Fr. John Leonard, the founding pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church, died on on Friday morning, July 3. His wishes were that his funeral be private. At a date to be determined, St. Michael will hold a memorial for Fr. John, to which all parishioners will be invited. Please keep Juanita Walker, Fr. John's great friend and "co-worker in the vineyard," in your prayers.
CARITAS sign ups
Our homeless sisters are once again coming to stay at St. Michael from August 1-August 8. St. Michael has a long history of ministering to our guests by preparing and serving meals, and visiting with them while they are here. Sign up here
to be part of this vital ministry.
2015-2016 Faith Formation Registration
You can print forms by clicking here to register
your child(ren) in preschool through grade 12 programs or register for FIRE (family intergenerational religious education) with this registration form
. Forms are also available in the parish office between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
Completed forms can be returned to the office in an envelope labeled "Faith Formation Registration" or you can place them in the weekly collection basket, the black mailbox safe in the mail room, or mail to the church at 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
From The Pastor
Next week I’ll probably have some time to share with you my
experience in Haiti, but this week I want to share a letter from Fr. John
Leonard, the founding pastor of St. Michael:
TO THE FAITH
COMMUNITY OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC CHURCH
When I was
called back to Richmond from Norfolk Catholic by Bishop Sullivan in 1992, it
was to begin a third parish for the Diocese.
The land was located on Springfield Road -a large field, home for 4
horses, a small brick rancher and a pond.
I would be
visiting Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Mary’s, two well established parishes, to
invite those who lived within the new parish boundaries to join us – what a
challenge! On May 31st, we gathered
for the first time at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Hungry Road (all
150 families) to begin our journey as
“The New Catholic Parish in the West End”. You welcomed the idea of a
parish to be formed on the basis of the Documents of Vatican II. You rolled up your sleeves and did the
work. This was your parish and when I
left in 2004, you never missed a beat.
I know there
is a better way to do this, but time is not on my side. I have been diagnosed with stage 4 Liver
Cancer. I want to thank you for all you
did as a new faith community – St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. You have heard the Word of God proclaimed and
brought those words to the 21st Century in all you have done for each other and
God’s people wherever there was a need.
You were and are the presence of the Risen Lord in this day and time.
me by your presence in my life. I ask
that you continue to support Fr. Dan and your community. Keep me in prayer as I make this last journey
to God’s loving arms.
Fr. John E.
Peace & Love,
Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm