Feast of Saint Michael Has Special Meaning at Sacred Heart Church
September 30, the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Rafael, was a celebratory day at Sacred Heart Parish in Richmond, VA. A large number of parishioners are Mixtecos, an indigenous Mesoamerican people of Mexico who inhabit parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Puebla. San Miguel (St. Michael) is the Patron Saint of the town of Metlatónoc in the Guerrero State from which the majority hail. Metlatónoc is among the poorest municipalities in Mexico. It is San Miguel who watches over them both in Mexico and Richmond.
Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ, presided over the outdoor procession and Mass, accompanied by Sacred Heart’s newly ordained permanent deacon, Francisco Ovalle, a Mexican native who is now a US citizen. The religious services were followed by a community feast in the parish hall. Later that evening, the Mixteco community organized a dance featuring bands that played and sang Mixteco music. The dance floor was packed. The feast was an opportunity for celebrating Mixteco’s ancient history, pre-colonial language and customs and deep-rooted Catholic faith. Today there are approximately 800,000 Mixteco people in Mexico plus large populations throughout the United States.
On Sept. 27, friends of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces visited the Metropolitan Museum in New York City for a guided tour of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, led by Fr. Leo O’Donovan, SJ, president emeritus of Georgetown University.
Fr. Scott Pilarz, SJ, was inaugurated on Sept. 21 as the 27th president of the University of Scranton. Fr. Pilarz is no stranger to the university, having already served as the 24th president prior to leading Marquette University and Georgetown Prep.
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, our Jesuit parish in Raleigh, NC, is in the middle of some of the hardest hit areas from Hurricane Florence. They have asked that anyone wishing to donate to the efforts underway, please help via this link to Catholic Charities in Raleigh.
On October 20-21, 2018, join fellow Jesuit educated grads for Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday. The Masses will feature a reception afterward, where attendees can learn about volunteer programs, spiritual development opportunities and other ways to take part in the many offerings of Jesuit ministries.