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.
For use February 25 & 26: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A
Stewardship by the BookIn today’s second reading we are told, “Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” How do my daily activities indicate that God can trust me to be a good steward to my neighbor, my enemy, and anyone who crosses my path?
Reflecting on Stewardship“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (material wealth).” - Matthew 6:24
For many people, God and money run “neck and neck” as their first priority. Making money and spending money becomes the center of their life and they actually become a slave to money. The solution – become more generous. Giving money to Church and charity frees us from slavery to money and from making money a “god” before God.
Vocation ViewDoes it strike you as out of balance that there are more people in shopping centers on Sundays than in our churches? Help put God back into Sunday!
Family PerspectiveBecause we believe we can control and create our own world, we attempt to juggle multiple agendas and we pay a price of neglecting those closest to us. Too late we reach the point of asking “Was it worth it?” We really can’t serve two masters.
Word of Life“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. … Every life is worth living.”
- USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
Respect Life Program Flyer, www.goo.gl/sYADTw
The Pentateuch & Historical WritingsJoin Sr. Barbara Matievich, O.P., for Pentateuch & Historical Writings (SC-210), offered through the Center for Catholic Studies, on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Cooney Conference Center in Gaylord. The class will feature a methodological introduction to Hebrew Scripture study and a survey of the Priestly History (Genesis to Numbers) and the Deuteronomy History (Deuteronomy to Kings). Cost for the day is $25 for credit or $15 to audit, and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147 for more information.
EvangelizationHave you ever wondered about the increasingly popular term "evangelization"? Join Pattie Rioux and Jackie Welles as they explore the meaning of this word and how to share the Gospel with others every day. This class, Evangelization (D-600), will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Cooney Conference Center in Gaylord. Cost for the day is $25 for credit or $15 to audit; both include lunch. Pre-registration is required. Contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147 for more information.
Spring Spirituality RetreatIn Pope Francis' recent encyclical Laudato Si', he called the faithful to re-examine their understanding of their place in the universe as well as how to be good stewards of all of God's creation. Join Br. Michael Whitman for the Spring Spirituality Retreat at the Augustine Center on Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23 as he leads retreatants into the First Scripture (Creation) in a more awakened way. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair and dress for outdoor activities. Cost for the weekend is $130 and includes meals and lodging. Space is limited and registrations must be received by Friday, April 14. For more information or to register, contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.
Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women ConventionAll women are invited to the Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women Convention April 21-22 at the Holiday Inn near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The theme for the convention is “Lead Me Lord, Renew My Strength” and presenters include Fr. John Riccardo, Bill Richart, Katie O’Mara, Fr. Patrick Gonyeau, and our very own Fr. Patrick Maher! The convention will bring together women from the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the Dioceses of Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, and Saginaw. Registration is required by Monday, March 27. Cost for the conference is $85 and hotel rooms are available for $98 and must be reserved separately. For more information, contact Marcia Albosta, Gaylord CCW President, at 989.786.2887.
Healing the Pain of Abortion One Weekend at a TimeRachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, build, and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release, and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal, and healing. A weekend retreat will be offered at the Augustine Retreat Center in Conway for those who have been affected by abortion and are seeking a safe place to heal. Retreats will take place May 6-7, 2017. Cost for each weekend is $150 per participant, which includes two night accommodations, meals, and retreat material. For more information or to register, contact Jane O'Brien at 231.675.1715 or via email at email@example.com or Kristyn Lent at 231.838.8383 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the ministry of Rachel's Vineyard, visit www.rachelsvineyard.org.
World Meeting of Families 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 email@example.com.
Get your tickets now for Big Ticket Festival 2017Join tens of thousands of Christians from across the country at the 2017 Big Ticket Festival, being held this year Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24, in Gaylord! Once again, the Diocese of Gaylord is proud to be a sponsor of this event and would like to share our discount with the Catholic community. Until March 31, visit www.dioceseofgaylord.org and click on the “Big Ticket Festival” banner to purchase your four day full festival ticket for only $69 (a savings of $30 from regular price). Headline artists scheduled to perform at Big Ticket 2017 include GRAMMY®-nominated Catholic artist Matt Maher, For King and Country, SKILLET, and Chris Tomlin, with numerous other musicians performing on various stages throughout the event. The family-friendly festival, among the largest Christian gatherings in the country, features inspirational speakers, activities, a 5K run, Kids Zone and more. Watch for additional information.
Curious about seminary?Fr. Matthew Wigton invites all high school juniors, seniors, and college-age men who are curious about seminary life to meet our seminarians, attend academic classes, and experience life and communal worship at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, during the Spring Live-In Weekend, March 23-25. There is no cost to attend but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Gerri Puzon at 989.732.5147 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCCW Day of RecollectionAll women are invited to the annual Day of Recollection for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. This year's retreat, on Wednesday, March 29 at the Augustine Center in Conway, will feature Fr. Al Pillarelli, Parochial Vicar at Holy Family in East Tawas and Sacred Heart in Oscoda. Cost for the day is $20 and financial assistance is available to those in need. The day will begin with registration and check-in at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Registration and payment are due by Monday, March 20. To register, contact Adam Chittle at the Augustine Center Retreat House at 231.347.3657.
PARISH EVENTSSt. Ann, Cadillac -
All are invited to a presentation featuring Sr. Diane Zerfas, OP, a spiritual leader in contemplative practices, preacher and teacher. Sr. Diane will present on the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with a presentation entitled "We Are All God's Children" on Friday, February 24 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann's Parish Hall in Cadillac. Cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch and materials. For more information, contact Dawn at 231.633.7304.
All are invited for a day trip to Grand Rapids to visit the Temple Emanuel Synagogue, the Basilica of St. Adalbert, and the Tawheed Islamic Center on Friday, March 24. Cost for the day is $50 and includes lunch and transportation via private motorcoach. The day will include Stations of the Cross and a Lenten lunch. For more information or to register, contact Dawn at 231.633.7304 or visit www.faithafire.org. Registration deadline is Friday, March 17. The bus will depart from St. Ann's in Cadillac at 8:00 a.m.
St. Francis Xavier, Petoskey -
St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey invites all mothers and their daughters grades 8-12 to their annual retreat March 4 & 5 at the Augustine Center in Conway. This year's retreat will focus on the theme Great Women Saints, presented by Elizabeth Gengle. Cost for the weekend is $65 per person and includes overnight, or a rate of $30 is available for those who would like to attend only on Saturday. Registration is available online at www.petoskeysfx.org or by contacting Liz Gengle at 231.347.4133 or via email at email@example.com.
Christ the Good Shepherd, Saginaw -
Renowned composers David Haas and Lori True will be performing at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish in Saginaw on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Cost for the concert is $15 and all are welcome. Known for their many contributions to Catholic hymnals, David and Lori are responsible for popular songs such as "Deep Within", "We Are Called", "You Are Mine", "Blest Are They", and many, many more! The concert will take place at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish's St. Helen Campus located at 2445 N. Charles St. in Saginaw. For more information, contact Lucia Kusowski at 989.793.0618.
Join composers David Haas and Lori True for "I Will Sing a New Song of Love: A Day to Celebrate the Ministry of Sung Prayer" Workshop on Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish's St. Helen Campus in Saginaw. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Lucia Kusowski at 989.793.0618.
For use March 4 & 5: First Sunday of Lent - A
For use March 11 & 12: Second Sunday of Lent - A
For use March 18 & 19: Third Sunday of Lent - A
For use March 25 & 26: Fourth Sunday of Lent - A