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5/9/2020 10:00AM

Flocknote from Father Michael

Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Greetings of peace and goodwill to you all.  Once again, it is my sincere prayer that my words are finding everyone healthy and well. And to all the Mothers out there – we’re thinking about you and praying for you.
 
I’m saying it again – what strange times we are in!  For me, it’s a question of taking things one day at a time.   With the easing of some of the restrictions, things hopefully are improving for us.  Having said that, this virus is very real and must be respected.   The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) put it very well last week when he said that our greatest enemy at this juncture is complacency.  We must take whatever precautions we can to ensure that we stay safe and healthy.   Many of those who contract the virus get over it but there are those among us who are in that vulnerable population.   We need to be mindful of them and ensure that we do nothing to compromise their safety and wellbeing.
 
As we informed you last weekend, our church building is now open for visitation and quiet prayer from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm every day.  We have opened the left section of the church for this purpose.  The only condition is that every one MUST wear a face mask while in the building.  We still have not been informed when we will be permitted to offer our regular Masses.  I am aware that a few dioceses are permitting Mass to be celebrated with a congregation under certain conditions.  It is my understanding that the bishops of Florida made the original decision to close all churches in their dioceses at the same time.  I am presuming that they will permit the opening of the churches in the same way – that we all open together and under the same conditions.  I know that we are all looking forward to being able to worship together again but we must do it in the safest way possible.
 
Wishing all our Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day.  It will be different but our love, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you.  
 
May God Bless you all.
 
Fr. Michael

 5/2/2020 1:00pm

Flocknote from Father Michael

Greetings of peace and joy to all.  Once again, I am praying that these words are finding everyone healthy and well.

I am very happy to be in a position to inform you that we received a directive from Bishop Dewane regarding the opening of our churches for visitation and private prayer.  Beginning on Monday, May 4th, our church building will be open every day from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm for prayer and reflection.  However, there are certain guidelines that must be followed:

  • Everyone MUST wear a facemask at all times while in the church.
  • Entry will be through the main door and exit will be through the side door next to the portico.
  • Restrooms at the main entrance (only) will be open.
  • Please use the available hand sanitizers on entering and on exiting the church.
  • You are asked not to come for visitation if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of any kind.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • Candles will not be available for lighting at this time.

Because of these changes, we will discontinue Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which we had been offering on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  The Blessed Sacrament will remain in the Tabernacle for Adoration.

We will monitor these changes and adjust if necessary.  I know that this will bring great joy to so many of you longing to be in your Church.

If any of you wish to bring your weekly contribution envelopes, you may do so and place them in the poor box at the church entrance.

Let us continue praying for safety for all of us and for the speedy eradication of this virus from our shores and from our world.  Please pray also for healthcare workers and for all who are employed in our hospitals and care facilities.

Wishing everyone the choicest of God’s Blessings,

Fr. Michael

 
 
4/26/2020 9:00pm
Wishing everyone a blessed Sunday. I hope you all have stayed safe and well since my last Flocknote to you last week. Those of us here in Florida will be aware that we have had several wet and stormy days this week. Even though we need the rain, the accompanying storms are not welcome.

I want to inform everyone that a team of our dedicated parishioners are reaching out to everyone in the parish in an attempt to ensure that everyone is safe and well. If you receive such a call, please know that it is authentic. The callers will identify themselves as parishioners at the beginning. If there is anything that we at the parish can safely do to help you, please let them know. During these times, it's important that we reach and maintain contact with one another. Please do not hesitate to do that for each other. Please let them know that you care...

I presume that most of you are aware that we have restarted our Parish Facebook page. Many of you have visited it. It's being kept updated right now and it is another great source of contact with the Parish.

Also, I want to inform you that the Sunday and homilies from the Daily Masses are recorded and placed on the Parish website. That means that if you are unavailable to participate with us live (or unable to connect), you can go to the website and get the Mass at a later time. Thanks to everyone who is praying with us. It is very comforting to know that we are all in this together and that you are praying with me every time I celebrate Mass.

Last information update, we have launched our own YouTube channel. We will be putting Masses, Homilies, and even some special videos as we go forward together through these uncertain times. 

Click here for our YouTube Channel.

Once again before Mass today; our parishioners Sun-Young Shin and Aaron Romm played beautiful hymns to set the tone for our Easter Mass, please view today's Mass. 

May God continue to bless you all and keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

-Father Michael
 
 
 
4/19/2020 1:00pm
 
Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!
 
Once again, I hope and pray that my words are finding everyone healthy and well. I pray daily, at Mass and in my personal prayer, for all of you and your families. These are difficult times but we are going to get through this. God is in this with us. Some of you may be having a difficult time praying and connecting with God right now. If this is you, please know that many of us are holding you close and are bringing you (many times daily) to God.
 
It is important for us to continue praying for each other. Many of you participate in daily Mass with me every morning at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. Thank you for that. I know that not being able to Sacramentally receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is very painful for so many of you. This is the best we can do right now but this will pass. There will come a time - hopefully in the not-too-distant future when things will begin to change and we will be permitted to return to normal living. I long for that day and I pray for it to come speedily. Keeping everyone safe is essential as we move through these troubled waters. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourselves and your families safe.
 
Also, please care for each other. If you know of someone living alone or of others who might be vulnerable, please check in on them. A phone call. A text. An email. Make sure that they are okay. Make sure that they have food and medication and that they have a means to communicate should an emergency arise. We are all in this together and we need each other.
 
We will be offering Divine Mercy Chaplet from St. Michael's today at 3:00 p.m. WE will begin with silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:00 p.m. All of this will be live-streamed.
 
Thanks to all of you for being part of Flocknotes. It's a great and speedy means of communication.
 
Wishing God's blessings to you and your families,
 
Fr. Michael
 
HERE IS THE LINK TO TODAY'S MASS WITH SPECIAL MUSIC BEFORE AND AFTER THE MASS. THE PRELUDE IS FROM PARISHIONERS AND PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS SUN-YOUNG SHIN AND AARON ROMM. AFTER MASS FR. MICHAEL PLAYS HIS ACCORDION
 
 
 
 
4/18/2020 12:00pm
 
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 
Bishop Dewane and Father Michael and all the ministers at Saint Michael the Archangel are praying that you, your family and your loved ones are safe and strengthened by God's grace in these uncertain times. 
Bishop Dewane had promised to give updates regarding the Coronavirus and the Diocese of Venice efforts to ensure the health, safety, and the spiritual wellbeing of all, while recognizing that you are able to fully participate with your fellow parishioners in the Holy Mass. He talks about planning for a phased return to normal Parish activities and public gatherings, but not with specific details at this point. 
The letter should be out on the website as well, as we intend to keep you updated as greater clarity regarding Diocesan plans and Parish plans becomes available. 
 
 
Please tune in to the live-streaming of Divine Mercy Sunday with Father Michael tomorrow. 
 
Peace be with all of you.
 
 4/13/2020 8:00pm
 
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 
We hope the Octave of Easter finds you well. Easter is so big and important that one feast day can't contain it... it needs eight days! It runs all of this week and includes next Sunday, which is also Divine Mercy Sunday.
 
We are continuing the Live-Streaming of Daily Mass every day at 9:00 a.m. and in addition on Tuesdays and Thursdays, join Father from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a Holy Rosary and additional prayers and reflections service. Sunday mass will continue to be at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Links below to all the live streaming Masses & Sevices
 
Website
 
Directly to Live-Stream
 
We are grateful to all of you who have been joining our live-streaming liturgies and prayer services. All of us are praying for your safety and all of your loved ones. We have now begun Eastertide - 50 days of celebrating the joy of the Resurrection of our Lord. 
 
Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia, Alleluia!
 
 
 
 
 
4/11/2020 10:30pm
Dear Friends and Parishioners of Sant Michael the Archangel,
 
If you missed the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil service that live-streamed today at 8:00 p.m. – you can watch the recording. 
 
 
The remaining streaming Easter Mass is Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Easter Sunday 4/12 at 10:00 am
 
Two links below to all the live streaming Masses - sign on early if possible:
 
Website
 
Directly to Live-Stream
 
We are grateful to all of you who are joining our live-streaming liturgies. Our final Easter live-streamed Mass is tomorrow for Easter Sunday. All of us are praying for your safety and all of your loved ones. Celebrate the joy of the Resurrection.
 
 
 
4/11/2020 2:30pm
 
Father Michael will be celebrating the Great Easter Vigil tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. He will be doing the full Mass, with the blessing of the new Easter Candle, the liturgical readings by candlelight, the Gloria sung with bells, the blessing of the Holy Water, and of course the Eucharist. Please tune-in live early if you can. 
 
Holy Saturday 4/11 Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m. 
 
Pray especially for our four members of our congregation in the RCIA Program who were to be received into the Catholic Faith at this Vigil Mass, Jason, Paula, Wendy, and Will.
 
Two links below to the live streaming Mass:
 
 
We continue our journey with Jesus through his Passion and Death and tonight we approach the joy of the Resurrection.
 
 
 
4/10/2020 7:00pm
 
Dear Friends and Parishioners of Sant Michael the Archangel,
 
If you missed the Good Friday service that live-streamed today at 3:00 p.m. – you can watch this recording. The Reading of St. John's account of the Passion by Father Michael is particularly beautiful and engaging.
 
 
 
 
The remaining streaming Masses and Services are:
 
Holy Saturday Virtual Blessing of Easter Baskets 4/11 at 12:00 pm
Holy Saturday 4/11 Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm
Pray especially for our four members of our congregation in the RCIA Program who were to be received into the Catholic Faith at this Vigil Mass, Jason, Paula, Wendy, and Will.
Easter Sunday 4/12 at 10:00 am
 
Two links below to all the live streaming Masses - sign on early if possible:
 
Website
 
Directly to Live-Stream
 
We are grateful to all of you who are joining our live-streaming liturgies. All of us are praying for your safety and all of your loved ones. To continue to sanctify this Good Friday, it might be good to pray the Way of the Cross with Father Michael, the link from Wednesday’s service is on our homepage. We continue our journey with Jesus through his Passion and Death in anticipation of the joy of the Resurrection.
 
 
 
 
4/9/2020 9:00pm
 
Dear Friends and Parishioners of Saint Michael the Archangel,
 
We have entered the Triduum, (three days) the summit of our liturgical year. If you missed the live-streaming of Holy Thursday’s service – you can watch this recording. 
 
Click this link:
 
 
The remaining streaming Masses and Services are:
 
Good Friday 4/10 at 3:00 pm
Holy Saturday Virtual Blessing of Easter Baskets 4/11 at 12:00 pm
Holy Saturday 4/11 Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm
Pray especially for our four members of our congregation in the RCIA Program who were to be received into the Catholic Faith at this Vigil Mass, Jason, Paula, Wendy, and Will.
Easter Sunday 4/12 at 10:00 am
 
Two links below to all the live streaming Masses - sign on early if possible:
 
Website
 
Directly to Live-Stream
 
We are grateful to all of you who are joining our live-streaming liturgies. All of us are praying for your safety and all of your loved ones. We’ve begun, now let’s continue our journey with Jesus through his Passion and Death in anticipation of the joy of the Resurrection.
 
 
 
4/8/2020 3:00pm
 

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Sant Michael the Archangel,

 

We hope Holy Week is going well for everyone. We also hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. As we enter into the Triduum services, (three days) which are the summit of the liturgical year; we wanted to remind you of the opportunities to worship together in live-streaming. 

 

First, if you missed today’s last Stations of the Cross for this 2020 Lenten season, here is the recording of Father Michael’s hour of prayer and reflection including The Way of The Cross.

Click this link:

 
 

 

The remaining streaming Masses and Services are:

Holy Thursday 4/9 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday 4/10 at 3:00 pm

Holy Saturday Virtual Blessing of Easter Baskets 4/11 at 12:00 pm

Holy Saturday 4/11 Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm

Pray especially for our four members of our congregation in the RCIA Program who were to be received into the Catholic Faith at this Vigil Mass, Jason, Paula, Wendy, and Will.

Easter Sunday 4/12 at 10:00 am

Two links below to all the live streaming Masses - sign on early if possible:

Website

https://www.stmichaelssiesta.com/

Directly to Live-Stream

https://st-michaels-church.click2stream.com/

 

We are grateful to all of you who have been able to join us for our various liturgies over the past number of weeks. All of us are praying for your safety and all of your loved ones. Let’s walk with Jesus through his Passion and Death in anticipation of the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning.

 
 
 
 
4/6/2020 3:00pm
 

HOLY WEEK FLOCKNOTE FROM FR. MICHAEL:   April 6, 2020

I want to wish everyone a blessed Holy Week.  Yes, it is going to be a Holy Week with a difference but nevertheless, these are still the most solemn and holy days on our Christian calendar.

I am going to be offering all Holy Week Services that we usually offer.  For reasons that are obvious, most of them will have to be adapted to our current circumstances.

Holy Thursday at 7:00 pm

There will be no foot washing at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  Neither will we have a procession to the Altar of Repose following the Mass.

Good Friday at 3:00 pm

We will offer the passion of the Lord without our beloved congregation.  That means that there will be no Veneration of the Cross and no distribution of Holy Communion.

Holy Saturday at 12:00 pm

On Holy Saturday, I will do the Blessing of Easter Baskets at 12:00 pm.  For those wishing to participate in this blessing, please have your baskets ready and prepared at home and join with me as I live-stream the blessing.

Holy Saturday at 8:00 pm

We will celebrate the Easter Vigil commencing at 8:00 pm.  This will include the Blessing and Lighting of the new Paschal Candle, the Liturgy of the Word, the Blessing of Easter Water, the recitation of the Exultet followed by Mass.

We have four members of our congregation in the RCIA Program who were to be received into the Catholic Faith at this Vigil Mass.  Sadly, due to the circumstances, their reception into the Church will have to be rescheduled.  I feel badly for them and the RCIA team who have journeyed together for the past number of months to make this happen.  Please don’t get discouraged.  Your welcome into the Church will be a wonderful and special event when it occurs.   God’s time!

Easter Sunday at 10:00 am

On Easter Sunday we will celebrate Mass which will be live-streamed, at 10:00 am.

I am so grateful to all of you who have been able to join us for our various liturgies over the past number of weeks.  It is far from ideal, but we are doing the best that we can.  Please know that I am praying for safety for each and every one of you and your loved ones. These are indeed difficult times, but God remains close.  Let’s walk with Jesus through his Passion and Death this week in anticipation of the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning.

Love and blessings to all,   

Fr. Michael

 
 
 
4/3/2020 11:00am
 
I want to begin by saying thanks to all of you for signing up for these Flocknotes.  It gives us an opportunity to stay somewhat connected.  As many of you are aware, we offered this service initially so that we could keep in touch with you regarding our building project.  Never in our wildest dreams did any of us foresee us using Flocknotes to stay in touch due to a lockdown.  But that is our reality here in Florida as in many other States as well.
 
I offer prayers every day for the safety of each and every one of you.   The Masses I celebrate (Weekdays at 9:00 am and Sundays at 10:00 am -all live-streamed) include the intentions of all of you and your loved ones.  I am grateful for a remembrance in your prayers also.
 
We had some issues with our live-streaming when we began two weeks ago but I believe that these have now been addressed.  We brought the camera closer and we repositioned the microphone.   I know that many of you have been following us and I am grateful for that.  Celebrating Mass in an empty church is such a different experience but knowing that so many of you are praying with me albeit from your homes, is comforting.
 
Our lockdown began last night so our staff will no longer be at the office.   The phones will be answered should anyone need to reach us in an emergency.  Some of you have made your weekly contributions to the parish by mail and we are extremely grateful for that.  Others have come forward to generously offer extra support.  Thank you so much.  These are harrowing times but let’s remain together confident in the knowledge that God is truly with us.
 
I am going to add my homily from this morning’s Mass for you in case you might not have heard it.  Today’s scriptures offered great comfort to me.  Hopefully to you also!  -Fr. Michael
 
Lent Week 5 -Friday
Fr. Michael Cannon -Homily
 
One of the most amazing things in the life of Jesus is the fact that so many people rejected him.  Jesus is the personification of all that is good and holy.  Not only did he preach the goodness and love of His Father for all humanity, but he revealed that goodness and love by his actions.  When someone wanted to stone him, he asked: “For which of these good works do you stone me?”
 
But the rejection that Jesus suffered was nothing new.  Jeremiah whom we meet in today’s first reading did nothing but speak truth in God’s name and he received similar treatment.  When he warned the people about the destruction of Jerusalem unless they changed their ways, he was arrested, beaten and put in stocks.
 
But neither Jesus nor Jeremiah allowed themselves to be inwardly destroyed by this treatment.  Jeremiah’s words in today’s reading tells us why.  “But the Lord is with me, “he said.  “O Lord of hosts, to you I have entrusted my cause, “he continued.  And Jesus throughout placed full trust in his Heavenly Father.
 
We may not be experiencing the rejection of Jesus or Jeremiah in our lives right now, but we are in times of distress.  There is anxiety out there.  Many of us have a sense of uncertainty over this dreadful virus that is sweeping our world.  Isn’t it strange that the world has never been more united?  The primary enemy isn’t each other- it’s a virus and we must be united in overcoming it…
 
I find great consolation today in the response to our Psalm: “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.”  And the words of the first verse: “I love you, O Lord, my strength; O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”
 
In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.  I love you O Lord, my strength; O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”  Our mantra for today…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/27/2020 10:00am
 
Many of you have been struggling with sound on our Live Streaming Masses.
 
Here is an attempt at a brief tutorial in case you need to know how to turn on sound. The default setting in most browsers (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) is sound off.
When you “hover” your mouse (pointer) at the bottom right of your screen there is a small icon of a speaker and soundboard. 
 
I’ve shown the icons in the picture below, the extra icon picture is a zoomed-in image of that corner. 
 
We are working to improve all aspects of our Live-Streaming.
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3/27/2020 9:00am

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns -- You know what's in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away. 
 
Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.
 
Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal and the remaining days of Lent. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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3/21/2020

My dear friends,
 
We are in strange times indeed! This experience is not something that any of us could have imagined. Even though this territory is uncharted, we are traveling together. We are united in prayer and God is at the helm. No matter what happens, it is essential that we never forget that we are not alone. As a parish community, we are here for each other and because God is journeying with us, we are going to make it safely through.
 
You may already have heard that we are going to live-stream Masses from Saint Michael the Archangel every day. Masses on Monday through Saturday will be at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. I have never celebrated a public Mass without a congregation in my 38+ years as a priest. I know that many of you will be watching and praying with me as if you were physically present. That is a source of great comfort to me. I will be praying for each of you at all our Masses and I ask for remembrance in your prayer at this time also.
 
As we move forward, I would like to offer some more spiritual exercises from time to time through our live-stream. I am not certain what exactly that will be but I will inform you through our parish website and through Flocknotes. We are trying to find some semblance of normalcy in this strange place we still call home.
 
Sending love and blessings to you all.
 
Fr. Michael 
 
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Website
https://www.stmichaelssiesta.com/
 
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Directly to Live-Stream
https://st-michaels-church.click2stream.com/