Bulletin Announcement for September 16-17, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Pedal & Praise with the Bishop
Deepen your faith during a fun-filled fall afternoon with Bishop Jeffrey Walsh on Sunday, Sept. 24, starting at 1:30 pm. Join Bishop on the scenic Leelanau Trail for a leisurely bike ride that begins and ends with worship through eucharistic adoration and catechesis. Riders may bike all or part of the trail; non-riders are encouraged to participate in adoration and/or catechesis. RSVP required. For more details or to register, visit DioceseofGaylord.org/PedalPraise

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2023 Wedding Anniversary Mass
The Most Reverend Bishop Jeffrey J. Walsh cordially invites married couples celebrating milestone anniversaries of 10, 25, 50 and 60+ years in 2023 to a celebration of marriage. This special event will include Holy Mass and a blessing by Bishop Walsh, followed by a light reception in the parish hall.

Where: St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord
When: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 11 am

Please RSVP by September 25, 2023 via  dioceseofgaylord.org/marriage

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Matthew the Apostle- Feast Day 
Each year on September 21, on the Feast day of St. Matthew the Apostle, we are called to reflect on Matthew, son of Levi. As a tax collector for the Roman rulers, he was a subject of scorn, one of many hated "publicans," regarded as criminals by honest men.

Yet Jesus chose Matthew. Matthew left his lucrative lifestyle to become a faithful disciple of Jesus, teaching us that no matter how far we stray, it is never too late to turn back to God.

A tax collector turned apostle, proclaimer of the gospel and martyr, Matthew serves as an example of the transforming power of God's grace. 

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
On September 14, Catholics celebrate two historical events: the recovery of the Holy Cross by St. Helena and the dedication of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, marking the holy site of the Crucifixion. 

The antiphon for today states, "We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection: through him we are saved and made free."

Collect Prayer:
O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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Our Lady of Sorrows
On September 15 as we honor Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, it is important to understand the true meaning of the word sorrow. Unlike sadness, which can be seen as a form of self-pity, sorrow is one of the Beatitudes. "Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). 

Despite witnessing the brutal treatment of Christ, she did not despair. Her holy sorrow, so deep and pure, also extended to the sins of those who inflicted such suffering on her Son, ultimately allowing her to harbor no hate as she witnessed these sins.

Take time to read and reflect on the seven sorrows of Mary:
1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35)
2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-21)
3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days (Luke 2:41-50)
4. The Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17)
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:18-30)
6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross (John 19:39-40)
7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb (John 19:39-42)

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Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference
Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 9:00am
Lansing Center
333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI
Visit https://michigancwc.org

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Day of Reflection for Liturgical Ministers
Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Diocese of Gaylord Pastoral Center
Join us for a transformative experience that will deepen your connection with Christ and ignite a love for the Eucharist. Registration opens August 1 at www.dioceseofgaylord.org/liturgicalministersday

MI March for Life Bus
Be a witness to a culture of life. Join us for the MI March for Life in Lansing on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 – the first anniversary of Proposal 3 passing. It’s critical we use our voices for the voiceless. The Diocese of Gaylord has arranged for a bus for adults to attend this important event for a fee of $5. To reserve your spot, visit DioceseofGaylord.org/Life2023 or call Ami Peterson, Director of Faith Formation, at 989-705-3539.

Vocation Views

Stewardship by the Book

Stewardship Reflections

Family Perspective by Bud Ozar