COVID-19 UPDATE 3/17 ALL MASSES CANCELLED

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. ALL MASS AND PUBLIC WORSHIP IS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (this includes Eucharistic Adoration and Stations of the Cross). Confessions will still occur; however, you should stay home if you are feeling unwell. Father Marty will be personally observing the daily Mass schedule, and while no one else can join him in person, we can use that time to join together in prayer and forge a spiritual connection.

We will be recording or live-streaming a mass service to be viewed at the 9:30AM on Sunday.

Also, now is a great time to sign up for our text-alert system. Text MIKE to 84576 to get up to the minute updates about the latest developments

Sign Up for Text Alerts from Saint Michael Parish

Now is the perfect time to sign up for our text alert system, Flocknote, in order to receive important updates about the latest developments pertaining to Saint Michael Parish during these turbulent times.

Signing up is simple, just create a text with the word MIKE, and send it to the number 84576.

You will receive a response with a link that allows you to opt in.  Click the link and fill out the form with your personal information.  You will then receive the option to choose the ministries and groups from which you would like to receive updates.

And that’s it!  It couldn’t be easier.  If you have any questions whatsoever, then contact Steve at 219.322.4505 ext. 8263 for assistance.

 

COVID-19 Update

Parishioners,

In light of the recent concerns regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to limit weekend masses to 5pm on Saturday, and Sunday at 9:30am and 11:30am. Our Mass schedule will remain otherwise unaltered. Most Reverend Robert J. McClory has dispensed the Catholic faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass effective March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29. The dispensation does not remove the obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy, which requires that we seek to refrain from work, increase our love of the Lord and extend charity to others through prayer and service. All other gatherings will be canceled as of 3/14, though we will continue to have Stations of the Cross and confessions per our normal schedule.

Additionally, the Diocese of Gary has implemented other measures to ensure the safety of those who attend services:

1. If you have a potential illness, or who are vulnerable to infection due to age or other factors, you should refrain from attending Mass.
2. For the well-being of all, we ask parishioners to avoid physical contact (during the sign of peace, turn to your neighbor and with a nod of your head offer the sign of peace with words only).
3. We are temporarily suspending the offering of the Precious Blood.

Your support during this trying time is greatly appreciated. We would like to voice our immense gratitude to those of you who are signed up for electronic funds transfer. If you aren’t enrolled and would like to be, then please contact Jesica, our Accounting Services Manager, at 219-322-4505 ext. 8226. Your contributions allow our parish to continue to flourish and provide valuable spiritual and community services during this period of turmoil.

Saint Michael Parish will have a system in place to live stream Mass by next Sunday, the 22nd, to allow those who remain home to join us virtually. Anyone unable to attend Holy Mass may find an opportunity to watch Mass on television or online (including stations such as EWTN or locally, on WGN at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays) or set aside the same time for prayer and reflection. Daily readings are available on USCCB.org or through the NWI Catholic newspaper (or nwicatholic.com).

Your health and well-being is of paramount importance to us, we will continue to take every possible precaution to keep our parishioners safe. We are being very vigilant with our sanitation and disinfection protocol during this time.  These measures are meant to be preventative, it is our hope that we may avoid unnecessary suffering by being proactive.

Updates pertaining to this ongoing situation will be provided periodically via our website and social media accounts, so be sure to check back frequently. We recommend that everyone read THIS press release from the Diocese of Gary for additional information.

Peace and Blessings,

Saint Michael Parish

Supplemental Videos:

Father Marty speaking on the situation

Father Marty addressing the SMS Student body

Saint Michael Parish is now on Amazon Smile! Discover how to Help our Parish at no Additional Cost to Yourself!

Amazon will now donate a portion of all your purchases back to St. Michael Parish. There is a one-time setup to activate this program located at smile.amazon.com

There is no additional cost.  For example, if you purchased $100 using amazon.com, it would cost you $100.  If you made the same $100 purchase using smile.amazon.com, it would still cost you the same $100.  The only difference is that Amazon would now donate a portion of your purchase back to St. Michael.

See the graphic below for a basic overview, or see Amazon Smile instructions for a comprehensive walk-through!

 

Vacation Bible School: Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus means “Totally Yours” and was the motto of Pope John Paul II.  It’s a Catholic summer youth program that emphasizes faith and fun for students entering grades 1-12.  Totus Tuus is lead by seminarians and features exciting daily activities and games (including a delicious lunch!), along with spiritual enrichment.

Catholic Youth Summer Program

July 8-12

1st-6th Graders: 9am – 2:30pm

7th-12th Graders: 7pm – 9pm

Cost:

$25 for 1 child, $45 for 2 Children, $50 for 3 Children.  Checks can be made out to Saint Michael Parish.

Payment can be dropped off in church, at the collection basket, or at the parish/school offices AND should be submitted with our Registration Form/Waiver (forms also available at church or from the office).

Sign up for Formed

Sign up for Formed.org as a parishioner of St. Michael’s. Formed is a vast repository of Catholic content, including streaming videos, audio, eBooks, and more! Click this link or follow the instructions below!

 

Super Raffle Winners and Football Party Recap

Saint Michael’s Annual Football Party and Raffle was a resounding success.  Saint Patrick Hall was inundated with celebrants, eager to watch the Super Bowl and take part in the evening’s festivities, which included premium food, drinks, gambling, and numerous televisions on which to watch the big game.  After the game ended, the raffle drawing was held and our lucky winners were announced.  We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended our Football Party, or purchased a Super Raffle ticket, your support is crucial in helping us to maintain a prosperous parish.

The winners are as follows:

1 CYNDI WILSON 15,000.00
2 VERONICA SLIVKO 2,500.00
3 JESSE ALVAREZ 1,500.00 
4 MARIO GARCIA 500.00
5 GARY COPPINGER 500.00
6 DALE RUDD 500.00
7 TOM TALAGA 500.00
8 BOB STAACK 250.00
9 JOANNE GALLAGHER 250.00
10 JANET LEATHERMAN 250.00
11 JOSEPH GONINO 250.00
12 ANNA MONDALBANO 250.00
13 DAVID GRIMBERG 250.00
14 GREG MIS 250.00
15 KATHERINE FESENMEYER 250.00
16 KIM YEKEL 150.00
17 TIMOTHY MOSER 150.00
18 LUKE PILLARELLA JR 150.00
19 MOLINA GRANDKIDS 150.00
20 CAROLYN SOJKA 100.00
21 LARRY HILL 100.00
22 CAROLINE MUSCARELLA 100.00
23 SKUBISZ 100.00
24 DAVIS/MILLER 100.00
25 ROY BEECHING 100.00
26 JOHN TALAGA 100.00
27 LAWRENCE MARSHALL 100.00
28 JOHN DUBEC 100.00
29 MICHAEL MARTELL 100.00
30 JOHN DUBEC 100.00
31 GINGER STACKY 100.00
32 FRANCES DROZYNSKI 100.00
33 GALE MARKOWSKI 100.00

TOTAL 25,000.00