We have created the following plan to ensure the safety of our staff, students, and families as we welcome them back to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. The plan is offered as guidance to our pastors and Catholic school leaders as they take the steps to bring staff back to work and students back to school.

Click here to read the “Healthy at School” plan.


Saint Michael

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.

Stacy Tackett

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

6 weeks to 3-4

Preschool operates all year

Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


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Holes or Holy?
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Today we are called to reflect upon Mary’s holiness as well as her vocation as the mother of Jesus.

The teachings of our Church are based upon two fundamentals. Scripture---the Word of God---as interpreted over the past two thousand years. And tradition: the experience of the People of God as they---and we---have journeyed over that same period.

I believe that the importance of this day is found in its call to all of us: to be holy and faithful disciples. And holiness and faithFULness (being full of faith) means that we point toward Our Lord as the source of all salvation.

Holiness. What does it mean to be holy in this day and age---or any day and age, for that matter?

Perhaps being holy begins with acknowledging that we are, well, “full of holes.” No---not the holes which we attribute to others, but rather, our own holes.

In the vernacular of the Church, we can think of our holes as “sin.” But in the talk of the world, the idea of sin often seems to be outdated---a concept which can be psycho-analyzed or ignored--a notion which can be WHOLELY, meaning in this case completely, thought of as something which others do; but we do not.

And, yet, our experience tells us that holiness---the standard to which all of us strive---takes place in the common; yes, the ordinary.

We find holiness in:

….the manner in which we treat others;

….in the mindset we carry into private discussions as well as into our
consideration of public issues.

We discover our own inner holiness in:

Prayer. Not simply for our own needs but those of others.

In worship, we discover holiness.

In our responses during Mass---as well as our heartfelt affirmation
in communion: for, indeed, the bread from this table is the “Body of

Let today---and every day---be an opportunity to be more holy---and more faithful.

The Blessed Mother is always a model for us. And, on this day, let us offer up our holes---our desire for wholeness---and our search for holiness to the Blessed Mother.
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September 7, 2020

Today, we set aside time to celebrate labor. Notice I did not say either “paid work” or “labor unions” (although both are well within the definition of a good and Catholic Labor Day celebration). Our celebration extends to all labor---human effort---to realize God’s Kingdom here on earth!

It includes the selfless dedication of our mothers and fathers in raising their children (and grandchildren).

Labor Day is a celebration of those who volunteer their gifts, especially in support of worthy causes.

Labor Day is also a time for reflection, especially in a Presidential election year. How does the record, experience and stated preferences of candidates influence our voting choices? Are we focused upon one issue or a larger picture? Do we presume that our vote is the only reasonable one which a Catholic could cast? And exactly how will we maintain a sense of civility and tolerance during an election cycle which promises to be more controversial than others?

On a lighter note, Labor Day also marks the “unofficial” end of summer (which, equally unofficially, began on Memorial Day).

BRING OUT THE GRILLS! Encased meat products are in season.

WEAR SHORT PANTS! So what if you don’t have a tan---you spent most of the summer indoors.

WHITE COLORS CAN BE WORN AFTER LABOR DAY! Indeed, all colors should be celebrated both before and after Labor Day. Just be sure not to spill ketchup or mustard (see encased meat product reference above) on your clothes.

And if you do: own it as an extra touch to your “look.” (As in: “yes, I have red and yellow stains on my clothes. I am becoming a work of art!”)

This year has been challenging for all of us. With Labor Day upon us, the calendar year 2020 is in hindsight. Celebrate---reflect---lift up others. Could there be a better outcome today?

Except for a really good hot dog?

Father Steven
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Hope for Today
Friday, September 4, 2020
New and Old

Tomorrow is still Derby Day! Even with the Big Crazy and no fans at Churchill, the horses will run. I want to thank my good brother, Father Joe Graffis, for his willingness to preside at tomorrow’s Mass (at the usual time of 4 pm), which still gives all time to be virtually present at the “Run for the Roses.”

I will be presiding at both of the Sunday Masses this weekend (with Deacon Ken Carter delivering the homily). I wanted to remind all that the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated following both the 8 am and 10 am Masses in the Children’s’ Liturgy of the Word room. (I will be the guy in the purple stole!)

Forgiveness and mercy are themes that run throughout today’s Gospel. Our Lord initiated a new covenant, one that brought salvation to all people. We are called to choose to accept a new life or be satisfied with the old. In other words, we are invited to turn away from the errors of our way and sin and to grow closer in our faithfulness to the Gospel.

On a personal note, I want to offer thanks to the many who responded to Monday’s Chucky the Zucchini story. Part of being a people of hope means that we laugh!
And presuming that Chucky is not in your neighborhood, we should all give humor a try.

I also want to thank one of our parishioners (who has experience as both a baker and a firefighter) for sharing his gifts of bread and pastries with yours truly. Adding wondrous carbs to my diet, especially in combination with my continuing love of vegs donated, has been a blessing! Yes, I thank those who have submitted veg recipes (including a zucchini quiche!) to me for consideration. I am thinking of supplementing our parish income by producing a cookbook of blessing-filled and tasty recipes. Remember: it takes a village to raise a pastor, even one with white hair!

God calls us to be kind and gentle. On this day and all others, let us embrace that call!


Father Steven
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Hope for Today
September 2, 2020
His Ministry and Ours, too!

The Catechism defines a miracle as "a sign or wonder. Such as a healing or the control of nature that can only be attributed to divine power." Jesus' miracles are signs of the presence of God's kingdom.

And this affirmation allows us to place context around Jesus' healing ministry: for Jesus was about the business of proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. That was his purpose: his mission statement.

Today He cures Simon Peter's mother-in-law. Many saw this healing and asked that He stay in their neighborhood for a long time!

But instead, Jesus says, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God because for this purpose I have been sent." And His miracles become a means of His conveying the Good News.

It is evident that persons afflicted in 1st century Palestine with what we would call today's mental illness were considered possessed.


Because observers were unable to analyze the causes of the maladies in question properly, and consequently ascribed them to a demon.

Jesus is said to rebuke the fever of Simon's mother-in-law. In other words, to have cast out the spirit causing her high fever. What if the fever plaguing Simon's mother-in-law was simply a symptom, such as lethargy, commonly associated with clinical depression?

In the Synoptic Gospels, these works are usually called "deeds of might" (or "power"). In the Gospel of John, they are referred to as "works" or "signs." Miracles, by their very essence, transcend the laws of nature.

And, so, today, without the benefit of healings necessarily in Jesus' presence, we have an obligation, too: to proclaim the Good News by our actions as well as through our words.

To tend to the troubles of others, to recognize the signs of distress in others and to offer assistance for the victims of the Big Crazy.


Fr Steven
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Hope for Today
September 1, 2020
"Respect and Authority"

In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks and acts with authority.

Now in the minds of some, authority means power or control. Being endowed with the "grace" of making decisions without following proper communication channels or direction.

As Catholics, we believe that those in authority should act with the interests of others in mind. And always prudently and with caution.

We are a hierarchical church. Yep, there is a chain of command. I am ultimately responsible to the Archbishop to whom I vowed obedience at my ordination. Parish-level decisions, especially those of importance, are made with my guidance.
We are not a freelance church in which ministerial leaders ignore direction and choose to make decisions without consultation.

Service is at the heart of our faith.

Service is a way of demonstrating that Jesus lives in us---that our Faith matters---and when our Faith matters to us, we are moved to do amazing things.

There are indeed three especially essential elements in the practice of our faith: Worship, Service, and Respect.

Worship: to participate, either in person or virtually, in Mass every weekend;

Service: to reach out in love to those who may not be as fortunate as we are; and

Respect: to be kind to others and pay attention to how we use our minds and bodies.
Asking the question "who might need to know or be involved in this decision?" Not reacting to situations with excessive emotion or haste.

As Catholics, we seek to help others.

And our help is always based upon our respect for that other person. Each of us has a gift or talent. If properly used, sharing your gifts with others can make an amazing difference in others' lives.

In today's Gospel, Jesus healed the troubled man.

Today, let us reach out with respect---and in the spirit of service---to offer blessings to those around us. For when we serve others, we serve God Himself.

Fr Steven
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Hope for Today
Monday, August 31, 2020
Chucky the Zucchini

As some of you know, Mondays are typically my day off. And on a 7th day, "the pastor rested."

In this series's spirit, I feel obliged to offer hope, an especially important element during this time.

Today: I want to talk about vegetables.

First, I want to thank all of my friends who have supplied me with succulent tomatoes, sweet okra, squash, and amazing fruit trays over the past six weeks. Each gift of love (for food is love!) has been immensely enjoyed.

I have sliced, diced, fried, baked, and eaten raw (tomato sandwiches with Miracle Whip are the best) vegs over the past several weeks. Consuming enough roughage in my diet has not been a problem, for sure!

Recently, I encountered a peculiar yet generous gift:
Chucky, the Zucchini. For those not familiar with pop culture, Chucky refers to Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray, a fictional character and the central player in the horror film genre. Chucky, who has a sinful weakness for serial killing, is represented as a "Good Guy" doll who continuously seeks to transfer his soul to a human body.

I would guestimate Chucky the Zucchini to be at least 2 feet long and weigh in at 10 pounds. Chucky struck me as a culinary challenge: how many ways could he be "sliced and diced?" I wondered.

So out came the soup stock (check on the zucchini and tomato sauce for seasoning). Next, I further sliced Chucky to fry (him?) up for bite-sized snacks. Panko bread crumbs and olive oil solve many challenges. And then I baked Chucky: not a good idea as the "mush" factor was very high.

And then I looked up. Only 2/3rds of Chucky had been consumed. As I hate food waste, I left (him?) the zucchini on my counter, beginning for inspiration. Sitting there. Just sitting there. And no inspiration came.

So I quickly packed Chucky up in a garbage bag and threw (him?) the zucchini away.

No word on whether Chucky has returned from the landfill. But who knows? If you see an excessively large zucchini scampering across your lawn (masked in a doll costume), let me know.

After all, we live in unusual times!

Father Steven
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