Confirmation and First Communion

This past weekend we had a special day as our daughter Teresa received her sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. It was a perfect day! She chose St. Faustina as her confirmation saint.

confirmation1Before Mass

confirmation2Getting Ready

confirmation3Bishop Raica Anointing Teresa with Chrism

confirmation4Shaking hands with the Bishop

confirmation5Teresa's Sponsor Jake and Father Libby

confirmation6Teresa's Sponsor Jake and Bishop Raica

confirmation7Teresa crowning Our Lady on Mother's Day!

Great Catholic Events this Weekend

Two great events at Holy Rosary and a Catholic Men's Conference in Traverse City provide some great opportunities for Catholics this weekend.

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th - 24 Hours for the Lord
24 hours of confession and adoration at Holy Rosary with confessions around the clock!
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Saturday, March 5th - 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference "Battle Ready Rally"
An all-day retreat with Doug Barry, founder of Radix and Battle Ready, the day ends with Mass celebrated by Bishop Raica!
At St. Francis School
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Sunday, March 6th - Holy League Event
A special presentation given by Doug Barry on preparing for and engaging in the spiritual fight. The talk is centered on the Sacraments and using the tools God has given us to fight the spiritual battle. Men, women, and children (over the age of seven) are encouraged to attend. Timeline for March 6th is as follows:
5:00-6:00pm – Potluck dinner and talk for men
6:00-7:30 – Battle Ready Rally (with Doug Barry) open to men, women, and children (over the age of seven)
7:30-8:30 – Men’s Holy League Hour with confession (for the men) and adoration
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Cardinal Burke: A Warning and The Importance of Family

The first is from Michael Voris with a warning from Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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The second is about the importance of the family and how "The Family is a Little Church".

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Article: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage "A Tragic Error" Says President of Catholic Bishops' Conference

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage" "is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.

I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.

Statement by Bishop Raica Regarding Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si ?”

Here's a statement from our bishop, Bishop Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord, about Pope Francis' Encylical "Laudato Si". You can read the entire encyclical here.

Cassock Head-ShouldersStatement by the Most Rev. Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord Regarding Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Si"

Today’s release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si” (“On Care for Our Common Home”) has been awaited with great anticipation and interest, not only among Catholics, but within the general public as well. The Holy Father has encouraged all of us to reflect upon God’s gifts of creation and the environment and how we care for that which has been entrusted to us. Exercising proper stewardship of all of our resources is integral to the dignity of human life and an application of our social teachings.

One has only to look around the Diocese of Gaylord to see the spectacular beauty created by God. For example, we are surrounded by the largest freshwater system on Earth and an abundance of land for agriculture. These gifts provide great blessings to our lives, but also come with the solemn responsibility to ensure they are used in a wise manner in order to provide a legacy for generations to come.

With this encyclical, Pope Francis, as many Popes before him, calls on all of us to consider with care the impact our choices make not only on our environment, but indeed on our world. We honor God and express thanksgiving for His creation by being responsible consumers and by respecting creation that sustains us.

ChurchMilitant.TV: Manhood Gut Check

With Father's Day right around the corner ChurchMilitant.TV's Michael Voris takes a look at some startling statistics about fatherless children and why fathers are so important for society to survive.

This quote sums it up best...

All this has happened because many men rejected the basic foundational truth of manhood: that your life is to be spent at the service of others, even to the point of dying for those you love to protect them. Until sufficient numbers of men understand that and make it their own again, society will be lost and spiral even more out of control.

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Meg Meeker: Dads: Six Essential Love – "Dos and Don'ts" for Your Daughter

I thank God every day for my daughters and how much fun we have and how much they make laugh. Dads have an important role to play in raising girls and we need to remember just how much they look to us for attention, understanding, and love. Dr. Meeker explains some "dos and don'ts" and a reminder that fathers hold a special spot in their daughters hearts.

Women, like men, want to feel that someone in their lives adores them. Adoration is the sense that you can do no wrong. Why should you communicate this to your daughter when she, of course, makes mistakes? Because she needs it from you. Because she needs it from you, your daughter has a space in her heart that is designed for you alone. No one else can occupy that spot.

You can check out the entire article and the "dos and don'ts" list at the link below.

Read Dads: Six Essential Love - "Dos and Don'ts" for Your Daughter at MegMeekerMD.com

Colleen Hammond: Modest Doesn't Mean Frumpy!

My wife sent me this video by Colleen Hammond about dressing modestly and a brief history of women's clothing over time. It is very good and I highly recommend both men and women watch it.

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Great St. Augustine Quote

I sometimes forget how important it is to make time for Eucharistic Adoration. This great quote from St Augustine was my reminder last night.

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it. - St. Augustine

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ChurchMilitant.TV: Denied!

Unfortunately not the first time I've heard of Catholics called out for wanting to receive Holy Communion on their knees and on their tongue. Hopefully the Archbishop does what is needed in this case.

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ChurchMilitant.TV: Burke Fires Back

In this latest video from Michael Voris, Cardinal Burke goes on the attack!

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Meet the new priests from Miles Christi

Great news from Miles Christi...

Last Saturday, July 19, two young men were ordained to the Priesthood to serve the Church and the souls in Miles Christi. Let us praise God for this great gift to us all!!

Fr. Charles Nielsen (left) and Fr. Patrick Wilkinson (right)
Fr. Charles Nielsen (left) and Fr. Patrick Wilkinson (right) with an altar server