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Grounded in Faith
Restore – Renew – Reach Out
Listening Sessions

The Schedule for the Listening Sessions in various homes of members of our faith community is as follows. The purpose is to listen to each other and understand more deeply your thoughts on what is needed in the proposed church plans. Each session is scheduled to be two hours. Light refreshments will be served. You are all encouraged to sign up by any of the following:
Call the Parish Office
Call or email the Hosts
Use the Sign-Up Sheets in the Gathering Area

Friday,( August 30) 6 – 8 pm Beth Egler & Kay Krause -Charlevoix Estates
Wednesday,(September 4) 7 – 9 pm Bonnie & Jim Furlong -Clipper View
Sunday, (September 8) 3 – 5 pm Barb & Keith Bales -Horton Bay
Saturday (September 14) 5:30 – 7:30pm -Fr. Peter Rectory
Wednesday (September 18) 6 – 8 pm Kathy & Jerry Lauwers -Norwood

Beth Egler 231-547-2269 bethegler@gmail.com
Kay Krause 231-373-6906 hotpink166@gmail.com
Furlongs 231-547-4575 bonfur@yahoo.com
Bales 231-547-2374 barbbales@charter.net
Fr. Peter 231-547-6652 mjoy@stmaryschoolchx.com
Lauwers 231-547-6081 kjlauwers@yahoo.com

Mary Plude
Catechetical Leader
St. Mary of the Assumption
1003 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-6652 ext. 13

Adoration

Thank you for your continued support of our Adoration hours on Thursday and Friday. We have time slots filled and people showing up throughout the time period. If you have not stopped in the Eucharistic Adoration, please consider making the stop on Thursday from 9am to 9pm or Friday from 9am to 1pm.

St. Joseph’s School

Attached our a few of the images of the children of St. Joseph’s School who are enjoying fresh clean water at their new well. Come to hear about the whole project this weekend after the 4pm Mass on Saturday and the 11am Mass this Sunday. The presentations will be at 5:15pm and 12:15pm in our parish center. Georgeann Lindbergh and Suzanne Bruning will be presenting on this wonderful mission that St. Mary’s Parish supported.

Email scam hitting all churches

Dear Parishes and Parish Leaders –
A couple of our parishes have reported recently that some parishioners have received emails or texts purported from a priest, deacon, or other parish leader, asking the recipient to assist them by sending cash, buying gift cards, making money transfers, asking for sensitive data, etc.. Responsible parish leaders would never ask for assistance in this manner. Our elderly are especially vulnerable to these kinds of schemes.
This is happening nationwide and is, of course, a scam. In these cases, the scammers will typically manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone the recipient knows. The email often asks immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Nationally there have also been calls and texts that claim to be the IRS, utility companies, and other institutions, requesting money to avoid going to jail or other penalties.
I remember getting an email several years ago that looked like it came from another diocesan staff member. In the preview, I could see the claim was that she was stuck in a foreign country, her wallet had been stolen and so she needed money to get home. (The funny part was I had just gotten off the phone with that staff member.) Another time the email said the person needed bail money and they were too embarrassed to ask anyone else.
Often scammers use real Amazon or Pay Pal or Bank logos to get you to think it’s legitimate and provide a link to click on. (Often if you hover over the link with your mouse without clicking on it, you can see where it will lead. If the email appears to from a place where you have an account, do not click on the link. Simply go to the site yourself and log in.)
The first questions we are always asked is “how did this happen?” “How did they get my number (email, address, etc.)?” Phone numbers, email addresses, etc., are often readily available these days and so figuring out how the scammer got the address or who really is the sender is often virtually impossible.
We’ve said all this before, but here are some things you can do:
• Be vigilant in how you use your computer, other devices and software.
• Check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Pay attention to the message content, including attachments and URLs.
• Do not open email you think might be suspicious or just seems odd. You can always call the sender to find out if they had sent you something.
• Do not click on links embedded in an email.
• Do not open attachments if you are not sure of the email’s veracity.
• When in doubt, call: If there are questions about any email, do not open it or reply. Instead, pick up the phone and call the parish or the diocese.
• Let your staff and congregation know that Parish leaders will never solicit funds by email, or that any request must be verified with the office.
• Review and regularly update your own passwords. Do NOT reuse passwords or use the same password on more than one site. Make sure passwords contain a variety of letters, numbers and special characters..

If your church receives any suspicious emails, you can notify the diocesan Communications office and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or US-CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security. Information and links are below:
• Report Phishing Attacks: the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has an Incident Reporting page to report email phishing, as well as an email to forward them to, at https://www.us-cert.gov/report-phishing.
• Forward all emails to the Anti Phishing Working group at phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

God bless and Happy Easter!

Candy

Candace Neff
Director of Communications
Diocese of Gaylord
989.732.5147
www.dioceseofgaylord.org
Facebook: DioceseofGaylord
Twitter: DioceseGaylord

Availability of FORMED

Dear Parish Family,

We’re pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and ebooks On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. You will also be able to easily access any featured content the we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us.

Also once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.

We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others.

To sign up for FREE, just visit us here: https://stmarycharlevoix.formed.org.

Weekend Mass Time Change

With Fr. Peter’s announcement of Fr. Innocent joining us as our associate starting this past weekend, our Mass times on Sunday will change back to 9am and 11am.  Saturday will stay at 4pm.  This occurs on the weekend of March 10th and that is also when we Spring Forward 1 hour (Daylight Savings Time begins) that Sunday morning!  So make sure you are ready for that change and our change of time!!