We believe in Orthodox Christianity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith, which we seek to live and serve with the whole of our lives in vibrant and creative ways; in other words, we strive for a “dynamic Orthodoxy.” Excellence in our worship honors God.

Discipleship & Evangelization

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. Our preaching and messages aim to break open the relevance of the Bible for our daily lives. Changing and growing into the likeness of Christ is not just greater knowledge of our faith, but doing what God’s Word says. Discipleship ultimately means life-change.




Small Groups

Faith Formation & Evangelization

“The work of evangelization in the world of the military, requires a growing assumption of responsibility, so that, in military life as well, there be an ever new, convicted and joyful proclamation of Jesus Christ, the one hope for life and peace for all humanity.” – Pope Benedict XVI, address to Military Ordinaries, October 22, 2011


Newcomers and Visitors

“All are welcome in this place”

Welcome to Saint Michael the Archangel

Whether you are new to JBLM or visiting us, seeking information on the Catholic Church, or if you’ve been away from the church for a long time, we warmly welcome you to St. Michael the Archangel Military Catholic Community.

Mass Schedule

Sunday Mass

Lewis Main Post Chapel at 9 am & 12 noon
McChord Field, Chapel #2 at 10:30 am
Madigan Army Medical Center Chapel at 9 am

Saturday Vigil Mass

Madigan Army Medical Center Chapel at 4:30 pm

Daily Mass

Madigan Army Medical Center Chapel at 11:45 am

Daily Mass

Lewis Main Post Chapel Monday through Friday at 12 noon
Mass & Adoration:  McChord Field, Chapel #2 First Fridays at 12 to 3 pm (not on training or federal holiday)

NO DAILY MASS on Federal or Training Holidays


Is generally 1/2 hour prior to daily mass or by appointment. To schedule contact one of the priests.

Holy Days

Lewis Main Post Chapel at 12 noon  & 5pm
Madigan Army Medical Center – Contact the MAMC Pastoral Care Office

Frequently Asked Questions


Parents who want their child baptized or are seekign to be a Godparent should first visit the Baptism page for requirements and frequently asked questions. Baptism is normally the 1st Sunday, afer the 1200 Mass. Dates may change, due to holy days, DONSA, etc., so please check the website. Baptisms are normally held the 4th Sunday, during or or after the 1200 Mass. To register for Baptism Preparation class contact Deacon Roy (roy.mellon@hotmail.com).

Marriage Preparation

Couples interested in Marriage Preparationon or regularizing their civil wedding/marriage in the church should begin by reviewing the requirements. Couples must contact one of the priests at least 6 months prior to the requested marriage date. Those who have been married and divorced and who desire to re-marry or regularize must contact one of the priests to discuss your particular situation. 

I want to enroll my child in Religious Education or Sacramental preparation classes.

Please visit our Religious Education page for information and registration. You may also call the Pastoral Coordinator office at 253‐967‐5962 or email andrea.flores33.ctr@army.mil or coordinator@jblm.com. We also produce a weekly Religious Education e-newsletter.

How should we dress for worship?

You are wlecome to come as you are. But it is appropriate to dress modestly. 

During Communion what should I do?

On November 14, 1996, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the following guidelines on the reception of Communion. These guidelines replace the guidelines approved by the Administrative Committee of the NCCB in November 1986. The guidelines, which are to be included in missalettes and other participation aids published in the United States, seek to remind all those who may attend Catholic liturgies of the present discipline of the Church with regard to the sharing of Eucharistic Communion.

For Catholics

As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

For our fellow Christians

We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 §4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 §3).

For those not receiving Holy Communion

All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

For non-Christians

We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.

Do we need to give an offering? How does that work?

An offering is not required. If you choose to give you may do so by placing your money in the basket as it is passed around during the Offeratory. If writing. a check please write CTOF on the payee line. You may also give digitally. For information on digital giving please see our Giving page

How do people follow along with worship? Will I be able to keep up?

Readings are in the Hymnal or the Word Among Us books. You may also choose to download one of the many Catholic Mass apps on your phone or digital device and follow along there.