Special Collection: Diocese of Gaylord Tornado Relief
On May 20, a devastating tornado swept through Gaylord. To provide aid and support to those in need, all parishes of the Diocese of Gaylord are taking up a special emergency collection this weekend, May 28-29.
Bishop Walsh shares, “We mourn the loss of the two Gaylord residents who lost their lives in the storm last Friday (May 20), and we will continue to pray for the more than 40 who were injured. As we work to restore and rebuild, the community response has been truly inspirational. Countless volunteers, utility workers, first responders and people from both Gaylord and outside the area have accomplished much already, and it is our hope to do our part as a Catholic community in providing spiritual and material assistance in the ongoing recovery efforts.
“To provide immediate and long-term assistance, parishes of the Diocese of Gaylord will take up a second collection at all Masses the weekend of May 28-29, 2022, for Tornado Relief. Funds from this special collection will be channeled to the local Otsego Community Foundation’s ‘Tornado Response Fund’ for immediate relief, short-term recovery and long-term rebuilding. Working with community partners such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Food Pantry, etc., grants will focus on getting displaced people into both short-term and long-term housing and provide basic necessities.
“Those who do not have the opportunity to give to this special collection at a weekend Mass have the option to donate online on the diocesan website. Please visit www.dioceseofgaylord.org/make-a-gift to make a contribution. Thank you for your concern and support!”
Details of this collection can be found below:
What: Diocese of Gaylord Tornado Relief special collection
When: Weekend of May 28-29, 2022 (Memorial Day weekend)
Where: Every parish in the Diocese of Gaylord and/or online: www.dioceseofgaylord.org/make-a-gift
Catholic Services Appeal 2022: Finding God in All Things
UNTIL YOUR PARISH REACHES ITS GOAL
Catholic Services Appeal 2022 — Parish Update
Thank you to all who have made their gift to the 2022 Catholic Services Appeal. (Parish name) is _________% towards our goal of $__________. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, it is not too late to help us meet and even exceed our target. Please participate in the support of our diocesan church by giving today.
The 2022 Catholic Services Appeal, “Finding God in All Things,” is off to a great start in our parish. To date, we have received $______ in gifts/pledges toward our parish target. But we still would like to achieve 100% participation. If you have not yet made a gift to the CSA, we invite you to do so today. Every dollar raised toward our target supports important diocesan services, and every dollar raised above target will be used in our parish toward (describe project.)
WHEN YOUR PARISH REACHES ITS GOAL
Catholic Services Appeal 2022 — Thank you; we did it!
Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to the annual Catholic Services Appeal. Each year the success of this appeal depends on you. Your support is greatly appreciated in both our parish and the diocesan church. It is when we grow as a community of believers that we help to assure that those who provide services throughout Northern Michigan will be able to continue Christ’s work here in the Diocese of Gaylord.
Stewardship by the Book
The second reading today contains the somber warning that Jesus is coming soon and will bring to each person the reward that his or her conduct deserves. Has my stewardship of the blessings entrusted to me been such that I could respond joyfully, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”?
Our Spiritual Life is a Journey - following the call of Jesus to “Come, Follow Me.” Say “Yes” over and over again.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelations 22:13)
This is a reminder of how we should live our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – putting God first in all that we do. Not only when I am at Mass and parish activities, but when I am in the world, at work or at school. Living gratefully and generously is an intentional lifestyle. Every decision you make either moves you closer to God or farther away. Choose wisely!
Family Perspective-By Bud Ozar
In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of unity, not uniformity. With uniformity everything is the same. Unity requires recognition and reconciliation of differences. How do you reconcile differences in your home?
Do you listen respectfully or do you try to manipulate or impose your opinion? The seeds of unity and division are in every family. What we sow, we reap. What is your family harvest?