April 4 and 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion)

This is our celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Canton, Ohio. Our pastor, Father Benson Okpara, is presider and preacher.

We encourage our parishoners to pray Mass at any of our weekend times, if possible (Saturday at 4pm or Sunday at 8:30am, 11am, 5:30pm). This will allow us to pray together at the same time and be together spiritually, until we are again able to be together physically. Please see resources for preparing for Mass, other prayer tools, and also important parish announcements, below. Read Father Benson's Invitation to Holy Week.

Praying at Home: Palm Sunday

See bottom of this page for a guide to creating your prayer space and praying Mass at home.

WORSHIP AID (includes readings and all songs)

#STMIKEUNITED: After careful consideration about the size of our parish and public health concerns, we are not able to distribute palms this year. Instead, we want to suggest something fun: consider finding one or more green branches in your home or yard (any type of green branch). Place one in your home (maybe behind a crucifix) and one on your door. This can serve as a reminder to you and to your neighbors that we are still connected as the Body of Christ. Then take a picture and post to social media with the hashtag #StMikeUnited. Set your post to “public” so we can all see your unique branches! (The idea and photo came from the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.)

ALSO: HOLY WEEK PRAYER SERVICES AND RITUALS FOR HOME | From Liturgical Press - Very useful for celebrating adapted rituals throughout Holy Week, in combination with our parish livestreams for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter.

Important Parish Announcements

Weekly Bulletin
Temporary Food Pantry: Parishioners experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to call and set up an appointment for food pick up! APPOINTMENT ONLY. To set up an appointment, email Fr Zachary Coulter or Jeff Fricker or call either one in the parish office: (330) 492-3119. See bulletin link above for full details about times and procedure.

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Connection and Communion: Weekly Resource Blog

Resources for Families, Parents, and Teens

St. Michael Families Growing in Faith  |  Resources, prayers, videos, and websites for all ages

St. Michael Youth Ministry | Resources, prayers, videos, and websites for teens

Online Giving

The worldwide health crisis has brought a lot of hardship and anxiety to families and the whole nation. Please be safe. Follow instructions from the Center for Disease Control and Ohio Public Health Authorities. Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, your families, and the most vulnerable. We are praying for the safety of all our parish families, our country, and our worldwide family.

This coronavirus has of course had a dramatic impact on finances for households, businesses, and organizations. With the cancellation of weekend Masses, St. Michael’s will also suffer an enormous economic loss. We obviously need your continued support, so that our parish family can continue its ministries of prayer, formation, and outreach to those most in need.

Please consider continuing your Sunday contributions by sending them via mail to the parish office. An alternative would be to use our parish’s online giving capability. You can enroll and give online at https://stmichaelcanton.weshareonline.org/.

Don’t let technology get in the way! If you need any assistance - or if you need us to enter data directly - please call Bruce Gordon in the parish office at (330) 492-3119, extension 211. Thank you.


Music is all recorded under podcasting/video streaming license provided by onelicense.net license #A-724239 and CCLI license # 11028324

"Hosanna" Chant, Roman Missal

"Hosanna" by John Wyatt Burson (c) 1994 Kirkland House.

"Psalm 22: My God, My God" (c) 1977, Christopher Willcock.

"Lenten Gospel Acclamation" from Mass of Renewal (c) 2009, Curtis Stephan, Published by OCP.

"Jesus, Remember Me" by Jacques Berthier (c) 1981 Les Presses de Taize, GIA Publication, Inc., agent

"Merciful God, Hear Our Prayer" (c) 2015, Jeff Fricker, used with permission of composer.

"Behold the Cross" (c) 1986, 1990, Bob Hurd, Published by OCP.

"Holy" from Mass of Renewal (c) 2009, Curtis Stephan, Published by OCP.

"When We Eat This Bread" from Mass of Renewal  (c) 2009, Curtis Stephan, Published by OCP.

"Amen" from Mass of Renewal  (c) 2009, Curtis Stephan, Published by OCP.

"Lamb of God" from Mass of Renewal  (c) 2009, Curtis Stephan, Published by OCP.

"Worthy Is the Lamb" (c) 1997, Ricky Manalo, CSP, OCP Publications.

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