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The St. Joseph Association (SJA) is the retirement fund for our dioc- esan priests. An annual collection is taken up in the Diocese of Mar- quette on the weekend of Good Shepard Sunday (April 16-17, 2016) to support the fund. The SJA collection differs from the annual December collection for retired religious. While the Retirement Fund for Religious supports retired priests, brothers and sisters of religious orders and insti- tutes across America, the SJA collection supports retired diocesan priests of the Diocese of Marquette. The SJA is experiencing a funding shortfall due to increased lifespans allowing retired priests to draw pensions longer, rising health care costs and stock market returns being lower than expected. The retirement age for priests was increased to 70, several years ago, but costs are still exceeding the funds ability to meet future obligations. To give, make checks payable to your parish and use the special collection envelope for the Good Shepherd Diocesan Priest Retirement Fund found in your regular envelope packet, or mark a blank envelope Good Shepherd Sunday Collection and drop it in the collection basket on the weekend of April 16-17, 2016. Checks may also be mailed to 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC April 1, 2016 3 (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 Carter 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 THOMAS MERKEL St. Mary-St. Joseph, Iron Mtn. Pre-Theology 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 DID YOU KNOW TOM... - helps his Grandpa count the collection at St. Mary/St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain? - was given the nickname "GUS" at Catholic Campus Ministry at NMU? - recently spent his summer being a Totus Tuus Missionary? He now makes his home in Florence County, Wis. In 1998 two of his parishioners at St. Mary Queen of Peace in Kings- ford asked if he would like to buy their cottage in nearby Wis- consin. Father Nomellini was surprised to learn the cottage came with all the furnishings. (The lady) had great taste. All I had to bring was a vacu- um cleaner and a TV, Father Nomellini said. Ive got 200 feet on a fishing lake. It's ideal. Looking back on his min- istry, Father Nomellini said, I was chased. Had bricks thrown at me. I was mugged. However, he concluded, Ive met so many good people wonderful people. He now relies on the help of the St. Joseph Association to meet his financial needs. The St. Joseph Association is a very good organization, Father Nomellini said. We have food people involved and the Michigan Catholic Conference is very good in investing our funds. He should know, having served on the association board for three or four terms. The association provides senior priests with a pension, which Father Nomellini said helps supplement the small amount of Social Security he receives. He appreciates the association so much that he has provided for it in his will. FROM PAGE 2 St. Joseph Association collection to be taken up on Good Shepard Sunday W hen I spend time with children, for exam- ple at our Catholic schools, they are ea- fer to ask me about my favorites. What is your favorite food? Italian. What is your favorite color? Black. What is your favor- ite sports team? A loaded question. What is your favorite ice cream? Mint chocolate chip. We all have preferences, some things that we like more. In my last message I reflected on the three elements of the morality of human acts, the object, the intention, and the circumstances. In this mes- sage we begin our journey through the Ten Commandments to help us know what actions are good and bad. They spell out the first steps of what it means to love God and neighbor. In this light, St. Paul said: The com- mandments, You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10) The First Commandment invites us to reflect on who is our favorite. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other gods before me. Is God truly your favorite? Is God the most important part of your life? Does your life show that God is the most important, your favorite above all? Do you believe in God, do you hope in God, do you love God with your whole heart? The First Commandment points us to the source of our happiness: God. Believing in God, hoping in God and loving God bring us deep interior joy. The commandments are not a limitation of our freedom, but rather a road map to happiness. When we sin against the commandments we exchange the true path to happiness with a counterfeit. Some sins against the First Com- mandment include idolatry, atheism, heresy (denying a defined teaching of our faith), apostasy (abandoning our faith), despair, lukewarmness in our faith and even hatred for God. Today it is easy to sin against the First Commandment when we do not get our priorities straight, when something else becomes our favorite: power, money, material things, sports, career, etc. When God is not our fa- vorite, our love for him cools. Moreover, many people today are fetting involved with the occult, for example magic, witchcraft and Satan- ism. Others turn to new age spiritu- ality, astrology, palm reading, tarot cards, etc. All these turn us away from God. Why do we settle for counterfeits? They look real, but they are false promises of lasting happiness. Is God your favorite? Do you believe in him, hope in him and love him? Who is your favorite? JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler IS GOD TRULY YOUR FAVORITE? IS GOD THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR LIFE? DOES YOUR LIFE SHOW THAT GOD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, YOUR FAVORITE ABOVE ALL?

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