Sunday, August 12
We are in the planning stages for
our Parish Festival. If you are
interested in helping out in any
way, please contact Doug Buday
or Mindy Joy.
Below is a link to a beautiful reflection from St. Faustina’s diary that I have been receiving for the last 2 years. I hope it will begin your morning in a beautiful way by entering into the heart of Jesus and His Mercy.
Save the date for the 2018 Diocesan Conference September 21 & 22 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Entitled “This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ’s Light, Sunrise to Sunset,” the conference will focus on ways to ‘shine your light’ in all facets of life and will even feature special breakout sessions for teens. Our Friday keynote speaker and emcee/musician for the weekend is internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Jesse Manibusan, author of “Open My Eyes,” a hymn that has been published in many languages for both Catholic and Protestant Churches around the world. Dr. Timothy O’Malley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame will present on Saturday. Bring your family for a weekend of faith and fun and take advantage of the special lodging and golf rates offered by Treetops. More information is available at www.dioceseofgaylord.org. Stay tuned as more presenters and a full schedule will be announced!
We need helpers for 9:00am and 11:00am coffee and donuts. This entails picking up donuts, fruit and supplies, preparing on trays and making coffee before both masses. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping out.
Save the date for the 2018 Diocesan Conference taking place September 21 & 22, 2018, at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Entitled “This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ’s Light, Sunrise to Sunset,” the conference will focus on ways to ‘shine your light’ in all facets of life and will even feature special breakout sessions for teens. Our Friday-night keynote speaker and emcee/musician for the weekend is internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Jesse Manibusan, author of “Open My Eyes,” a hymn that has been published in many languages for both Catholic and Protestant Churches around the world. Dr. Timothy O’Malley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame will present on Saturday. Bring your family for a weekend of faith and fun and take advantage of the special lodging and golf rates offered by Treetops. More information is available at www.dioceseofgaylord.org. Stay tuned as more presenters and a full schedule will be announced! HELP NEEDED! The Women’s Emergency Shelter, located at Third Day Fellowship, will open again November 1st through May 1st. We are looking for female “innkeepers” to help us supervise the shelter again this year! Shelter hours are 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Contact Ginger Stevens at 231-330- 2643 (call/text) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to serve in this amazing ministry! TRANSPORTATION If you need a ride to a appointment or to Mass…please call: Kay Krause at 231-437-3230 Kay will contact one of our volunteer drivers to pick up. Absolute Catholic 2018 Women’s Conference All women are invited to the Absolute Catholic 2018 Women’s Conference “Let Us Cross to the Other Side: The Other Side of Fear” on Saturday, January 27, at Christ the King Parish in Acme. This year, the conference will feature Hallie Lord, author of On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace and host of Hallie Weekly on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel. Registration and fellowship will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person before January 19, and increases to $30 per person until the day of the event. Tickets purchased at the door are $35 per person. Cost includes lunch. The day will feature Mass with Bishop Raica, a witness from Beth Maday, and prayerful music with Janine Winkler. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Endres at email@example.com or visit AbsoluteCatholic.com. March
If you need a ride to an appointment or to Mass, please call Kay Krause at 231-437-3230. She will contact one of our volunteer drivers for your needs.
Throughout the last few years the diocese has been reshaping the children’s sacrament program. For the last 15 years the children have been receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion by the age of 7-8 years old using a 2 year program. Last spring was the last time this program was being used in our diocese. All parishes have converted to a 3 year program.
1st year: Will be the same, Faith formation classes.
2nd year: Faith formation classes plus sacramental classes for Reconciliation.
3rd year: Faith formation plus sacramental classes for Confirmation and Holy Communion. So this means that the children will be receiving Confirmation and Holy Communion at 3rd grade or above. The children who are beginning their formation at 4th grade and above will be included in a Rite of Christian Initiation program set for their age level and the sacraments they still need to receive. So what does this mean for the parish of St. Mary’s? We were one of the last ones to convert to this 3 year program, so this year there will be offered only Reconciliation to our 2nd year faith formation students. That means that this spring there will be no Confirmation or First Holy Communion for our children. The only children that will receive these 2 sacraments will be the children 4th grade and above who are in the RCIA program. They will be received into the church at the Easter Vigil this spring. We hope that this will bring about a greater understanding and love for the Mass, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist.
Do you enjoy high school football? Would you like to help young Catholic men have an opportunity to attend an authentic Catholic university and play football? If so… Ave Maria University (AMU) could use your help! AMU is developing a scout network in Michigan to help identify Catholic football players from all schools (public / private / Catholic) in this area. Generous scholarships are available. For more details, please contact Dr. Gary Jackson, Michigan Scout Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-516-9615.
Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers and Lectors
We are looking for additional servers for each of the Masses. Even if you are here seasonally, we can use the extra help. Training takes about an hour depending on experience with the duties. Please contact the Parish Office to set up a training session.
There is a need for more cantors, choir members and instruments to fill out our 3 choirs at the weekend Masses. The choirs meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the choir loft for practice.
Blood Pressure Screening
Did you know there is a way to serve our parish as a health care professional? Blood pressure checks are offered after all of the Masses the first full weekend of each month. Volunteers are always welcome, and needed, and it is a wonderful way to share your skills with your fellow parishioners. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Tricia Drenth, 231-622-1683.
Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Teachers
We are looking to staff our children’s faith formation program, middle school and high school youth groups. If you enjoy working with youth, we need your help to continue to build the faith in our young people. Those who are 18 years or older are needed to help fill out our staff. We meet once a week for 1-1.5 hours, depending on the program. The Youth Ministry will include some weekend time for community service projects and youth events in the diocese. Even if you are unable to commit full time, we could still use teachers once or twice a month. Please pray if you are being called to help our parish in this ministry.
With the parish debt eliminated, there are other options for your online giving, if that was an area where you regularly tithed your offering. The parish does have a Campus Maintenance Fund that earns interest and will be used for future improvements and repairs to the parish buildings. You may also increase your Sunday collection, contribute to the school or parish endowment, charity funds, or donate directly to the school. All of these will be offered online shortly if they are not already in the list of areas to contribute. Mary will be “cleaning up” the list online by the end of the month and will be deleting the Debt Reduction listing at that time. It would help Mary if you could make your changes online before the middle of the month. The Debt Reduction envelopes have been eliminated beginning with the March envelopes.