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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.



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For Use September 15-16, (B) 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time


2018 Diocesan Conference

The 2018 Diocesan Conference will be 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 and noted author 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. Registration and full event packets are available from your parish or at the diocese website. Hope to see you there!
File: Conference Registration Packet

Diocesan Conference Speakers Information

Jesse Manibusan - energetic composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager will lead Prayer, Worship and Song on Friday evening which will be followed by a keynote address, “This Little Light of Mine.” This upbeat presentation will help each of us to more fully embrace that we are the light shining for the world to see.

Featured speaker Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale will present a talk on “Understanding and Sharing Faith with the Post-Millennial Generation.” What do we need to be doing as a church to respond to a generation that will be the most ethnically and racially diverse generation in history? How will they be defined and understood? Come find out more on Sept 22nd.

Sister Helena Burns, FSP, will be talking on how we can interact with new technology in humanizing ways. New media and new technology are always challenging, how do we use them appropriately as Catholics no matter what age we are?

Conversion is never the same for two people. Kevin Lowry, author and speaker, will talk about how improbable his conversion was from being a Presbyterian minster’s child to an enthusiastic and joy-filled Catholic.

Dr. Timothy O’Malley will be offering three different talks during our conference: “Liturgy and the New Evangelization,” “Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life,” and “Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating and Marriage in a Hookup World.” Come find out about connecting with your parish, your community and/or your potential spouse.

Sister Kateri Mitchell, SSA had the profound experience of praying by the bedside of Jake Finkbonner when he received the Vatican-authenticated and life-saving miracle, which led to the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, North America’s first Native American Saint. Come find out what this meant for the Church and particularly indigenous Catholics.

Come learn what’s happening in our sister diocese in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Edgar and Lourdes Arostegui will be flying in to host a session to share updates on our sister diocese: the joys, the faith and the current efforts of their really rural diocese.

Terrie Baldwin, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland, will help you identify your spiritual gifts to help you “shine your light!”

Stewardship by the Book

In the second reading today, St. James has harsh words for those who do not put their faith into action. May we be such good stewards of God's gifts to us that we can never be accused of having "faith that does nothing in practice."


Vocation View

We do not advertise an easy life. Jesus said: “If you wish to come after me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow in my steps.” Pray for the gift of being able to accept your vocation.


Family Perspective

If we want to be happy at home, we must commit (“lose ourselves”) to our family. If we try to be independent from others (“save ourselves”) we end up lonely and alone. Happiness is found in commitments. The gospel is true: We save our life by losing it!


Stewardship Reflections

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (MARK 8:34)

When we truly believe that all we have is a gift from God, then we must be willing to give up some things so that we can share our blessings as God intended. Living a stewardship lifestyle means not only being responsible for our own life, but the lives of others as well.

Charismatic Retreat

The Gaylord Diocese Service Committee would like to invite all who are interested to a “Charismatic Retreat.” The retreat will take place October 12th to the 14th at the Augustine retreat center in Conway, MI (just north of Petoskey). The retreat presenter is Debbie Hawley with praise team leader Tom Clark. The theme this year is “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Cost for this event is $150. Please reserve your place for this wonderful weekend by September 29th, 2018. See attached registration flyer. If you are interested please contact Helen Clark at clarkhln@gmail.com or 231.846.1438.

File: Charismatic Retreat Registration

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Join Father Ken Stachnik and Father Duane Wachowiak on an eleven day pilgrimage to the holy land. The trip will be from March 24, 2019 to April 3, 2019 with a cost of $3,992.00 per person based on double occupancy. The tour will include motor coach transportation from Traverse City to O’Hare airport and return, round trip air transportation from Chicago to Israel and return, nine nights hotel accommodations, Hotel taxes and service charges, deluxe motor coach transportation in Israel, knowledgeable and experienced coach drivers, three meals per day while touring, all sightseeing per the itinerary , bilingual Christian guide throughout, educational tours tour manager, all entrance fees where required, all gratuities for hotels and meals and tips for guides and drivers. The sites and experiences are too numerous to mention here. Call 1.800. 654.4560 with questions.

Altar server Appreciation Day

The Diocese Altar Server Appreciation event will be held this year in Gaylord on Saturday, October 6th. Bishop Raica and Fr. Matthew want to personally thank altar servers for their ministry to their parish. All altar servers, and their families, are welcomed to attend. This event is open to ALL servers.

The day will begin with lunch at 11:45am at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, served by the local Knights of Columbus Council #2781. After lunch, we will proceed to the Otsego County Sportsplex grounds for an afternoon of swimming, skating, bowling, painting, and other activities available there (some are weather permitting). Activities will take place from 12:30pm to 4:30pm a schedule of events is available at the Dioceseofgaylord.org website. Then, at 4:30pm, we invite everyone back to St. Mary Cathedral for Mass at 5:00pm where Bishop Raica will be the main celebrant.

There is no cost for altar servers, their families or chaperones to attend. Costs for the event are covered through generous support from many Knights of Columbus Councils across the diocese, as well as from gifts to the annual Catholic Services Appeal. If you are interested in attending please contact your parish office so they may RSVP by Monday, October 1st.


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