Saint Michael Catholic Church

About St. Michael

A little history about St. Michael's

Rev. Terence J. Donaghoe (pictured below) is our First Pastor and Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, BVM


 


Parish Mission Statement

We the people of St. Michael Parish are a Catholic Christian Community. 

We desire to deepen our relationship with God and each other through prayer and worship.

We choose to accept and to love one another as God loves us. In this we proclaim Jesus as Lord.

We the people of St. Michael Parish recognize our call to grow as a Christian Community. Accepting the privilege and the challenge of this call, we envision our parish as:

A COMMUNITY THAT WORSHIPS GOD BY: participating in prayer and in weekly Eucharistic Liturgy, and participating in the sacramental life of the Church.

ONE THAT CREATES AND NOURISHES CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY BY: providing opportunities for people to meet in an environment of Christian fellowship.

A COMMUNITY THAT PROCLAIMS THE GOOD NEWS BY: sharing the Good News of Jesus in our lives and in our deeds.

A COMMUNITY THAT TEACHES THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST BY: using the liturgy and parish activities to help people come to a clearer and deeper understanding so that they can live and be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

A COMMUNITY THAT SERVES THOSE IN NEED BY: helping both local and distant communities by generous acts of charity and by attending to their spiritual needs. We realize that this statement is merely the end of the beginning.

We pray for God's guidance and strength to continue to respond to this call to be a Christian community

The Church’s social teaching...

...is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. Following are the brief reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social traditions.
 
1. LIFE & THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
 
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life in under direct attack from abortion and assisted suicide. The value of human life is being threatened by increasing use of the death penalty. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

2. CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND PARTICIPATION
 
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society – in economics, and politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is the central social institution that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
 
3. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities – to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
 
4. OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE
 
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
 
5. THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS
 
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
 
6. SOLIDARITY
 
We are brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.
 
7. CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION
 
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
St. Michael's was founded in 1831 by the first wave of Irish immigrants coming to America for the sake of religious freedom and economic opportunity, and site of the Nativists riots of 1844, St. Michael’s today continues to serve the needs of its resident members, its alumni and the new immigrants from all over the world who are still coming to our neighborhood.
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