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St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

The History of St Michael The Archangel Catholic Church

St Michael The Archangel Catholic Church was founded as a mission in 1995. The first mass celebrated in 1996. The St Michael bought a house where they started to develop its masses, offices, and administration because of this rapid growth in community, in June 1996, the Archbishop changed how St Michael is known of being a mission into being a parish.

St Michael The Archangel's Older church
St Michael The Archangel’s Older Santuary (St. Micheal the Archangel Catholic Church. Church Tour. 2016. The old Sanctuary. Woodstock, Georgia)
St Michael the Archangel which is now inside the temple but outside the Sanctuary.
St Michael the Archangel which is now inside the temple but outside the Sanctuary.

With time, the construction of the real church was founded in 1999 and the first mass was January 1999. When the mass was being celebrated, the statue of St Michael the Archangel was place outside where the courtyard was located to protect the area since it was still under construction. The first house was originally for group meetings, religious education, and would later be the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and now gives to 120 families. Due to how they had 7 masses and because of the immense growth of the community of St Michael, they had the necessity to construct and remodel the church. The first mass in the new church was held July 10, 2015. The old temple is now used as a family center.

 

My experience in St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

St Michael is originally modern as it is. What does that mean? You see St Michael before and after, and it simply carries a modern theme; that St Michael wants to have a touch of an old church of before, possibly, but the church cries out modernism. On the outside I see how immense the entire church is compared to what It used to be. It was only one section and looked like a a little brick building that depicts a church.

St Michael's Old Church area
St Michael’s Old Church area

On the inside though was an appearance that masses can be celebrated inside, but since the ¬†community of St Michael kept growing, the space was too tight, so there they thought of enlarging the whole place. So….

The Old Sanctuary is now a family center where all the activities are held, well most of them.
The Old Sanctuary is now a family center where all the activities are held, well most of them.
Adoration, Chapel I did not want to take pictures inside to not be disrespectful
Adoration, Chapel
I did not want to take pictures inside to not be disrespectful
Parish Offices
Parish Offices

Now the church has that section plus the newer section where they transferred the sanctuary to the other side and the area of the brick building is now a family center.

 

 

The Prayer Garden
The Prayer Garden
The New Sanctuary
The New Sanctuary
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Entrance Doors of the New Sanctuary
The Sanctuary Doors
The Sanctuary Doors
The Baptismal Fountain and to get Holy Water
The Baptismal Fountain and to get Holy Water; it looks like a relative to the one back then of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Inside the New Beautiful Sanctuary
Inside the New Beautiful Sanctuary
The Altar of the New Sanctuary
The Altar of the New Sanctuary
The benches and the art which was brought from Italy in the new Sanctuary
The benches and the art which was brought from Italy in the new Sanctuary

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The Confession Room
The Confession Room
This room is for the babies that are crying so that parents can still here mass, and also if there is not enough space, maybe even for more purposes.
This room is for the babies that are crying so that parents can still here mass, and also if there is not enough space, maybe even for more purposes.
The Choir sings up there
The Choir sings up there
La Virgen De Guadalupe
La Virgen De Guadalupe

My trip to St. Micheal was relatively short. There is a lot I see but a lot that does not have too much; but in the history it has, changes can be seen. From the old sanctuary to what it is now a family center, the St Michael Statue inside near the Sanctuary, the breathtaking design in the interior of the new Sanctuary, that definitely looks very alike to The Catholic  Shrine but bigger and less decorated, but an elegant modern simplistic theme. It is a complex structure to describe, and it has a lot of art depicted. It made me feel comfortable and it felt extremely spacious then how it used to be. I remember when I used to go to mass in the old church, people had to stand, or go outside the sanctuary and sit on the floor where all the crying babies were at. It is a very nice experience, and the masses here I attend mostly are weekly ones and like the Catholic Shrine, the masses are very short during the week and hold the same things, so the structure might change but they function the same. I did notice how bigger St Micheal has become compared to the Catholic Shrine. That was my experience in St. Michael, I do not have anymore words for it.