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 August 19 & 20: Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
Stewardship by the BookIn today's second reading, St. Paul tells the Romans, "God's gifts and his call are irrevocable." To what is God calling me today? What gifts are mine to share?
Reflecting on Stewardship“For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” - Romans 11:29
God has a special mission in mind for each of us. He has given us the gifts we need to accomplish that mission. We are called to be good stewards by using those gifts to do the work that He has planned for each of us. If we deny our gifts or fail to use them as God calls us to use them, then some part of His work will be left undone.
Vocation ViewIt’s so easy to shove people out of our lives. But God knows no boundaries or races or colors. Come forward and tell the Good News that we are all God’s people!
Family PerspectiveThe mother in today’s gospel persisted, even when she was ignored and insulted. She would do whatever was necessary to bring relief to her child. Parenting is more than bringing life into the world; it is also about sacrificing daily for your children.
Word of Life“The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life. If we want peace, let us defend life!”
Pope Benedict XVI, Morning Address, September 15, 2012, Apostolic Journey to Lebanon © 2012 Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
Art & ArchitectureJoin Fr. Duane Wachowiak for Art & Architecture in Catholic Worship (L-900) on Saturday, Septemer 30, at the Cooney Conference Center in Gaylord. This course is designed to give an understanding of the history of the Liturgy and how art and architecture embodies the Church's theology and praxis. Participants are required to have read 'Built of Living Stones' (Chapters 4 & 5 of the General Instructions of the Roman Missal) prior to attending this course. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147 for more information or to register.
Exploring One BaptismThe annual LARC ecumenical retreat will take place on Tuesday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28 at the Augustine Center in Conway. This year's theme is Exploring One Baptism: Our Role in the Reunion of Spirituality and Mission and will be led by the Rev. Martin L. Smith. Smith is known throughout the Episcopal Church as a teacher and retreat leader, and his widely read books, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, and Love Set Free. Cost for the retreat is $200 (payable to St. Francis Episcopal Church). To register, send the attached registration form, along with payment, to the Rev. Elizabeth Chace, St. Francis Episcopal Church, PO Box 501, Grayling, MI 49738. Questions may be directed to the Rev. Chace at 989.348.5850 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Hurt Plaguing Your Marriage?Separation and divorce is impacting Michigan. In 2015 alone 4,575 families are now living separate.Are you losing the ability to communicate effectively with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down? Have you thought about separation or divorce? Does talking only make it worse?
Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. A Retrouvaille weekend will take place in the diocese of Grand Rapids September 29-October 1. Seating is limited, please reserve your spot today.
For more information, or to register call 616.752.7004 or email email@example.com. More information can also be found online at retrouvaille.org.
Triumph of the CrossAll are invited to the Triumph of the Cross Celebration at St. Mary Parish in Mio for a day of praise and prayer in thanksgiving for blessings received and for our personal needs and those of our state and nation. This event will take place on Saturday, September 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending with Mass celebrated at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for a donation of $6 per person. For more information contact Helen Clark at 231.846.1438 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the All Michigan Charismatic Conference.
A Day for Girls and MomsAll girls grades 6-12 and their moms are invited to A Day for Girls and Moms on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. The day will feature "Media Nun" Sister Helena Burns, FSP. Cost for the day is $15 per person and includes lunch. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marie Hahnenberg at 989.732.5147 or via email at email@example.com. Sponsored by the Mystical Rose Daughters of Faith.
Silent Retreat for WomenAre you a woman yearning to grow closer to God? Are you looking for a quiet retreat where you can spend time in prayer? Attend 'Just God, Silence & You' - a silent retreat for women at the Augustine Center in Conway, Friday-Sunday, September 15-17. Cost for the weekend is $120 per person and includes 4 meals and a private bedroom and bathroom. There will be no required activities or planned speakers, as this is retreat leaves women to follow the Spirit's leading. Bring your spiritual books, enjoy the outdoor labrynth, Stations of the Cross, and outdoor walking trails as you reflect in solitude. The retreat will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., and conclude at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Guests are welcome to bring snacks to share with fellow retreatants. For more information or to register, contact Adam at 231.347.3657 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer PilgrimageFaith Afire invites you to join them on a Prayer Pilgrimage through Northern Michigan Monday-Friday, September 11-15, to some of Michigan's most historic Cathedrals, shrines, monasteries, churches, and natural wonders. Stopes include St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in St. Ignace, Holy Name of Mary Pro-Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie (third-oldest parish in the US), Copper Harbor, following in the footsteps of the Venerable Bishop Baraga, and much more. Cost for the trip is $520 for a single, $360 for a double, $310 for a triple, $280 for a quad, and includes lodging and transportation. Meals are not included in the cost. For more information or to register, contact Michael Semaan at 248.250.6005, www.prayerpilgrimages.com, or www.faithafire.org.
Hidden Treasures: The SaintsBack 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 www.dioceseofgaylord.org or call Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147.
Thursday, September 7
- 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at St. Ann in Frankfort – St. Mother Teresa
- 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Cross in the Woods in Indian River – St. Francis of Assisi
Tuesday, September 12
- 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at All Saints in Alpena – St. Kateri Tekakwitha
- 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Woods in Kalkaska – Our Lady of Fatima
Tuesday, September 19
- 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Holy Family in East Tawas – St. Patrick
Wednesday, September 20
- 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Holy Family in West Branch (Klacking Creek) – St. Anthony
Thursday, September 21
- 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick in Traverse City – Our Lady of Guadalupe
For use August 26 & 27: Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
For use September 2 & 3: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – A