Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference
Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 9:00am
333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI
Certification for Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion
The Diocese of Gaylord is excited to once again offer certification classes for those beginning their ministry as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. If you are in need of this certification, please go to www.dioceseofgaylord.org/EMHC2023 to register for the class most convenient for you.
Certifications near you:
June 26 – 1 PM & 6 PM at Holy Family, East Tawas
June 28 – 6 PM at St. Ignatius of Loyola, Rogers City
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
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.
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.
Stewardship by the Book
Both the first reading and the Gospel today speak of hospitality and welcome. Our ministers of hospitality are a most visible example of using one’s time and talents to welcome the people of God. But the Gospel assures us that all who give even just Aa cup of cold water to one of His lowliest ones will be rewarded.
Jesus knew that when we are committed to whatever we are doing no obstacle can prevent us from reaching our goal. We are invited to consider setting our sights on God’s call to commitment in our lives.
“…whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 1o:38
Pope Benedict XVI said “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness”. “Comfort” puts me first. “Picking up your cross and followin Jesus” puts God and others first. Why settle for comfort when you can achieve greatness! Pick up your cross, ask Jesus for guidance on using your gifts and live the life God intended for you!
Today’s gospel challenges us to resist the individualism of our culture. Everything we are and have is pure gift which we are expected to share especially to the “lowly ones.” What has been freely given needs to be shared freely. No strings attached.
Word of Life
“We often assume parenthood happens easily after ‘I do,’ but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. Still others experience secondary infertility: after giving birth to one or more children, they are unable to have another... If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and his Church desires to walk with you.”
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility”
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.