We, the parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel, are a diverse
Catholic community dedicated to living the Gospel through the
active celebration of the sacraments, lifelong faith formation
and a continuing commitment to our neighbors.
April 17th's First Friday Book Club Book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mood in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life. Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.
First Friday Book Club
April Book: Letter to a Suffering Church
Date: April 17th