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In partnership with our spirit-filled, Gospel-directed, life-giving parish family, St. Michael School is dedicated to Christ-centered education. We foster a nurturing environment of mutual respect where children celebrate their God-given talents. Through academic excellence, we inspire lifelong learners who live their Catholic faith.

Principal
Stacy Tackett
Grades
PreK-8

Provides before and after-school care, which operates during school year; summer program available.

Preschool
6 weeks to 3-4

Preschool operates all year

Enrollment
710
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

2009

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Hope for Today
Thursday, July 9, 2020
“A Journey”

Today’s Gospel highlights one of five major themes in the Book of Matthew, namely, Jesus’ teaching on discipleship. He tells His followers: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand.’”

Jesus’ statement resonates profoundly today with many. With COVID-19, civil unrest, an invasion of hornets (remember?), and dust storms from the Sahara, life can feel like the “end times.”

Eschatology is a fancy theological term for the study of the “last things” of individuals, the Church and the cosmos. And unlike our friends in other Christian denominations, we as Catholics don’t run to literal readings of the Book of Revelations or Old Testament prophetic text (e.g., the Books of Daniel and Ezekiel) for certain answers to the “end times.” How some wish that Scripture could be read as “code” for the future…

Rather, as we know not the day or the hour, we look to Christ who by His Glorious Resurrection inaugurated the eschaton, the new and definitive reality and conclusion of humankind’s history. In Him, we have the certain guarantee of the promises yet to be fulfilled: His coming in glory, the final resurrection and the full realization of His Kingdom.

Yes, the world today can sometimes seem bleak. This is not the first time in human history that the collective earthly experience was bleak.

I am reminded of Albert Camus’ work, The Plague, published in the mid-1900s. Now this novel can be read in several ways. Incidentally, Camus was a writer and a philosopher, a combination which only invites confusion and a susceptibility to clinical depression.

Camus’ work, on one level, keyed off of the Black Death, a 14th century scourge which resulted in the death of millions of people. Note that one of the important figures in the novel (Dr. Tarrou) dies with a crucifix in his hand.

Without a risk of dying, let us, too, take up our crucifixes and other symbols of Faith during this time. Sacramental's are comforting and powerful (but never should be confused with THE Sacraments).

For it is through worship, praise, and prayer, as well as living AS IF today is our last one of earthly existence, that we can see that “the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Peace,

Father Steven
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Hope for Today
July 8, 2020

On Certainty (Until Further Notice)

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, having proclaimed the Kingdom of God and healed many already in His ministry, looks out at the crowd and observes that: “…they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.”

How do we appear to God right now? Wailing (or is that “bah-ing”) ---criticizing---impatient---wanting answers NOW (not tomorrow). From time to time, I am certain that each of us has seemed like a lost sheep.

A significant part of the experience of the “Big Crazy” is found in the seeming lack of certainty which we all confront. Will my job be there tomorrow? Will I “get” the virus? When will the world change especially in a way which I would prefer?

Folks want certainty that, in the end, all will be well. And ALL WILL BE WELL.

But guess what? We don’t get to define “all” or “well”: God does.

For it is only God who is certain. It is only Jesus, His only begotten Son, who died for us and for our salvation. If we want certainty, perhaps we look to the Nicene Creed (developed in the year 325) for some of the essential components.

“I believe in one God, the Father almighty. Maker of heaven and earth. And Jesus Christ, His Only Son our Lord…”, etc. THAT Creed---a profound statement of hope and faith.

Might it be that the “BC” has forced all of us to “take one day (hour or moment) at a time.” For tomorrow is not certain and yesterday might have been difficult. A basic precept, I know, but, a powerful one.

Here are quotes from people much wiser than I.

“The only certainty is that nothing is certain.” Pliny the Elder

“I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.” Michael Phelps

And, Colonel Sanders said, “I’ve only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.”

Of course, the Colonel also allegedly said, “I am too drunk to taste the chicken.” Which may explain the unique blend of “16 herbs and spices” in his original recipe.

So, on this uncertain day, let us look to God for guidance and direction. For He is always in control.

Peace,

Father Steven
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Hope for Today
July 6, 2020
“Imagining a Post-Pandemic Church”

(This is a modified version of a Pastor’s Desk column included in the April 26, 2020 bulletin. The thoughts, updated a bit, may still apply.)

At some point---we don’t know when or even a time frame---we will have “arrived” in a post-pandemic world. That world will obviously be significantly different than the pre-Big Crazy one.

How? No one knows for sure (except the historians writing a couple decades from now and beyond). But it will be different.

For example,

1) The explosion of our social media-driven ministries will continue to be a primary means of evangelization. Yes, there may communication through the printed word in “old fashioned” forms such as text messages, e-mail and so on. And, yes, the sacraments will be offered in more personal settings. But stay tuned as St. Michael’s continues to rethink the means by which we deliver and expand our efforts to share the Good News.

2) The means by which we care for our most vulnerable---the poor, the sick and the lonely---will evolve. If we believe that “virtual” medical consults are part of our future, imagine how that might translate for the seemingly forgotten or ignored? A portal for healthfulness for all, perhaps; certainly a new awareness is evident that all are vulnerable. Yes, the need to tend to the very real conditions and systems which give rise to poverty may remain, but, perhaps our sensibility of what it means to be a disciple in practical terms will also be renewed.

3) The proportion of our workforce working from home (or home equivalents), for example, rather than more institutional (place/facility-bound) settings) will accelerate. The number of students being educated through distance learning will certainly increase. Workplace policies will necessarily evolve as well as the manner in which we invest our educational (school ministry-related) resources.

My friends. Let us be prepared for a post-COVID-19 world. It can seem scary---perhaps even more frightening than our current realities.

But change, hopefully characterized by harmony, transparency and communication is already happening and continuing!

Peace,

Father Steven

Mass Times for July
Wednesday, July 8 - 8:15am
Thursday, July 9 - 8:15am
Saturday, July 11 - 4:00pm
Sunday, July 12 - 8:00am and 10:00am
(10am will be Live Streamed)

Reconciliation - Liturgy of the Word Room
Saturday, July 11 @3:00pm
Sunday, July 12 @9:00am
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Hope For Today
JULY 5, 2020
The Father and the Son

In today’s text, we find Jesus claiming a unique intimacy which joins He and the Father.

“I praise you, Father,” is a common Jewish blessing formula.

However, Jesus inserts the word, “Abba” in referring to God the Father. Loosely translated, this form of address means “Dad” or “Daddy.” And in His use of “Dad” or “Daddy,” Jesus establishes that He and the Father are not distant; but, again joined in a mysterious and intimate way.

The Jesus portrayed in the Gospel today is most surely divine.

Indeed, the Jesus here and elsewhere in Scripture makes a case for His being a part of the Triune Godhead. His unique access to knowledge and love of the Father set Him apart from prophets and others.

Jesus remains with us, yes even in our troubled world.

And we see, experience and encounter God in so many ways. Through the beauty of His Creation, in the wisdom of our elderly and in the voices of our children.

Speaking of children’s’ voices, tomorrow we will open the summer session of our child care program. Under the leadership of Kristina Fehr and her talented staff, this year’s summer session promises to be an enjoyable experience for all. We have taken every precaution necessary to ensure that the health and safety of all are maintained.

A whole lot of work, to be sure! Please keep our child care workers and participants in your prayers over the coming weeks. As a faith community, ministries are being opened---gradually and with great care. In the coming weeks, information concerning our school ministry as well other events (including First Communion) will be offered.

Patience---calm---and prudence----but most importantly the care and protection of God will carry us through each of these efforts.

Peace,

Father Steven
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Happy 4th of July!

HOPE FOR TODAY
July 4, 2020

On this day, we as Americans recall a document which included these words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the thirteen American colonies announced that they regarded themselves as sovereign states, separate from the British Empire. But it was not until 1788, twelve years later, that these thirteen semi-autonomous nation states finally ratified a Constitution which sought to:

“Form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

I offer this brief tutorial in American history merely to suggest 240 years after the Declaration of Independence, we are still on a journey to realize a just, truly free and a “more perfect union.”

And, yes, we reflect on this day upon the many ways in which our nation has served as a beacon of hope for so many.

This day is also a time for reflection. A reflection upon the most important things. Family and friends, certainly. But also upon the actions which, as Catholics, we are called upon in creating a just, free and perfect union.

Acts of kindness and gentleness. Acts of love and reconciliation. And, yes, acts of generosity.

As I have shared before, one of the great takeaways from my service as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Louisville was found in this phrase:
“We give. Not because everyone is Catholic. But because we are.”

So let us give a little of our heart and of blessings on this day. And, oh yes, if you have a grill, a couple of hot dogs and a bit of potato salad always hits the spot---share ‘em with others.
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