The Family of Catholic Parishes
at the Rising of the Sun

Serving Alcona and southern Alpena counties

From the rising of the sun to its setting to You, Almighty God all honor and glory (Ps 113, 3)

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Ministries and Parish Activities

LITURGICAL MINISTERS have special roles at Eucharist. They are to be: faith-filled parishioners; faithful to Sunday Mass; open to faith and ministry development; responsible in keeping their assigned schedule.
MINISTERS IN THE ABSENCES OF A PRIEST are trained lay parishioners commissioned to lead Sunday Worship in the unexpected absence of the priest.
Lay parishioners in good standing in the Church can be commissioned to assist in the distribution of the Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord at Eucharist, and to the sick and homebound, and to administer Viaticum. Continual education is required for renewal of their commission every three years.
LECTORS are to proclaim the scripture reading at Eucharist clearly, distinctly, and slowly with meaning. It is assumed they prepare beforehand through prayer and reflections on the scriptures they will proclaim.

CANTORS/SONG LEADERS when necessary, support the congregation in song and teach and practice new songs with them.
PSALMISTS proclaim in song the verses of the responsorial psalm after the first reading and the verse in the Alleluia Antiphon.

ALTAR SERVERS are those who are confirmed and faithfully participate in Sunday Mass.  They assist the priest at Mass and lead in the community prayer through their active participation, prayerfulness, and dedication.

USHERS welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive and assist with needs that arise.

SACRISTANS prepare everything for the celebration of the Eucharist.

While our Sunday Eucharist in praise and thanksgiving to God is the summit of who we are as Catholic Christians, our parishes have a number of other activities that bond us together, helping us in fufilling our Mission Statement. 

Each parish has a funeral luncheon committee. Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. Anyone willing to provide a dish, help with set-up, serving, and clean-up, please contact your parish office to be directed to the appropriate committee members.
St. Anne & St. Raphael: (989)724-6713
St. Catherine & St. Gabriel (989)471-5121
Pamphlets to assist with grieving are mailed to parishioners who have lost loved ones.

Each of our four parishes has its own combined pastoral and finance council.

Parish pastoral councils act as consultative and advisory boards to the pastor. Members are to bring pastoral concerns to the pastor, work with and help the pastor to plan and implement pastoral activities.

Parish finance councils, mandated by canon law, are consultative to the pastor and the parish council in the administration and stewardship of parish finances, budgets, upkeep of parish facilities and the long-range financial and facility development.

Three members from each of the four parishes form a council to encourage, foster, and support the four parishes' cooperation, sharing of resources, planing four-parish activities and events, and setting four-parish calendars.
St. Gabriel Altar Society/DCCW meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, May-November.
St. Raphael Sodality/DCCW meets the first Monday of each month.
Funds raised by these groups cover organizational costs, donations for parish projects, and various local charitable organizations.  

The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) is a national Catholic women’s organization that supports, empowers, and educates Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and in the teaching and traditions of the Church and women’s issues.  Gaylord DCCW is the council represented within our diocese.
St. Gabriel Men’s Club meets on the first Monday of the Month (September-June) to discuss projects and to socialize. They keep up the exterior and interior of the church and cemetery, provide a Mother/Daughter breakfast, and help with the Special Friends (developmental friends) Halloween party.

Knights of Columbus (K of C) is a fraternal benevolent and charitable organization of Catholic men. It was established to support Catholic men in living out of their Catholic Faith and to offer insurance to care for their widows and children. 

Council #4235 affiliated with St. Anne & St. Raphael parishes
Council #6851 affiliated with St. Catherine & St. Gabriel parishes
The members of the St. Vincent de Paul society believe in the dignity of each human being and in growing in intimacy with Jesus Christ through a lifelong striving to see the face of Jesus in every person. Our Family of Parishes has two councils: 
Alcona County St. Vincent de Paul Society operates a thrift store and food pantry on F41 in Mikado. 
St. Catherine’s St. Vincent de Paul Society shares in the ministry of the Alpena St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and food pantry on South US 23 in Alpena.

Income from the thrift stores and donations provide funds to assist the needy. They also serve as advocates for the defenseless and voiceless. Some 12 million people are helped annually by Vincentians in the U.S. 

For junior/senior high school.  Students from all parishes are welcome.

Help is always appreciated in the care of parish and cemetery grounds, flower beds, and with holiday decorating and cleanup.

Some Additional Activities within our four parishes:
  • Christmas Giving Tree and Thanksgiving Food Collection 
  • May Crowning, Children's Christmas programs
  • Four-Parish Family Party, Four-Parish Picnic 
  • High School & College Graduation Mass
  • Refreshments after Sunday Mass 
  • Father/Son & Mother/Daughter breakfasts at St Gabriel
  • Halloween Party for Special Friends by St. Gabriel Helping Hands 
  • Collecting empty inkjet cartridges from printers for Food for the Poor
  • Monthly collection for St. Vincent de Paul
Parishioners are certainly encouraged to participate in local government and local organizations. The parishes also offer opportunities to help those in need and those affected by major disasters through special collections, financial support of the St. Vincent de Paul Societies, local food pantries, Christmas Giving Trees and food collections and the like.