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For Use September 12-13, 24th Sunday Ordinary (A)
Stewardship By the BookStewardship is not optional! "None of us lives as his own master and none of us dies as his own master," says St. Paul. "While we live we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die we die as his servants."
Vocation View“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Stand up today for mercy, empathy, forgiveness and selflessness!
Stewardship Reflections“For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” – ROMANS 14:8
This is the essence of stewardship – everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts that God has given us, especially our very own lives. Pray to God, daily, and ask Him how He is calling you to the live the life that He intended for you.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarUnable to forgive another, means we are holding onto a past wrong and hoping for a better past. That is not going to happen. We must move on with our life by accepting we were unjustly treated and it will not be corrected. We aren’t condoning the injustice. We just don’t let it control our lives any longer. Forgiveness is critical to living a healthy life in the present.
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 email@example.com.
Saint of the Week-St. Cyprian of Carthage, Feast Day September 16One of the first great theologians in the church, this Latin father is remembered today for his writings, which are quoted in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. A late convert, Thascius Cecilianus Cyprianus was a lawyer, rhetorician and teacher before being chosen by the people and clergy of Carthage, in North Africa, as their bishop. He was drawn into papal controversies and schisms, but he also was known for pastoral zeal and aiding plague victims. Having survived one Roman persecution, he later was beheaded for refusing to participate in state religious ceremonies. He wrote biblical commentary and treatises on church unity and the sacraments. Cyprian is the patron saint of North Africa and Algeria.
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.
A Note on the Coming Election…On Tuesday, November 3, Michiganders will vote for leaders and ballot proposals at the local, statewide and national level. Catholics are called to consider a wide range of issues important to the common good before voting, weighing each according to its moral importance. During this process, it is beneficial to prayerfully research the ballot ahead of time, gathering the facts for every question or candidate. To learn more about Catholic teaching regarding elections, more about the state ballot proposals and resources for Faithful Citizenship, visit dioceseofgaylord.org and click on the “Election” banner on the home page. You can also visit micatholic.org for additional information.
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)