In Memory of Deacon Ed Gatons

Deacon Edwin Gatons

St. John, IN – Deacon Edwin Gatons, age 78, of St. John, passed away December 1, 2018. Survived by his loving wife Janice; Children: Stephen (Kathy), Gregory (Sue) Gatons and Karen Craig.; grandchildren: Alison, Caroline, Suzanne, Katherine Gatons; Jacob and Grant Craig and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Rite of Reception at St. Michael Catholic Church, Schererville, IN, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM followed by visitation at the church from 3:00-9:00 PM. There will be 6:00 PM evening prayer and an 8:45 PM night prayer. Funeral service will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM. There will be a 7:00 AM daily mass in the chapel followed by an 8:55 AM Rosary offered by the school children. Visitation will resume at 9:45 AM with a 12:30 noon prayer followed immediately by the 1:00 PM funeral mass. Burial at St. Michael Cemetery with reception to follow in St. Patrick Hall.

Edwin was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church on June 7, 2003. He worked as a Chaplain at Franciscan Health Care for a number of years as well as fulfilling his duties as a Deacon at St. Michael Catholic Church and the Diocese of Gary. A veteran of the U.S. Navy

Alpine Europe Pilgrimage – Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau


We’d like to inform you of a rare opportunity to witness a world renowned passion play that is part of a centuries old tradition while visiting an area of Europe with rich historical and cultural significance.  Tickets are extremely limited, first come – first serve.

“The play’s presentation can be traced to 1633 when the Black Plague swept Europe.  The people of Oberammergau took a solemn oath:  if God spared them, they would present a day-long play depicting the last week in the life of Christ.  To this day they have kept their promise and every ten years the citizens of Oberammergau perform their passion play with the same love and devotion they have shown for over 380 years.  Today the play takes place on an open-air stage with a covered auditorium seating 4,700 against a beautiful backdrop of towering Alpine Mountains.”

Radiate: March for Life Pilgrimage in Washington D.C.

Radiate would like to invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to our nation’s capital as we march for the Sanctity of Life with our Catholic Family from St. Michael’s, along with other like-minded individuals from all over the world.  As Catholics, the right to life is crucial to our beliefs, so everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to join together with others as we march to express our support for this vital cause.

This will be a peaceful, spiritually uplifting, and potentially life-altering experience.

If you’d like to attend, then please fill out this WAIVER and CHAPERONE/REGISTRATION FORM

Look at our flyer, with a breakdown of the itinerary, for more information:

To What Kind of Love are You Called? (

We encourage you to watch this video, which is part of a series on St. Peter: “Dr. Tim Gray shows us how Peter points the Church to an all-encompassing love that crosses traditional lines and models how we are to love. Check out episode 9 of Lectio: Peter now!”

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Remember Parishioners, if you haven’t already signed up for Formed (essentially Netflix for Catholics— with streaming movies and documentaries, eBooks, audio, and more), then you can do so by entering this code: 2Z668F, in the “enter code” area of the homepage.  Formed curates a lot of educational content that applies to a wide variety of age groups and knowledge levels, from children to those well versed in deep theological matters.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity, which normally requires individuals to pay a subscription fee.  

Latest Construction News (Updated 11/5/2018)


Here’s a quick construction update of some changes that have occurred, or will be occurring in the near future:

  • Fr. Marty has selected our new church paint colors, a base coat along with some accents will be applied as the repairs to the west wall are finalized. Overall, the entire church color will change and select surfaces will be accented for aesthetic purposes.
  • The primary work site and plastic barrier are going to be shifted to the east wall of the church; the west side benches will be replaced and some on the east removed.
  • The organ trumpets have been carefully removed and packaged for temporary storage to protect them from worker activity. These components, along with the pipe ranks and chimes, will be cleaned and tuned after the interior work is completed. Thank you for your continued patience!

Take a look at our painting plans here.  Keep in mind that alterations may occur as painting takes place, but for the most part these should be an accurate reflection of the work that will be done.

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.”