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Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? What is Gods plan for us for eternity? The Bible gives us many beautiful images of heaven, and our words always fall short of describing what God longs to give to us. To help us enter a little more deeply into the mystery of eternal life in heaven, I would like to start with a common human experience that will open our eyes to peer into the heart of God. I would like you to think of a time when you felt very close to another person perhaps that special person in your life. Such an experience of closeness happens when two human hearts connect. We hope that times like these never end. We would like to experience that close- ness all the time. In other words, we long for a lasting union with another person. We are not satisfied with temporary intimacy. We want something that will last forever. The fundamental human desire for a lasting union with another person points to what heaven is like. Jesus said, Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ (John 17:3). St. Paul speaks about the knowing the love of God so deeply that it is hard to describe: to know the love of Christ that sur- passes knowledge, so that you may be illed with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). In other words, God placed in our hearts a desire for closeness with him that will never end. Eternal life in heaven is the fulfillment of that desire for an everlasting experience of love. Eternal life is nothing other than the experience of closeness that never ends, an everlasting union with God in an intimacy beyond our imagining. Now we can understand a bit more why Easter is a magnificent day of joy. We rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus, because his death and resurrection gives us the hope of eternal life. With the resurrection of Jesus we have forgiveness of sins and hope of this everlasting closeness. Without Jesus we would be left with everlasting separation from love. Because Jesus has risen, truly we have the hope that love will never end. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler (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 April 14, 2017 3 Easter: a magnificent day of joy TYLER RIVARD Recently accepted as a Seminarian. 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 TYLER'S... - favorite saint is John Paul II because of the joy and love he expressed towards all people and his strong witness and influence on the Catholic Church during his papacy. - favorite form of prayer is the 7 Sorrows of Mary because it helps him have a deeper love and appreciation of our Blessed Mother and her yes to everything that she had to suffer in her life for the sake of our salvation. Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the fol- lowing reappointments: Effective July 1, 2017: Reverend Rick Courier, reappointed pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Escanaba, and St. Anthony of Padua, Wells, for an addition- al six years. Reverend Christopher Gardiner, re- appointed pas- tor of Sacred Heart Parish, Munising, and St. Therese Mission, Au Train, for an additional six years. Reverend Joseph Gou- in, reappoint- ed pastor of American Martyrs Parish, Kingsford, for an additional six years. Reverend Michael Jaco- bus, reappointed pastor of Holy Family Parish, On- tonagon, St. Mary Parish, Rockland and St. Jude Parish, White Pine, for an additional six years. Also, he is reap- pointed vicar forane, St. Mary Rockland Vicari- ate for an additional five years. Reverend Msgr. James Kaczmarek, reappoint- ed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Iron Mountain, for an additional six years. Effective Aug. 1, 2017: Sister Colleen Sweet- ing, OSF, relieved of her appointment as pastoral coordinator of St. Christopher Parish, Mar- quette, with our gratitude for her many years of dedicated service in the Diocese of Marquette, as she returns to her Franciscan Com- munity in Wisconsin to minister at Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc. Reverend Gregory Heikkala, relieved of appointment as priest moderator of St. Christopher Parish, Mar- quette, and ap- pointed pastor of St. Christo- pher Parish, while remain- ing pastor of St. Michael Parish, Marquette. Reverend Brandon Oman, relieved of appoint- ment as sacra- mental minister of St. Christo- pher Parish, Marquette, and appointed paro- chial vicar (as- sociate pastor) of St. Christo- pher Parish, Marquette, while remaining parochial vicar of St. Michael Parish, Marquette. Deacon Jack Lead- better, relieved of appointment as director of permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Marquette while retain- ing his as- signment as deacon at St. Peter Cathe- dral, Marquette. Deacon Thomas Mose- ley, relieved as permanent deacon of Sacred Heart Parish, Munising, and St. Therese Mis- sion, AuTrain, and assigned as deacon to St. Christopher Parish, Mar- quette, as well as appointed director of permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Marquette. Deacon Moseley will also serve as pastoral associate at St. Christopher Parish, Marquette. Rev. Rick Courier WITH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS WE HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND HOPE OF THIS EVERLASTING CLOSENESS. WITHOUT JESUS WE WOULD BE LEFT WITH EVERLASTING SEPARATION FROM LOVE. BECAUSE JESUS HAS RISEN, TRULY WE HAVE THE HOPE THAT LOVE WILL NEVER END. Rev. Christopher Gardiner Rev. Joseph Gouin Rev. Michael Jacobus Rev. Msgr. James Kaczmarek Sister Colleen Sweeting Rev. Gregory Heikkala Rev. Brandon Oman Deacon Jack Leadbetter Deacon Thomas Moseley

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