- Candace Neff Director
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 January 18-19, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)
Stewardship By the BookToday's responsorial Psalm is the theme song of the good steward: "Here am I Lord; I come to do your will." May I, too, stand ready to offer myself and my gifts in the service of God
Vocation ViewIsaiah’s vocation was to be a light to the nations. Nations and neighborhoods today need missionaries - lay, clergy, and religious. Listen to the call.
Stewardship Reflections“Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb...” ISAIAH 49:5
God have given each of us different gifts. In order for God’s plan to work, you have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do. And guess what? God has given each of us a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarCan you say “I have testified Jesus is the Son of God?” If you aren’t talking about Jesus in your family, you aren’t testifying. If you are not talking your talk, your children will see your words as meaningless.
Invitation for Those Considering SeminaryThe Pontifical College Josephinum, in Columbus, Ohio, has scheduled a college Live-In Weekend for the young men of our diocese on February 27-March 1, 2020. The weekend has been set aside to afford an opportunity for high school students ages 16 and up, and college-aged students to visit the seminary for a few days. During a campus visit, guests will be able to experience seminary prayer life, classes, good food, and communal liturgy, as well as have an opportunity to interact with our college seminarians, faculty, and staff. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to request registration forms, please contact Caryn Jacobs in the Diocese of Gaylord Vocations office at 989.732.5147 or email email@example.com no later than Friday, February 7th.
File: Seminary Visit Flyer
Word of Life“If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn't ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond? … When a woman is facing a difficult pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tells tends to set the tone for her decision-making. How do we respond to our friend in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby?” Consider the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower.” Read more at www.respectlife.org/l-o-v-e.
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
“What to Do When a Friend is Considering Abortion” (www.respectlife.org/l-o-v-e)
Fact of Faith-The Conversion of St. Paul the ApostleWhen the Jewish Pharisee Saul set out from Jerusalem to Damascus, his aim was to persecute the fledgling Christian community. The dramatic story of St. Paul’s miraculous conversion is told several times in the Acts of the Apostles and New Testament letters. Paul became the apostle to the Gentiles and carried Christ’s message around the Roman Empire. He also shares a feast day with St. Peter on June 29. The January feast was known as the “translation” of St. Paul in the martyrology of St. Jerome; it may originally have commemorated the moving of Paul’s relics. Now, it appropriately closes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Paul is the patron saint of Greece, Malta, and the Cursillo movement.
~USCCB, This Week in Ministry #6-08
Young Adult Trip planned to SpainOne of the biggest challenges facing the Church today is keeping young adults connected to the Church once they leave home. As a young person makes their way in the world, they are confronted by so much negative messaging regarding being a religious person, especially about being a Catholic. In this period of vulnerability, it is critical to support young adults while they are deciding if they want to continue to practice their Catholic faith.
It is in response to this challenge that the seeds of this pilgrimage were planted. Tapping into the younger generation’s desire for travel and enriching experiences, our team has organized a travel opportunity to Spain that explores the Catholic faith. Travelers will encounter the lives of Carmelite saints, explore the multicultural history of Spain and experience the magnificent architecture that showcases the endurance and continual renewal of the Catholic Church over thousands of years. At the heart of this trip is the individual’s exploration of what Catholicism means to them as young people in today’s world. Our team will provide a fun, open and engaging environment so each person will feel supported on their individual journey. Travel is the perfect environment to break free of preconceptions and challenge personal perspectives. Catholicism is embedded in the inviting and easy-going Spanish culture, making it the perfect destination for this trip.
We are very excited about this travel opportunity for young adults to re-engage with the Church. Please go to Facebook.com/ThesaurusCatholicaeSpaniae to learn more and begin the journey.
File: Spain Trip Flyer
Wed. Jan. 22: National March for Life and Day of PrayerThe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared Wednesday, January 22 as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Join Catholics around the country as hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C. for an end to abortion. Pray for the safety of our youth who plan to travel and be a voice. May we see Roe v. Wade reversed in our lifetime.
For Use January 25-26,3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)
For Use February 1-2, The Presentation of the Lord (A)
For Use February 8-9, 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)