Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of our parish. His feast day is celebrated on September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
He is also celebrated on May 8th, in memory of his apparition that occurred in the 6th century on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Michael requested that a church be built at that site in his honor. Medals and holy cards with "relics" of Michael contain rock chips from this cave or pieces of cloth that have touched it.
The name Michael means, "Who is like to God?" This was the war cry of the holy angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his demons.
The Bible describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes" and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of evil. Although he is always called "the Archangel," the Greek Fathers and many others believe he is higher than all other angels, the "Prince of the Seraphim."
Catholicism is not the only religion with devotion to Michael. He is considered the guardian angel of Israel.
"During the war in heaven, Michael and his angels battled against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back, but they were not strong enough. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He and his angels were hurled to the earth.
Michael has been honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles. He is a patron saint against temptations, battles, and storms at sea. He is the patron of artists, bakers, grocers, dying people, ambulance drivers, emergency medical technicians, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, security forces, security guards, radiologists, sick people, and soldiers.