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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 July 13-14 Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, (C)

Stewardship By the Book

The Good Samaritan was also a good steward, giving his time and his treasure to meet his neighbor's need. At the end of this familiar story, Jesus urges his hearers - and us - to go and do the same!

Vocation View

Treating others with compassion is a mark of a follower of Jesus, whether born as a Good Samaritan, mother, priest, sister, deacon or brother.

Stewardship Reflections

“Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” LUKE 10:37
This was Jesus’ command at the end of the Good Samaritan story. Did you know that the Samaritans and Jews despised each other. The moral of the story is to love our neighbor. That means loving someone you may not know or someone that looks different than you or someone that you don’t like. All without expecting anything in return.

Family Perspective-by Bud Ozar

Children learn by watching us. Do they see you helping others like the Good Samaritan, or do they see you avoiding others like the Levite in today’s gospel. Worry more about what your children see in YOUR LIFE than what they see on TV.

Promise to protect; pledge to heal

In 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.

Marriage Preparation Retreat

The Diocese will be offering an overnight marriage preparation retreat at the Augustine Center from August 10-11. Check in begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the retreat beginning at 10 a.m. The retreat will cover all modules not completed with the priest for only $150 and will include lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Registration is through the Rose Resource Center. More information is available through your local parish or by calling Seth Peters at 989‐732‐5147 Ext. 3522, (231) 340‐0139 (cell), or

NCYC-National Catholic Youth Conference

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, catechesis, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to the NCYC that will be taking place Thursday November 21 to Saturday November 23, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Our group will leave Wednesday, November 20 and return Sunday, November 24, 2019. The conference cost is $500 and scholarships are available. For more information, contact your Parish Youth Minister or Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147. Additional information can be found at

Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)-FILLABLE

Thank you to all our parishioners who have made their gift to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. (Parish name) is _________% towards our goal of $__________. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, it is not too late to help us meet and even exceed our target. Please participate in the support of our diocesan church.

Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)

Thank you to all our parishioners who have made their gift to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. We are moving steadily toward our goal. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, it is not too late to help us meet and even exceed our target. Please participate in the support of our diocesan church.

Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church

Back for another season, join us for the popular series “Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church.” This year’s theme will be the program “Kingdom of Happiness-Evangelizing through the Beatitudes.” Participants will learn how to implement this program back in their parishes and will receive the training background, and materials to aid in the evangelization process. There is no cost to attend any of these sessions, but it would be much appreciated if you contacted the hosting parish to notify them of your attendance so that they may make proper arrangements.
For more information, visit or call Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.
September 4th—1:30pm-3:30pm Holy Family, West Branch
September 11th—2:00pm-4:00pm St. Ann, Frankfort
September 18th—6:30pm-8:30pm Cross in the Woods, Indian River
September 19th—6:00pm-8:00pm St. Matthew, Boyne City
September 19th—6:30pm-8:30pm St. Catherine, Ossineke
September 24th—9:30am-11:30am St. Patrick, Traverse City

Word of Life

“To understand more fully how to defend and protect human life, we must first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God creates us in his image and likeness, which means we are made to be in loving relationship with him. The essence of our identity and worth, the source of our dignity, is that we are loved by God.”
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “How to Build a Culture of Life”
~USCCB, Catholic Current

Vocations Golf Outing

Support Vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord by playing in the 7th Annual Vocations Golf Outing on Monday, August 12! The event this year will be held at the Gaylord Golf Club in Gaylord. Cost for the day is $125 per golfer (or $500 per team), which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a variety of contests & prizes! The day will begin with Mass at 8:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral with Bishop Raica and continues at the golf course with registration and breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. During the day, participants will compete in contests for the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, and a putting challenge. This year’s event will bring additional excitement to the golf outing and Hole #14. Not only will every registered golfer have one (1) chance at a Hole-In-One to win a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado; in addition, ONE (1) LUCKY PLAYER will also have the opportunity (one shot at a Hole-In-One) to win One Million Dollars*! The Vocations Golf Outing is also a wonderful opportunity to meet our seminarians. For more information or to register, contact Judy Abeel at 989.732.5147 or via email at Additional information can be found on the Diocese of Gaylord website Sponsorship opportunities are also available beginning at $150 to sponsor a hole. Consider joining us this year – it’s a fun event and all for a great cause!

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