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For Use September 26-27, 26th Sunday Ordinary (A)
Stewardship By the BookThe first son in today's Gospel said he would do his father's bidding, but did not. The second son balked at first, but then repented and did as he was asked. What service is God calling me to do? Which son am I more like?
Vocation ViewWe cannot act overly proud just because we have responded to God’s call. Responding is our duty and source of happiness; serving God with perseverance and happiness fulfills us.
Stewardship Reflections“Do nothing out of selfishness; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves…” Philippians 2:3
Pride and ego are hard things to control. We see how others act or dress and think we are superior to them. We idolize our own self-image. But, if we truly believe everything is a gift from God, we recognize all the people that God has put in our lives as gifts! We are grateful for how they enrich our lives. Pray every day for the people in your life: your family, your friends and those who make you angry.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarIn today’s gospel Jesus asked, “What is your opinion?” Why do we think our opinion is dogma or fact? An opinion is only how we perceive a situation or how we feel comfortable doing something. Don’t argue over or become divided by “your opinion.”
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- Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Feast Day September 29These archangels, messengers sent by God, are the only ones named in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel, Michael is called “the great prince”; in the Letter of Jude, he argues with the devil over Moses’ body; and in the Book of Revelation, he leads the battle against Satan. He is patron of the sick, radiologists and mariners. Gabriel explains Daniel’s visions to him in the Book of Daniel, and in the Gospel of Luke announces to Zechariah and Mary the births of their respective sons. He is the patron of messengers and telecommunications and postal workers. Raphael guides Tobiah in the Book of Tobit; he is patron of the blind, physicians and travelers. The church created their joint feast after the Second Vatican Council.
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.
Gladhander Hoedown or Hootenanny: Fundraiser for GTACS school salaries and scholarshipsGladhander 2020: Hoedown or Hootenanny is happening now! To participate, all you need to do is register for free at https://one.bidpal.net/Gladhander or text gladhander to 243-725. You'll be able to peruse our auction items, bid on them beginning October 12, and get updates on the event. In addition to participating via the website, you're also invited to the live "Hoedown" event (restrictions permitting) at Immaculate Conception School or host an at-home "Hootenanny" of your own. For additional information, visit www.gladhander.com or call the Gladhander office at (231) 941-GLAD.
JIM BECKETT GLADHANDER CHALLENGE
Gladhander raffle tickets are on sale now. There are two exciting new grand prize options: A 2020 JEEP Gladiator sport or a 2021 Regal 1900 ES Bowrider. In honor of the legendary Gladhander supporter Jim Beckett, who passed away earlier this year, buyers are encouraged to DOUBLE their normal purchase levels (as Jim would say, "Give 'em two!") Ticket prices are (1) for $125, (2) for $200, or (3) for $250. You need not be present to win. Call (231) 941-GLAD to arrange ticket purchases.
Prayers for Clergy & Religious
File: October Prayers for Clergy
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)