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. Bishop-elect Raica’s Episcopal Ordination has been set for August 28, 2014, at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord.
Our 2nd Youth Mass was a huge success with 47 youth of our parish having roles in the Mass. Thank you to all families who participated and assisted in some way. Special thanks goes to our Middle School Youth Group, led by Pam Carrigan and Becky Travis, for putting on a fun filled dinner and carnival afterwards. Memories were made and a fun time was had by all! If you would like to help plan or have ideas for our next Youth Mass and Social, please contact Bridget Thuente at 938-7179 or email@example.com.