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PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

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 hosts, by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.        Amen.

Our most sincere apologies for this site not being updated recently.  We are trying to make arrangements so that this site at least contains reliable contact names and numbers so that you can call to verify any information you need to.  Please see the Bulletins page for those contacts and numbers.  Thank you for your patience and please pray for our communities, our priests and all of the volunteers who are working so mightly for us all.  We also have the most current info on our FB page AND we send the bulletin and any urgent information (cancellations, etc) to all parish members who have supplied us with either their cell numbers or email addresses.  If you do not receive the digital information, and want to, please call our Office Manager, Diane, and ask her to add you to the list.

WE BIDE FARWELL TO FR. ROBERTO AND WISH HIM GODSPEED TO HIS NEW PARISH.  GO WITH OUR PRAYERS OF GRATITUDE FOR ALL YOU TAUGHT US AND GIVE US, FATHER.

We welcome Fr. Alexis and the priests of the Servants of the Most Holy Trinity who will be caring for our parish communities now.

AS WE CONTINUE:
Mass will be celebrated in Forest at 9:00 a.m.  This Mass will be in English.  The Vietnamese Mass will be at 2:30 p.m.  Because the attendance is still small, these Masses will be held inside the Church with masks and distancing. Father feels it is safe to again offer separate English and Vietnamese Masses with masks and distancing.   Staying in your car will continue to be an option for the forseeable future.  The FM radio station is 87.9.   Click here to see the Diocese's most current Directives regarding COVID and your health.

The Spanish Masses on Sunday in Forest are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00.  Spanish Masses will be outdoors but with some indoor seating available.  You may sit in your cars (parked facing the church) and hear everything on your FM radio on station 87.9.  Father will instruct about communion. 

We ask that each service be responsible for cleaning the pews after themselves.  The Hall will not be open.  One bathroom only will be available.  Entrance will be from the back of the Rectory (there will be signs) AND ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME MAY ENTER (or one adult with one child).  Public bathrooms are not very safe nowadays, so we urge you to try to avoid them.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES ARE STILL ON HOLD.  We hope to have a re-start date within the next couple of weeks.

OTHER MASS OPPORTUNITIES:  (for those who feel they need to wait a little longer) 
ENGLISH
From the Diocese.  FB link for live Mass:  https://www.facebook.com/JacksonDiocese/videos/231637321288074/?vh=e&d=n

SPANISH
Misas domincales transmitidas envivo.  8 a.m. EST / 9 a.m. CST.  
Click here: La Santa Misaworking on this address.

Please encourage others, especially those who are struggling at this moment, to pray with MAGNIFICAT using the free access online https://us.magnificat.net/free .  They also have a terrific website for kids that is great for parents of as well as ages up to about 13 or so:   https://us.magnificat.net/flipbook/KID/sample/2/

Another source is the Word on Fire ministry by Bishop Robert Barron.  He streams Mass every day and does a beautiful, interesting sermon.  https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/

  GOD ALWAYS CALLS

God has a personal project for every man. When he thought of you, he assigned you a mission. And you will be happy in this life only if you complete your task. When men ask themselves: Why did I come to this world? What am I doing here? You discover the meaning of your life.

Sisters and brothers:

That happened to Peter as St. Luke tells us in the Gospel. While they were fishing in the lake, Jesus said to him: "Simon, son of John, you will be a fisher of men." Peter took it seriously and there he began his vocation as an apostle.

What does God expect from you? From all eternity He calls you by your name. The Lord knows you and loves you personally. The Lord is touching the door of your heart, let him in and be generous to do what He wants.

The great Spanish guitarist Narciso Yépez recalls the call of God: "Suddenly I heard him inside me, maybe he had already called me on other occasions, but I had not heard him." That day I had "the door open" and God went in. He not only made himself heard but he entered fully and forever into my life. " 

We can discover in Peter three attitudes that we should imitate:

The first, Peter was a man capable of trusting in Jesus, even when he asked him to do absurd things like throwing the nets into the sea, after working all night. His answer "in your name I will cast the nets" is the reflection of the soul that trusts blindly in the Lord.

The second, Peter examined himself and came quickly to a simple but difficult conclusion to accept and to confess: "I am a sinner". That's why he was saved.

The third, Peter began to live for others. He received from Jesus at that time the orientation of his life: you will be for others, you will live for men, you will enjoy them and you will suffer for them.

When we come to have the humble attitude of Peter, we are able to understand others and never judge them. We learn to accept ourselves, to be patient in the face of our limitations, to endure ourselves, to not be scandalized when we see ourselves as small and petty. 

3. The miracle of miraculous fishing also teaches us that when things are done in the name of Jesus they always succeed. The lake seemed empty, but it turns out that it was full. Christ does not use only angels or saints to continue his work; look for simple, weak, sinful people, willing to follow him with generosity. 

Let us ask Jesus to dissipate all our doubts and fears, to help us overcome all temptations. Jesus from the tabernacle is the most understanding friend, the most devoted lover. 

And do not forget:  Today, Jesus calls you by your name.

         Always say: “Here I am, Lord!”   

In the Most Holy Trinity: Fr. Roberto Mena ST, Sacramental Minister

 

.You can read other reflections by Fr. Roberto in the bulletins.

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Schedule

Mass schedules are as follows:  Please see the Bulletin Page for updated schedules.

PLEASE bear in mind that, YOUR CHURCH still has weekly and monthly bills to pay: utilities, salaries, WEBSITE SERVICE and other services needed to maintain a facility.  PLEASE send your tithes by mail to:

St. Michael's Catholic Church
P.O. Box 388
Forest, MS   39094

OR, GO ONLINE AT

giving.parishsoft.com

THANK  YOU!

Click here for Religious Ed Welcome Letter, Schedule and REGISTRATION FORM.  For class material, click on 'CLASSES' tab in the top left corner.

 

Tap here for the Diocese's website.

            

This link goes directly to all the information and sources the Diocese has shared and collected about the Virus:https://jacksondiocese.org/public-health-concerns/

Click here for the August 12 update from the Jackson Diocese on Covid Directives.

This link will take you to the Mississippi Coronavirus site:

https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html      
 

 

 

THRIFT STORE IS OPEN!

NEW THRIFT SHOP HRS:     

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings,     9:30 - 11:30
 AND
Fridays, 
7:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M

During these uncertain times, always call the office first to verify all times and dates:  601-469-1916.

If you need a different time, please call Ms Diane at the office and set a time with her.