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The Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. Feast Day—September 29

Archangels Gabriel Michael and RaphaelThe chief angels of the high order are Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael is viewed as a guide to heaven, protector of God’s chosen people, foe of Satan, and guardian of the Church. Gabriel, revealer of the Incarnation, announced the births of John the Baptist and Christ. Tradition honors Raphael, an angel of healing, as head of guardian angels, those who hear prayers and bring them to God. In artwork, these messengers of God are depicted as winged beings, a possible reference to the appearance of Gabriel “in rapid flight” to the prophet Daniel.

It is a truth of faith that God, the “maker . . . of all that is seen and unseen,” created a realm of spiritual beings who do not share the limitations of a physical body and yet exist as the result of his all-powerful, loving act of creation. We call these spiritual beings angels. “As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness” (CCC, no. 330). Angels glorify God and work for our salvation. The Church celebrates the memory of certain angels (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael) who were God’s messengers. Some of the angels turned against God and were driven out of heaven and into hell. Their leader is called Satan, and they are referred to as devils or demons in Scripture. They tempt us to evil (cf. CCC, nos. 391, 1707). But their power is limited and is never greater than God’s.



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Weekly Parish Calendar

 September 23rd: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Adoration Sunday 1-6pm at St. Mary's
 September 24th: Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by dinner at St. Mary's, beginning at 5 pm; Setup for White Elephant Sale all week
 September 26th: Faith Formation 6pm - 7:30pm at St. Mary's Center
 September 27th: Preview Night for White Elephant Sale ($5 Admission) 6-8pm
 September 28th-30th: White Elephant Sale! 9 am - 3 pm Friday and Saturday, 9-1 on Sunday; Lexington Parish Center.  Goods for All!

Rosary Novena for Our Nation: August 15—October 7, 2018



MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.