ATTENTION PARISHIONERS – MASSES / ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED
Return of Lenten Cross Gifts Postponed until Church Reopens – CLICK HERE
WILL WE BE GETTING PALMS THIS YEAR? – We have gotten calls from Parishioners about Palms. Unfortunately, our supplier and other suppliers have cancelled orders for various reasons due to the COVID 19 pandemic, most especially their inability to get the palms from the growers. We will not be getting palms to distribute. We are very sorry. We encourage you to keep your palms from last year to keep in your home. The following link is a beautiful way to bring the spirit of Palm Sunday to our homes and neighborhoods.
DAILY MASS (SATURDAY MORNING) – APRIL 4, 2020
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION – My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
PASSION PLAY AT ST. MICHAEL PARISH
Since our parish youth are unable to present a Passion Play this year, please enjoy the last Production of the Passion of Our Lord from the Gospel of St. Matthew (Cycle A-2017).
TAIZÉ STATIONS OF THE CROSS
STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR TIME OF PANDEMIC
Our usual Friday English stations cannot be prayed in our church. We have recorded the stations for you. A worship aid in PDF (CLICK HERE) can be downloaded before you start viewing the video if you wish. However, all of your responses are on the video below.
UPDATE FROM FR. FRANK – MARCH 31, 2020
Dear friends of St. Michael Parish:
I pray that all of you are doing well. The priests of St. Michael pray for you every day. A daily Mass is recorded and posted on this website homepage and in our YouTube Channel. I am aware that this is not a substitute for receiving Jesus in Holy Communion, however this is the best we can do until the shelter-in-place ban is lifted. I ask you to offer your sacrifice for the healing of those who are ill and the victims of the COVID-19 virus. We make this sacrifice for the common good as we have a responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19. I am convinced that this time of suffering, fasting and prayer will bring us abundant grace and the conversion of hearts.
Please check the website frequently as there are spiritual resources (CLICK HERE) for you and your family. I invite you to send your prayer requests online by CLICKING HERE. Your requests are remembered in our daily Masses.
This pandemic is causing many to become discouraged. Many are isolated and alone. We are cut-off for health reasons from our family, friends, and our Church. Technology has allowed us to be connected electronically; however, this is not a substitute for human-to-human interaction. Watching families wave through windows is heart breaking. Knowing that families cannot be at the side of their loved ones in hospitals is devastating. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our lives have been changing rapidly.
This time of darkness and brokenness calls for a faith-filled response. The answer to our despair and suffering is the Cross of Jesus. In the Book of Numbers (Numbers 21: 4-9), Moses is told to mount a bronze serpent on a pole and anyone who looked at it would be healed. St. John (John 8:21-30) gives us a deeper insight. Moses lifted a serpent on a pole and those who looked at it were healed. Jesus lifted on the wood of the Cross brings us healing. All who look to the Cross are healed.
Our time of confinement gives us the opportunity to look at the Cross of Christ. Seeing our Savior mounted on the wood of a tree gives us a glimpse of God’s love for us. The Cross heals our sins, our wounds, our shortcomings and our failures. His Cross gives light to our darkness and heals our brokenness.
I know that this is a time of fear and anxiety. Know that you are not alone. Although we cannot be physically together, we are united in God’s love and through our prayers.
Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. During Holy Week, I invite you to behold the wood of the Cross-, on which hung the salvation of the world. Let us use all the weapons available to us to fight this virus. The most powerful weapon in the world is prayer. Pray the Rosary, read the scriptures, and ask for the intercession of your favorite saint. We all have saints that we turn to in times of trouble. Let us storm heaven with prayers of intercession for an end to this worldwide pandemic. Here is a beautiful prayer to Mary written by Pope Francis:
O Mary, you always shine a path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the People of the United States, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. AMEN!
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do no disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Cardinal Cupich is asking us to pray five times a day with the prayer being dedicated, each time, to a specific group particularly impacted by the pandemic. Our Church bells ring at each of these hours.
The prayer intentions and each hour of prayer follow:
9:00 AM – Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill.
Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them in knowing that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!
Noon – Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick.
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!
3:00 PM – Prayer for first responders and essential workers.
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger and keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN!
6:00 PM – Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders.
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to each other as brother and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!
9:00 PM – Prayer for those who have died today.
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!
I am grateful for your generous response during this difficult time. Thank you to those who have contributed electronically, to those that have mailed in their weekly donations and to those that are filling and putting aside their contribution envelopes to be placed into the collection basket when the shelter-in-place ban is lifted. We are truly blessed by your generosity and sacrifice.
If you have not done so, please consider giving online at www.faithdirect.net. Our parish code is IL851. You can make a weekly offertory contribution to our St. Michael parish family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. Prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times if you are able. If you prefer to donate by check, you can mail your offering to St. Michael Parish, 14327 Highland Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois 60462.
I am aware that this is a time of financial uncertainty for many. Some may find themselves out of work or at a reduced wage. This is not a time to place yourself in financial risk. I ask that you pray for the parish. There is nothing more powerful than prayer.
I have hoped to wake up and realize that this is just a bad April fool’s joke. This is not a joke and we are living in a nightmare that we did not anticipate nor believe possible. Yes, the parish buildings are closed, but the Church is more than buildings – the Church is you and she will remain radiant if we remain faithful to our true Shepherd – Jesus Christ.
I will keep you updated. The parish staff and I will hold you in prayer each day. Pray for each other. United in faith, with our eyes fixed on the Cross, we can overcome this time of peril, be stronger in our faith, and love for each other.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Frank A. Kurucz – Pastor
CARDINAL CUPICH’S MESSAGE TO PARISHIONERS – MARCH 31, 2020