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(USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Gualdoni Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. 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CATHOLIC March 10, 2017 3 I n this message I would like to conclude the reflection on the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, which invite us to live a chaste life. The Church's teaching on human sexuality can be understood in terms of living holistically, that is, integrating body, mind and spirit in a mutual gift and acceptance of persons. Living holistically helps us to understand the Churchs teaching on the morality of ho- mosexual acts. The world seems to view the meaning and purpose of sex as an intimate, pleasurable experience between two consenting adults. If that were the mean- ing and purpose of sex, then one could con- clude that there is nothing wrong with same-sex acts. However, the worldly view is false and shallow. God has something much deeper and richer in mind. In Gods plan the acts proper to marriage are meant to be a reflection of his love in the world. The acts proper to marriage are meant to communicate bodily a love that is total, permanent, faithful and uncondi- tional. We want to be loved in this way. The worldly view does not speak to our deepest desires but rather provides a counterfeit substitute. Because our bodies and therefore also our fertility are integral parts of the human person, living holistically embraces our fertility in the acts proper to marriage. To love totally and un- conditionally, to completely accept the other is to completely accept the oth- er's fertility, just as fertile as the other might be. Therefore, the acts proper to marriage have a procreative meaning. It is the kind of act that can result in the coming to be of a new human person if all the conditions are right. It is an act of the procreative kind. It is the kind of act that can embrace the whole person by integrating body (including fertility), mind and spirit in the mutual gift and acceptance of persons. Even if a married couple is not fertile, their marital acts do in fact bodily give their fertility to each other just as fertile as they are. In contrast, sexual acts between per- sons of the same gender are incapable of speaking the complete gift of persons because they cannot give and accept each other's fertility. A sexual act be- tween two women or between two men can never result in the coming to be of a child. Thus, the Catechism of the Cath- olic Church states that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. Such acts can never express the total mutual gift and acceptance of persons. It is important to make a clear dis- tinction between homosexual acts and the people who experience a desire for same-sex acts. There is a clear differ- ence between experiencing a desire and acting on it. Persons who experience de- sires for same-sex acts must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. All unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. (CCC, 2358) Per- sons who experience desires for same- sex acts, like all people, are called to live chastely. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler Living holistically: Part IV IN GOD'S PLAN THE ACTS PROPER TO MARRIAGE ARE MEANT TO BE A REFLECTION OF HIS LOVE IN THE WORLD. THE ACTS PROPER TO MARRIAGE ARE MEANT TO COMMUNICATE BODILY A LOVE THAT IS TOTAL, PERMANENT, FAITHFUL AND UNCONDITIONAL. WE WANT TO BE LOVED IN THIS WAY. MATTHEW CHARTIER St. Barbara, Vulcan College ll WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations MATTHEW'S... - favorite saint is Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta , she reminds me that, Not all of us can do great things. but we can do small things with great love." - favorite prayer is the Anima Christi . OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the following appointments: Effective immediately: Reverend Daniel J. Moll ap- pointed as Episcopal Vicar for Religious for the Diocese of Marquette, while re- taining his position as pastor, St. Jo- seph Parish, Ishpeming and sacramental minister of St. Augustine Parish, Republic, as well as his position as chancel- lor for the Diocese of Marquette. Sister Gloria J. Schul- tz , SPC , appointed coordinator for women religious of the Diocese of Marquette. Sister Schultz will be replacing Sister Marcelyn Gervais, OSF. Bishop Doerfler gives his thanks to Sister Ger- vais for her service to the Diocese of Marquette and the Sisters of the diocese. Rev. Daniel Moll M p E V R t o w Sister Gloria Schultz, SPC Sister Marcelyn Gervais, OSF G D h S v s D M Si This year's Spring Study Day is set for April 6 at St. Peter Cathedral in Mar- quette. The day will focus on the mes- sage of Fatima, as 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Father Corey Litzner and his team will share with participants how to live the message of Fatima in daily life. This topic for Spring Study Day is in honor of the Blessed Mother and this anniversary, said Denise Foye, dioce- san director of catechesis and adult faith formation. Other events this spring find Mary as their inspiration: The Fatima Celebration, May 13 at St. Peter Cathe- dral, and our Hospitality Lecture, The New Evangelization via Mary and Eliza- beth, on May 30. The monthly apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima took place in 1917 beginning on May 13, when she appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal. The apparitions continued through Oct. 13. During the apparitions, Mary asked Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. Spring Study Day registration is currently open by visiting www.dio- ceseofmarquette.org/forms. The cost for the day is $15 and includes morning refreshments, materials, and lunch. Registration is due no later than March 20. Spring Study Day scheduled for April 6

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