Bulletin Announcement for May 13-14, 6th Sunday of Easter (A)

Quo Vadis Young Men’s Summer Camp
Quo Vadis camp is an opportunity to experience fraternity with other young men who desire to live a life of deep meaning. Spend three days up north at Higgin’s Lake with, relaxation, and prayer, learning more about God’s desires for your life.

Young Men Grades 8-11
July 23-25, 2023 at Higgin’s Lake
Cost $50

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Michigan Young Adult Hiking & Rafting Pilgrimage 2023
Join young adults from across Michigan for a weekend pilgrimage adventure. Enter into the peace only Jesus can give while meeting new friends and experiencing the beauty of northern Michigan this summer.

  • Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • For ages 18-39
  • Camping at Cheboygan State Park on beautiful Lake Huron
  • Rafting on the Sturgeon River
  • 10-mile pilgrimage hike culminating with a Eucharistic procession to the Shrine of the Cross in the Woods
  • Mass, prayer, and the opportunity to meet friends and grow in your faith
  • Registration deadline: July 1. Spaces fill up fast. Reserve your spot today!

Information and Registration at pilgrimage2023.eventbee.com 
Sponsored by the (Arch)Dioceses of Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw, and Gaylord. Open to all young adults throughout Michigan and beyond.

National Catholic Youth Conference
NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) is a powerfully unique three-day experience of prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, service, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Dates: November 16-19, 2023
Invited: High School Youth, 9th-12th grade
Cost: $612.56/person (includes bus transportation, motel, and admission to NCYC)
$627.56 (ticket prices increase April 1-June 30)
Contact: Your parish youth minister or your parish secretary.


Prayer to St. Dymphna for those with Mental Health Challenges

Lord Jesus Christ, You have willed that St. Dymphna should be invoked by us as the patroness of mental health and have brought it about that her interest in these people and those that serve them should be an inspiration to and an ideal of charity throughout the world. Grant that, through the prayers of this youthful martyr of purity, those who experience mental health challenges everywhere on earth may be helped and consoled. Be pleased to hear the prayer of St. Dymphna and of your Blessed Mother. Give those whom invoke them the strength and courage to bear their affliction with resignation to Your Divine Will. Give them the consolation they need and especially the healing and recovery they so much desire, if it be Your Will. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saint Dymphna, Patron Saint of Mental Health, the world is filled with stress, anxiety and mental challenges. Pray for us to deepen our faith, patience and wisdom.

The Church celebrates the feast of Saint Dymphna on May 15.

Catholic Services Appeal
The 2023 Catholic Services Appeal is off to a great start in our parish! Your gifts to the CSA make a difference for many ministries and programs throughout the diocese. Through this appeal, we are helping to proclaim the gospel, care for those in need, and support our parishes and clergy. To date, our parish has received $______________ in gift commitments toward our goal. We would like to achieve 100% participation. If you have not yet made a gift to the CSA, please consider doing so today. Every dollar raised supports important diocesan services, and every dollar raised above target will be used in our parish toward ______________. Learn more and give online at DioceseofGaylord.org/ CSA23. 

Stewardship by the Book

Those who obey the commandments, Jesus says in today’s Gospel, are the ones who really love Him. Does my stewardship reveal my love for Jesus?

Vocation View

That Jesus rose from the dead is our Faith. That we can be reborn in the Spirit is our Hope. That we can do God’s work is our Love. Follow God’s call.

Stewardship Reflections

“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be God’s will, than for doing evil.”  1 PETER 3:17

The old line says “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”  Many of us are diligent in our planning and making sure things are progressing smoothly.  Then disaster strikes, we don’t get the result that was intended or an unforeseen problem arises.  Many times we may respond negatively and ask, “Why me?  I did everything right!”  Here’s the thing – adversity humbles us and reminds us of our dependence on God and not on our own self-reliance.  Rest assured, God has a better plan in store for you. 

Family Perspective

In today’s gospel Jesus prepared his disciples for his departure. Family life is a series of departures. As we mature and grow older we constantly transition from the familiar to the new unknown. Today Jesus assures us we are not alone in these transitions. “I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.”

Abuse of Minors or Vulnerable Adults by Priests, Deacons or Others

To 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.