Bulletin Announcement for September 30 & October 1, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 $10. To reserve your spot, visit DioceseofGaylord.org/Life2023 or call Ami Peterson, Director of Faith Formation, at 989-705-3539.

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

Both the Old and New Testament show us that angels are messengers, serving God with their whole beings. The three archangels we honor on Sept. 29 serve humanity directly, performing hugely important tasks.

Michael, whose name literally means “Who is like God,” is seen as the great defender, the protector of the Church and Prince of Angels. Gabriel, who also appears many times in the Bible, has participated in significant events, including the Annunciation of the Lord. Raphael revealed in the Book of Tobit, “I am Raphael, one of seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord” (Tobit 12:15).

Despite the mystery surrounding their complete nature, God has utilized the archangels to pour forth his grace. Through Michael, we can seek protection, through Gabriel, his revelation and through Raphael, healing.

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Guardian Angels

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that every person receives a guardian angel from God, each angel assigned to one person and one person alone. Our guardian angels watch over us, helping us to attain our personal salvation. 

On earth, our guardian angel both inspires and protects us, performing as instruments cooperating with his divine plan. In heaven, we will experience an even deeper relationship with our guardian angel. 

Though many of us may not yet pay much attention to our special personal angels, our guardian angels are always attentive to us. Work today to listen to your angel— have confidence in your angel, as their sole purpose is to take care of us and to help us find our way.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

During the 16th century, with growing threats from the ever-expanding Ottoman Empire, Catholic powers formed the Holy League to defend Christian civilizations against invasion. On the evening before battle, after receiving a vision of the Blessed Mother, Pope St. Pius V asked the Holy League and all faithful to pray the Rosary, asking for Our Lady’s intercession.

On Oct. 7, 1571 the Ottoman Empire deployed ships for battle in the shape of a crescent, the symbol of Islam; the Holy League’s ships took the shape of a cross. After five hours of battle, the Holy League triumphed in what would become one of the largest naval battles in history. 

Today, as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we reflect both on the healing beauty and spiritual power of the rosary. Honor our Blessed Mother and pray the rosary: usccb.org/how-to-pray-the-rosary

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Vocation Views

Stewardship by the Book

Stewardship Reflections

Family Perspective by Bud Ozar