ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH
REV. BENJAMIN P. BRADSHAW, PASTOR
3863 SUMMER AVE, MEMPHIS, TN 38122
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We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at St. Michael’s a great one!
We are a loving community of people who are passionate about helping our community and parish family. No matter where you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.
Here are some more things to know before your first visit.
Each Saturday we have Confessions at 3:30. The confessionals are to the side in the main sanctuary. Following Confession, our Vigil Mass begins at 4pm.
The last Saturday of each month we like to gather together for Mass on the Grass at 6:00. Everyone brings their own lawn chair and enjoys time with family on the soccer field. It’s one of our favorite Masses.
On Sundays we have several Mass options. English Masses on Sunday are at 8AM and 11AM. Spanish Masses on Sundays are 9:15AM and 1:30PM.
We stream our 4PM Vigil Mass and our 11AM Mass on YouTube
Our address is 3863 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
You will see people in dress pants and button-up shirts or dresses alongside people in shorts and a t-shirt. Come as you are and expect to feel warmly welcomed.
We understand that parents often feel self-conscious taking their small children to Church. We know you worry that your little ones will disturb others or prevent you from “getting anything out of Mass.” While we do need to be sensitive to people around us and it can sometimes be hard to attend to what is going on when we are trying to manage a crying baby or squirming toddler, the truth is, your children are a valuable member of the faith community.
As baptized members of the Body of Christ, it is not only good that infants and toddlers come to Mass, they have a right to be there. As Pope Francis recently put it, “Babies cry, make noise, go here and there. The cry of a baby is God’s voice: never drive them away from the church!” Attending Mass as a family can be a challenge, but always know that we at St. Michael support you.
If you have young children, know that they are welcome at Mass. Know that it’s not easy to bring them, and you are doing an amazing job as a parent by attending Mass as a family.
If your children are grown, or perhaps you don’t have any, maybe you can offer an encouraging word to another family at Mass. Let them know they are doing a good job, and that it isn’t easy, and you are proud of them for attending Mass as a family.
As a parish family we are here to encourage you and to help you. Know you aren’t alone in the struggle, and rest assured that what you are doing is good, is so very important.
Your children are the future of the Church, the future of our Catholic Faith, and they will always be welcomed and wanted at St. Michael for Mass – no matter their stage of life.