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Volunteering Information at St. Michael School and Parish

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 | School News


In order to volunteer with children in any capacity at St. Michael Parish, School, Religious Education, or Athletics, you must attend the Protecting God’s Children training program. Each new volunteer must also have a FBI/BCI background check.
If you have not volunteered with St. Michael in the past 18 months you will have to get a new BCI/FBI background check. All volunteers, including coaches and assistant coaches must have these
completed before contact with children, no matter how much or how little contact they will have with children and no matter what time of day or night they volunteer. Please refer to Columbus Diocese policy 200.10: http://education.colsdioc.org/Portals/3/YYA/docs/Policies/200-10.pdf.
If you are not volunteering with children we still strongly encourage you attend the Protecting God’s Children training program and complete the background check.

Please register for this training session at www.virtus.org.

You can go to a local fingerprinting center such as Fast Fingerprints. If you do go to a private center you must use code ORC 2151.86 when completing the required forms. The background checks will have to be sent directly to the Safe Environment Program, Diocese of Columbus, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Additional locations for fingerprinting:  Fast Fingerprint Locations
Westerville
4140 Executive Parkway (inside Hondros College)
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Hours: 8:00–5:00 Monday–Friday, 8:00–12:00 Saturday WALK-INS WELCOME
Columbus
1486 Bethel Road (Bethel Centre)
Columbus, Ohio 43220
Hours: 8:00–5:00 Monday–Friday, 9:00–12:00 Saturday WALK-INS WELCOME
Lancaster
125 W. Wheeling Street (inside ETAT Enterprises)
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Hours: 8:00–6:00 Monday–Friday, 12:00–6:00 Sunday  WALK-INS WELCOME
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Leslie Goodman, at SMSafe@saintmichael-cd.org. My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00–2:00.

Gospel Reflection for Luke 5:17-26

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 | School News


In today’s Gospel, St. Luke tells us that the power of the Lord for healing was with him. We also hear of a paralyzed man who was presented before Jesus by friends to be healed. Do we know of anyone among our family or friends who could be helped by Jesus’ healing? Today, let us practice the virtue of faith by believing in the power of God to bring the grace and healing to people in need. Let us be like those friends of the paralyzed man in the Gospel today, and bring people to Jesus by our prayer. Let us take a moment now, and having faith in God, let us think of at least one person in our life who needs God’s grace and healing. Let us ask God, through Mary, to help them today, as we pray “Hail Mary…”

Science Fair Winners

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 | School News


Congratulations to the 7th grade students who scored a Superior rating at the St. Michael School Science Fair, this past week. These students will have the opportunity to compete at the District Level Science Fair at Columbus State Community College on Saturday March 18, 2017.

Start collecting Box Tops, Product Codes and UPC Codes! Deadline: Dec. 16th

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 | School News


A baggie is being sent home with your child this week in the hopes that it can be filled with Box Tops for Education, Coke product codes, and Labels for Education UPC codes!
 This product collection program is a great way we can help raise money to give to the school and students (think new playground balls, glue sticks etc!).
 As an incentive, HSA has approved three school wide challenges! The first contest runs from 11/16/16 – 12/16/16. Each person who submits a code will get one entry (one code = one entry). The prize for the first round is a $25 gift card to Fresh Thyme!!
It is very important that the name of your child is on the bag so we can properly keep track of entries.
Simply return your bags/envelope etc with your child to give to their homeroom teacher by December 16th. You don’t need to wait until the deadline, feel free to send them in as you go. We’ll announce a winner on SchoolSpeak and send your prize home via Kid Mail.
Any questions, please contact me at mrslks@gmail.com
Thank you!!
 Lori Stofer

Rosary Stairwell

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 | School News


Help our Students Honor Our Lady – Announcing the Rosary Stairwell

As we celebrate together the mysteries of our faith in St. Michael School and see to foster encounters with beauty within our school, we are delighted to announce the forthcoming Rosary Stairwell.

This stairwell, which connects the kindergarten rooms on the ground floor to the middle school on the third floor, will be transformed to incorporate all 20 mysteries of the rosary in a unique bas-relief, handmade by nuns in France. With the expansion of our art program this year to include additional elective offerings for fifth through eighth graders, we have an exceptional opportunity to feature our students’ talents in a new way. Our students will help to create and paint the artistic setting which will frame each piece, ideally working on the project in January.

Each bas-relief mystery of the rosary is fashioned from dolomite stone and resin in France and finished by hand in the monastic workshop. Each piece is approximately 8.6 x 6.9 inches. You may view the pieces by scrolling through the link below.
http://artisanats.bethleem.org/436-mysteres-du-rosaire-de-bethleem

To help our students complete this transformation of our stairwell into an inspiring journey through the mysteries of the rosary, we invite you to sponsor a mystery of the rosary in honor or in memory of a loved one. You may choose which of the 20 mysteries you would like to donate. A family or a class or grade may come together to donate. A plaque will be made and placed in the stairwell to commemorate our students’ benefactors with gratitude.

Sponsorships are $125 per piece. We will also gratefully accept donations towards the purchase of art materials for this project. Above all, we ask your prayers for our students, that this Rosary Stairwell will be a place of inspiring beauty as they walk through the school each day.

Please contact Kathy Trafford at ktrafford@cdeducation.org if you have questions and to inquire or specify your preference for a mystery of the rosary. As pieces are sponsored, we will be updating the list below to show what is still available.
To offer your sponsorship or donate online towards the art materials, follow the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen or send a check payable to St. Michael School to the front office, attention: Rosary Stairwell/Kathy Trafford. Thank you and God bless you!
The Joyful Mysteries

  • 1 – The Annunciation
  • 2 – The Visitation
  • 3 – The Nativity
  • 4 – The Presentation of Jesus
  • 5 – The Finding in the Temple

    The Luminous Mysteries

  • 6 – The Baptism in the Jordan
  • 7 – The Wedding at Cana – Sponsored
  • 8 – The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  • 9 – The Transfiguration
  • 10 – The Institution of the Eucharist – Sponsored

    The Sorrowful Mysteries

  • 11 – The Agony in the Garden
  • 12 – The Scourging at the Pillar
  • 13 – The Crowning with Thorns
  • 14 – The Carrying of the Cross
  • 15 – The Crucifixion – Sponsored

    The Glorious Mysteries

  • 16 – The Resurrection
  • 17 – The Ascension
  • 18 – The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  • 19 – The Assumption
  • 20 – The Coronation

Gospel Reflection for Luke 21:1-4

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 | School News


In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus praise the widow for her generosity in giving two small coins to the temple treasury. While it was a little gift, compared to others, it was a large gift for the woman because she gave everything she had. Can you imagine giving away everything you have for others? The idea of being a gift for others is at the heart of the Christian message. The woman in today’s Gospel trusted in the Lord, that if she gave all she had, the Lord would provide. She was great souled and practiced the virtue of magnanimity, doing great things for the Lord. Today, let us continue doing great things for the Lord by giving one small gift of virtue at a time. Let us practice kindness today in our words and actions.

Yesterday, we ended the Year of Mercy and today, we are reminded of the great trust we are all to have in God’s mercy. To help us remember the graces of the Year of Mercy, everyone will receive today a special holy card, which will encourage us to continue practicing our trust in Jesus and offering mercy to each other.

Gospel Reflection for Luke 19:45-48

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 | School News


In today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus went, everyday, to the temple to teach. His teaching was so popular that “all the people were hanging on his words.” This means that they were listening very closely with great attention, so they would not miss a word of what Jesus was saying. The crowds listening to Jesus were eager to be taught. They practiced the virtue of docility, which is a willingness to be taught. Docility is a great virtue because it shows an openness of mind and heart to learn something new. We also need docility to help us listen to feedback when we need to make better choices. Today, let us practice docility by listening with attention in class. This can look like sitting calmly and with our eyes on the teacher; it can be an effort to accept comments that will help us improve. We practice docility best of all when we listen to God’s teaching and make good choices.

Start collecting Box Tops, Product Codes and UPC Codes !

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 | School News


A baggie is being sent home with your child this week in the hopes that it can be filled with Box Tops for Education, Coke product codes, and Labels for Education UPC codes!
This product collection program is a great way we can help raise money to give to the school and students (think new playground balls, glue sticks etc!).
As an incentive, HSA has approved three school wide challenges! The first contest runs from 11/16/16 – 12/16/16. Each person who submits a code will get one entry (one code = one entry). The prize for the first round is a $25 gift card to Fresh Thyme!!
It is very important that the name of your child is on the bag so we can properly keep track of entries.
Simply return your bags/envelope etc with your child to give to their homeroom teacher by December 16th. You don’t need to wait until the deadline, feel free to send them in as you go. We’ll announce a winner on SchoolSpeak and send your prize home via Kid Mail.

St. Michael Spirit Wear Store Now Open!

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 | School News


Winter/Holiday Online St. Michael Spirit Wear Store Now Open!

The St. Michael School Warriors Online Spirit Wear Store is now open! You can purchase new gym uniform tops, sweatpants and shorts along with gym bags. Also, don’t miss your chance to purchase authorized St. Michael School spirit wear including hoodies, T-shirts, 1/4 zips, hats, beanies and many special items to show your school spirit — in sizes for kids and adults.

The store will be open until November 30th, so don’t delay! All orders will be sent home through the school with the classroom of the child you select or you can select to have it picked up in the school office. Orders will be delivered about two weeks after the online store closes.

Click here for the store: https://homefieldadvantage.storesecured.com/items/st~michael-winter-holiday-sale/list.htm

Contact Todd Goehring at toddhomefield@gmail.com with questions. Thank you for showing your Warriors spirit!

Gospel Reflection for Luke 19:1-10

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 | School News


Notice that in today’s Gospel, Luke tells us that Jesus intended to pass through the town and that he was passing Zacchaeus by. Jesus changed his plans in response to Zacchaeus’s extraordinary effort and desire to see Jesus. Notice that Jesus looked up to see Zacchaeus. This tells us something wonderful. When we are sincere and earnest about trying to see and find Jesus in our life – we will encounter Him and we will find that Jesus is already looking at us. There must have been a powerful exchange of looks and an unspoken communication between Jesus and Zacchaeus because the result was great joy. Jesus said he must stay in Zacchaeus’ house and Jesus was received by him with great joy. Jesus wants to repeat this story in our life today. Let us look for Jesus, so we may find Him and welcome Him into the home of our hearts where He wants to stay. Let us practice the virtue of prayerfulness today, which includes a willingness to welcome God as a friend. Let us ask God for the grace to be a place of welcome for each other.

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