From the Archdiocese
Much of the news coverage about Pope Francis extending to all priests the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion and remove the automatic excommunication that can incur has been misleading and confusing.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati wants to make it clear that our priests have already had this faculty for many years. No one who has received absolution for this sin from a priest of the Archdiocese, acting as the instrument of God’s mercy, should doubt the validity of the sacrament.
No priest can engage in sacramental ministry without being granted faculties to do so by the local bishop. What is included in those faculties is detailed in writing. Priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as permitted by canon law, have long been granted by the Archbishop “the faculty to absolve the sin (of abortion) and to remit the (automatic) penalty” of excommunication.
As St. John Paul II assured post-abortive women in his encyclical, The Gospel of Life, “The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” The Catholic Church also offers compassionate post-abortion healing through Project Rachel (www.projectrachelcincy.com).
Welcome to the St. Michael Parish website!
St. Michael the Archangel is a Roman Catholic Church located in Sharonville, Ohio. We are also fortunate to have a parish school that provides a faith-based education for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.
Weekdays: 8:15 a.m. (Monday through Friday)
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion: 6:15 a.m. (Weekdays, except for Holy Day of Obligation)