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For Use October 10-11, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)
World Mission Sunday: October 18, 2020October 1, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
World Mission Sunday, this year on the weekend of October 17-18, is our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the missions and missionaries of the world. Pope Francis, in his message for World Mission Sunday, implores us:
“In this year marked by the suffering and challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the missionary journey of the whole Church continues in light of the words found in the account of the calling of the prophet Isaiah: ‘Here am I, send me’ (6:8). This is the ever new response to the Lord’s question: ‘Whom shall I send?’ This invitation from God’s merciful heart challenges both the Church and humanity as a whole in the current world crisis.”
Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Catholics, we are personally called to mission. We are called to bring Christ’s love to others, especially those most forgotten. This special Sunday brings to life our baptismal call in a personal way, inviting each of us to be “sent out” to the ends of the earth by supporting missionaries and those they serve. Much-needed gifts in this effort sustain priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders in more than 1,100 mission dioceses across Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, parts of Latin America and Europe.
World Mission Sunday is a beautiful invitation to reflect on our common call to mission, but more profoundly than that, it is an invitation to move beyond reflection — we are called to action. The Lord whispers to each of us, “Whom shall I send?” and we too must discern how we can answer, “Here I am, send me.”
I am grateful for your generosity and concern for your brothers and sisters in need, both at home and around the world. I pray that you will join me in response on World Mission Sunday, both in prayer and generous sacrifice to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, answering the Lord’s invitation with a resounding “Here I am, send me!”
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley
Stewardship By the BookIn today's second reading, St. Paul thanks the Philippians for being willing to share in his hardships and promises that God, in turn, will fully supply all their needs. Our God truly cannot be outdone in generosity.
Vocation ViewOnce we have been grasped by the beauty of God’s promised reward, we want to go out to the highways and byways to invite others into the heavenly banquet. Who will tell the Good News? This Vocations’ Awareness Week is a good time to begin.
Stewardship Reflections“My God will supply whatever you need…” - PHILIPPIANS 4:19
God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous. This is very difficult for people that don’t live a stewardship lifestyle to believe. People are skeptical and say it’s just coincidence. If you are skeptical, try living a stewardship lifestyle for just one month – be generous with your gifts of time in prayer, talent in charitable works and treasure and see how God provides for your needs.
Family Perspective-by Bud OzarToday’s gospel speaks about “unworthy wedding guests.” What makes a “worthy” guest? Presence and presents are not enough. The greatest gift we can give is support to the couple as they voyage through life together because marriage naturally contains within it the fields of disappointment. Think of the weddings you have attended. Have you been a “worthy guest?”
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. Next event date is 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.
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.
Saint of the Week-Saint Ignatius of Antioch-Feast Day October 17This Syrian-born martyr, who gave himself the nickname “God-bearer” because of his certainty of God’s presence within him and who may have been a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, became bishop of Antioch about 69. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Rome, where his strong desire for martyrdom was fulfilled when he was thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. In seven letters written to Christians in Asia Minor and Rome, he stressed the need to heal church conflicts, the authority of local bishops and the Eucharist as a source of unity.
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.
Diocese to Ordain Four to the Permanent DiaconateYou are invited to join the Diocese of Gaylord in the live streamed ordination of four candidates to the Permanent Diaconate. This event will be livestreamed from St. Mary Cathedral on October 17th at 11:00 a.m. and can be found at DioceseofGaylord.org. Please keep these candidates in your prayers.
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)