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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 September 14-15 , Twenty fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, (C)

Stewardship By the Book

We can hear God speaking to us today in the words of the father to his elder son: "You are with me always, and everything I have is yours." What is my response to such remarkable generosity? Do I give joyfully and generously as God gives to me?

Vocation View

We are like the lost sheep when we have not found our place in life. Are you part of the herd, lost from the herd, or a leader of the herd?

Stewardship Reflections

“Everything I have is yours.” LUKE 15:31
Our Heavenly Father gives us everything, including the chance to share in His eternal kingdom. Yet, like the Prodigal Son we are often lured away by the materialism of our society. Do we really want to turn our backs on all that God offers in exchange for a material wealth that has no lasting value?

Family Perspective-by Bud Ozar

Parents are like that shepherd in today’s gospel for they don’t give up and can’t rest if one of their children has wandered away. A parent’s persistent love provides a glimpse of the unconditional love for each of us by God, Our Father. A parent is a window to the Divine.

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.

Hidden Treasures-"Kingdom of Happiness-Evangelizing through the Beatitudes"

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 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

"Living the Discerning Life" Retreat with Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V

The "Living the Discerning Life" Retreat with Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019 from 9:00am-4:00pm at St. Francis Xavier's Parish Hall. Fr. Gallagher will be in Petoskey to teach us about St. Ignatius of Loyola's life-changing teachings on Spiritual Discernment and their tremendous value for our spiritual growth. Fr. Gallagher has dedicated many years to an extensive international ministry of retreats, spiritual direction, and teaching about the spiritual life. He is a frequent speaker on EWTN, and his digitally recorded talks are utilized internationally. Cost for the retreat is $35 per individual and includes lunch and materials. For more information contact Elizabeth Gengle at 231.347.4133 or at Registration forms are available online at or at St. Francis Xavier's parish office.

East Region, Gaylord DCCW Meeting

All ladies of the Diocese of Gaylord are invited to the next meeting of the East Region Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.The day begins at 9 a.m. at All Saints Parish Center at St. Anne Catholic Church in Alpena, MI. Speakers will be Dr. Jackie Fitzgerald, MD and LPN's Kelly & Sarah with Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan. Lunch will be included with a $10 registration fee per person. To register, call or text Cindy Witkowski at 231.342.6225 no later than September 17th. Donations of baby items and/or recent magazines are also being collected for the Alpena Baby Pantry.

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