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Jesus Christ has risen, alleluia! Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, May the joy of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, fill your hearts and bring you peace! Easter is the most important feast of the year because the death and resurrection of Jesus lies at the core of our faith. St. Paul summed up the Gospel message as follows: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5) Do you believe this? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that he is ris- en from the dead? Do you believe that he is alive? To illustrate the difference that faith makes in one's life, following is an example from a young man whom we will call, Michael. I can actually point to a moment when the pieces of my fragmented life came togeth- er for the first time. I was a sophomore in college, going in several directions at once, trying to keep my options open, plagued, in particular, with questions about God. On the day of my nineteenth birthday I went into the woods on the outskirts of town and grandly announced to God, I am staying here in the woods until you do it. What was it? To let me know for sure that he existed. To reveal how I could know him. To speak to me. I stayed in the woods all day and into the evening. I was hungry and thirsty, and it was getting cold. I was a little scared, but I was stubborn. I was determined to stay in the woods until I got an answer. The answer came at about 8:30 in the evening. The puzzle of God suddenly cleared up in my mind. A conviction grew in me that he did indeed exist and that the Church was indeed an institution that told the truth about him. I could have confidence in it. The Lord spoke to my heart too. He loved me. He would forgive my sins and heal my wounds. I was home. All this was a free gift of God. I was a desperate case, so he had pity on me and gave me everything at once. (Timothy Gallagher, Discerning the Will of God, 26) Michael came to believe that Jesus is in the Son of God, that he is risen from the dead, that he is alive. Would you answer these questions? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that he is risen from the dead? Do you believe that he is alive? May your heart always be aflame with faith and the love of Jesus who died and rose for you. +John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette The Catholic U.P . EVANGELIZATION EDUCATION INFORMATION $2.00 16 Pages March 18, 2016 Vol. 45 No. 5 THE NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Bishop John Doerfler raises a crucifix during Good Friday services at St. Peter Cathedral April 3, 2015. EASTER MASS TIMES: Find Mass times for all diocesan parishes and missions P8-10 GIVING BACK: Local artist gives time and talents back to God and parish P19 WORKS OF MERCY: Prayer shawl ministry prays for the living and dead P2

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