Quick Links



Bulletin Announcements


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.

These announcements may be cut and pasted into parish bulletins or other materials. If you need instructions or assistance, please contact us.

For use October 21 & 22: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Stewardship by the Book

Each year at tax time, we conscientiously give "to Caesar what belongs to Caesar." Does my stewardship indicate that I am as faithful about giving "to God what belongs to God"?

Vocation View

We cannot select a vocation completely on our own. We must prayerfully reflect on how we can best give to God what is God's, and then live as though everything depends on God.

Family Perspective

Jesus was exasperated when he scolded: “Why do you put me to the test?” It is natural for children to test parents; this is how they learn and how we teach limits, rules and values. Be like Jesus in today’s gospel; he was firm, honest and direct.

Hidden Treasures: The Saints

Back for another season, join us for the popular series “Hidden Treasure of the Catholic Church.” This year’s theme will cover the lives of some of Catholicism’s most recognized saints. Multiple presenters and topics will keep you engrossed as we delve in to some of the most fascinating details about our favorite saints. There is no cost to attend and you do not need to attend all sessions. For more information, visit or call Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.

Wednesday, October 25
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in West Branch – Our Lady of Fatima [CANCELLED]

Thursday, October 26
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick in Traverse City – TBA

See You 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 or contact Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147.

Intro to Social Media

It seems like everyone is using the term 'Social Media' these days - even Pope Francis! Gain a basic understanding of what Social Media is and how it can bring together millions of people from across the globe by attending this new Center for Catholic Studies class. Intro to Social Media (CM-200) will be held on Saturday, November 11 at the Cooney Conference Center in Gaylord. This class will be especially helpful for Parish and Ministry Leaders who want to expand communications within their parish group or organization. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.

The Gospel of Matthew

Join Fr. Matthew Wigton, Chancellor and Director of Vocations for the diocese, as he explores The Gospel of Matthew. The class will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.

2018 Diocesan Conference

Save the date for the 2018 Diocesan Conference taking place September 21 & 22, 2018, 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 Stay tuned as more presenters and a full schedule will be announced!

Pope Francis Wants to Hear from YOU!

Are you within the ages of 16-29? Pope Francis wants to hear from YOU!

To prepare for the upcoming international Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment," the Holy Father wants online feedback from all youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, from around the world, regardless of how active they are in the practice of the faith.

Follow this link (be sure to select "English" as your language in the upper right hand corner) to take the anonymous survey:

The survey will only be open until November 30, so be sure to take it before then. The results of the online survey will be part of the international listening process that will help Pope Francis and the world's bishops better understand the realities, hopes, and concerns of youth and young adults in preparation for the 2018 Synod.

Upcoming Weeks