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"The Catholic school's proper function is to create for the school community a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity". Pope Paul VI


Protecting God’s Children / Background Check September 7th

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | School News

We are hosting a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) session here at St. Michael on Wednesday, September 7, at 6pm, in the parish’s Lower Meeting Room (LMR). Background checks / fingerprinting will also be available that night starting at 5pm in Marian Hall. Anyone interested in volunteering for parish or school activities with or around children needs to have this training and check. PGC is free; go to to create an account and register. Background checks are $35-$40 and are on a drop-in basis. Contact Leo Kowalyk with any questions: / 313-585-7124.

International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is Coming to Columbus

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | School News

Five Columbus area parishes will each host a day during the week of August 22 as part of the national tour for the visit to Columbus of the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue is part of the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima U.S. Tour for Peace.

A listing of each parish and time frame for various Our Lady of Fatima events is attached – please share with those whom you think would be interested in participating in this visit.

Information about the statue and tour can be found at this web site:

From Our Pastor, Fr. Dinovo – Some Important Updates

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | School News

Dear Members of the St. Michael Parish and School Community,

We are beginning another school year this week and I am excited to see the building up of a Spirit filled atmosphere in preparation for the return of all our terrific students. I would like take this opportunity to update you all on a couple of things that we have been preparing for this coming year.

First, Samantha Hightower, the youth minister of our parish, has moved and will not be returning as an employee. We are in the process of looking for a new parish youth minister who will serve the high school students of our parish, as well as focusing on a middle school youth program. Please keep us in your prayers as we search for the person that the Lord has in mind for us for this important ministry for the youth of our parish. I thank Samantha for her hard work and wish her well in the new phase of her life.

Secondly, after careful prayer, consultation and discernment, I have hired Leslie Goodman, a member of St. Michael Parish, as the new Safe Environment Coordinator for the Parish and School. It has become very clear to me that this position is needed to assist in processing and educating parishioners and school families on the requirements of the Safe Environment Policies of the Diocese of Columbus. This position will help to ensure that these polices and protocols are being followed with consistency and will provide for greater accuracy and accountability for meeting these requirements.

Mrs. Goodman’s office will be in the Religious Education Office located on the top floor of the School building. Her regular office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Please know, that while she will begin her position on Wednesday of this week, she will need some time for training in her position, which will be done as quickly as possible. Her email address, should you have any questions for her, will be . She may be reached by phone at 614-885-3149, extension 143. Please welcome her to the staff.

Disciple of Christ Daily Reflection

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | School News

Gospel Reflection for Matthew 24:42-51

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us about a “faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household.” Jesus teaches us to be like this servant, who carries out his duties and makes right choices, even when no one is looking. This good servant was practicing the virtue of prudence. Prudence is right reason in action. It is thinking first about the right choice to make before you act. Today, let us practice the virtue of prudence, especially by thinking about what we say before we speak. It looks like being careful and sounds like “let me think about that” before making important decisions. Let us ask God for the grace to live virtuously and to send the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel to us, that we may be true disciples of Christ.

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

For more information on the league you can visit

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

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

 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

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

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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