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1 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 26 August 2018 Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. ~ John 6: 68 St. Michael Catholic Church & School Gastonia, North Carolina

2 This Week at St. Michael Sunday, August 26 Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time Sacred Liturgy 7:30 AM Holy Mass Rose Trevino 10:00 AM Holy Mass Al Santoro 12:00 PM Holy Mass (Spanish) Priest Intention Meetings & Events 9:00 AM Altar Server Training: Ch 2:00 PM Spanish Dance Practice: Gym 7:00 PM SAA: C-Hall Monday, August 27 St. Monica St. Joseph Calasanctius 7:00 AM Holy Mass Francisco Micheli 7:30 AM Lauds 1:00 PM Cursillo Grouping: HFR 2:30 PM Regnum Christi: HFR 3:00 PM Children s Choir Practice: Ch 5:00 PM Amor por la Vida: C-Hall 6:30 PM Junta Ministerio Misionero: C-Hall Tuesday, August 28 St. Augustine St. Hermes 7:00 AM Holy Mass Ethan Scott 7:30 AM Lauds 6:30 PM Emmaus Groups: PC/C-Hall 7:00 PM Schola Practice: Ch 7:00 PM Ultreya: HFR Wednesday, August 29 6:30 PM Spanish Youth Group: C-Hall 7:00 PM Adult Choir Practice: Ch The Passion of St. John the Baptist St. Sabina 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 5:00-5:45 PM Confessions 5:50 PM Vespers and Benediction 6:15 PM Holy Mass John Wenger Thursday, August 30 St. Rose of Lima Sts. Felix & Adauctus 7:00 AM Holy Mass George Maier 7:30 AM Lauds 10:00 PM Nocturnal Adoration 7:00 PM Span. Hospitality Mtg: C-Hall 8:00 PM Vocations Prayer Group: Ch Friday, August 31 St. Raymond Nonnatus 8:00 AM Lauds 8:15 AM Holy Mass Carol Meehan 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet 5:30 PM Legion of Mary: HFR 6:30 PM Spanish Youth Group: Gym 7:00 PM Spanish Choir Practice: Ch Saturday, September 1 First Saturday 8:00 AM Lauds & Miraculous Medal Novena 8:15 AM Holy Mass Daniel Gomes 8:00 AM Span. Ministers Formation: Gym/K 8:00 PM AA Meeting: C-Hall St. Giles Twelve Holy Brothers 3:30 PM 4:45 PM Confessions 4:30 PM Holy Rosary 5:00 PM Holy Mass Al Santoro Sunday, September 2 Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time 7:30 AM Holy Mass For the People 10:00 AM Holy Mass Zachary Brown 12:00 PM Holy Mass (Spanish) Priest Intention 9:00 AM Altar Server Training: Ch 2:00 PM Spanish Dance Practice: Gym 7:00 PM SAA: C-Hall

3 Please Remember in your Prayers Parish Members & Friends: Fr. James Ebright, Fr. George Kloster, Sister Mary Olivia Shirley, Sr. Josepha Whi y, Anna Ashworth, Janet Atherton, Joe Bell, Barbara Berg, Janice Black, Frank Boothe, Burton & Beth Bradley, Dorian Broadway, Jeffrey Brown, Robert Carothers, Eneida Ceballos, Hilario Chegue, Steven Cherry, Barbara Dalley, Chuck Deal, Antonia Delgado García, Gail Driscoll, Be y Dow, Glenda Downey, Elizabeth Eddie, Logan Escandón, Pete & Rebecca Files, Kathy Flanagan, Sarah & Casey Ford, Shannon Frazer, Lynne Freeman, Kathy Geoffroy, Penny Godwin, Aleyda Gómez, Riguey Gómez, Fred Halek, Lynn Hamm, Gwen Hart, Calvin Hebert, Carol Henderson, Dorothy Henley, James Hodgkiss, Eric Hunter, Connie Hu er, Buddy James, Robin Johnson, Briceida Juya, Finnian Kea ng, Kay Landry, Maureen Lupton, Pat Lauzon, Olivia Levesque, Cookie Lynn, Georgia Mannering, Antonia Marin, Josefina Mar nez, Rita Mascarenhas, Sadie Messer, Micheli Family, Heather Monteleagre, Sarah Monteleone, Marion Moore, Wayne Moore, John Moore, Jack Neerincx, Sarah O Keefe, Gerald Orazem, Hernán Ortega, Mary Packard, Charles Pasour, David Peace, Karen Phaup, Henry Phillips, Betsy & Dwight Prui, Terry Purvis, Ivo Raimundo, Penny Ramsey, Lydia Robinson, Gladys Rodriguez, Sue Ruocco, K.S., Bill Saluke, Jo Santoro, Marie Seager, Gemma Servin Vega, Maureen Setlock, Jim Sneska, Pat Splawn, Bob Stauss, Michael Stone, McKenzie Reese Tapper, Mr. Tater, Alice Thornburg, Maerene Thomas, Tinsdale Family, Lisse e Westover, Emperatriz Vidal, Jacqueline Wood, Paul & Marion Yager For all in service to our country: Stefan Zapata, Derrick Dobbins, Ma hew Barker, Kevin Haskins, Stephanie Miller, Kevin Tiddy, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kaldah Saturday, September 1 5:00 PM Mass Lectors: Rosemarie Weisenhorn, Micheline Schmidlin Gi s: John Murawski EMHC: Jeff Templeton Sunday, Greeters: Lectors: Gi s: Sunday, Greeters: Lectors: EMHC: SERVERS OF THE SACRED LITURGY September 2 7:30 AM Mass Ellen Roberts Helen O Daly, Bob Cinq-Mars Jack & Barbara Steiner September 2 10:00 AM Mass Jane Sheppard Russ Stevens, Randy Stevens Mark Ruocco Highlights September ~ October 2018 Location: St. Michael Catholic Church Campus, Unless Otherwise Noted FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS, VISIT OUR PARISH CALENDAR: Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 AM - TMIY Begins Thursday, Sept. 6 - RCIA Begins Friday & Saturday, Sept. 7 & 8 - Eucharistic Congress Sunday, Sept. 9 - Faith Formation Classes Begin Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 PM - Financial Peace Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 PM - Troops of St. George Saturday, Sept CEILI Dance Saturday, Sept SMCS Booster Club Yard Sale Sunday, Sept Catechetical Sunday Sunday, October 7 at 2 PM- Life Chain In Loving Memory of Eunice Cherry by Melissa & Joe Deaton A en on Altar Servers! There are a few important changes to the way we will serve at Mass. A endance at one of the following one hour Training Sessions is mandatory : Saturday August 25 & Sept 1 6:30 PM Sunday August 26: & Sept. 2 9:00 AM All sessions will be held in the Church. Prayer for our Priests Eternal Father, we lift up to you our priests and all the priests of the world. Sanctify them; heal and guide them; mold them into the likeness and holiness of your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May their lives be pleasing to You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. READINGS FOR THE WEEK 8/27 9/02 Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12; Ps 96:1-5; Mt 23:13-22 Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10-13; Mt 23:23-26 Wednesday: 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18; Ps 128:1-2, 4-5; Mk 6:17-29 Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9; Ps 145:2-7; Mt 24:42-51 Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11; Mt 25:1-13 Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 33:12-13, 18-21; Mt 25:14-30 Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-5; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

4 Troop 247 at St. Michael Catholic Church Gastonia, NC Mission Statement The Troops of Saint George apostolate aims to use the outdoors as our canvas and the sacraments as our path to light the way for the formation of Holy Catholic men and boys. Whether called to the vocation of the priesthood, the religious life, or that of holy fatherhood, our fathers and sons will take a prayerful pilgrimage together to fulfill Christ s desire for them to grow in virtue and in their Holy Catholic faith as they journey toward heaven. For Dads & Sons (ages 6-17) Monthly Meetings & Monthly Outings (camping, hikes, etc.) 1st Meeting Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:30pm (immediately following the 6:15pm Mass) in the St. Michael Parish Gym For details or questions, please contact: (Captain) Paul Phillips (704) / Shane Gomes (562) / 2018 RAFFLE A $25 dona on can win you a 7-day trip for two to the Ireland of your Dreams, while suppor ng the Ancient Order of Hibernians Chari es. Tickets will be available in the Narthex a er all weekend Masses. Drawing will take place September 15. Winner need not be present. Beginning September 6, 2018 BECOMING A MAN AFTER GOD S OWN HEART A national pro-life prayer and witness event St. Michael Catholic Church Event Info Sunday, October 7, :00 3:00 PM (arrive early) St. Michael s location: North and south sidewalks of E. Garrison Blvd: Peachtree St. to Grier Middle School Parking: Gastonia Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., (in back & on both sides) If crossing E. Garrison Blvd, please cross at the stoplight at Churchill Dr. More Info: (704) or Signs provided along the sidewalks Bring your Rosary

5 Eucharistic Congress Prayer O Jesus, who art really, truly and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament to be the food of our souls, deign to bless and bring to a successful issue all Eucharistic Congresses and gatherings, and especially the coming Congress of the Diocese of Charlotte. Be Thou the inspiration of our labors, resolutions and vows; accept graciously the solemn homage we will render to Thee. Send Your Holy Spirit to kindle the hearts of priests, deacons, religious and all the faithful, especially the children, so that devout participation in the Holy Mass and frequent and daily Holy Communion may be held in honor in all the countries of the world; and grant that the Kingship of Your Sacred Heart over human society may everywhere be acknowledged to the glory of God, the Father. Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus, bless the Congress. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Patroness of our Diocese, pray for us. Saint Paschal Baylon, pray for us. Saint Patrick, pray for us. The Eucharis c Congress is a very inspiring, free event, that will shine a light in your soul. Plan to a end this year s Congress! Visit for more informa on. The Queen of all Devotions God in His omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom knew not how to give more, in His riches had not more to give, than the Eucharist. (St. Augustine of Hippo) St. Michael s offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday from 5-6 PM and every Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM Adorers are needed - at least two for each hour of exposition every Friday. Please add your name to the sign-up book for that special hour! St. Michael Children s Choir Open to all St. Michael Parish and School children ages Rehearsal: Mondays 3-4:30 PM Holy Mass Fridays 8:15 AM First rehearsal: August 27 at 3 PM in the church. Registration closes September 15. Please contact Kristen Levine to register your child $30 donation/student $50/family cap Please make checks payable to St. Michael Catholic Church

6 Prayer to Our Lady of Good Remedy O Mother of the Divine Redeemer, who under the title of our Lady of Good Remedy comes to the aid of all who call upon thee, extend thy maternal protection to us. We depend on thee, Dear Mother, as helpless and needy children depend on a tender and caring mother. Thrift Store Needs We s ll need fall and winter clothing and footwear for adults and children, as well as blankets and warm bedding. For addi onal informa on please contact Amy Prui at or Thank you for your generosity! Peter said to Jesus, You have the words of eternal life. Discover God s plan for your marriage by par cipa ng in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on Nov 9-11, 2018 in Atlan c Beach, NC and Feb 1-3, 2019 in Columbia, SC. Early sign up is recommended. For more informa on visit our website at: h ps://ncmarriagediscovery.org or contact us at applica or You may give electronically at Prayerfully consider giving at least one hour's wage per week to the Lord. DID YOU KNOW? You cannot always predict who will be an abuser Experience shows that most abuse is committed by someone who has gained the trust of a victim/survivor and his/her family. With child sexual abuse, sixty percent of the time, the offender is a family friend, acquaintance, or another trusted adult in the victim/survivor s life. Thirty percent of the time the offender is a family member. Sometimes an offender seems like the nicest person in the world, but this is often part of a process they use called grooming in order to gain the trust of the child they wish to abuse and the trust of his/her family. Pray the Rosary every day ~ Our Lady of Fa ma The Rosary Rx for your heart! Did you know that praying the Rosary every day can be good for your health? According to a study in the Bri sh Medical Journal, reci ng the rosary could improve your cardiovascular well-being. Seemingly, it has the effect of synchronizing respiratory and cardiovascular rhythms which, as everyone knows, can only be good for you! (The Magnificat Rosary Companion 2018) "Love one another as I have loved you... I have chosen you to go forth and bear much fruit." ~ John 15:12,16

7 Pastor PARISH DIRECTORY 708 St. Michael s Lane Gastonia, NC In Residence Hispanic Priest (Ext. 112) Deacon Rev. Fr. Lucas Rossi Rev. Fr. James Ebright Rev. Fr Jose Antonio Juya Rev. Mr. John Weisenhorn Deacon / Facilities Manager Rev. Mr. Tim Mueller (Ext. 104) Pastoral Care Sr. Carolyn Mary Coll, RSM Administrative Assistant Mrs. Phyllis Mueller (Ext. 129) Parish Secretary / Communications Ms. Lissette Westover Religious Education (English) Mrs. Theresa Webster (Ext. 114) Choirs Adult Mrs. Toni Keating Children Mrs. Kristen Levine Schola Ms. Kristy Brown St Michael Thrift Store 1111 S. York Street - Gastonia, NC Phone: Tuesday Friday:10-5:30 Saturday:10-4 Thrift Store Manager Ms. Amy Pruitt St. Michael Catholic School 704 St Michael s Lane - Gastonia, NC Phone: School Principal (Ext. 118) Mrs. Sheila Levesque DIRECTORIO DE MINISTERIOS 708 St. Michael s Lane Gastonia, NC Vicaría de Gastonia - Ministerio Hispano Padre Jose Antonio Juya Bendición o Presentación de Niños: Betty Villegas Catequesis para Niños, Jóvenes & Adultos Mireya Rico Luzmar Go mez Charla para el Sacramento del Matrimonio Marıá y Dioney Consejería Espiritual - Jueves y Viernes Llame al Padre Jose al Coordinadora Comité Pastoral Hispano Reina Granadino Coordinador General de Liturgia John Herrera Julio Garcıá Graciela Lo pez Decoración para Celebraciones/Artículos Religiosos Nora Hospitalidad: Ariel y Diana Salazar Lectores: Luzmar Go mez / Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión Julio Garcıá Graciela Lo pez Ministerio de Jóvenes Ivonne Segura Ministerio del Coro (incluyendo bodas/quinceañeras) Fa tima Brens Rolando Espinoza Ministerio Misionero Graciela Lo pez Alicia Alvare Misa para Difuntos Primeros viernes durante Misa de sanacio n Ano tese con Betty Villegas Monaguillos: Mireya Rico Ofrendas: Ariel y Diana Salazar Preparación Pre-Matrimonial: Marıá Luna Preparación Pre- Bautismal: Graciela Lo pez Quinceañeras: Luzmar Go mez Visita a enfermos: He ctor y Alicia Alvare Padre Jose

8 Around our Parish & School If you need: All are invited to a Back-to-School Evening of traditional Irish Folk Dancing Saturday September 15 6:30-9 PM All Ages - All Stages $5/per person $20/max per family SMCS Booster Club Fall Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 22 8AM - 12 PM St. Michael s Gym Are you de-cluttering, cleaning your attic or garage, or do you have too much furniture or toys that no one plays with anymore? Bring it all to St. Michael Catholic School for the SMCS Booster Club Fall Yard Sale. Drop donations off at the school office or call Greg Davidowitz at to schedule drop off for larger items. Thanks for supporting the Booster Club and SMCS Athletics! Baptism Holy Eucharist Confirmation We are here to prepare you to receive these Sacraments. Register NOW for 1st Holy Communion (Grades 1 & 2) & Confirmation Preparation (Grades 7 & 8) We still need Subs for Catechists and Aides Thinking of becoming Catholic? Want to know more about the Catholic Faith? RCIA classes will begin Thursday, September 6, from 6:30-8PM in the Holy Family Room at St. Michael s Parish Center If you are interested, please contact Theresa Webster at: or (Ext.114)

9 También ustedes quieren marcharse? Juan 6, Del santo Evangelio según san Juan 6, En aquel tiempo muchos discípulos de Jesús al oírle, dijeron: Es duro este lenguaje. Quién puede escucharlo? Pero sabiendo Jesús en su interior que sus discípulos murmuraban por esto, les dijo: Esto os escandaliza? Y cuando veáis al Hijo del hombre subir adonde estaba antes?... El espíritu es el que da vida; la carne no sirve para nada. Las palabras que os he dicho son espíritu y son vida. Pero hay entre vosotros algunos que no creen. Porque Jesús sabía desde el principio quiénes eran los que no creían y quién era el que lo iba a entregar. Y decía: Por esto os he dicho que nadie puede venir a mí si no se lo concede el Padre. Desde entonces muchos de sus discípulos se volvieron atrás y ya no andaban con él. Jesús dijo entonces a los Doce: También vosotros queréis marcharos? Le respondió Simón Pedro: Señor, a quién iremos? Tú tienes palabras de vida eterna, y nosotros creemos y sabemos que tú eres el Santo de Dios. antojo e ilusiones superficiales y endebles. Pero, claro, cuando a veces esta felicidad verdadera se oculta, se acobardan, se alejan, se amedrentan y como muchos de los discípulos no admiten y ven como inadmisibles las palabras de Jesús. Por qué? Porque eran unos discípulos que buscaban la felicidad barata de los milagros, de los panes y peces gratis, que buscaban y estaban con Jesús mientras no se presentaba ninguna cuesta arriba. Todas las aventuras con Cristo son calvarios, cuestan. Pero el que se embarque con Él será verdaderamente feliz aunque no vivirá despreocupado y comodón. Habrá cosas que ignorará y no comprenderá, pero quien persevera hasta el final se salvará. Será verdadera y eternamente feliz. Propósito Delicadeza y alegría para darle todo a Dios, y dárselo en el amor. Oración introductoria Dios mío, no quiero ser de los que traicionan, porque a quién iría? Sólo Tú me puedes dar la luz y fuerza que necesito para dejar mi autosuficiencia y mi egoísmo. Creo, espero y te amo, permite que pueda tener un encuentro contigo en esta oración. Petición Dios mío, no permitas que las preocupaciones del mundo me distraigan en mi oración. Diálogo con Cristo Jesús mío, quiero seguirte día a día y servirte en los demás. No quiero marcharme ni quedarme atrás, quiero caminar al paso que necesita la Iglesia. Cumplir con mis deberes de estado y con mi apostolado de extender tu Reino por medio de la caridad. Por eso te doy gracias por este momento de oración que puede transformar mis deseos en una hermosa realidad. Meditación del Papa Francisco A veces, se escucha sobre la santa misa esta objeción: Para qué sirve la misa? Yo voy a la iglesia cuando me apetece, y rezo mejor en soledad. Pero la eucaristía no es una oración privada o una bonita experiencia espiritual, no es una simple conmemoración de lo que Jesús hizo en la Última Cena. Nosotros decimos, para entender bien, que la eucaristía es memorial, o sea, un gesto que actualiza y hace presente el evento de la muerte y resurrección de Jesús: el pan es realmente su Cuerpo donado por nosotros, el vino es realmente su Sangre derramada por nosotros. La eucaristía es Jesús mismo que se dona por entero a nosotros. Nutrirnos de Él y vivir en Él mediante la Comunión eucarística, si lo hacemos con fe, transforma nuestra vida, la transforma en un don a Dios y a los hermanos. Reflexión Hay que desconfiar de los que venden la felicidad a bajo precio, como sospechamos cuando en el mercado nos brindan la fruta o el pescado casi regalados, seguros de que están podridos o rancios. Ninguna felicidad verdadera es barata. La felicidad que Cristo nos ofrece es tan luminosa y clara que mucha gente no la ve. Muchos la confunden con estrellas del

10 PARISH INFORMATION SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM If you are interested in having your child baptized, please contact the church office at SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY All weddings are celebrated inside the Church on Saturday at 10 AM or 12 PM. Please contact the church office at for more information. MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL ADVOCATE Please contact Donna Snyder at or at SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK Please call the church office ( ) to set a time before serious surgery or any time in an emergency. HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME Please contact Sr. Carolyn Mary Coll at or FAITH FORMATION & SACRAMENTS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS Contact the Director of Religious Education Theresa Webster at ext 114 or RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or who wishes to become Catholic should contact the Director of Religious Education Theresa Webster at ext. 114 or DEVOTIONS Wednesday: 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 5:50 PM Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament First Fridays: 10 PM Thursday 7 AM Friday: Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Every Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM All Day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 PM Saturdays: 8:00 AM Lauds & Miraculous Medal Novena Fridays of Lent: 6 PM Stations of the Cross PARISH PASTORAL & FINANCE COUNCIL MEMBERS Pastoral Council Steve Cherry Juan García Reina Granadino John Keating Maureen O Keefe Dacia Beaver John Guglielmetti Dawn Nielson Kevin Spalding Finance Council ST. MICHAEL S PARISH APP Download the app by texting the word app to 88202, or by clicking the QR Code below (you have to have a QR scanner app on your smartphone in order to scan the QR Code), or you can also download the app to your phone by visiting the App Store or Google Play! ATTENTION NEWCOMERS Have you completed a parish registration form? Do you have any questions? Please feel free to ask one of our Greeters!