Hurricane Ian Special Collection
Bishop Walsh asks for your support in this weekend’s special emergency collection to help those affected by recent Hurricane Ian. Your contributions will support the USCCB’s Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund. This fund supports the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services — the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church — as they and their local agencies respond to immediate needs such as providing water, food, shelter, and medical care. Your donations also aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts by providing grants to impacted dioceses for pastoral and reconstruction needs. Thank you for your prayers and support. Gifts can be made in person at our parish or online at dioceseofgaylord.org/HurricaneIan
Vote NO on Proposal 3
The Catholic bishops in Michigan, together with all the dioceses in this state, are calling on all Catholics to vote no on Proposal 3 on the November election ballot. The proposal would create a constitutional amendment to allow for unlimited, unregulated abortion throughout all of pregnancy. It also would force taxpayers to fund abortions and would revoke the rights of medical personnel who refuse to provide abortions. For more information about the proposal and how to help defeat it, please visit dioceseofgaylord.org/defeatproposal3 for more information on how to connect with the official “Vote NO” campaign.
Stewardship by the Book
Today’s theme is perseverance, Moses keeping his hands upraised throughout the battle, Paul urging Timothy to stay with the task of preaching and teaching, and the widow appealing to the corrupt judge. To be faithful stewards of God’s gifts, we too must persevere in the roles to which we are called.
Even as a child you knew the importance of asking often for something you really wanted. Now again, in an adult way, ask God to show you his will. When you ask, be sure to be ready to do it.
“…proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” 2 Timothy 4:2
It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He never said that we would have an easy life. Rather, He called us to be faithful!
Family Perspective by Bud Ozar
The widow in today’s gospel is praised for her PERSEVERANCE. In our homes perseverance is a critical ingredient to resolving differences and teaching lessons and skills to children. Perseverance is always an act of faith in the goodness of the other person.
Saint of the Week-St. Hilarion- Feast Day October 21
In his late teens St. Hilarion learned the habits of a monk from St. Antony of the Desert. Then he sought a hermit’s life in Palestine. In his biography of Hilarion, St. Jerome praises him for introducing monasticism into Palestine. And he wrote ironically of the fame that denied Hilarion his lifelong pursuit of solitude because his miracles attracted so many people. Like Antony, Hilarion took only a little food once a day at sunset. He never bathed nor changed his tunic until it wore out. He said, “It is idle to expect cleanliness in a hair shirt.” Jerome relates that even though Hilarion suffered extreme dryness of spirit, he persevered in prayer and cured many people of sickness and demon possession.
Word of Life
“Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.”
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers"