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For Use September 5-6, 23rd Sunday Ordinary(A)
Stewardship By the BookAm I my brother's keeper? All three readings today suggest that for the Christian steward the answer is "Yes!"
Vocation ViewHow much would the world be changed if everyone were completely forgiving? Probably totally! Jesus’ stories of forgiveness are so loved because they are so needed. Re-tell them! Re-live them!
Stewardship Reflections“You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel…” - EZEKIEL 33:7
Many of us are generous with our gifts. However, many of us are not generous in proportion to the gifts we have been given. How often do we give at the minimum level required? Remember, the Lord calls us to nurture and develop our gifts. He calls us to be generous with all the gifts He has given us, especially the one that means the most to us.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarThe key word in today’s gospel is “listen.” We cannot change another person; not alone, not with others and not with a whole Church. All we can do is state our position and “if he listens to you” then he / she can take the steps necessary to change themselves. Change comes from within.
Prayers for Clergy & Religious
File: September 2020
Monthly Rosary for our state and nationCatholics from around the State of Michigan will be gathering at the state capitol both in person and virtually to pray the rosary for: Life, Marriage and Family, Conversion of Souls, Reparation for Sin, and for State and National Leaders. Event dates are: September 13 3:00 pm, and October 13 3:00 pm to coordinate with the anniversary dates of the Fatima apparitions. If you can’t be there, join via livestream on Facebook — search Events for Capitol Rosary Crusade.
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
Saint of the Week-Saint Teresa of Kolkata, Feast Day September 7Raised in a deeply Catholic family in Albania, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu joined the Sisters of Loreto in 1928 and took the name Teresa. The community sent her to Kolkata, India, where she taught children for two decades. In 1946 Teresa heard God’s call to quench the thirst of Jesus by caring for the poorest of the poor. She left the Sisters of Loreto to rescue the sick and destitute in the slums of Kolkata — one at a time. Many volunteers soon joined her and she formed them into her religious order, the Missionaries of Charity. Teresa’s manifest goodness and her unique media savvy attracted global attention, drawing many people to God. Many regard her as the greatest Catholic evangelist of the 20th century. She was beatified in 2003 and canonized in 2016.
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.”
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.
The Season of Creation: September 1st to October 4thThe Season of Creation spans five weeks between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1) and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4). This “time for creation” offers, in the words of Pope Francis, “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."1 Visit Usccb.org/environment for more information.
File: Season of Creation Flyer
Prayer for the Season of CreationO God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
who are so precious in your eyes…
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
God of mercy, may we receive your forgiveness
and convey your mercy throughout our common home.
Praise be to you!
Source: Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the
Care of Creation on September 1, 2016
Abuse of Minors or Vulnerable Adults by Priests, Deacons or OthersTo report allegations of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults within the Diocese of Gaylord by priests, deacons or other employees or volunteers, regardless of when it occurred, individuals should:
Contact local law enforcement and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (855-444-3911). The Michigan Attorney General’s office has also set up a special phone line for people to share information that may be of help in their ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct by Catholic clergy. That number is 844-324-3374.
You may also contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Larry LaCross, at 989-705-9010.
In the State of Michigan many professionals, including clergy, teachers, doctors, counselors and named others are mandated reporters. This means such individuals are REQUIRED to make an oral or online report IMMEDIATELY to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services if they suspect a child is being neglected or abused in any way. Individuals may call the State report line at the number above, which is answered 24 hours a day or submit a report online at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_7119---00.html.
The Diocese of Gaylord encourages ANYONE who has reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected in any way to report the matter to local authorities and the Michigan Attorney General hotline at 844.324.3374.
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)