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 May 27 & 28: Seventh Sunday of Easter – A
Prayers for Clergy & Religious
File: June 2017
Stewardship by the BookIn today's Gospel, Jesus prays, "I have given You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do." Good stewards follow His example by using their time and talents for the glory of God.
Reflecting on Stewardship“I am praying for them…” - John 17:9
Prayer is the foundation of our Faith and the foundation of Stewardship. Pray in good times and in bad. Prayer is always the first best option in any situation, not just the last resort. Pray for friends and family and for those that don’t treat you very well. Pray to give praise, to thank and to ask God for help. Pray to see what God wants you to do with the gifts He has given you.
Vocation ViewNever ask as child, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Ask, “How do you want to serve others when you grow up?”
Family PerspectiveAs Jesus appointed apostles, he also appoints parents to represent Him in the family; “make disciples of your children, baptizing and teaching them all I have taught you. Don’t worry, I am with you always.”
Word of Life“The patient requesting assisted suicide is often asking, ‘Does anyone want me to be alive, or care enough to talk me out of this request and support me through this difficult time?’”
- Every Suicide is Tragic USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities www.goo.gl/KEXpR9
Connections Leadership CampFormerly the Christian Leadership Institute, the Diocese of Gaylord is pleased to introduce Connections - An Authentic Catholic Leadership Experience! Taking place at Bethel Youth Camp in Hawks June 19-23, Connections empowers young people grades 9-12 through prayer and worship to recognize their own gifts and provides leadership training that assists youth to become strong Christian leaders in their parish, community and school. Bethel Youth Camp also features an indoor pool, putt-putt golf course and sports field. Cost for the week is $250 per camper and includes all meals, lodging and materials. For more information, contact Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147.
Just Works: A Social Justice Experience for TeensThe Just Works experience for youth grades 8-12 challenges young people to live out the Gospel call to peace and justice in their personal lives. It offers justice education through presentations, sharing, experiential simulations, prayer, and community living. New for 2017, the program will be held at Bethel Youth Camp in Hawks, just south of Rogers City, on July 31-August 4. There will also be plenty of good food and recreational time - including a sports field, putt-putt, and an indoor pool! Cost is $250 per participant and includes all meals, lodging, and materials. For more information, contact your youth minister or Wayne Winter at 989.732.5147.
Pre-Marriage ModulesCouples intending to get married are invited to fulfill part of their marriage preparation requirements by attending a day-long class at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. The class will be offered on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Modules offered will be Module 2: Theology, or Modules 3 & 5: Communication & Conflict Resolution/Chastity within Marriage (offered together). Cost per couple is $100 for Module 2 or $50 for Modules 3 &5, and includes lunch. Couples may only take one session per day. Advance registration is required by contacting Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147. For more information on Marriage Preparation, contact Seth Peters at 989.732.5147 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Marriage Weekend RetreatCouples intending to get married are invited to attend a Pre-Marriage Weekend Retreat at the Augustine Center in Conway beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18 and ending at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. Cost for the retreat is $150 per couple, which includes meals and lodging. During this retreat, couples can complete modules 2, 3, & 5 in two days. To register for this retreat, contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147. For more information on Marriage Preparation, contact Seth Peters at 989.732.5147.
Big Ticket FestivalJoin 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 May 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.
For use June 3 & 4: Pentecost – A
For use June 10 & 11: Holy Trinity – A
For use June 17 & 18: Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – A
For use June 24 & 25: Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A