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For Use November 28-29, First week of advent (B)
Blessing of the Advent WreathLord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
-From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers
Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2020As you may be aware, the national day of giving — Giving Tuesday — is on December 1, 2020. Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012, and over the past eight years, has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to celebrate generosity and give to causes they care about. This national day is a great reminder to reflect on our gratitude and consider making a gift of time, talent, or treasure to further our mission as the Body of Christ.
How to Give:
Please consider a special gift to our parish this Giving Tuesday, to support the ministry work of our parish community. You can also give electronically directly to our parish, our Catholic schools, or the diocese through the diocesan webpage www.dioceseofgaylord.org/make-a-gift-41/
Thank you for all you do for our parish and those in need. May God bless you!
Stewardship By the BookWe are the servants of God, each with his or her own task. We will be judged good stewards if, at His coming, He finds us ready and conscientiously pursuing the task to which we have been called.
Vocation ViewIt’s Advent; almost Christmas! A Season of Dreams Come True. Be on Guard. God may be calling you.
Stewardship Reflections“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.” - MARK 13:33
We all take things for granted. In particular, we take time for granted. We make our lives too busy. We plan our time, our days, weeks, months, even years in advance. Remember, our time on earth is a gift. None of us knows how long we will be here. Start today and begin thanking God for each and every day. Take time in silence, every day, and listen to how God is calling you right now to help build His kingdom on earth.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarToday’s gospel tells us to “Be watchful.” This comes natural to families. Parents are watchful of their children’s health, grades and friends. Children are watchful of parental moods. Today’s gospel encourages us to use this ability to see God acting in the innocence, tenderness, love and forgiveness of your family. “Be watchful,” the Lord is already with you.
Abuse of Minors or Vulnerable Adults by Priests, Deacons or OthersTo report allegations of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults within the Diocese of Gaylord by priests, deacons or other employees or volunteers, regardless of when it occurred, individuals should:
Contact local law enforcement and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (855-444-3911). The Mich¬igan Attorney General’s Office has also set up a special phone line for people to share information that may be of help in their ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct by Catholic clergy. That number is 844-324-3374.
You may also contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Larry LaCross, at 989-705-9010.
In the State of Michigan many professionals, including clergy, teachers, doctors, counselors and named others are man¬dated reporters. This means such individuals are REQUIRED to make an oral or online report IMMEDIATELY to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services if they suspect a child is being neglected or abused in any way. Individuals may call the state report line at the number above, which is answered 24 hours a day, or submit a report online at https:// www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_7119---00.html.
The Diocese of Gaylord encourages ANYONE who has reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected in any way to report the matter to local authorities and the Michigan Attorney General Hotline at 844-324-3374.
Word of Life“Having received the gift of the Gospel of Life, we are the people of life and a people for life. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of Life to the world. To proclaim Jesus is to proclaim life itself. Gratitude and joy at the incomparable dignity of the human person impel us to bring the Gospel of life to the hearts of all people and make it penetrate every part of society.”
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities“The Gospel of Life: A Brief Summary”respectlife.org/gospel-of-life-summary
Free Retirement WebinarThe Knights of Columbus Huard Agency is sponsoring a free retirement webinar featuring Tom Hegna on December 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Tom Hegna, CLU, ChFC, CASL, is an award-winning author, speaker and economist. He is an industry leader and is considered by many as “The Retirement Income Expert.” Tom has presented at over 5,000 seminars, helping seniors and baby boomers build lasting retirement plans.
You’re invited to join this free webinar where Tom will share his 7 steps to a secure retirement. Register today to reserve your spot.
Please RSVP by emailing for your registration link to:
Michael.Wilde@kofc.org, Roger.Markham@kofc.org or Mark.Zelazny@kofc.org.
File: Retirement Seminar Flyer
Prayers for Clergy & Religious
File: December 2020
For Use December 5-6, 2nd Advent, (B)
For Use December 12-13, 3rd Advent (B)
For Use December 19-20, 4th Advent , (B)
For Use December 26-27, Feast of the Holy Family, (B)