and responsibilities. We are called to gather together on Sundays and Holy days to join the community of believers in praise and worship. We are called to celebrate the sacraments,

especially the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood—-the Eucharist, our great prayer of thanksgiving. We are called to know and to live according to the law of God. For every Christian, living out our Baptism looks a little different because each of us has a unique vocation—God calls each of us in a different way. One thing is certain: Baptism changes us and makes immense demands on us. Not to live out our Baptism in service of God and neighbor is to be like the person in the parable who received a coin and buried it in the ground instead of investing it and letting it grow.


Corinna Laughlin.c 2017 Archdiocese of Chicago Liturgy Training Publications. All Rights reserved.


2018 Early Bird Winners

Congratulations to our Early Bird Drawing winners! We are so happy and can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces for the drawing of the ‘big one’ on August 4th at 10 pm in St. Patrick Hall.


Early Bird Winners:

Melody Weishar of Dyer
Ticket #4156

Rose Marie Thompson of Hammond
Ticket #5315

As always, the Early Bird tickets get put back in the pot and can still be pulled for the other prizes on August 4th!


*winner need not be present*