The Chapel at Mount Saint Michael is dedicated to Almighty God under the patronage of St. Michael and the Holy Angels. Statues of angels fill the sanctuary, reminding us of the heavenly spirits who surround us.
The traditional Latin Mass is a perfect expression of the unchanging and unchangeable Catholic teaching on the nature of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist. In Catholic theology, the Mass is the renewal and application to our daily lives of the greatest act of worship, the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Holy Mass reminds us of our duty to our Creator. In the Mass we join with the perfect Sacrifice Jesus offered to His Eternal Father on Calvary. The Mount’s lovely chapel provides a marvelous setting for the celebration of the sacred liturgy.
The original furnishing of the chapel were removed by the Jesuits when the scholasticate at Mount St. Michael was closed. Only the bas-relief of the Last Supper within the main altar remains. The chapel underwent extensive renovation and restoration in 1991. Many of the present furnishings were obtained from St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Superior, Wisconsin.
As you enter the chapel, statues of angels holding holy water fonts are on either side of the door. In the left rear corner of the chapel is the Baptismal font surrounded by the baptistry grill. The confessional, where the sacrament of Penance is administered, is found on the opposite side. Around the wall of the chapel are the fourteen Stations of the Cross, pictures depicting the sufferings of Jesus in His Passion.
Along the side walls of the chapel are shrines honoring various saints: To the right, the Blessed Virgin Mary (replaced at Christmas by the Nativity), St. Michael the Archangel, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, and St. Patrick; on the left, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. Philomena, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Before some of the shrines are burning votive candles, symbolic of the prayers of the faithful ascending to the throne of God.
Within the sanctuary, which is separated from the body of the chapel by the communion rail, stands the beautiful main altar, surmounted by angels and with a frontipiece depicting the Last Supper. In the tabernacle of this altar the Blessed Sacrament is usually reserved, while nearby a red sanctuary lamp burns to indicate the presence of our Divine Lord. The crucifixion scene above the altar reminds us not only that Christ in His boundless love gave His life for our redemption, but that the Holy Mass is a renewal of that Sacrifice of love.
The exquisite stained-glass windows* were installed between the years 1947 and 1951, over 30 years after the opening of Mount St. Michael. They were designed by Zettler Studios in New York, a company of Bavarian artists and master craftsmen. Extensive correspondence between the window maker and the Jesuit superior at Mount St. Michael discussing the plan and design of each window exists in the Jesuit Oregon Province Archives.
On the left side of the sanctuary is the altar of the Blessed Virgin with its beautiful bas-relief of the Virgin of the Poor. Our Blessed Mother is holding up the Infant Jesus, Whose little arms are outstretched to embrace poor sinners. At the feet of the Mother and her Child are gathered the poor and oppressed, who seek comfort and aid in their sufferings.
On the right side of the sanctuary is the altar of the Holy Family, the Model of family life. In this charming bas-relief Jesus, Mary and Joseph are engaged in the pursuits of everyday life in their home at Nazareth. The members of the Holy Family exemplify the peace, charity and order that ought to reign within Christian families.
We extend a open invitation to you to come and visit our beautiful Chapel and parish at Mount St. Michael. The Mount is a sanctuary of peace and prayer and is open to the public during the daytime for those who would like to visit. Stop by to light a candle, say a prayer, or spend a few moments in quiet meditation. During the school year, Holy Mass is offered daily here on weekdays at 6:40 a.m. and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.
* Early in 2015 we invited experts to inspect and evaluate the condition of our stained-glass windows. The inspection revealed that they had deteriorated considerably and were in dire need of repairs. Thanks to good St. Joseph and the donations of many of you, the Stained Glass Window Restoration Project page we began in the summer of 2015 is now completely paid off!