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For Use October 3-4 , 27th Sunday Ordinary Time(A)
Stewardship By the BookIn the Gospel today, the owner of the vineyard sent messengers to collect his share of the harvest from the tenant farmers; but there was not a single good steward on the property! God is the owner, we are the tenants. What sort of stewards are we?
Vocation ViewAn employer would probably fire any employee who never does his job. God's plan calls us to live our vocation daily in the best way we can.
Stewardship Reflections“The stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone…” - MATTHEW 21:42
Jesus was rejected by the religious and political leaders of his day, as well as ordinary citizens. Living a stewardship lifestyle may cause you to be “rejected” by others in today’s society. For example, saying grace before a meal in a restaurant may attract some strange looks from some. But to others it is sign that God is alive and well!
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarEvery family is visited by difficult times which can unite or divide. These hardships, which we would quickly reject, hold the potential to be the unifying “cornerstone” where we drop our pettiness and defenses and pull together, linked by a common bond and love for one another.
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
Saint of the Week- Blessed Francis Seelos-Feast Day October 5A year after emigrating from Bavaria to America in 1843 he was ordained a Redemptorist priest. He worked for six years with St. John Neumann. A kindly confessor and dynamic mission preacher, he ministered mainly in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Michigan, and directed two seminaries. During the Civil War, he petitioned President Lincoln to exempt seminarians from the draft and, when refused, he ordained them because priests were exempt. In 1866 he began working with immigrants in New Orleans and died in a yellow fever epidemic.
Today is Respect Life Sunday!Join Catholics nationwide in celebrating throughout October. Learn more about upholding the
sanctity of every human life at respectlife.org/respect-life-month.
A Prayer for LifeFather and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Prayer taken from the Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, Revised Edition (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2007), 365.
Copyright © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC.
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.
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.
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)