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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SCHOOLS February 24, 2017 9 COURTESY OF FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY Franciscan Sisters Antonice Lauer and Marsaia Kaster visited St. Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School in Manistique, Jan. 19-20. Sister Kaster shares her experience. Last year, I led the facul- ty-staff at St. Francis de Sales (Classical) Catholic Elemen- tary School in Manistique in a one day retreat on Models for Ministry. Months afterwards, Melissa Wood, the principal (and first grade teacher), asked me to come and stay two days for a retreat, four hours each of two afternoons in January 2017. The theme was Love, Meaning and Marriage-a Con- versation. Retreat presentations focused on the complementarity and genius of man and woman; family and the gift of children; the needs and rights of chil- dren; cultural challenges and the Joy of Love. I greatly appreciated the conversation which came from the reflections of the teachers. Sister Antonice had worked as liturgical musician and teacher in Manistique from 1984 to 1990. So she was happy to accompany Sister Marsaia for the two day excursion back to Michigan. One of the teachers at St. Francis had been taught by Sister Antonice years ago. On the second day of our visit, we arrived while the children were still in their class- rooms. It was a delight for us to visit all the classrooms (accidentally missing 2nd grade- so sorry!) Children sang, recited poetry, told us their hopes for the future. One grade had enacted an inauguration of the new president that morning of Jan. 19th, complete with secret service men, dark glasses, and new president in a suit coat, white shirt and tie. We reciprocated their performances with poetry, songs, ques- tions and picture taking. What a delight to be at St. Francis where so many of our sisters had taught for so many years and to walk where some of our Sisters had grown up. God is good to us! To learn more about the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity visit https://fscc-called- tobe.org/. For more information about St. Francis de Sales Schools call (906) 341-5512. Franciscan Sisters direct retreat at St. Francis de Sales COURTESY PHOTO Kindergarten students at St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique grin ear to ear as they meet and share time with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. JPII students receive blessed Bibles COURTESY PHOTO Recently, fourth grade students at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy (JPII) in Menominee received their own Bible. In the photo, Father Brad Sjoquist blesses Tug Paidl's Bible during school Mass. Servers Jada Johnson and Henry Piasecki look on. Father Sjoquist is the pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Resurrection Parish in Menominee. To learn more about JPII call (906) 863-3190. SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS Xf tvqqpsu boe bqqsfdjbuf uif hsfbu fevdbujpo pggfsfe cz pvs Ejpdftbo Dbuipmjd Tdippmt Stop by today for your books, chaplets, pamphlets and Stations of the Cross posters to help with your Lenten devotions. (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn)

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