Faith Formation (K-5th), Sacramental Preparation and Middle School Ministry 6-8th grade
Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween? Every year, a debate rages among Catholics and other Christians: Is Halloween a satanic holiday or merely a secular one? Should Catholic children dress up like ghosts and goblins? Is it good for children to be scared? Lost in the debate is the history of Halloween, which, far from being a pagan religious event, is actually a Christian celebration that's almost 1,300 years old.
The Christian Origins of Halloween "Halloween" is a contraction of "All Hallows Eve," and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, more commonly known today as All Saints Day. ("Hallow," as a noun, is an old English word for saint. As a verb, it means to make something holy or to honor it as holy.) All Saints Day, November 1, is a Holy Day of Obligation, and both the feast and the vigil have been celebrated since the early eighth century, when they were instituted by Pope Gregory III in Rome. (A century later, they were extended to the Church at large by Pope Gregory IV.)
If you choose let your children participate in Halloween, explain the Christian origins of Halloween to them. Before you send them off trick-or-treating, recite together the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and explain that, as Catholics, we believe in the reality of evil. Tie the vigil explicitly to the Feast of All Saints, and explain to your children why we celebrate that feast.
Let's reclaim Halloween for Christians, by returning to its roots in the Catholic Church!
This except is from an article by Scott P. Richert. You can find the entire article at http://catholicism.about.com/od/thecatholicfamily/p/Halloween.htm
Family Sacrament Process for all parish children (no matter which school they attend) who are receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation or First Communion with Confirmation. Workshops are for parents and children.
First Reconciliation - workshops will be on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for children and parents. This is for children in the second year of the sacrament process (usually second grade).
~Reconciliation Workshop will be at 10 am on Saturday, January 24th~
Confirmation with First Communion - workshops will be in the spring on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for children and parents. This is for children in the third year of the sacrament process (usually third grade).
For more information, please contact Fred Robb, Director of Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 642-6603.
Youth Mass and Social a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with our parish Youth Mass and Social Sunday, October 18th, 2014. We had 32 kids and teenagers participate with roles in the Mass, and about 80 parishioners attend the dinner and bingo afterwards. A great time was had by all! (And Fr. Ray even learned what Candy Bar Bingo was!) Mark your calendars for our next Youth Mass and Social, which will be January 31st.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
Raffle Ticket Sales for: two home made quilts, plus various items from our vendors!
Christ the King Church is located just behind Tom's Supermarket
on U.S. 31 N in Acme, next to the old Bertha Voss School.
His Holiness Pope Francis, has named the Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Raica, 61, is the fifth Bishop of Gaylord, succeeding the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda who was named to the lead the diocese in October of 2009 and served until September, 2013, when he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. The son of Mary and the late Steven Raica, with Polish/Italian roots, Bishop-elect Raica was born on November 8, 1952 in Munising, Michigan. His mother and brother, Joseph, currently reside in Marquette, Michigan.
Reverend Steven Raica is now the 5th bishop to serve the Diocese of Gaylord. The event of his ordination, brought people from all over the world to Otsego County to welcome Bishop Raica. Excitement and joy filled this sanctuary, as Reverend Steven Raica was ordained the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord.
For Catholics and believers in Northern Michigan -- it's a momentous occasion. Reverend James Gardiner of Saint Luke Church in Bellaire said, "It's a big deal for catholic people in northern mi we have a leader who is successor of the apostles and works with the Pope." "Bishops from the state all over the country and the world will lay hands on Bishop an ancient sign that designates his as a bishop. It's good to know him and get to know him to begin a journey of service together for the diocese and the people," said seminarian, Tyler Bischoff.
Those close to newly ordained Bishop Raica say this is a well-deserved position -- that he's fit for.
The Diocese of Gaylord covers 21 counties, and more than 500,000 people.
More than 20 fellow bishops, 140 priests and other catholic leaders from as far as Rome were at the ordination ceremony.