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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Worship and Prayer Together


 
Our participation in and celebration of Sunday Eucharist (Mass) in praise and thanksgiving to God
are the source, heart, and summit of who we are as Catholic Christians.
 

 
SUNDAY MASSES  
St. Raphael Church ......Saturdays at 4:30pm
St. Gabriel Church........Saturdays at 6:30pm
St. Catherine Church. .... Sundays at 9:00am
St. Anne Church.......... Sundays at 11:00am
 

 
DAILY MASSES: See Bulletin for schedule.
Daily Mass is cancelled when there is a funeral. Weekday Masses at St. Anne are held in St. Paul Chapel in the Parish Center; at St. Catherine in the chapel of the parish hall (enter office/hall door.)
 

 
HOLY DAYS: See Bulletin for schedule.
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (January 1)  
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)  
All Saints (November 1)
Immaculate Conception of Mary (December 8)
Christmas (December 25)
 

CHRISTMAS: See Bulletin for schedule.


HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY:
See Bulletin for schedule.
 
 
 
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE & RECONCILIATION  
Available by appointment. 
 
Communal Penance Services: Advent, Lent 
 

INFANT BAPTISM
Children are to be baptized as soon as possible after birth. Parents are to contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.

MARRIAGE
Couples are to contact the Parish Office at least six months in advance. It is recommended that they contact the Parish Office before making any event arrangements or planning.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
The RCIA is a process for welcoming adults and children having reached the age of reason into the Catholic Church. The process begins with a period of inquiry in which persons considering becoming Catholics can learn the Catholic traditions, ask questions, and share their experiences. The process is accented by various rites celebrating stages in the relationships between the candidate and the Church. The RCIA is open to all unbaptized persons. Instruction and formation is also offered to those baptized in other faith traditions and to Catholic who wish to complete their initiation into the Catholic Faith through Confirmation and First Eucharist. Sponsors guide the candidates, introduce them to the parish and share their faith with them. For more information contact Parish offices.
 

 
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENTS OF FIRST PENANCE, CONFIRMATION, AND FIRST EUCHARIST 
Confirmation and First Eucharist are celebrated together for those in second grade and older. Children are to attend the Religious Formation Sessions.
 

 
BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS
Requirements of sponsors:
 
• Not be the parents
• Confirmed, at least 16 years old, mature enough to fulfill the duties
• Living in harmony with the Catholic Faith
• Faithful to Sunday Eucharist
• If married, married in the Catholic Church
• Not cohabiting outside of wedlock
 

CARE OF THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND
Contact the parish office for Communion for those who through illness, infirmity or hospitalization, cannot attend Sunday Mass, The elderly, those seriously ill or with grave health problems are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick early in their illness and throughout their illness. The Anointing of the Sick is not the “last sacrament” nor the “last rite”, Holy Communion as Viaticum (provisions for the journey) is the “last sacrament”. 

 
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.

Communal Anointing of the Sick services are held each spring and fall.

See pamphlet: ”Anointing of the Sick & Viaticum” in the churches’ pamphlet racks.

 
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
St. Catherine and St. Anne Churches are open during parish office hours for private prayer and adoration of Jesus present in the Eucharist reserved in the Tabernacle. At St. Catherine, use the office/parish hall entrance. At St. Anne, if church is locked, inquire at the parish office.
  

ROSARY GROUP
St. Gabriel: Wednesdays, May-October
Contact: Annette Kane @ (989) 471-8518
 
  
RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
Single men discerning a call to the Priesthood, men (single or married) interested in the Permanent Diaconate, as well as women and men interested in religious life as a sister, brother, priest or in the consecrated life are encouraged to contact the pastor. All are urged to pray for vocations.

Prayer for Vocations
O Holy Spirit, Spirit of wisdom and divine love, impart your knowledge, understanding, and counsel
to youth that they may know the vocation wherein they can best serve God;
grant that the men and women from our community may have the grace and
the courage to hear and answer Your call to priesthood and consecrated life.
 
May the parents and families of our parish support and encourage our young men
and women to search for, follow, and answer the call of God in their lives. Amen