Bulletin Announcements for March 25-26, Fifth Sunday of Lenten (A)

Chrism Mass
Each Tuesday during Holy Week, the Bishop celebrates the Chrism Mass, the blessing of the oils used in our various rites (Oil of Catechumens/Oil of the Sick/Sacred Chrism). Representatives come from all 77 parishes in our diocese to retrieve the blessed oils and meet in prayer. During this Mass the priests serving the Diocese of Gaylord also renew their priestly vows of service. You are cordially invited to the Chrism Mass at St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:00. For those unable to travel to Gaylord, the Chrism Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Gaylord YouTube channel. Please join us for this very special liturgy.

Catholic Relief Services Collection
Thank you for your generous support of The Catholic Relief Services Collection and for revealing Christ’s love to those who are poor and marginalized around the world. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Just visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections for more information. Gifts can be made at https://support.crs.org/donate/

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Why don’t we sing the Gloria or say Alleluia during Lent?
The Gloria is a joyful hymn of praise thanking God and recognizing Jesus as the Lamb of God. The Alleluia is another exclamation of praise. While we literally know Jesus has risen and set us free, during Lent, we focus expectant anticipation of these events to come.

Lent is a time to revisit Old Testament events leading to Christ’s mission and the salvation of humanity. It’s a time of facing the human struggles impeding our own resurrection. Refraining from joyous hymns of exultation maintains Lent’s penitential mood.

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Meatless Meals
Tasty Chickpea Gyro

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash lemon juice
  • Greek pita bread (about 8)
    • Sliced red onion
    • Sliced tomato
    • Sliced cucumber
    • Feta cheese (optional)


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup grated or finely diced cucumbers
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tzatziki, combine all ingredients and place in the refrigerator to chill.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse and drain chickpeas and then pat dry with paper towels.
In a mixing bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice, spices and dried herbs. Spread onto a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes (depending on desired crispiness).
Serve with pita, tzatziki sauce, sliced red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese.

To Encounter Christ Retreat for High School and College Students
To Encounter Christ (TEC) is a spiritual movement for high school seniors and college students. It begins with a three-day retreat weekend, starting April 14 until April 16, 2023 at Camp Daggett in Petoskey. This high energy and spirit-filled retreat includes dynamic reflections, music, sacraments, adoration, small group dialogue and prayer. Afterwards, the TEC community evolves into a network of support that both reinforces parish involvement and personal spiritual growth.
For more information about TEC, visit the international website: tecconference.org For more information about the local TEC community and retreat registration, visit the newlifetec website.


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekend

Rachel’s Vineyard is hosting a retreat April 21 at 2 PM to April 23 at 2 PM at the Augustine Center in Conway. The weekend is a chance to get away from daily pressures to focus on buried emotions of the past and walls that have limited our lives due to the effects of abortion. Rachel's Vineyard provides a confidential, non-judgmental, safe, and caring environment for men and women seeking healing, restoration and renewal. The weekend will help your soul find a voice and transform the pain of the past into hope and love.

Cost for the weekend is $170 per participant, which includes two-night accommodations, meals and retreat material.

(Financial Help is Available)

To register or if you have questions, contact Jane O’Brien or Kristyn Lent
Jane O’Brien: 231-675-1715 or jobrien4611@gmail.com
Kristyn Lent: 231-838-8383 or klent@charter.net


Stewardship by the Book
When Jesus heard about the illness of His friend, Lazarus, He responded, “This illness is not to end in death; rather it is for God’s glory, that through it the Son of God may be glorified.” Every aspect of our lives our gifts as well as our sufferings can, if surrendered to Christ, lead to blessing for ourselves and others.

Vocation View
Seeing those who have died return to life is not a common event. But, as believers, if we are serious about our vocations, we are eager to help the down and out find new meaning in Christ and live a full life.

Stewardship Reflections
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”   JOHN 11:40

Many of us say that we believe in God.  We go to church on Sunday.  We volunteer for events at our parish.  But when life gets hard, the pressure is on, when things aren’t going our way, do we really believe, do we really put our trust in the Lord?  When we live a life of gratitude, being thankful for the gifts we have been given, we really do see that God is providing all that we need.  It opens our hearts to see God’s active presence in our daily lives.

Family Perspective by Bud Ozar
Our families can become wrapped up chasing things we perceive will make us happy. Jesus’ words to Lazarus, He says to us: “Come out” from what entombs you. In this fifth week of Lent “untie” yourself and be free from unnecessary possessions.

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.

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.