Our Catholic faith is integral to our daily lives at St. Michael Academy!
We begin each day, and each class, with prayer. We also conclude each day with prayer, asking for the protection of our patron as our students go out into the world. We also thank God for the many wonderful supporters who make our school possible.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
We generally celebrate Mass twice-weekly at 11:30am in our St. Pope John Paul II Chapel. On Tuesdays, Mass is led by any of several area priests. Most Thursdays, our Chaplain, Fr. Peter Wigton, leads Mass and then usually sticks around for lunch and some serious ping-pong! The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also generally available to our students while our priests are at the school for Mass.
We invite the public to join us for the celebration of Mass!
Our Catholic faith is center-stage during many other weekly and annual school events, including:
- Morning Prayer (during Forum) Mon-Wed-Fri
- Student Retreats
- Living Stations of the Cross & Rosary
- Lenten Prayer, Fasting, & Alms-giving
- Michaelmas and 12th Night Celebrations
As St. James says (2:26), “For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
Service opportunities abound at SMA, as our students regularly engage in practical Christian work. We believe that service to our community provides students with invaluable life lessons in the joy of self-giving and we recognize that works of mercy are essential to Catholic formation.
In 2019, our Annual Lenten Mission Trip will be to Detroit, where students will serve at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and visit cultural, historical, and religious sites of interest. More details coming soon!
Brown Cord Ministry
In the spirit of St. Francis & the Franciscans, in honor of whom the color brown was chosen, students who complete 20 service hours (outside of school) earn recognition as part of this ministry and will receive a brown cord to wear at graduation.
Our students regularly serve at or within several local organizations, including:
- Brother Dan’s Food Pantry
- Petoskey Pregnancy Center
- Michigan Right to Life
- Knights of Columbus
- Catholic Charities