I hope and pray you have a Blessed Labor Day and enjoy some good recreation this weekend!
Speaking of recreation, please join your fellow parishioners at our upcoming Fall Festival on Saturday September 17th, following the evening Mass—which I am moving up to 4PM in order to have more daylight for the festival which begins at 5pm. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I hope it makes for a great celebration.
For September, I’m asking everyone to call more on St. Michael the Archangel. September 29th is the Feast of Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael. St. Michael is our defender and the “Prince of the heavenly hosts”, i.e. God’s good angels. So for these reasons, I’m doing two things this September. I’m moving the St. Michael statue to a more prominent place so we notice it as we walk into Mass. And second, I’m going to pray the St. Michael prayer at the end of Mass. That was a tradition from 1886, when Pope Leo XIII added it after, unofficially, he had a vision during a Mass of demonic spirits. He composed the prayer and had the whole world pray it. We are approved to pray at Mass by Archbishop, so I’m giving it a go this September.
We need recreation and we need all the heavenly help we can get. St. Michael, pray for us!
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.