April 2015.pub - St. Michael the Archangel

APRIL 2015
OUR FAITH CAMPAIGN & THE BACKYARD MISSION TRIP 2015
For the past 8-10 months we have been talking
about our Faith Campaign, a campaign that is
encouraging us to grow in our relationship with
Jesus Christ by knowing, loving and serving God.
Quite simply we are called to be Christ in the world;
His body, the Church. Pope Francis tells us that as
His disciples, “we need to be constantly ready to
bring the love of Jesus to others.” We have a
perfect opportunity to share that love with others
through the 2015 Backyard Mission Trip (BYMT)
on Saturday, April 25.
sit down at the Cube to have a bite to eat and pray
before going off to work for the day and then will
come back there to have dinner and fellowship
afterwards, including a video presentation of the
day’s grace-filled work. In this same vein Cathy
Schock will head up the prayer support for the day.
She will accept volunteers who feel that their calling
might be to pray for one another and to ask God’s
blessings as volunteers work and as homeowners
receive the gracious help of others who assist
them. This is a beautiful way for us to not only
accomplish a day of work, but also provide a day of prayer and
service to our brothers and sisters in the name of Christ Our Lord.
There will also be another group of people who will go to nursing
homes to visit community members who are now living in those
places. It’s another way for us to reach out to the community, to
let them know we are thinking of them and that we are available to
help give them support and make their day a little brighter. All of
these things will help us be in relationship with others to let them
know we love them, they are important to us; we will be there for
them because we want to help them, to support them, to show our
care for them.
April 25, 2015
The purpose of BYMT is to gather volunteers to do yard work,
painting, and modest one day house repairs to homes in the
community. This very successful ecumenical program involved
about 30 churches last year and hopes to add more church
community members throughout Findlay and Hancock County this
year. This outreach program started in 2011 with College First
Church of God and expanded with support of the Findlay
Ministerial Association in 2013. These past two years have seen
an explosion in the number of volunteers with between 1100-1300
working at 160-215 sites. Thank you to all who have helped in the
past years. Likewise appreciation goes to several companies/
businesses who have donated money and materials that are used
for our program.
This year the Findlay Ministerial Association is highlighting the
quote “Stay at Home” for mission projects even more by asking
churches to volunteer to fill the needs of the sites in their parish.
So if eight households from St. Michael the Archangel Parish ask
for help, we at St. Michael the Archangel want to try to get eight
teams to work at those sites. The reasons for this are:
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to develop an already good relationship with a parishioner
or church neighbor
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to provide a feeling of security; “volunteers are from my
church”
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to give the church the opportunity to follow up with needs
that the family or person may have in the future
Many people might be under the impression that the BYMT only
needs people who can do manual labor. However the Findlay
Ministerial Association recognizes that there are different gifts for
different people. All gifts are important for building up the body of
Christ so not only do we need people who can do the physical
work, but we also need volunteers in other areas. Cathy Mutchler
is heading up the food drive for the breakfast and for the evening
meal after the work has been completed. She will be asking us at
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, as well as other churches, to
donate certain foods to help with the BYMT. This is a huge
undertaking when you stop to think that hundreds of people might
Parish Office: 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH 45840
Here at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Mary Umbs, one of our
office secretaries, is our contact person for the BYMT. If you have
something you would like BYMT to do on Saturday, April 25,
contact Mary at the parish office (419-422-2646). She will help
you apply to receive help at your site. You can also access an
application online at http://findlayma.org/wp-content/
uploads/2013/02/BMT-Application-2015.pdf. You can also give
Mary a call at the parish office (419-422-2646) to let her know that
you would be willing to be a volunteer to help with our program.
Or you can access the volunteer application at https://
docs.google.com/forms/d/1Z4miJD6bYbhiuIy-3U1K8hcp4GKoe6Dd7Sng7ZzBe0/viewform. In the past St. Michael’s has
had 8-10 teams of people volunteering. This year it would be nice
for us to have 12-14 teams and maybe to work on 12-15 sites.
We are a very large parish so we have the capability to do several
things with a program like the BYMT.
The BYMT is a great way for us to help break the silence by
sharing our faith stories and to live our faith by taking action
through ministry in our community.
Once the BYMT is completed, it would be wonderful if those who
participated would put one of the symbols on the commitment
cross so that as we fill the cross with symbols, we will be reminded
of the commitment we are making to one another, to our parish,
and to our God.
God bless,
Fr. Mike
Telephone: 419-422-2646
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THE NEWSLETTER OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL PARISH
MARCH 2015
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VOLUME 24
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ISSUE 8
CONTENTS
MIKE’S MESSAGE
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Faith Campaign update.
Parish Penance Service
Monday, March 30 - 7:00pm at the Main Church
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PASTORAL COUNCIL PERSPECTIVES
Prayer concerns and intentions of our parish and world.
Perpetual Adoration
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PARISH FAMILY NEWS
Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths in our parish.
Sunday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 1
Following 6:00pm Mass until Midnight on April 1 in the
Eucharistic Chapel (Main Church).
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SMS BAKERY BINGO
Holy Thursday, April 2
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HUMAN LIFE COMMITTEE NEWS
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THE DEFENDER
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ST. WENDELIN NEWSLETTER
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BELIZE OUTREACH PROGRAM
10:00am - RCIA Preparation Rites in Narthex of Main Church
7:30pm - Blessing of the Food - Day Chapel of Main Church
8:30pm - Easter Vigil Liturgy
Coffee sales forms & reflections by past team members.
Easter Sunday, April 5
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SWING TIME
Main Church Masses - 8:00am, 10:00am & 12:00 Noon
Downtown Church Masses - 9:00am & 11:00am
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GARDENING & LANDSCAPE
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Thoughts on applying our Catholic faith to everyday life.
PRAYER CONCERNS
Information about the event April 10, 2015.
Information about spring flower sales.
Newsletter of St. Michael Catholic School.
Keep up to date with our local Catholic High School.
Practical thoughts and words of wisdom of faith and life.
Individual Confessions
Wednesday, April 1 - 12:45pm (following Mass) DT Church
7:00pm - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Main Church.
Exposition in the Day Chapel following Mass until midnight.
11:30pm - Night Prayer
Good Friday, April 3
1:30pm - Service at Main Church
7:00pm - Stations and Veneration of the Cross DT Church
Holy Saturday, April 4
**please note, we will not have 4:30pm, 7:30am or 6:00pm
Masses on Easter.
Volunteers and Coordinator Needed
PARISH FINANCIAL REPORT
A report on Sunday collection: goal vs. actual
PARISH CALENDAR
A look at the month ahead here at St. Mike’s.
MESSENGER is a monthly publication. For more information,
please email: [email protected]
Reach Out and Touch Someone Corrections
Last month the Vocations Committee published a list of
priests and religious brothers and sisters who are sons/
daughters of our parish. The following addresses were found
to have been incorrectly reported. Thank you to those who
called, emailed and stopped by with corrected information.
Sr. Yvette Gillen
St. Mary’s Convent
900 E. Oak Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Rev. Fr. George Heffner
1901 Waukegan Road
P.O. Box 6000
Techny, IL 60082-6000
Rev. Msgr. Kenneth Morman
St. Paul the Apostle Parish
91 East Main Street
Norwalk, OH 44857
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Pastoral Council Perspectives
Dear Parishioners,
With heads bowed, troubled hearts pray “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy”.
Acknowledging our sinfulness and need of redemption we pray in unison “Lamb of God who takes away
the sins of the world have mercy on us”. We say these words often in our lives, but how do we know that
Christ will hear us and respond mercifully to our supplications? The answer to this question is twofold,
one requiring a conscious decision on our part, the other a promise from God Himself. As with most
things in life it takes cooperation to achieve great results, so too with God, His response requires our
collaborative effort.
In order to obtain mercy from God we must first approach God asking for His help and trusting with all
of our being that He will not turn away, but will fill us with the grace we need. The greater the sinner the
more right he has to the mercy of God. The bigger the vessel, the more can be poured in. The more we
trust, the more we will receive. And it is in giving that we receive. If we are asking for mercy we must in
turn be merciful. There can be no understanding of this great gift of mercy until we know in turn what it
is like to extend the hand of mercy to others.
Mercy and love are intimately united emotions. Even as humans we instinctively are quick to forgive and
show mercy to those we love. Jesus proved the unfathomable depth of His love by dying on the cross,
and in a message to St. Faustina showed us the breath of His mercy by promising to pour out a whole
ocean of graces upon souls who approach Him with a trusting heart asking for mercy on the first Sunday
after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Our risen Lord has promised that the soul who has gone recently to
confession and receives Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday shall obtain complete forgiveness of
sins and punishment. Jesus is begging us to come to Him and receive communion not with indifference
as if the host was a dead object, but with reverence acknowledging the Real Presence mingling within our
very selves, and in return He will grant us the most abundant graces imaginable, especially on this
Sunday. Thinking about our past lives and all the times we have failed to do the right thing why would
we not acknowledge this promise and ask God for forgiveness on this special day when Our Lord has
personally invited us to the fountain of His mercy? And what better way to show our gratitude for this
amazing gift than to live our faith ever trusting in His infinite mercy and allowing that mercy to overflow
from within us to our neighbor?
Redemption and God’s love are inclusive for all mankind. No one is excluded. Not only on Divine
Mercy Sunday, but every day we have the option to approach Jesus with a trusting heart to accept the
mercy of God. May each of us find a moment in our day to approach Jesus with trust and not squander
the opportunity.
In His Service,
The Pastoral Council
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Prayer Concerns
You will make me to know the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy. ~ Psalm 16:11
We invite you to put this list near a prayer book, in your Bible, or in your pocket or purse. If you have a prayer
concern, please contact Shauna Shepler at [email protected] or the parish office at 419-422-2646.
Mike Adler
Allyah & family
Joan & Sam Benson
Beth
Gary Bibler
Sam Bish
Bob
Katie Boucher
Connie Briggs
Chelsea Browne
Bill Buescher
Brittany Bundy
Ned Burden
Cindy
Myron Cline
Ethan Conley
Curtis
Dave
Bob Dietelbach
Nondus Doe
Lily Egts
Ann Ehrle
Maggie Elgersma
Mary Estep
Fr. John Falter
Brent Fry
Diane Gerowski
John Granger
Griffin family
Susan Hamilton
Brett Harden
Jim Helfrich
Hernandez family
Kendyll Heydinger
Laura Hoffman
Cindy Hogan
John Horton
Jasmine
Jim
Jimmy
Jodie
Amy K.
Debi K.
Deeanne K.
Katrina
Dave Keeterle
Kathleen Komala
Michelle Kulhanek
David L.
Tim L.
Ty L.
Carole Leckie
Paul Lemming
Fr. Wilfred Logsdon
Maria Lourdes
Alice & Dave Maas
Maureen Mains
Francis Marian
Dolores McCullough
Patrick McCullough
Margaret McFarland
Michelle Medina
Janet & Norm Meyer
Jan Miller
Scott Moorehead
Barb Mopps
Rudy Murray
Richard Muzy
Kathryn Neumann
Mary Paige Nowicki
Nathan Nowicki
Ian Oehler
Louise Parish
Ray & Sharon Perkins
Max Powell
Chris Przedwiecki
J.R.
Kim Ray
Noah Reuille
Robin
Jim Ruffing
Patrick Runge
Aaron Russell & family
B.S.
Lana Sakash
Andrea Scheiderer
Sue Schlumbohl
Leslie Schmidt
Rita Schock & family
A.J. Shaffer
Chris Sikora
George &Trish Stanko
Michelle Steinman
Virgil Stewart
Norma Strahm
Jackie & Mike Strathman
Suzanne
Tiffanie
Tonya
Betty & Tony Trotta
Nick Vogt
Sr. Nancy Westmeyer
Eileen Wilkinson
With Christian love and compassion, please pray for the following, including all family members, friends, caregivers, and
those who minister to others:
For the many who are grieving the loss of loved ones;
For those special intentions, known especially to God;
For the hospitalized, those in nursing homes, hospice care, and the homebound;
For all those working for peace and justice around the world;
For all those going through medical tests, treatments, and/or surgery;
For the sanctity of life, in all stages;
For a peaceful death for the dying;
For all souls of the faithfully departed, may they rest in peace;
For our military men and women and their families;
For all those continuing to fight the war on terror here at home and around the world;
For all those struggling with drug/alcohol addiction, and for those recovering from addiction;
For a sincere repentance in the Body of Christ that heals our hearts and restores our relationships;
For the catechumens and candidates of the Church as they begin their time of final preparation for the Easter sacraments;
For an end to violence between individuals and nations so that we can discover the rewards of reconciliation and peace;
For those forced to pray in secret by religious persecution or official suppression of religion;
For all who bear the weight of grave sin to have courage to return to God with a full heart;
For those who are absent from our Sunday Masses due to infirmity, indifference, travel or obligation;
In thanksgiving for our dedicated clergy;
In thanksgiving for our dedicated police officers;
In thanksgiving for many answered prayers.
Whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. (1 John 5:1)
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Baptisms in our Parish Family
And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Acts 2:38
Ryker Lee Inbody
February 8
Jordan & Michelle Inbody
Benjamin Thomas Grace
February 14
Thomas and Susan Grace
Adeline Elizabeth Halaschak
February 14
Michael and Megan Gilbert
Kendall Christine Collins
February 15
Peter and Christina Collins
Mira Mei Kanney
February 15
Christopher and Felicia Kanney
Kendra Mae Light
February 15
Cody and Jessica Light
Carl Robert Muniz, Jr.
February 15
Carl and Heather Muniz
Scarlet Ruth Schimmoeller
February 28
Nick and Cailin Schimmoeller
Ethan Francis Coppes
March 15
Shawn and Jill Coppus
Deaths in our Parish Family
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:12
Manuela Lagunovich
February 1
Ida DiServio
February 2
Donna Stearns
February 6
Bradley Gill
February 8
Hildegarde Cramer
February 21
John Graham
February 22
Richard LaFontaine
February 25
Margaret Thompson
March 5
Matias Sanchez
March 8
Stephen Aldrich
March 9
Our Welcome Ministry
extends a warm welcome to
All who hope for peace in the world
May the truths of our faith guide us in our
ecumenical outreach.
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Come join the fun at our annual SMS Bakery Bingo!
All proceeds from the event benefit the 7th grade class as they begin
fundraising for their 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C.
Concessions stand open all night featuring Marco’s Pizza, April’s Famous Chicken
Sandwiches, Walking Taco’s, Hotdogs, Popcorn, Hot Pretzels and more!
Basket Raffles and 50/50 drawings will be held throughout the evening.
Free bingo card if you bring in a baked good or buy a card for $1.00
Main Raffle tickets are on sale now $5 each from all SMS 7th grade students.
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Human Life Committee News
ANNUAL CARNATION SALE
St. Michael Human Life Committee will have their annual carnation sale after all
Masses Mother’s Day weekend. $1.00 per flower donation is suggested.
ANNUAL GERANIUM SALE
Sponsored by the Hancock County Right to Life, Inc.
MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND
ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH
750 BRIGHT RD., FINDLAY, OHIO
(North parking lot - between church & Senior Towers)
Friday, May 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
*Because of punctual Noon closing, Pre-orders are strongly encouraged*
32-plant FLATS are $19.00
Five colors for flats: red, white,
Salmon, deep rose, and violet.
12-inch HANGING BASKETS are $19.00
**Colors for the Zonal Geranium baskets:
Red, salmon, deep rose and violet
**Colors for the Wave Petunia baskets:
Pink, purple and mixed
PRE-ORDERS of full flats of one color and hanging baskets can be made by calling
Bob Zellers 419-423-2281 or Rheta Depuy 419-423-0453
Pre-Orders must be picked up by 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 10th.
At the site you may mix and match flowers.
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THE DEFENDER
ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Findlay, Ohio
www.findlaystmichaelschool.org
Volume 15, Number 8
March 2015
The Kindergarten and 1st grade students who come
into small group instruction were able to sit and listen
to Super Hero stories during Right to Read Week. It
was exciting to see their faces as they approached
the city and sat among the skyscrapers as friends of
Batman. There were many exciting activities at Family
Read Night and a lot of our families celebrated with
the community heroes of Findlay as they were guest
readers.
The 1st grade classes recently collected over 300
toothbrushes for a service project!!! The students
donated the toothbrushes to the children in Belize.
Our 1st graders have been learning about the
importance of dental health and want our neighbors to
be able to keep their teeth healthy too. The collection
was also a learning experience for the students. They
practiced their Math skills of counting, sorting,
graphing, etc. with their classmates. It was fun and
also exciting to see how much of a difference one
grade could make in the world!!!!
Thanks to Mrs. Brenda McDaniel, our 2nd grade
classes have been involved in a 6-week study of the
Traveling Mazza Art program. The 30 minute
presentation includes book art from the Mazza
Museum, information about the artist, the media used
in the art and the story for which the art was created.
The children have learned to appreciate each artist
and the media used to create each book.
The 3rd graders have been studying our local justice
system. They have learned about the jobs of lawyers
and judges. They studied how mediations and trials
work to solve problems peacefully. As part of this unit,
they traveled to the Hancock County Courthouse
where we met Judge Niemeyer and got to act out a
mock trial.
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Everyone in 6A and 6B are really excited about
completing quarter three and the kickoff of quarter
four. Many people have been Student of the Week,
we met Alyssa our youth minister, and we are again
outside for superior games of kickball at recess. Mrs.
Haas and Mrs. Williams have been doing an activity
called Student of the Week to get to know their
students better. Kids bring in cherished trophies and
other items to share with the class. It was really
terrific when we met Alyssa and talked about
relationships. We learned about our relationship with
Jesus. Last, but not least, instead of spring cleaning,
we have been spring kicking. We have been allowed
to escape to the outside and play kickball! (Everyone
has been waiting to play since January!) Well, I hope
you enjoyed reading about what’s up in 6th grade.
This article was submitted by one of Mrs. Haas’ 6th
grade English students.
The annual Student Art Exhibit for students in
kindergarten through 5th grade in Findlay and
Hancock County schools recently announced their
awards. The following St. Michael Students had their
art work selected by Mrs. Cindy Rodman, our Art
Teacher to be in the show: Payton Frost and
Krystyna Laux – Kindergarten, Natalie Gutman and
Austin Berger – 1st grade; Johnathan Dornbush – 2nd
grade, Rylee Touhalisky – 3rd grade, Chayse Wolke –
4th grade, and Cindy Durliat – 5th grade. Additionally,
the following SMS students were recognized with
Honorable Mention awards: Jeff Miehls – 2nd grade,
Brandon Maag – 4th grade, and Allie Hiegel – 5th
grade. Way to go!!!
Congratulations to the following students for their high
achievement on the Ohio Mathematics League
contest taken recently: 6th Grade: 1st place - Luke
Ruelle, 2nd place - Lauren Smith, and 3rd place Danny Kelly & Wesley Casselman; 7th Grade: 1st
place - Chloe Kin, 2nd place - Garrison Holland, and
3rd place - Abbey Hatch, Meghan Quaid, Braden
Richards; 8th grade: 1st place - Andrew Gilgen & Josh
Kreinbrink, 2nd place - Jacob Reindel & Jake Murphy,
and 3rd place - Gabe Gremling, Maddie Kreinbrink,
Olivia Sellers.
Power of the Pen is a program designed for young
writers in the 7th and 8th grade for creative writing.
Power of the Pen facilitates writing by providing the
tools and resources to identify, challenge, and reward
excellence using creativity. Power of the Pen inspires
a love for the beauty and power of language for
writing as a life skill. It encourages creative and
critical thinking, and enriches and enhances the
writing curriculum of schools. This is accomplished in
a collaborative environment that includes community
support and involvement at all levels. The team
recently competed in January at the District
tournament in Tiffin, Maddie Kreinbrink placed 6th
overall and Emily Klein placed 14th overall in the 8th
grade. 7th grade, Emma Cook placed the highest at
18th overall. The top 50% students in the 7th and 8th
grade will compete in the upcoming Regional
competition at Lourdes College: The students
competing are Maddie Kreinbrink, Emily Klein, Olivia
Harr, Emma Cook, Alexis Doe, and Margeaux Lazar.
Our condolences to the family of retired St. Michael
School Assistant Principal, Mr. Dick LaFontaine who
recently passed away. Mr. LaFontaine was a
member of our school staff for 7 years.
Did you know…that Cathy and Les DeGennaro have
been serving Mass at St. Michael Parish for the
Primary School students for many years? Cathy is
also a St. Michael School alumni and retired SMS
teacher. Thank you both for sharing your time and
talents with our students!!
We want to congratulate the following St. Michael
School CYO basketball teams who ended their
season with success: 8th grade girls were Co TriDeanery League Tournament Champions (team
members: Sarah Gerardi, Sophie Johnson, Lilli
Myers, Abby Reynolds, Olivia Sellers, Sean
Trenkamp, and Kendra Wurm), both 8th grade boys
both teams were Co Tri-Deanery League Champions
(team members: Quinten Flores, Paul Hansen, Grant
Morman , Jacob Reindel, Jacob Scheeter, Ian Starn,
Mitchell Taylor, Ethan Camiscione, Andrew Gilgen,
Nick Holman, Trent Land, Jake Murphy, Jack
Radabaugh Zach Thomas, and Logan Wetz); one of
our 7th grade girls teams were Co Tri-Deanery
League Tournament Champions and Diocesan
Tournament Champs (team members: Aysia Currie,
Caitlin Elseser, Abbey Hatch, Zoe Horne, Chloe Kin,
Lindsey Shaw, Leah Stall, and Savannah Theil) ; 6th
grade girls were the Tri-Deanery League Champions
(team members: Morgan Billmaier, Madeline
Feighner, Shannon Klotz, Mya Lungay, Olivia Miehls,
Hannah Mueller, Alexis Nagy, Kristen Scherger,
Ainsley Schroeder, and Lauren Smith); and one of the
5th grade girls teams were Tri-Deanery Tournament
Champs (team members: Kelsey Conkright, Sydney
Elseser, Grace Griffith, Allie Hiegel, Emma
Holdgreve, Aubrey Hucke, Elizabeth Laird, and Anne
Traver).
Do you have a contribution for next month’s Defender? Send an
email note to [email protected] and
we will be happy to include it.
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Belize Outreach Program News
The 2015 Delegates for our annual mission trip to
our sister parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic
Church in Benque, Belize are:
Youth Team Members:
Molly Doepker
Aaron Elchert
Laura Fox
Elana Karhoff
Ethan LaFontaine
heart. No matter if they were told to meet us at the
basketball court right after school or the soccer field
late at night, they always brought a crowd and were
always very appreciative and pleasant. I truly
enjoyed every moment I spent with these children.
Mitchell Lichtinger
Joey Tornes
Caroline Vance
Cole Weickert
Logan Young
Adult Chaperones:
Andy Bishop
Alyssa Brown
Amy Horstman
Reflections from past team members…
This past year, I was fortunate enough to be invited
to participate in the Belize Outreach Program. Last
June, six other high school seniors and I departed
for a ten day mission trip to Belize. During these ten
days, we became closer and were touched in ways
we will never forget. Our mission was to educate the
kids there about various saints. I took more away
from the experiences shared with the kids outside
the classroom. Every child always demonstrated an
eagerness to play with us. The pure joy they showed
at just playing simple games with us touched my
I would first like to say thank you so much for the
prayers, support, and donations to the Belize
Outreach Program. This program has helped many
youth as well as myself to open our eyes and let us
see how others live. The Belize Outreach Program is
such a blessing to have in our parish. We are very
lucky to have such an amazing program to share our
time and talents with others. It helped me to see the
many blessings God has given to me. This trip has
left a lasting impression on me and I am forever
grateful for this. One of my favorite memories was
becoming friends with a little boy named Jaden. He
was always trying to steal my baseball cap. I will
never forget his cheerful smile and sense of joy he
spread to everyone he met. I encourage other
teenagers to apply and to experience the trip of a
lifetime that you will never forget. I went expecting to
help them but they are the ones who helped change
me!
Joshua Doepker
Belize Outreach Program Pancake Breakfast
The Belize Outreach Program will be hosting a Pancake and Sausage
Breakfast on Sunday, April 12th in the Activity Center
following the 10 AM and 12 Noon Masses.
Adults - $5, Children 12 & Under - $3
Advance tickets are available from members of the mission team
and will also be available at the door.
Proceeds benefit the mission team that will be traveling to Belize in June.
Come enjoy fellowship and breakfast while supporting the students.
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“Birds who can’t decide whether to attack or flee
sometimes just go away and peck grass.”
- Beverly Cleverly
That one made me laugh. I’ve seen it in nature.
And done it myself.
Life entails making choices. Most days we just use
our best judgment and get on with living.
Occasionally, though, indecision can overwhelm our
ability to choose and then act. Sometimes we just
need more time to rouse ourselves to action.
When faced with a choice, we may find that what on
the one hand seems good and to our benefit is
balanced on the other hand by … something else
that seems good and to our benefit.
We mentally flop back and forth between the two
options, or sometimes even between three, four, or
more apparently right and proper paths. We dither
in indecision until the hesitation itself submerges us
in doubt.
At that point, if we are not to be mired forever in
uncertainty, we must step aside and concentrate on
something else for a while, no matter how inane.
Personally, I don’t often peck grass … but I’ve been
known to wash windows or read a well-read book or
organize files already in good shape, just to clear my
mind.
I’ve found that, given time, the situation may clear by
itself without requiring a decision. Or conditions may
alter in such a way that the correct resolution
becomes evident.
Or, in the end, I may just need to take a leap of Faith
and head down one life-altering path over another.
That, in fact, is Life.
- Tamara
Copyright © 2015 Tamara Luchini
Gardening & Landscape Volunteers & Coordinator Needed
Spring will be here soon, and time to clean up the church grounds, courtyards and school gardens. The
Parish needs a Volunteer Coordinator for the Gardens, contact Fr. Mike, John Mathers or Tim Brugeman
for details. The Grounds Care Ministry can use more volunteers to help with special spring projects and
for routine care over the summer at both churches. No "green thumb" experience required; instructions,
tools, fun and friendship provided. There is lots to do from planting flowers, trimming shrubs / lawns,
spraying weeds (adults only) and mulching.... we need you. Any schedule works at your best times.
Two groups are being organized again this season;
1. East Campus (Church & School)
2. Downtown Church
Individuals, youth groups and combinations of family members can enjoy the fresh air, exercise and
beauty of our Parish grounds. Groups also welcome for special short term projects. Thanks to all who
kept our gardens and landscape looking so great last year. Call the Parish Office 419-422-2646.
EasterBlessingsfrom
E.T.andLittlePete!!!
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Financial Statement
Sunday Collection
For the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2015
To Cover Day-to-Day Operating Expenses:
Year to Date budget for Sunday Collection as of February, 2015
$1,181,896
Actual Sunday Collection income through February, 2015
$1,206,669
Variance
$24,773
More good news! It’s so nice to be able to report that we continue to be ahead of our Sunday
Collection budget for the year. Thank you for your financial commitment to St. Michael the
Archangel Parish. Each monetary gift is appreciated and used to help provide financial
support to all the ministries of the parish. Your gifts help to make our parish the growing and
active parish that it is.
Building and Maintenance Collection
Collections through February, 2015
$39,944
$4,993
Average Monthly Collection
Thank you for your support of the Building and Maintenance collection. Spring is coming and
the repair list is growing. We need to tackle a few major repairs in the warm months and with
your financial support we should be able to get the jobs done.
Vocation Views
“Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up until now you have
kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take
a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident
that he is close to you and that he is with you. He will give you the peace you are looking for and the
strength to live as he would have you do.”
- Pope Francis
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APRIL
SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
1
PERPETUAL ADORATION
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
2
HOLY
THURSDAY
3
GOOD FRIDAY
until Midnight
Main Church
4
HOLY
SATURDAY
10:00am
RCIA
PREP. RITES
1:30pm
GOOD FRIDAY
SERVICE
Main Church
5
6
7
Main Church
Narthex
7:30pm
BLESSING
of the FOOD
Main Church
Day Chapel
7:00pm
7:00pm
MASS of the
LORD’S
SUPPER
STATIONS &
VENERATION
of the CROSS
8:30pm
Main Church
DT Church
Main Church
8
9
EASTER VIGIL
MASS
10
11
EASTER
8:15am
9:00am
7:30am - Noon
MAIN CHURCH
MIDDLE
SCHOOL MASS
PRIMARY
SCHOOL MASS
Main Church
Main Church
MINISTRY
LEADERS
RETREAT
7:00pm
6:00pm
HUMAN LIFE
COMMITTEE
Auditorium
8am, 10am & Noon
7:00pm
PASTORAL
COUNCIL MTG.
DOWNTOWN
CHURCH
Art Room
9am & 11am
12
BOP PANCAKE
BREAKFAST
after all masses
Activity Center
13
14
4:00pm
BAKERY BINGO
Conference Rm.
15
12:30pm
WARM HATS
KNITTING
GROUP
Auditorium
16
17
8:15am
9:00am
MIDDLE
SCHOOL MASS
PRIMARY
SCHOOL MASS
Main Church
Main Church
6:30pm
FAMILY HOLY HR Marian Room
4:30pm
CATHOLIC
SINGLES ALIVE
Main Church
Day Chapel
BAPTISM SUN.
7:30pm
Main Church
ORGAN
CONCERT
Marian Room
6:00pm
REFUGE HS
YOUTH GROUP
featuring
Josh Brodbeck
19
20
21
22
23
24
10:00am
12:30pm
8:15am
9:00am
BAPTISM SUN.
PARKINSON’S
SUPPORT
GROUP
MIDDLE
SCHOOL MASS
PRIMARY
SCHOOL MASS
Main Church
Main Church
Main Church
11:00am
18
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BACKYARD
MISSION TRIP
Marian Room
K OF C
BREAKFAST
6:00pm
Activity Center
FIRST
COMMUNION
PRACTICE
2:00pm
BAPTISM
CERMONY
(Students only)
Main Church
Main Church
26
27
28
29
7:00 - 10:00pm
ARISE MIDDLE
SCHOOL YOUTH
GROUP
30
7:00pm
FIRST
COMMUNION
PRACTICE
(Parents & Students)
Main Church
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Mass on TV
Each Sunday, one of our Masses is being videotaped for
later broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 21. Here
are the broadcast times:
Monday evening at 7:30pm
Wednesday evening at 7:30pm
Sunday morning at 9:00am
El Grupo Maria Madre de Dios de la comunidad
Hispana de Findlay, les invita al rezo del Rosario,
Reflexión de la Palabra y Oración con Dios. Todos los
miércoles a las 8pm “2361 Massillon Dr., Apt 4, Findlay,
OH”. Informes: Irma y Miguel González 567-525-4836.
It is hoped that those who are unable to be at Mass
physically may still feel a connection to our community via
this medium.
The Mary, Mother of God Hispanic Community of Findlay
invites you each to join us each Wednesday as we pray the
rosary and reflect on the word of God. Join at 8pm at 2361
Massillon Dr., Apt. 4, Findlay, OH. For more information,
please contact Irma or Miguel Gonzalez 567-525-4836.
Homebound Ministry
St. Michael Athletic Boosters Scholarships
If you are unable to come to Mass and would
like to receive the Eucharist in your home,
please contact the parish office at 419-422-2646
or Pat Wolford at 419-423-7545.
Coming Home to the Church
If you have been away from the Church and would like
to come back, we would like to help you. Please contact
Geri Leibfarth at [email protected] or 419422-2646.
Attention CROSS STITCHERS
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) has a very
special project and needs your help if you are a person who
enjoys doing cross stitch. It’s a simple project and you’ll
have several months to complete it. What a wonderful way
to welcome our candidates! Please call Millie Berger at
419-424-0165 after 6:00pm if you can help!
Warm Hat Project
Do you knit or crochet? The Warm Hat Project would love
to have you join them on the 2nd Monday of each month
from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Marian Room as they work to
make hats for those in need. Contact. Sr. Mary Lou
Schmersal for more details [email protected] or 419304-3819.
Parish Cell Phone Use Policy
St. Michael the Archangel Parish prohibits usage of cell
phones or other electronic devices (including hand-free
systems) to talk, text, send/receive messages (text or
emails) when driving a vehicle for parish and/or school
sponsored events. In the event of an emergency, drivers
are required to pull over before using their phones.
Parish Points
You can now use your cell phone to sign up for
Parish Points. Simply text SMP to 22828 and
follow the prompts.
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Each year, the Athletic Booster Club awards two nonrenewable $500 scholarships (one for a boy, one for a girl)
for graduating high school seniors who participated in CYO
sports at St. Michael School during their 7th and 8th grade
years. Applicants don't have to be St. Michael graduates to
be eligible, but must have participated in CYO sports there
during their two junior high years.
For more information, including a downloadable
application, please visit the St. Michael Athletic Boosters
website: www.smsathleticboosters.weebly.com
All applications must be submitted to the assistant
principal by April 15, 2015.
SMS Seeking Assistant Principal
St. Michael School, is seeking a
full-time Assistant Principal for
pre-school - 8th grade school with
enrollment of 580 students and 40
staff. Must be an active, practicing Catholic
with teaching and administrative experience.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Submit resume by 4/7/2015 to:
Search Committee, Attn: Anne Brehm
723 Sutton Place
Findlay, OH 45840
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