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10 February 5, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC WEDDINGS & MARRIAGES www.upcatholic.org SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS WE HAVE GREAT WEDDING GIFTS! ALSO, STOP BY FOR SOME TERRIFIC LENTEN READING MATERIAL. (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. In 2007 Kristi got married. Her hus- band, Kevin, had grown up Catholic, attending 12 years of Catholic school in Traverse City. My family had a strong influence on my faith when I was growing up. From my grandpar- ents, to my aunts and uncles, and my parents, Catholicism was just a part of my identity. As high school ended, Kevin began to fall away from the faith, though he had felt Gods presence in the Church. When I was about 17, I started to drift away from the Church. I think it was mostly due to teenage rebellion, he said. I always felt the presence of God when I was at Church, but I had a hard time accepting what (I thought) was a bunch of restrictive and arbitrary rules. Several years into their marriage, Kristi and Kevin had a beautiful and strong marriage, but they recognized there was still something missing. We just went about life, you get caught up in things. I had always felt like there was something missing, Kristi said. I always believed in God, but we were busy. At some point I told Kevin I missed that and I wanted that fam- ily. You have friends and family in a church setting. The yearning Kristi felt in her heart to start attending church was some- thing Kevin had also longed for. I missed the Massthe words the priest spoke, the music, the incenseI missed the lessons Jesus taught and listening to the words of St. Paul. I felt like God was calling me back, even though, in my stubbornness, it took a long time for me to answer. After giving various Christian faith services a try, Kevin looked back to his Catholic roots. He convinced Kristi they should attend a Mass, his irst for a long time. However, neither were convinced that it was where they belonged. We went to Mass together, at first it was just so different than what Im used to. And, I dont think Kevin was quite ready for it yet. In 2013 Kristi was hired as a part- time assistant at the Diocese of Marquette while finishing her degree at Northern Michigan University. Even though she didnt realize it was a Catholic organization when she began, getting hired was something that ended up having a large impact on her life. I had no idea what the diocese was at first and I didn't even know it was related to the Catholic Church. I was surprised that I worked so close to the bishop! Within the first few months she watched the people she worked with and knew God was speaking to her heart. I really liked the people I worked with. I was watching them and felt like I was in the right place. As graduation from NMU drew near, God began to show her more that she was in the right place. I was fetting concerned because I needed something more than part-time. A full-time job ended up opening at the diocese and I got it, she explained. I had a job that was in my field and I felt like I kept getting a nudge from God that He put me there. He put me where I needed to be. However, that nudge continued to happen more often as Kristi settled into her job. She and Kevin gave the Catholic Mass another try during Christmas, and this time they knew it was where they were being called. I knew that Kristi felt the same call I did, and we tried a few times to find a church to go to, but none of them felt like home to us. I wanted to share with her that incredible feeling of Gods presence I felt whenever I walked into the church I grew up in, stated Kevin. We attended Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Ishpeming on Christmas Eve 2013, and we knew that we had found our new home. Kristi and Kevin began attending Mass on a consistent basis, making it a focal point of their marriage. After much thought and prayer, Kristi began taking the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes at St. John the Evangelist in the fall of 2014. I had talked to Kevin about it and he was completely on board. Somewhere in between he had gone from not wanting to do this, to he was ready, too. It was just Gods timing. The RCIA classes became some- thing the two of them did and learned together. The faith in general has FROM PAGE 1 MARRIAGE: Christ brought to the center through the Catholic faith JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC Kristi and Kevin stand before the altar as Father Larry Van Damme blesses their marriage in the Catholic Church. The blessing took place in May of 2015, just a month after Kristi came into the Church. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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