The Secretariat for Communications provides monthly announcements and educational messages for use in parish bulletins to assist in keeping parishioners informed. Announcements for upcoming weeks appear below. Instructions for placing text into your document are noted below. Further information on upcoming events happening around the diocese may also be found in the Events tab above.
For use December 16 & 17: Third Sunday of Advent – B
Stewardship by the BookAll of the people in today's readings - the prophet Isaiah, the Virgin Mary, St. Paul, St. John the Baptist - seemed to understand clearly and rejoice in what God was calling them to be and to do. Do I?
Vocation ViewThere was a man named _______ sent by God, who came as a witness to testify to the light, so that through this person all people might believe. Is your name in the Gospel today?
Family PerspectiveToday’s gospel reports “there is one among you whom you do not recognize.” It is hard to believe Christ is present in a family with crazy schedules, suppers that start too late and end too early, cars that don’t start, misunderstandings, frustrations, piles of laundry, unmatched socks and stretched food budgets. The list is endless. The words spoken at mass, “The Lord is with you,” are not a hope, they are a fact.
March for LifeThe mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Anyone interested in attending the next March for Life on Friday, January 19 in Washington, D.C. should contact Marie Hahnenberg, diocesan coordinator for the Family Life/Respect Life Office, at 989.732.5147 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets for you or your group. Please note that groups are responsible for their own transportation.
2018 Diocesan ConferenceSave the date for the 2018 Diocesan Conference taking place September 21 & 22 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Entitled “This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ’s Light, Sunrise to Sunset,” the conference will focus on ways to ‘shine your light’ in all facets of life and will even feature special breakout sessions for teens. Our Friday-night keynote speaker and emcee/musician for the weekend is internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Jesse Manibusan, author of “Open My Eyes,” a hymn that has been published in many languages for both Catholic and Protestant Churches around the world. Dr. Timothy O’Malley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame will present on Saturday. Bring your family for a weekend of faith and fun and take advantage of the special lodging and golf rates offered by Treetops. More information is available at www.dioceseofgaylord.org. Stay tuned as more presenters and a full schedule will be announced!
Join Us in Dublin!Join the Diocese of Gaylord for a pilgrimage to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families! This family-friendly pilgrimage will depart from Detroit on Sunday, August 19, 2018, and travel to religious and historical sites in Ireland before reaching Dublin for the World Meeting of Families. We will depart for Detroit on Tuesday, August 28. Cost for the trip is $4,599 and includes round-trip airfare, registration and entrance to World Meeting of Families events, daily Mass, tips and gratuities for tour guides, land transportation via private deluxe motor coach, all listed entrance fees, lodging in 3 and 4 star hotels, breakfast daily, and 4 dinners. For more information, visit www.dioceseofgaylord.org or contact Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147.
Retirement Fund for ReligiousA religious sister writes, “When we see the generous response of so many thousands of persons in order to help us, religious men and women, we are left speechless.” Senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests across the country send heartfelt thanks and prayers for your donation to last week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection. For more information, visit www.retiredreligious.org.
For use December 23 & 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent – B
For use December 31 & January 1: Feast of the Holy Family – B
For use January 6 & 7: Epiphany of the Lord – B
For use January 13 & 14: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – B
For use January 20 & 21: Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – B
For use January 27 & 28: Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – B