Through Baptism, each of us is called to be a disciple of Christ, to serve God and care for one another. Every individual has been given unique gifts which they share with others. Members of the laity and clergy join together to address needs and assist in the spiritual growth of specific populations, as all work together to co-build the Kingdom of God.
The following special ministries are carried out with the approval of Bishop Patrick Cooney and the support of the Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.
CharismaticsThe Charismatic Renewal is a movement of spiritual energy with emphasis on prayer, praise, and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Helen Clark, Chairperson
The cursillo de cristianidad or "little course in Christianity," is a three day program for achieving spiritual renewal or spiritual awakening. It seeks to convey a new sense of individual and organized apostolic action. The program, conducted by priest s and lay people, consists of a three-day weekend focused on prayer, study and Christian action and a follow-up program known as the post-cursillo, also known as the fourth day.
|Contact:||Reverend Larry Sergott, Diocesan Liaison|
St. Joseph Parish
8380 5th Street
Onekama, MI 49675
National Cursillo Center
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW)
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women serve the women of the Diocese of Gaylord by providing opportunities for involvement in fulfilling the mission of the church as well as opportunities for individual and collective sharing, networking, learning and growing.
For more information visit the website for the Gaylord DCCW.
Kathleen Melville Hall, President
Gen Seiting, Parliamentarian
Ecumenical CommissionEcumenism is not an "appendix" added to traditional Church activity, but "an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does," wrote Pope John Paul II in his 12th encyclical, titled "Ut Unum Sint" (That All May Be One). The ultimate goal of the ecumenical movement is to re-establish full visible unity among all the baptized."
611 West North St.
Gaylord, MI 49735
|Resource:||Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, USCCB|
EvangelizationEvangelization is the ministry of every active Catholic. As disciples of Jesus Christ, all Catholics have an essential role in sharing their faith and the Good News of salvation. There are several formation programs available to help parishes within the diocese to reach out to the unchurched, the alienated, or to members of their own community in a spirit of conversion, renewal and reconciliation. Contact the Bishop's Office for more information.
611 West North St.
Gaylord, MI 49735
|Resources:||Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association (PNCEA)|
USCCB Evangelization and Missions
National Council for Catholic Evangelization
Hispanic ApostolateThe Hispanic Ministry serves to assist Hispanic ministry efforts within the Diocese of Gaylord.
Silvia Cortes-Lopez, Director
|Resource:||Hispanic Affairs, USCCB|
Knights of ColumbusThe Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic family fraternal organization dedicated to the values of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Membership in the K of C is open to all practical Catholic men in communion with the Holy See, age eighteen and above. The term "practical Catholic" implies that a person accepts and abides by the Commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic Church.
Michael J. Stanchina - Program East
Resource: Knights of Columbus
Native American ApostolateEstablished by Bishop Baraga in 1852 as a mission to serve the spiritual needs of the American Indians on the Leelanau Peninsula, Immaculate Church was opened to a growing white population in later years. However, the diocese continues to maintain a Catholic presence among the Native peoples while incorporating Native American customs and practices into its Catholic rituals. Prayer in the four directions and the use of the traditional four medicines of tobacco, cedar, sage and sweet grass enhance the sacramental life and worship of the church now known as Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks. The drum, the heart beat of Indian life, punctuates the music of the church's liturgy. The Red Way and the White Way have intersected the Cross of Christ. Come let us worship Him at the Sunday liturgy at 10:00 a.m. Come celebrate all the Sacraments the Red/White Way.
|Contact:||Reverend Andrew G. Buvala, OFM, Coordinator|
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish
P.O. Box 369 (Peshawbestown)
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Propagation of FaithThe Propagation of the Faith is an organization, headquarter in Rome, which distributes aid to Catholic missions and organizes the work of missionaries all over the world.
- American Bishops Mission Board
- Near East Welfare Association
- Holy Childhood Association
Reverend Robert Bissot, Diocesan Representative
Resource: Propagation of the Faith
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent De Paul Society seeks in a spirit of justice and charity and by person- to-person involvement to help those who are suffering. Financial assistance, usually of a temporary sort, such as, food, clothing, shelter, utilities and medicine may be involved in Vincentian work. Such assistance, while important, is not the Society's principal focus. The larger aim is the providing of friendship and informed help so that individuals and families may more fully realize their human dignity and potential, and may use the community resources available to them.
Gerrie LaCross, Diocesan Rep.
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