St. Michael’s is again offering the popular Parent’s Night Out on Friday December 16 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. It is an opportunity for moms and dads to drop off younger kids (pre-K through 4th grade) for a few hours and be able to run errands, have a ‘date night’, get some decorating done, etc. and know that the kids are having a great time in a safe environment. ALL kids are welcome, even if not enrolled in the parish Faith Formation program!!! PRE REGISTRATION is required – NO walk-ins will be accepted. Call Jim Gorman at 518-792-5859 ext. 15 for more information or to register your child(ren). It is always a really fun evening with games, arts & crafts, snacks and a Christmas movie for the kids. Several adults and older teens will be here to make sure that all the kids are safe and sound and have a great time.
THIS Wednesday, December 14, St. Michael’s will offer two (2) opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) on the same day at two different times! Join us for either the 1:00 pm daytime service or the 7:00 pm evening service. Several priests will be available to help out. Advent is a wonderful time to give yourself a great gift – God’s mercy! All are welcome!
Join us THIS Sunday, December 11 for our final Advent Day of Prayer and reflection. It begins at 2:00 pm in church. Sister Kitty Hanley, csj is a wonderful presenter and very popular speaker; she will offer a delightful and wonderful presentation in order to help us prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas. Especially amid the stressful days this time of year, this can be a great way to soothe your soul! All are welcome! Please join us, you won’t be disappointed!
The second Sunday of each month is designated as Food for Families Sunday.
This is a very important event, since the K of C is attempting to collect as much food as they can so they can reach their goal. For every 1,000 pounds
of food collected they will get a rebate from the Supreme office for $100.
For the fraternal year ending June 30, 2015, we will be getting a rebate of $300 which we will in turn give to the Moreau Community Center.
Please bring food at any time, but especially on the second Sunday of the month so we can reach our goal.
Thank you for your generosity.
Faith Formation is an integral ministry in any parish. Evangelization – the process of sharing and passing on the Faith to others – is vital if we are to best understand & thus experience God’s love & gift of redemption. Learning about our Faith, God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit the Sacraments and all that being a Christian means is something each person should be involved in – no matter one’s age!
Faith Formation is a lifelong process and commitment. Beginning in childhood, one first develops their relationship with God and the Church and is able to come to more fully know, and thus live well, the Faith. At St. Michael’s, we provide an excellent, well rounded, family-friendly approach to Faith Formation (aka religious education). We have an outstanding and dedicated staff and wonderful volunteer lay Catechists who are committed and excited to help the children of our parish grow and learn more about the Faith.
All children who are in our parish are expected to be enrolled in our Faith Formation program – from the little ones in pre-school all the way through Confirmation – (celebrated usually in tenth grade of high school). Faith Formation is the best means for children and young people to learn about their Faith in a well structured, family-friendly setting in a parish program. All children and young people are welcome to take part in our religious education classes, even if they are not formally a member of St. Michael’s parish.
Our Faith Formation sessions meet Sunday mornings, in an effort to accommodate families & kids’ active school, sports and work schedules.
***Confirmation preparation sessions have a different meeting schedule. Contact our Faith Formation office for details.****
It is the expectation that all parish families with school age children will enroll their child(ren) in our Faith Formation program, attend Mass weekly & actively participate in the weekly Faith Formation sessions. We also have opportunities and events for older youth – in addition to Faith Formation sessions – for kids in both junior high and high school. St. Michael’s also is proud to offer special, adaptive Faith Formation instruction to families with children who may have special needs. We offer various youth ministry experiences to help round out a young adult’s Faith and life development. Parents are essential to helping ensure that their children are given a thorough Faith Formation experience. Call our office for any further information or if you have questions.
Please call Jim Gorman or Mary Stearns at 518-792-5859 to sign up your child(ren) or for more information about our parish program.
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal has begun in the Diocese again. The Bishop’s Appeal provides the needed vital financial resources, generously shared by the Faithful from all across the 14 county diocesan family to ensure that the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ may continue to be effectively carried out. The funds raised by the Bishop’s Appeal enables the many programs, offices and direct services that impact and benefit the lives of all in the Diocese to be carried out and maintained. Please make a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal this year! Your generous support is truly appreciated.
Just some of the examples of how your donation is used include: Catholic Charities, Vocations support (including training of future deacons and priests), Catholic Education & Schools Office, numerous Faith Formation and Family Life enrichment and support programs as well as the various offices and personnel that each parish relies upon for support.
St. Michael’s has always responded most generously and enthusiastically, and I pray that such will be the case this year. You may make your gift online by visiting www.thebishopsappeal.org or you may mail in your envelope or place it in the weekly offertory collection basket at Mass. Please call the rectory at 792-5859 for any questions. Thank you and God Bless.