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8 February 19, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY www.upcatholic.org Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents MACKINAC ISLAND 5 Days, 4 Nights - June 6 - 10, 2016 - $549 Price includes: Transportation, Lodging, many meals, a cruise through the Soo Locks, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, ferryboat to Mackinac Island, Tour the island by horse drawn carriage, Arch Rock, Lilac Lane, Grand Buffet at the Grand Hotel, Tour Mackinaw City, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michilimackinac-1700's era village and more. For information & Reservations contact Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents WASHINGTON, D.C. - OUR NATION'S CAPITAL 10 Days, 9 Nights - May 11 - 20, 2016 - $945 Price includes: Transportation, Lodging, many meals, Smithsonian Air & Space museum, Guided tours of US Capital, the White House, the National Archives, Embassy Row, Georgetown, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown, Kennedy Graves, Iwo Jima Memorial, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Gettysburg National Park, Flight 93 Memorial, Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and much more. For information & Reservations contact Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Marquette Neil Newcomb 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba Dale Stannard 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 March 1, 2016 Do you have photos of parish or school events? Send to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org Mercy Corner: Comfort the afflicted BY CAROL HOLLENBECK THE U.P. CATHOLIC As Catholics, we are always indi- vidually called to acts of charity, such as comforting the afflicted. Special emphasis has been placed on spiri- tual and corporal actions in this Year of Mercy. Comfort the afflicted is among the corporal works of mercy that the Holy Father has asked us to undertake in the holy year. In the Diocese of Marquette, this call is being answered by counselors at Catholic Social Services, who offer a wide range of services to families and individuals, including those dealing with stress, depression, anxiety or substance abuse. Jill Esterly-Jayne, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), enjoys working as a clinical social worker at Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula Her clients range from the very young to the very old, but are mostly children, teens and women, she said. I see more women than men. That may be because women are more open to talking about problems, or it may be because people may seek the same gender for counseling, she said. While Esterly-Jayne is not an ad- diction counselor, she said she does help families that have been impacted by addiction and aids individuals to maintain sobriety if they are in recov- ery. Addictions can be alcohol, drug abuse, por- nography and other unhealthy sexual practices online, she said. CSSUP offers substance abuse services and helps families impacted by drug use and abuse. It devastates families. It impacts all of us. Esterly-Jayne said drug addiction problems vary by area in the U.P. While meth use is growing in some places, in others areas, the growing threat is prescription drug abuse/opi- oid addiction. She noted she has yet to see some- one with a gambling addiction in her Marquette office. I suspect it's because there are other avenues for treatment, she said. Esterly-Jayne tailors her treatment plan to each individual. My office is a haven for meeting with clients with mental health issues, she said. I love working with CSSUP because I can incorporate prayer, if the client is willing, invite the Presence in to help someone suffering with mental illness. I use talk therapy, relaxation, empathetic listening and uncondition- al positive regard, an eclectic mix for each individual. Ester- ly-Jayne said her interest in becoming a social worker developed when she experi- enced its benefits in her personal life. I was an adoptee through Lutheran Social Services in 1968, she ex- plained. I began a journey of finding my biological parents. I did eventually meet my biological mother. In going through the process with the case- worker, I found it fascinating, and decided it was something I wanted to do. Before that, I thought social work- ers only handed out food stamps - I had no deeper understanding. Now, I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, she said. I enjoy working with CSSUP where I can offer faith-based counseling. That's so important. Using my degree and prayer and Christian-based counseling is very powerful. I love people, and I love helping all God's people, she said. I help to pro- vide comfort and hope to the afflicted - any afflicted - in life. I teach them self love, forgiveness, and compassion for themselves and others. My hope is to help in any way I can. This Year of Mercy is a great thing, and I'm happy to be part of a force to provide help to families in the U.P. Esterly-Jayne has been a counselor since 2008, and has worked for CS- SUP since May 2011. She has worked in Escanaba and Iron Mountain before relocating to Marquette last August. She and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Max, 11, and Alex, 9. They keep me busy, she said with a laugh. Throughout this Holy Year, The U.P. Catholic will be highlighting the works of mercy taking place in our parishes and communities across the Upper Peninsula. If you have a story and pictures of a person or group of people who are actively engaging in works of mercy, email your sugges- tion to The U.P. Catholic at news@ dioceseofmarquette.org. Jill Esterly-Jane

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