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For use April 1 & 2: Fifth Sunday of Lent – A

Prayers for Clergy & Religious

File: April 2017

Stewardship by the Book

When Jesus heard about the illness of His friend, Lazarus, He responded, "This illness is not to end in death; rather it is for God's glory, that through it the Son of God may be glorified." Every aspect of our lives B our gifts as well as our sufferings B can, if surrendered to Christ, lead to blessing for ourselves and others.

Reflecting on Stewardship

“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40

Many of us say that we believe in God. We go to church on Sunday. We volunteer for events at our parish. But when life gets hard, the pressure is on, things aren’t going our way, do we really believe, do we really put our trust in the Lord? When we live a life of gratitude, being thankful for the gifts we have been given, we really do see that God is providing all that we need.

Vocation View

Seeing those who have died return to life is not a common event. But, as believers, if we are serious about our vocations, we are eager to help the ‘down and out’ find new meaning in Christ and live a full life.

Family Perspective

Our families can become wrapped up chasing things we perceive will make us happy. Jesus’ words to Lazarus, He says to us: “Come out” from what entombs you. In this fifth week of Lent “untie” yourself and be free from unnecessary possessions.

Save the Date for an Ordination!

This year's Ordination to the Priesthood is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 13, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima. Be sure to save the date as an ordination is a joyous occasion for our diocesan family!

Word of Life

“An old Irish proverb says, ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.’ Indeed, we are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering.” Visit for 10 ways to care for loved ones approaching life’s end.

- Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, 2016-17 Respect Life Program

See You in Dublin!

The Diocese of Gaylord's Secretariat of Faith Formation and Evangelization is officially planning a pilgrimage to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families. The pilgrimage will take place August 19-28, 2018, and include tours of the Knock Shrine, Blarney Castle, and St. Patrick's Well in addition to attending the World Meeting of Families Events. Be the first to get details and updates - including available discounts for families! - by contacting Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147, or via email at

Mary, a Mother for All Seasons

All women are invited to the 2017 DCCW Convention, "Mary, a Mother for All Seasons." This year's convention will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at the Cooney Conference Center in Gaylord. Jane Knuth from St. Vincent de Paul is this year's keynote speaker and Martina Hahn will join us for speed painting. Cost for the day is $20 per person and includes lunch. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the conference beginning at 9:30 a.m. To register, download the attached registration form and return with check payable to Gaylord DCCW to Ruth Grant, 5574 W. Weir Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750. For more information, call Ruth at 989.739.2363. All registrations must be received by May 1.

Chrism Mass

The Secretariat for Worship and Liturgical Formation invites the faithful to attend the 2017 Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. The Most Rev. Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, will preside. The Chrism Mass is one of the most beautiful and significant liturgies of the Church, during the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick are blessed, and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated. A portion of these oils are carried back to each parish for use in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick. Sacred Chrism is also used for the consecration of altars, and the ordination of priests. There is no registration or fee to attend Chrism Mass, and a reception will follow in the parish hall.


St. Francis Xavier, Petoskey –
Do you want to learn how to share your faith in a non-confrontational joyous way? St. Paul Street Evangelization has mobilized thousands of Catholics to fully participate in the work of the New Evangelization through its workshops. This workshop will focus on basic methods for evangelization that anyone can use. All are invited to St. Paul Street Evangelization’s one day workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:00pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. The workshop will be held in the Parish Hall and costs $29 per person, which includes lunch and materials. To register or for more information visit: or contact Elizabeth Gengle at or at 231.347.4133.

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