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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. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $14.86/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY March 31, 2017 3 JACK KINNUNEN St. Anne, Chassell College l 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 JACK'S... - favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi. "It was through his example of poverty and simplicity that helped me form a greater desire for God and less of things of this world." - favorite prayer is time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. T eaching faith and values to students, caring for the sick, and serving meals to the hungry these are just a few of the activities that occur daily at Catholic institutions. Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said that faith in action is loveand love in action is service. In the spirit of St. Teresa, the outreach and education found at Catholic facilities is offered by com- passionate souls who walk through life guided by faith and a desire to serve others. Whether providing an education in a Catholic school, offering care in a Catholic health center, or delivering social services in a Catholic charitable organization, those who dedicate their professional or volunteer lives to service are on the front lines of meeting peoples needs and uplifting their dignity. At the end of February, Michigan Catholic Conference began a state- wide advertising project with the theme Freedom to Serve. The effort focuses on serving others in three critical areas: education, health care and charity. To promote the teaching that faith informs service, MCC produced three short films that illustrate in a powerful and practical way how people of faith are living a life of service to others. These films also express the necessity for the work to be carried out without limitations or burdensome mandates from the government. Within the three films a series of television commercials have been created that will run on cable and network televi- sion over the next couple months. It is clear that those who desire to serve others in the Catholic tradition maintain a strong presence in com- munities across the state, from Marquette to Adrian, from Lake St. Claire, where I grew up, over to Lake Michigan. Today, the Catholic Church is the largest provider of education, health care, and social services, outside of the government. In fact, a number of Mich- igans Catholic agencies have been present in our state for well over one hundred yearsserving people of all backgrounds and faith traditions, without regard for ones ability to pay. These entities are administered and staffed by persons who do not leave their religious beliefs at the doorstep. It is who they are from morning until night. Their beliefs drive their work. As Catholics, we know that faith is a part of our identity, not just an hour-long activity on Sunday. We understand that Catholic institutions, too, cannot separate their faith from their service, as they help individuals find their voice, heal wounds, and offer Gods loving arms of mercy and support. Public support for faith-based organizations is wide- spread in todays increasingly secular culture. While ideological and antagonistic organizations attempt to diminish the contributions of religious agencies and reduce their place in the public realm, the Freedom to Serve project places a spotlight on the humble work Catholic agencies do on behalf of our vulnerable broth- ers and sisters. Religious institutions serve as inclusive and diverse components of the states communities, motivated by faith in the spirit of loving thy neighbor. They are among the best in their fields, and society as a whole benefits greatly from their service, primarily to those most in need. During this Lenten season, Catholics and others of goodwill have increased their almsgiving, their prayer life, and their daily sacrifices. I would also encourage everyone to watch the short films and television com- mercials produced for the Freedom to Serve effort at www.CatholicsServe.com. Share the videos with family. Send them to coworkers who may have an interest. Post the videos on your Facebook page and invite friends to watch. Perhaps the project will motivate others to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, donate their time to a homeless shelter, or contribute to the needs of others in a unique way. Ideally the project will remind residents of this great state that the Catholic Church is comprised of a body of believers who transform their faith into action for the good of others. Their selfless actions and desire to serve remind us that the Church is a selfless and prayerful community, one that values human dignity and seeks to serve those in need. Isnt this worth sharing and protecting for future generations? The Word from Lansing is a regular column for Catholic news outlets and is written by Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) President and CEO Paul A. Long. Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state. THE WORD FROM LANSING Paul A. Long Campaign reminds us faith is more than an hour-long activity on Sunday COURTESY PHOTO David Lord, president and CEO of OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Escanaba, speaks in the videos about the importance of Catholic healthcare.

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