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For Use August 29-30, Twenty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)
Stewardship By the BookIn today's readings St. Paul exhorts the Romans to total stewardship. Brothers and sisters, he urges, "... offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God."
Vocation ViewDon’t run away from what you are called to be. Christians take the less traveled road. “What does it profit us if we gain the whole world but ruin ourselves in the process?”
Stewardship Reflections“What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” - MATTHEW 16:26
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Remember, you are what you are in the eyes of God, and nothing else.” We often forget this stewardship wisdom when we spend all of our time, talent and treasure to gain more of the world’s riches. We need to set our priorities based on God’s values and not the values of the material world.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarRelationships live in a careful balance. If a person changes, the balance is altered requiring a shift in the relationship. In today’s gospel Jesus announced a change and Peter resisted. Sometimes, those we count on for support may actually get in the way. Jesus told Peter: “You are an obstacle to me.”
The Power of Jesus: An Evening of Praise, Preaching, Eucharistic Adoration & Healing Prayer with Fr. Patrick GonyeauCross in the Woods Parish is bringing Father Patrick Gonyeau to Northern Michigan on Friday, September 4th to talk about his faith journey. After a life changing conversion in his mid-twenties, Father Gonyeau received the call to the priesthood. After four years as a priest, he began to experience miracles of physical healing that opened his heart to the power and love of the Lord with a new fervor. His passion is to see Catholics empowered to live just as the early Church did when they left the upper room at Pentecost on fire with the Holy Spirit. Join Cross in the Woods parish for this powerful evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. All are welcome! Please contact Marisol Cruz at 231.238.8973 x 312 or email@example.com with any questions.
File: Fr. Gonyeau Event
The 2020 CensusParishioners are encouraged to complete the 2020 census. The 2020 census affects our Catholic voice in government, the funding our community receives, and how our community plans for the future. 2020 census data will help inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in funding are distributed across communities each year for things like hospitals and clinics. Complete the 2020 census today online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. Spanish and other language support is available. Visit 2020 Census Language Support https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat Oct. 9-11, 2020You are invited to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat Oct. 9-11, 2020 at the Augustine Center in Conway, MI. Our leader will be Fr Joe Blasko who will be speaking on the subject of “Dry Bones and Hope.” A praise session will be led by Tom Clark.
Due to current restrictions, we will be limited to only 24 attendees on site. A Zoom live session will be offered for others who wish to attend. Instructions to access the Zoom session will be sent at a later date to those who have registered. Current regulations, required masks and social distancing will be followed.
The fee for on site attendance will be $150 and for the Zoom session will be $35. To register or if you have questions, please contact Helen Clark at 231.846.1438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 1-World Day of Prayer for the Care of CreationFather of all,
Creator and ruler of the universe,
You entrusted your world to us as a gift.
Help us to care for it and all people,
that we may live in right relationship–
with one another,
and with creation.
Christ our Lord,
both divine and human,
You lived among us and died for our sins.
Help us to imitate your love for the human family
by recognizing that we are all connected—
to our brothers and sisters around the world,
to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation,
and to future generations.
giver of wisdom and love,
You breathe life in us and guide us.
Help us to live according to your vision,
stirring to action the hearts of all—
individuals and families,
communities of faith,
and civil and political leaders.
Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.
This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
Prayers for Clergy & Religious
File: September 2020
SUNDAY MASS DISPENSATION EXTENDEDBishop Walter Hurley, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gaylord, has announced the extension of the dispensation for all Catholics within the Diocese of Gaylord from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through and including the feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 22, 2020. The granting of this dispensation is not to discourage those who are able to attend Sunday Mass from doing so, but rather to enable so that anyone who needs to stay at home to protect the common good (their own or that of others) can do so confidently and in good conscience.
The protocols for Mass that have been established during this pandemic for the well-being and safety of all remain in place for parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord, namely: the required use of masks; limited singing; social distancing; cleansing of the churches according to CDC guidelines; as well as a congregation that does not exceed 25% of the capacity of the church.
“All are asked to carefully observe these protocols because we care for each other and love each other as the Lord has called us to,” said Bishop Hurley. “The celebration of the Eucharist/Sunday Mass should be at the very core of our faith life, and we are all called to keep holy the Lord’s day. We must each seek to find time for prayer and spiritual Communion with the Lord, even if we cannot be present for the celebration of Eucharist.
“Please continue to pray with me for consolation and relief from the pandemic. May we look forward to the First Sunday of Advent, on November 29, with fervent hope that we may be able to return to Mass together at that time.”
Knights of ColumbusOn behalf of the Knights of Columbus leader, State Deputy Walter Winkle, we are proud to announce that our founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney will be Beatified on October 31, 2020. Because of this great honor, the Knights of Columbus are offering FREE membership through the month of August. Please go online to www.kofc.org/joinus and when prompted enter code MCGIVNEY2020 in all caps. We hope that all Catholic men will take full advantage of this invitation to join our great organization founded by the soon to be Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney. Please help us in our efforts of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Thank you.
St. Stephen 46th Annual Chicken BBQSt. Stephen Catholic Church, 506 W Union St, Lake City will be holding their 46th Annual Chicken BBQ on Sunday, September 6, 2020, from noon until 4:00 p.m.. This year it will be take out only. The menu will be: 1/2 Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Roll w/Butter, Coleslaw, Corn, Apple or Cherry Pie for only $10.oo. There will be two raffles… the Basket raffle: $5/per chance ticket on basket of choice. Many great prizes to try to win, including dinner made by Fr Kowalkowski including Fr. Michael Janowski! The second raffle will be a Cash raffle: $5 per chance to win $500 or $250. Baskets and Cash Raffles' Drawings will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 6.
For Use October 10-11, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)
For Use October 17-18, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)
For Use October 24-25, 30th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)
For Use October 31-November 1, Solemnity of All Saints (A)