On the church calendar, September 29th is the feast of our patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. In recent years, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael also were included on this feast day. This year, because September 29th fell on a Sunday, the Sunday readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time took precedence over our feast day.
Unlike most saints, St. Michael the Archangel was never a human being who lived on earth, but instead has always been a heavenly angel who was declared a saint in honor of his work helping people on earth. St. Michael serves as the patron saint of sick people who are suffering from any type of illness. He is also the patron saint of people who work in dangerous conditions such as military personnel, police and security officers, paramedics, sailors and grocers.
Remember to pray to St. Michael and ask him to intercede for all the needs of our parish.
Traditional Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen
Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)