To be the presence of Christ…
In Faith Sharing
To be the Light of the World!
SAT: 3:30-4:30 PM
Also by appointment.
TUE, THU: 7:30-8:00 AM
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
When we use the word church, too often we are thinking of an institution distant from ourselves. Perhaps that view can be taken when considering the Pope and the Church in Rome or the bishop at the chancery. However, here at the parish, “where the rubber hits the road,” that kind of attitude just doesn’t match the reality. We are the Church here! As pastor I am assigned the responsibility of shepherding and the staff helps me do that for as many as three to four thousand people. (I couldn’t possibly do it alone!!) But it is YOU in ministry and with your presence that really make it happen!
One of the greatest things about “church work” is that as people get involved, their faith – their relationship with God – gets better and better. Sue Miyashita, who is a catechist here at St. Mikes, shared her experience of that ministry saying, “I found my love for the faith again. Through these children- through your children, I have the light of Christ burning inside me. Why do I love Saint Mike's- because they provided the opportunity for a spiritual journey that I never would have gone on by myself.”
Another parishioner shares that St. Mikes has been there in his times of need.
He considers St. Mikes as his family. He reflects that, “opportunities to serve in ministry, with the Knights and in CRHP make this parish like a family.”
The reason we have been able to be all these things is because of your support. For that I thank you. I hope our new building will allow us to offer even more ways for us to strengthen our parish “family.” I pray that we might continue to grow in offering opportunities for us all to experience our faith more richly and come to know our Savior and be his presence in our small corner of the world.
So, as Sue reminded us, “No matter the calling, don't hesitate to answer it. You never know what God has in store for you.”
Peace and Joy,
The diocese has moved its annual appeal from early October to the Lenten season, so we will be making our Commitment of Treasure to the parish in October instead of Lent – specifically October 8th/9th – please help support the day-to-day work of our parish. Your regular contributions through the collection, autodraft or WeShare support our everyday expenses as well as the good works of ministries such as those mentioned in the letter above. And if you can include a small increase, know that a small increase from each of us makes a huge difference collectively.