DEVOTIONS

We gather in faith and trust and praise.

Healing Mass

We offer Healing Prayer on the first Sunday of each month following the evening Mass. You can come for yourself, or you can come for someone else. Just tell the person who will be praying over you.

 

We gather in faith and trust and praise. We all know that Jesus Christ is the only Healer, and we are all just His instruments. Please always feel welcome at our Healing Prayer, and know that you can bring anyone with you. Whether the person is a believer or not, a Healing Service is a great way to evangelize. We do the gathering and God does the healing. All this is done in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration

“Could you not spend one hour with me?”- Matthew 26:40

The greatest gift to our church is the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. The Christ we receive in the Eucharist at the Table of the Lord is the same Christ we meet in our brothers and sisters. That same Christ is present to us as we adore the Blessed Sacrament.

 

St. Michael offers a 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of each month in the Chapel after 8:00 Mass.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

St. Michael offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday of each month in the Multipurpose Center (our current worship space) following the 8 AM Mass through 9:00 PM.

 

For a full list of upcoming expositions, please visit the news and events section of our site.

Rosary Group

  • The Rosary is prayed daily in the Chapel following the morning Masses.
  • The Rosary Group also meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Chapel

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross may be prayed at any time by reflecting on the images on the North wall of our main worship space. St. Michael offers opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross communally on Fridays during Lent at 3:00 PM and at 7:00 PM. in English, and at 6:00 PM in Spanish. A bi-lingual (English/Spanish), dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross is prayed outside in the parking lot on Good Friday at Noon. The bi-lingual Stations on Good Friday are a devotion and not part of the official Good Friday liturgy.

 

The Stations of the Cross are as follows:

  • Jesus is condemned to die.
  • Jesus receives the cross.
  • Jesus falls for the first time while bearing the cross.
  • Jesus meets his mother, the Virgin Mary.
  • Simon bears the cross for Jesus for a short period of time.
  • Veronica wipes Jesus’ face.
  • Jesus falls for the second time.
  • Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
  • Jesus falls for the third time.
  • Jesus is stripped of his clothes.
  • Jesus is crucified.
  • Jesus dies.
  • Jesus is removed from the cross.
  • Jesus is entombed.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The story behind the celebration dates to 1531, when the Virgin Mary appeared to a farmer in Mexico and asked him to ensure a church was built in her honor. The farmer went to the bishop, but his story was not believed.

The Virgin Mary then directed the farmer to a barren location where he would find roses growing. He wrapped them in his cloak and brought them to the bishop. When he unwrapped the roses, he found the image of the Virgin Mary imprinted on the cloak. This convinced the bishop and a basilica was built on the exact spot. Millions still visit this shrine every year in Mexico City.

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of all the American continents is December 12th.

Feast of Divine Mercy

The Feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of Easter (the Sunday following Easter Sunday). The Feast of Divine Mercy celebrates the fact that even now, Jesus calls us to immerse ourselves in his mercy and love. This feast focuses on God’s continuing merciful action throughout salvation history to this day! After his Resurrection, Jesus took great care to show his apostles his hands and side, pointing to the wounds of the Passion, especially the wound in his heart, the source from which flows the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity.

 

Come experience the mercy and healing of our Lord. The Divine Mercy devotion has grown greatly in popularity. Pope John Paul IIdeclared the Second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday when he canonized the Polish saint, Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000. St. Faustina’s revelations put a great emphasis on this day as a “day of mercy.” The familiar image of the Divine Mercy pictures two beams of light radiating from the heart of Christ, imaging the “water and blood” we hear about in 1 John 5:6. The Divine Mercy chaplet is prayed using rosary beads with special texts emphasizing the saving Passion of Christ.

Additonal Devotions

  • Recitation of the Rosary: 8:30-9:00 AM
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet: 3:00-3:30 PM
  • Holy Hour in Spanish: 7:00-8:00 PM

 

To sign up for a regular hour of Adoration, or to receive more information, see the table outside the Chapel or contact:  Tom Wrobel, 708-269-7898 or via email tomwrobel1888@hotmail.com

“Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration…to visit the Blessed Sacrament is …a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church

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ST. MICHAEL PARISH

St. Michael Parish is a gathering of Catholic people who believe in God's love for us, manifested by His Son Jesus. We commit ourselves to live an invitation of the Lord and struggle through fulfilling His mission here on earth.

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