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 June 24 & 25: Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
Prayers for Clergy & Religious (PDF)
Stewardship by the Book"Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed," Jesus tells us in the Gospel today, "and nothing hidden that will not become known." May our stewardship of God=s gifts be such that we would not be ashamed if it were seen in the clear light of day.
Reflecting on Stewardship“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” Matthew 10:32
Do you share your Catholic faith with others? Do you defend your Catholic faith or do you remain silent when the situation arises? Do you pray in public before meals? Pray for the strength and courage to be a joyful witness of our Catholic faith when the opportunity presents itself.
Vocation ViewJesus knew that when we are committed to whatever we are doing no obstacle can prevent us from reaching our goal. We are invited to consider setting our sights on God’s call to commitment in our lives.
Family PerspectiveFathering is an awesome responsibility and not for the weak or transient. Today we humbly recognize our need for courageous fathers to stand boldly in the face of the powerful cultural forces in our culture which threaten our children. Today we ask fathers to be the courageous leaders we need.
Word of Life“If someone we know has received a prenatal diagnosis, let us ask the Holy Spirit to work through us. May the families of these little children be strengthened and comforted by our affirmation of the truth that their child's life—however long or short—is worth living.”
Supporting Families Who Receive a Prenatal Diagnosis
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
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.
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.
Fortnight for FreedomThe 2017 Fortnight for Freedom will take place June 21-July 4. This annual event encourages the faithful to plan events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Visit www.USCCB.org/freedom or text FREEDOM to 377377 for more information.
5th Annual Golf Outing 'Fore' VocationsSupport Vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord by playing in the Fifth Annual Golf Outing 'Fore' Vocations on Monday, August 7! New this year, the event will be held at the Gaylord Country Club in Gaylord. Cost for the day is $100 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, fun & prizes! The day will begin with Mass at 8:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral and continue 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 chance to win a NEW CAR! For more information or to register, contact Jeanne Marriott at 989.732.5147 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. This is a great event you won't want to miss!
For use July 1 & 2: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
For use July 8 & 9: Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
For use July 15 & 16: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
July 22 & 23: Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A
July 29 & 30: Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A