Divine Mercy (from Formed.org)


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 Formed.org)

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*

Do you know? (from RCIA)

Do you know if a person from another faith tradition has to be  baptized again to be received into the Catholic church?

Baptism happens just once in a lifetime. The Sacrament of Baptism changes us, linking us with the communion of believers, making us part of “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (Peter 2:0). That change can never be wiped away. Because of this, the Catholic Church never repeats this sacrament. Baptism administered in other Christian churches, with the pouring of water and the words “I baptize you in the name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” (Christian Initiation, Gen. Intro,. 23) is honored in the Catholic church. The sacrament is the same even for many churches that are not in full communion with the Catholic church.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

2018 Family Fun Fest & Mega Raffle!

– AUGUST 3rd & 4th, 2018 –

Musical Acts

Friday, August 3rd
5:30 pm – 8 pm:  DJ Jim Rainbolt
8 pm – 11 pm: Final Say

Saturday, August 4th
5:30 pm – 8 pm: Lipstick & Dynamite
8 pm – 11 pm: Crawpuppies

Food Vendors

Cavalier Inn
Coffee Cabin
Dairy Belle
Joey’s Concessions
La Quesadilla
Region Ale Taphouse & Eatery
Welch’s Stop & Shop

2nd Annual St. Michael Fun Fest Car Show

Friday, August 3rd
4 pm – 8 pm
Prizes awarded at 8 pm from the Main Stage



ST. MICHAEL FAMILY FUN FEST NEEDS YOU! Volunteers are always wanted. If you are interested in getting involved,
look for the sign-up sheet in the weekly bulletin or contact:

Jill Hartog
Lynn Schmitt

Proudly Sponsored by:


Construction Update!

The construction continues to progress well, on target for cost and for timing.   Even as work has been periodically rescheduled due to several children’s masses, funerals, and other liturgical activities, the project remains on schedule.  Take a minute to look at the stone being installed.  It has a great appearance and will have the leak free durability we need. The major scaffolding on the north gable is already removed and reset for the next phases of work.   The top of the tower has been refurbished and, if you look carefully, you will see the brick repairs.  Also, you will notice the newly treated surfaces are bright and the required flashings and expansion joints are completed.  You may have noticed the stacked pallets of new roofing base in the Northwest parking lot as roof work will begin soon.

All of the construction activities have been coordinated to permit the set up and running of the Festival as usual.  The Northwest parking lot will continue to be unavailable until further notice.   The schedule for construction has been adjusted for three weeks around Christmas to ensure the smooth running of the many liturgical events that surround the holiday.