- Candace Neff Director
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For Use January 12-13, Baptism of Our Lord-C
Stewardship By the BookJesus, whom God called "my beloved Son," is also the "servant" of whom Isaiah speaks in the first reading. We who are baptized in Christ must follow His example and use our time and resources in the service of God and neighbor.
Vocation ViewCome on, continue your Baptism by baptizing others in the Holy Spirit and fire. “You are my beloved child,” says the Lord!
Stewardship Reflections“John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming…he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit... ’” (Luke 3:16)
The Catholic Catechism states that “Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will.” In other words, as baptized Catholics there is only one gift that we need to give to Jesus – the gift of ourselves. Surrender yourself to God, place your trust in Him and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you for the greater glory of God.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarIn today’s gospel Jesus was publicly AFFIRMED by his Father: “You are my beloved son, with you I am very pleased.” As parents we can become so focused on misbehaviors we overlook the good behaviors. Jesus needed AFFIRMATION and so do our children.
Promise to protect; pledge to healIn an effort to protect all children and to promote healing, the Diocese of Gaylord encourages victims of child abuse or neglect to report the matter. In fact, many professionals are required by Michigan State law to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child or minor. Individuals should contact their local office of the Department of Human Services. If an allegation involves sexual misconduct of a minor by clergy or any employee of the Diocese of Gaylord, even if it is in the past, individuals may also contact Larry LaCross at 989.705.9010.
New Life TEC "To Encounter Christ"-Retreat for young adults“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10)
TEC (To Encounter Christ ) is a three-day experience in Christian living specifically designed for young people who are searching for goals, acceptance, meaning, community, values, and most especially, for God. To Encounter Christ (TEC) is a movement of spirituality. It is founded and unfolds within the living traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. TEC is designed for Catholics who are late semester juniors or seniors in high school or in early college.
Our TEC retreat is scheduled for March 8-10th, 2019 and will be held at Camp Dagget, located just West of Petoskey. More information can be found at newlifetec.org or tecconference.org (look for region 6), or by calling Nancy Stempky at 231-290-2002.
The cost of the weekend is $75 and includes all materials and 7 meals. Please send a $25 deposit with your application so that a space can be reserved for you. Scholarships are available if needed, Contact Nancy Stempky at 231-290-2002. ***NOTE*** Early Bird Discount – Applications/Deposit postmarked on/before Jan. 31st 2019 will receive a $25 Discount on their weekend fee’s.
Word of Life“When we encounter Christ, experience his love, and deepen our relationship with him, we become more aware of our own worth and that of others. His love for each person is cause for great joy, and growing understanding of this priceless treasure motivates us to share his love with others.”
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities“How to Build a Culture of Life,” www.usccb.org/culture-of-life
2019 Catholic Men’s Conference: Rise Up O Men Of God-Finding Hope in Hard TimesPlan to attend the 2019 Catholic Men’s Conference: Rise Up O Men Of God-Finding Hope in Hard Times with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Hahn on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at St. Francis High School in Traverse City. Dr. Scott Hahn is the author (or editor) of over forty books, including best-selling titles like Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent titles include: The First Society, The Fourth Cup, Romans: A Catholic Commentary, The Creed, Joy to the World, and Evangelizing Catholics. He will join us for the day to deliver some powerful talks to encourage us to rise up as men of God when the world needs us desperately and how to find hope in these hard times within the Church and our society. Featured Speaker Father Gary Castor from the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois will also present on the importance of daily prayer and give some simple, concrete ways to get started in the spiritual life. The Marion Bookstore will be on site and confession will be available. The conference will conclude with Mass at 4 p.m. with Bishop Steven J. Raica. Cost with early bird registration (before February 24th) is $25, registration (February 25-March 1) $30 and $35 at the door the day of the event. Register online at AbsoluteCatholic.com.
File: 2019 Catholic Men's Conference Flyer
Saint of the Week-St. Anthony Abbot-Feast Day January 17Associated with the beginnings of monasticism, Anthony gave his inherited lands and wealth in Egypt to the poor. From the age of about 20 until his death at 105 years old, he lived as a hermit in remote hilltop and desert locations. What is known about him comes from a hagiography written by St. Athanasius of Alexandria. Around the year 306, Anthony began to accept disciples, founding his first monastery as a collection of hermits' cells. He cultivated a garden, wove rush mats, and fought many temptations and demons. Visitors sought his wise counsel, collected in the sayings of the ”desert fathers,” and the bishops of Alexandrea summoned him at age 87 to help refute Arianism. He is the patron of basket an brush makers, butchers, grave-diggers, and skin diseases.
Marriage Encounter WeekendsInstead of flowers and candy, give the gift of yourselves to each other on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. Upcoming weekends will be held Jan. 25-27 at Holiday Inn-Troy and March 15-17 at St. Francis Retreat Center-DeWitt. Apply online at wwme.org or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 734-531-9191.
Mark your calendars -there will also be weekends August 16-18 at Augustine Center - Petoskey and Nov. 15-17 at Weber Center in Adrian.
For Use January 19-20, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - C
For Use January 26-27, Third Sunday of Ordinary Time-C
For Use February 2-3, Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time C