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 is 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 MASS: See Bulletin
Mon & Fri St. Anne...............8:30 am
Tues & Wed St. Catherine.......9:00 am
Thu St. Raphael..................5:00 pm
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.

HOLYDAY MASS: See Bulletin for Mass schedule.
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (Jan 1)
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug 15)
All Saints (Nov 1)
Immaculate Conception of Mary (Dec 8)
Christmas (Dec 25)

CHRISTMAS
(
Please check bulletin)
Christmas Eve Mass
St. Anne..............4:00pm
St. Raphael...........6:00pm
St. Catherine.........8:00pm
Christmas Day Mass
St. Gabriel...........9:00am
St. Catherine..........11:00am


HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY
(Please check bulletin)
Holy Thursday evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
St. Raphael................5:30 pm 
St. Catherine Church....7:30 pm
Friday of the Lord’s Passion Service 
St. Catherine Church....1:00 pm
St. Anne Church...........6:00pm
Easter Vigil on the Holy Night of Easter
St. Raphael Church.......9:00pm 
Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord
St. Catherine Church .... 9:00am 
St. Anne Church........ 11:00am

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE & RECONCILIATION
St. Anne.......Sat 2:00pm to 2:30pm
St. Raphael...Sat 3:50pm to 4:10pm
St. Catherine Sun 8:10am to 8:40am 
or by appointment. 
Communal Penance Service: Advent, Lent, Pentecost, Sept. 

INFANT BAPTISM
Children are to be baptized as soon as possible after birth. Parents are to contact the Parish Office to make arrangements. Couples are to contact the parish office at least six months in advance and before any final plans are made e.g. hall rental.

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 the second grade and older. The children are to attend the Religious Formation Sessions. Parents are to be part of 4 or 5 parent sessions offered to help their children prepare for these sacraments and grow in their understanding and practice of their own Catholic Faith, and to assit them in their instruction of their children in the faith at home. 

BAPTISM / CONFIRMATION SPONSORS
Requirements:
• 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”. 

THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements. A communal Anointing of the Sick is held in the spring and the fall. (See pamphlet: ”Anointing of the Sick & Viaticum” in the churches’ pamphlet rack.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION
See parish bulletin, web site or call parish office.

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

For weekly holy hour for the local and world needs and monthly Eucharistic Adoration with the Eucharist Exposed is held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in St. Paul Chapel in St. Anne Parish Center. See bulletin for times and place.

ROSARY GROUP
St. Gabriel: Wednesday, May – Oct.
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
Oh 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