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For Use September 19-20, 25th Sunday Ordinary (A)
Emergency Disaster Special Collection: September 26/27, 2020In the face of the hurricanes that have devastated the South and the fires that have destroyed much in Oregon, Washington and California, the leadership of the USCCB has asked that dioceses consider a special collection for the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund to assist the dioceses in these areas that have experienced such loss and suffering. Funds collected in this special appeal will help those affected by providing much-needed emergency resources such as water, food, shelter, and medical care and aid. Funds will also assist with long-term recovery in the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.
Bishop Hurley has asked each parish in the Diocese of Gaylord to consider a special collection on the weekend of September 26/27 to benefit our brothers and sisters in need as a result of the natural disasters that are affecting their lives and the life of the Church. On behalf of the Diocese of Gaylord, a contribution of $10,000 will be made to support our brothers and sisters in this tragedy.
Bishop Hurley shares: "I reaffirm Archbishop Gomez’s recognition that this is a challenging time for a special collection, in light of the economic impact that COVID-19 has had on our parishes. Yet, it is because of these very challenges that it is all the more critical we do what we can to help those in need who have been affected by both pandemic and natural catastrophe. Thank you for your prayers for those impacted by this situation, and for your efforts with this special collection."
Stewardship By the BookGood stewards follow the advice of St. Paul and conduct themselves B by wise use of their time and talents B in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
Vocation ViewWe can never be called “generous.” All that we possess we have received from God. It is our vocation to return to Him all the talents He has entrusted to us.
Stewardship Reflections“So the last will be first and the first last”. - MATTHEW 20:16
You’ve heard the saying “it’s not where you start, but how you finish.” This certainly applies to this Bible passage. We have a responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well. We are called to generously share our gifts with others, not hoard them for our own use. Our sincere gratitude and cheerful generosity will help us live “God-centered” lives and not “self-centered” lives.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarToday Jesus is saying to us: “Why are you idle? Go into my vineyard.” Family, where “the last will be first,” is the “vineyard” entrusted to us in today’s gospel. Successful families are constructed by “laborers,” who work hard on family relationships, and not by couch potatoes.
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- St. Maurice and the Champions, Feast Day September 22In the fifth century, St. Eucherius of Lyons described the legendary martyrdom of Maurice and the Theban Legion, comprised of Christians from Upper Egypt. Maurice was first officer of the legion, sent by Emperor Maximian to Switzerland to put down some rebellious Gauls. When Maximian ordered the soldiers to sacrifice to Roman gods, Maurice and his legion refused. The outraged emperor ordered “decimations” in which one of every 10 men was killed; when the remainder still would not worship Roman gods, Maximian had other soldiers massacre the entire legion of 6,000. Though the number may be exaggerated, a martyrdom of some Christian soldiers seems believable. Maurice is a patron saint of all armies, the Swiss Guard and Austria.
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.
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 November 28-29, First week of advent (B)
For Use December 5-6, 2nd Advent, (B)
For Use December 12-13, 3rd Advent (B)
For Use December 19-20, 4th Advent , (B)
For Use December 26-27, Feast of the Holy Family, (B)