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Pope: ‘the Holy Spirit makes us real Christians, not virtual ones’

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 | School News


Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta - OSS_ROM
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says it is the Holy Spirit that moves the Church but for many Christians today, the Holy Spirit is a stranger.

Speaking on Monday morning during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta the Pope urged believers to allow themselves to be propelled by the Holy Spirit whom, he said, shows us the way to freedom.

He also had a special greeting for the Vincentian Sisters of Charity who work at the Casa Santa Marta and who are marking the feast day of their founder: St. Louise de Marillac.

Drawing inspiration from the reading of the day which recounts the dialogue between Paul and the first disciples in Ephesus, Pope Francis recalled that the disciples told Paul that they had “not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit”.This is something, he said, that happens today as well as many who believe in Jesus do not know the Holy Spirit.

Many, he said, say they have “learnt through Catechism” that the Holy Spirit is “in the Trinity” but they do not know anything more and they wonder what the Spirit does:

“The Holy Spirit is the one who moves the Church, he said, the one who works in the Church and  in our hearts” making each Christian unique and yet, together with other Christians, a unit.

The Holy Spirit, the Pope continued, opens the doors and invites us to bear witness to Jesus.

“At the beginning of Mass we heard the words: ‘you will receive the Holy Spirit and you will be my witnesses in the world’. The Holy Spirit is the one who moves us to praise God, to pray the Lord, the one who is within us and teaches us to see the Father and to call him ‘Father’. The Holy Spirit frees us from this ‘orphan-like’ condition which the spirit of the world wants to put us in” he said.

Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit is “the protagonist of the living Church” and he warned against the danger of not living up to this mission of the Holy Spirit thereby reducing faith to “morals  and ethics”.

It is not enough, he said, to just respect the Commandments and do “nothing more”.

Christian life, Francis reiterated, “is not just an ethical life: it is an encounter with Jesus Christ.” And it is thanks to the Holy Spirit that this encounter takes place:

“But we keep the Holy Spirit as a ‘luxury prisoner’ in our hearts: we do not allow the Spirit to push us forward, to move us. The Sprit does everything, knows everything, reminds us what Jesus said, can explain all about Jesus. There is only one thing the Holy Spirit can’t do: make us ‘parlour’ Christians (…) The Holy Spirit cannot make us ‘virtual’ Christians who are not virtuous. The Holy Spirit makes real Christians. The Spirit takes life as it is and prophetically reads the signs of the times pushing us forward (…), the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity” he said.

Pope Francis urged all faithful this week to reflect on the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to ask ourselves whether we have the courage to go out into the world bearing witness to Jesus.

And inviting us to prepare for the upcoming Feast of Pentecost, the Pope said we must think of the Holy Spirit who is within our hearts and ask for the grace of obedience and docility to the Spirit:

“This is what we must do this week: think of the Sprit and talk to Him”.


(Linda Bordoni)

Schoolbelles Summer Uniform Sale

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 | School News


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NEW! K-3 Soccer at St. Michael – St. Michael Athletic Association CYO

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 | School News


St. Michael K-3 Soccer is a new opportunity for St. Michael boys & girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grades for the 2016-17 school year. This opportunity is through the Central Ohio Youth Soccer League (COYSL) primarily comprised of Catholic Schools in North Columbus.  Games will be played on Sunday afternoons.  The season will start the 2nd weekend after Labor Day and last 7 weeks.  Deadline for registration is Friday, June 10, 2016.

To register, visit the St. Michael Athletic Association website at www.smwarriors.com

For more information on the league you can visit http://coyslsoccer.org

 BOYS SOCCER:  (grades K-3) Fee = $60.00  Stephen Gerlach (614.746.9102) is the coordinator.   Anyone interested in coaching should contact Stephen at stephen_gerlach@hotmail.com

 GIRLS SOCCER:  (grades K-3) Fee = $60.00  Stephen Gerlach (614.746.9102) is the coordinator.   Anyone interested in coaching should contact Stephen at stephen_gerlach@hotmail.com

 All coaches (including assistants) must have current finger printing and Protecting God’s Children certificates on file with the diocese.  You must also attend a “Play Like a Champion” session.  Look on the diocesan recreation website for dates and locations at http://www.cdeducation.org/DiocesanRecreation.aspx

Bishop Watterson Summer Camps

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 | School News


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St. Michael’s Vacation Bible School

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 | School News


Save the Date!

St. Michael’s Vacation Bible School

July 11-15th, 2016

More information to follow!

To volunteer or ask questions, please email Tessa Pinkerton at pinkertons834@aol.com

St. Charles Prep Summer Courses

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 | School News


Please see the attached flyer for information on summer classes offered at St. Charles Prep for incoming 7th, 8th and 9th Grade boys.

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Gospel Reflection for John 14:6-14

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 | School News


In today’s Gospel, the apostle Philip says to Jesus “Master, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Philip knows that the one true desire of his heart is to see God and that will be enough and satisfy him. Do we have this purity of heart? Let us remember the beatitude – Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Those who have a clean heart, a simple child-like heart are able to see and know God. One way we can let God create a clean heart in us is by practicing the virtue of temperance or self-control. Self-control is a joyful mastery over one’s passions (or emotions) and desires. This means that our emotions and actions are balanced, not extreme, and in good order. We guide them with moderation and with our life’s goal in mind – that of being with God and those we love forever in heaven. Today, let us act with a purity of heart and self-control so that we may see God. Let us stop and think of one specific way we can practice self-control today – perhaps by being quiet while waiting in line, not being too rough at recess, not using our phones or computers too long. Let us ask Mary to pray for us, so that we may love God with purity of heart and practice temperance today.

May Crowning

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 | School News


In honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary, students in grades 1-8 will be celebrating the Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven, on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 1:15 p.m. in St. Michael Church. May 13th is also known as the celebration of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. We will pray the rosary together and end with the May Crowning. Everyone is invited to attend this beautiful ceremony.

Summer Solutions – Last day to order is May 8

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 | School News


Books this year are $12 if you have them shipped to the school to be passed out.
You can now order them and have them shipped to your house.
School Code MIC43085
www.SummerSolutions.net

Gospel Reflection for John 15:26-16:4a

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 | School News


In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the Holy Spirit when he says He will send the Advocate from the Father. This reminds of us the unique and deeply personal relationship that Jesus has with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. We call this shared personal relationship the Trinity. It is because Jesus is in an eternal relationship with the Holy Spirit that He can send us the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father. Have you thought about why Jesus wants to give us the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who bears witness to Jesus. When we have the Holy Spirit within us, we can live in this Spirit of truth and bear witness to Jesus with our lives. We need the Holy Spirit to help us love others, live virtuously and get to heaven. God gives us the Holy Spirit sacramentally at Baptism and Confirmation but also as a free gift whenever we ask for His Holy Spirit. God is an eternal giver who wants to pour out His love and Spirit into our hearts. Today, let us practice the virtue of gratitude, which is a thankful disposition of mind and heart. In the quiet of our hearts now, let us thank God for the grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives to help us grow in virtue and in ways of happiness. Let us stop now and ask the Holy Spirit to call to our minds and hearts one specific person in our class or school who deserves our gratitude today. Let us commit to giving the our thanks in a kind word or deed.

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