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6 May 6, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY www.upcatholic.org Growing to serve you in 5 locations! MANISTIQUE, MI 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Food for Le$$ 200 Deer Street MARINETTE, WI 1507 Cleveland Ave. 2301 Roosevelt Rd. MENOMINEE, MI M & M Plaza Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378 Hospitality Lecture set for May 31 The Department of Evangelization and Education Office of the Diocese of Marquette will host the 31st annual Hospital- ity Lecture on Thursday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Marquette. Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. is a professor emerita of dog- matic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill. Her presentation for the day is entitled, The Year of Mercy: A Message about Gods Love. The presentation will communicate a message that is in harmony with Pope Francis declaration of a Jubi- lee Year focused on Gods abundant Mercy stated Denise Foye, director of catechesis and adult faith formation for the Diocese of Marquette. Several priests of the diocese were privileged to be a student of Sister Sara while in seminary. They all assure us that she was an outstanding professor. Sister Butler served two terms on the International Theo- logical Commission, is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and the U.S. Bishops Doctrine Committee, and an author of more than 50 scholar- ly articles and the book, The Catholic Priesthood and Wom- en: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church. She is currently the director of the New Evangelization at the Mother Boni- face Spirituality Center in Philadelphia. The Hospitality Lecture is open to all Catholics who are interested in learning more about their faith. Because of the generosity of an anonymous donor, our diocese has been blessed to host many great Catholic scholars for over three decades. This is an opportunity for everyone to form their faith at a deeper level or to gather with other adults who want to learn more about their faith, added Foye. Registration for the lecture is open until May 20. The lec- ture is free of charge and an optional buffet lunch is available for $17. To register, visit http://www.dioceseofmarquette. org/hospitalitylecture. For more information or questions, contact Denise Foye at (906) 227-9130. Mercy Corner: Youth assist in the mission of St. Vincent de Paul PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGIE MAZUREK High school youth group students from the tri-parishes of St. Sebastian (Bessemer), Immaculate Con- ception (Wakefield) and St. Catherine (Marenisco) stop to take a photo while assisting with work behind the scenes at the community's local St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Shop. Front row, from left to right: Rachel Mazurek, Karli Trcka, Hailey Marchello, and Ciara Novascone. Second Row: Travis Johnson, TJ Mazurek, Ben Bogaczyk, Jared Janczak, Andy Aspinwall, and Jacob Lane. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) across the United States has a long standing tradition of putting forth many of the corpo- ral and spiritual works of mercy through their simple acts of helping those in need. And, the same holds true in several of the small town communities of the Upper Peninsula where SVDP is present. For the past five years, the youth of the tri-parishes of St. Sebastian (Bessemer), Immaculate Conception (Wakefield) and St. Catherine (Marenisco), have given a help- ing hand to assist the local SVDP thrift shop workers with some of the behind the scenes work that allows the organization to thrive. The students lend a hand several times during the year by cleaning and organizing the Bessemer store. I feel like I can make a difference in not only the peoples lives that go to St. Vincent de Paul, but helping the lives of the work- ers there who spend tireless hours helping those who cant help themselves, said Jared Janczak, a sophomore. By the students assisting with the little things, it allows the workers to focus more on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that are at the heart of the mission of SVDP. The store not only helps to assist in the corporal work of mercy of clothing the naked, but there is also a food pantry available, which helps in feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. We don't feel like we are doing anything noteworthy or special just cleaning a thrift store but it's really touching to see how much the people appreciate what we do, stated Rachel Mazurek, a high school senior. According to the SVDP website for the Up- per Peninsula, No form of charity is foreign to the Society. Vincentians typically help through financial assistance with utilities, rent, transportation, emergency prescrip- tions, transitional housing, birth certificates, state IDs and drivers licenses, etc.; through food pantries and vouchers for material goods at the 18 SVDP Thrift Stores spread through- out the Upper Peninsula and Florence, Wis. Throughout this Holy Year, The U.P. Cath- olic will be highlighting the works of mercy taking place in our parishes and communi- ties across the Upper Peninsula. If you have a story and pictures of a person or group of people who are actively engaging in works of mercy, email your suggestion to The U.P. Catholic at news@ dioceseofmarquette.org. Sister Sara Butler

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