Giving Tuesday-November 30, 2021
As you may be aware, the national day of giving — Giving Tuesday — is on November 30, 2021. Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012, and over the past nine years, has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to celebrate generosity and give to causes they care about. This national day is a great reminder to reflect on our gratitude and consider making a gift of time, talent, or treasure to further our mission as the Body of Christ.
How to Give:
Please consider a special gift to our parish this Giving Tuesday, to support the ministry work of our parish community. You can also give electronically directly to our parish, our Catholic schools, or the diocese through the diocesan webpage https://dioceseofgaylord.org/make-a-gift .
Thank you for all you do for our parish and those in need. May God bless you!
Stewardship by the Book
"Be on guard," Jesus warns in today's Gospel, "lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence." Let us heed His warning and follow the advice of St. Paul, conducting ourselves in a way pleasing to God, overflowing with love for one another.
Make your decisions to follow Jesus during THIS Advent Season. Delaying until one of these days becomes none of these days. Follow now.
“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)
We celebrate Advent each year in preparation for the birth of Jesus, His first coming, as we await His second coming. What will you do differently this Advent season to grow in friendship and love with Jesus? How will you inspire others to do the same? Start by sharing your God story with others, especially those closet to you. Invite and accompany them on their faith journey this Advent.
Family Perspective by Bud Ozar
At this time of the year we are very conscious of our family as we make preparations for Christmas. Today’s gospel warns us not to be consumed by all the consumer activity. This Advent appreciate the gift of people in your life. The best gift this season might be your appreciation of others.
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. The Diocese of Gaylord encourages ANYONE who has reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected in any way to report the matter to local authorities and the Michigan Attorney General
Hotline at 844-324-3374.
Saint of the Week-Saint Francis Anthony of Lucera- Feast Day November 29
Giovaniello Fasani’s foster father sent him for his education to the Franciscans in Lucera. At fifteen he joined the order and took the name Francis Anthony after the great sainted friars. In 1705, he earned a doctorate in theology. Then he began to teach at the Franciscan college in Lucera, where he spent the rest of his life. Renowned for his preaching and teaching, the townspeople called Francis Anthony “Padre Maestro.” And his reputation for mercy drew many to his confessional.” I was indulgent, I don’t deny it,” he said, “but it was You who taught me to be so.” Francis Anthony showed particular concern for the well-being of prisoners. And he initiated an annual Christmas collection of goods for the poor.
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