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The Week Ahead for Monday, July 7, 2020

Volunteers Needed: Fall Festival Mailing, Church Cleaning

We have immediate needs for volunteer help at the church—please see below and pitch in if you can!

  • Fall Festival Mailing on Tuesday. Fall Festival plans are well underway, and we need volunteers tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 PM to help put together our big mailing. If you can help, please contact Barb by voicemail at 763-497-2745 or email at [email protected].
  • Church Cleaning, 15 Minutes Once a Month. Can you spare 15 minutes once a month or more? We are using a new cleaning system from tersano.com: Simply walk through the facility and mist the pews and other high-traffic surfaces with a backpack sprayer. We have only one sprayer, and the process takes 15 to 20 minutes. There is no need to wipe down after you spray, as it dries in 15-30 minutes. We are looking for adults or students 16 and older to help in this new ministry. We need to clean after each daily and weekend Mass, along with other events. If you are interested, please contact Heidi Arndt at [email protected] or 612-470-3740. A short demo video and longer training video are available online on the parish homepage.

Many hands make light work—please contact us today to help!

‘Why Can’t They Just Get Over It?’: How Trauma Impacts Those We Love, This Wednesday

Our parish is hosting a series of events on Restorative Justice, Healing and Forgiveness in collaboration with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The next event is this Wednesday at 6:30 PM, entitled The Imprint of Trauma. Laura Harder, a compassion fatigue therapist, will speak on abuse from the survivor’s perspective. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of how trauma effect psychology and perception and what makes it difficult for survivors to move past it. This event is not primarily focused on abuse in the church, but applies to trauma across the spectrum, including suicide, loss of a child, and more. Please join us for a helpful and information evening.

This event will be livestreamed at youtube.com/c/StMichaelCatholicChurchStMichaelMN. For in-person attendance, masks are recommended but not required. Harder will be leaving after the talk and will not be available for one-on-one questions afterward.

Tweaks to Parish Website

We are making changes to our parish website to help us better promote our parish school, our pastor’s podcast and upcoming events and activities. Among other changes, you will notice the livestream link in now at the top right corner of the homepage. Fr. Park's podcast embedded on the left side of the homepage, just below the Mass and Confession times, and this update is a part of our Parish News blog, which has migrated to the lower right side of the homepage. Stay tuned for more changes to better let the parish know what’s happening at St. Michael!

Adoration Schedule and Livestreaming

As the parish begins to reopen, we continue to offer Adoration in the main church, however, we are also beginning to see more Adoration closures because of sacramental events and other parish activities re-starting.  Scheduled adorers are being notified of Adoration closures in advance; if you drop by for Adoration at an unscheduled time and there is an event in the church, please come back to adore at another time.

We have also noticed fewer and fewer people adoring via livestream, and we are having frequent livestream outages tied to running the livestream 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, we plan to discontinue the livestream of Adoration on July 14. You can access online perpetual Adoration from EWTN and on several other sites listed here: virtualadoration.home.blog.

Help Us Help You Stay Connected

St. Michael Catholic Church now has Flocknote, which enables us to text important notifications directly to you cell phone. If you’ve updated your contact information recently, thanks! If not, please share your best text-enabled mobile phone number and any email address updates at this link: tinyurl.com/yafslz4w.