History

altarFounded in 1886, St. Michael's Church owes its origin to the expressed  needs of the times.  Its presence offered a spiritual oasis for the ever  increasing number of  largely Irish Catholic female servants working in  local non-Catholic households, as well as in the nearby hotels, casinos,  and race tracks  that once dotted the landscape of Long Branch's West End and Elberon.   At the time of the church's construction, there was a road, estimated to be approximately one New York City block long, extending out from the church to the Atlantic Ocean.

At first, St. Michael's Church was a "mission church," simply an extension of Star of the Sea Church, Long Branch.  However, in 1892, due to the  growth of its community, St. Michael's Church relinguished that status  and became an independent church.  

Rev. James Augustine McFaul, the second Bishop of Trenton, used St. Michael Church as his summer cathedral.  The Bishop's throne could be found in the sanctuary of the church where he conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation.  To this day, one may notice, engraved in stone on the church steeple, a mitre, the hat worn by a Bishop, in memory of this historic  time.

For much of its history, St. Michael's Church was predominantly an Irish Catholic church, serving West End, a basically Irish community.  Today,  the parish reflects the ethnic population of most of New Jersey in its service to the Italian population. At the same time, the congregation  continues to increase in ethnic variety.  St. Michael's is often referred to  as a metropolitan church, a most appropriate title due to the fact that  the average parishioner travels three to fifteen miles to St. Michael's,  a church that serves people from over twenty zip codes.

Historically noteworthy,  St. Michael's main altar was given in memory of  Mr. Francis Anthony Drexel, banker and great philanthropist of Philadelphia. Mr. Drexel and his family summered at West End.  His daughter, Mother  Katherine Drexel, the founder of the Sisters of the Blessed  Sacrament.  She was canonized a saint of the church on October 1, 2000. She decided to enter the Religious Life while residing in parish territory, and the mosaic in her honor can be found in the vestibule of our Church.

Very notable are the stained glass windows in St. Michael's Church. Of very high quality, they stand as a testimony of the generosity of the Irish servant ladies who made them possible. 

The first pastor, Rev. Richard Crean, served St. Michael's from 1892 to 1928. Father attended to his obligations as pastor by means of his horse, Duffy.  Eventually, he purchased a Ford car.  Father Crean has been succeeded by the following pastors:  Msgr. John J. Sweeney (1929-1942), Rev. Charles J. Farran (1942-1951), Rev. Lewis A. Hayes (1951-1969), Msgr. Paul F. Bradley (1969-1989),  Rev. Charles B. Weiser (1989-2014), Rev. Daniel Gowen, (2014 - 2015), Rev. John K. Butler (2016-present).

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8/2/2020 | Sunday Mass | 10:00 a.m.
8/1/2020 | Saturday Vigil Mass | 4:00 p.m.
7/26/2020 | Sunday Mass (Homilist: Deacon RJ Ballacillo) | 7:00 p.m.
7/26/2020 | Sunday Mass | 10:00 a.m.
7/25/2020 | Saturday Vigil Mass | 4:00 p.m.
7/19/2020 | Sunday Mass | 10:00 a.m.
7/18/2020 | Saturday Vigil Mass | 4:00 p.m.
7/12/2020 | Sunday Mass | 10:00 a.m.
7/11/2020 | Saturday Vigil Mass | 4:00 p.m.
7/5/2020 | Sunday Mass | 10:00 a.m.
7/4/2020 | Saturday Vigil Mass | 4:00 p.m.
7/4/2020 | 4th of July Parking Lot Mass & Prayer Service | 9:00 a.m.
7/3/2020 | First Friday Mass in Latin | 12:15 p.m.
7/2/2020 | Funeral Mass for Paolo Panduri | 11:30 a.m.
6/28/2020 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
6/27/2020 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
6/21/2020 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
6/20/2020 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
6/14/2020 Feast of Corpus Christi | Eucharistic Procession & Holy Hour | 12:00 Noon
6/14/2020 Sunday Mass for Corpus Christi | 10:00 a.m.
6/13/2020 Vigil Mass for Corpus Christi Sunday | 4:00 p.m.
6/13/2020 First Holy Communion Mass | 10:00 a.m.
• 6/7/2020 10:00 a.m. Mass (Unavailable due to technical issues)
• 6/6/2020 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass (Unavailable due to technical issues)
6/5/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass & Eucharistic Adoration
6/5/2020 First Friday 12:15 p.m. Mass in Latin
6/1/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass
5/31/2020 Pentecost Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass
5/29/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass
5/25/2020 Memorial Day, 8:00 a.m. Mass
5/24/2020 Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Mass
5/23/2020 Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
5/22/2020 Friday, 5:30 p.m. Mass
5/18/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass and Eucharistic Adoration concluding with Benediction and Grace
5/17/2020 Sunday, 12:00 Noon Mass (and Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary)
5/16/2020 Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
5/13/2020 6:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/13/2020 3:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/13/2020 12:00 Noon Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/13/2020 9:00 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/11/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass & Holy Half Hour with Eucharistic Adoration
5/10/2020 12:00 p.m. Mass & Holy Half Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/9/2020 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
5/4/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass & Holy Half Hour with Eucharistic Adoration
5/3/2020 12:00 p.m. Mass, May Crowning, Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary
5/2/2020 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
5/1/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass & Holy Half Hour with Eucharistic Adoration
5/1/2020 12:45 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
5/1/2020 12:15 p.m. Mass in Latin
4/27/2020 5:30 p.m. Mass and Eucharistic Adoration
4/26/2020 Sunday, Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary
4/26/2020 12:00 p.m. Mass
4/26/2020 10:00 a.m. Mass
4/25/2020 4:00 p.m. Mass
4/20/2020 5:30 p.m. Daily Mass
• 4/19/2020 12:00 Noon Sunday Mass
• 4/18/2020 Saturday 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
• 4/12/2020 12:00 Noon Easter Sunday Mass
• 4/12/2020 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass
• 4/11/2020 Great Easter Vigil
• 4/10/2020 Good Friday 5:30 Stations of the Cross
• 4/10/2020 Good Friday Passion of the Lord
• 4/9/2020 Mass of Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday)
• 4/8/2020 Parish Day of Prayer 
• 4/6/2020 Family Holy Hour
• 4/5/2020 12:00 Noon Mass
• 4/3/2020 Stations of the Cross
• 4/3/2020 12:15 PM Latin Mass
• 3/29/2020 12:00 Noon Mass
• 3/22/2020 12:00 Noon Mass