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10 May 27, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC TWILIGHT www.upcatholic.org Mercy Corner: Resurrection Choir uses talents to serve others 3 Home-cooked meals a day Weekly housekeeping/laundry & daily activity schedule Centrally located & transportation to appointments Catholic Mass offered regularly on-site Retirement Excellence at Affordable Rates! (906) 863-3300 1110 10th Avenue Menominee, MI www.harborscommunity.com Harbors Retirement Community Now offering Adult Day Stay program! Caregivers can drop their loved ones off at our Safe Harbors Suite for a worry-free break. Call for information! Our 123rd Year" Canale Tonella Funeral Home, Inc Mark Canale, Owner/Manager Jerry Pennock, Director 906-226-2711 526 N. Third Street Marquette, MI Canale Gwinn Funeral Home Mark Canale, Owner/Director Jerry Pennock, Manager 906-346-4000 96 E. Stephenson, Ave., Gwinn, MI canalefuneral.com BY LOREENE ZENO KOSKEY THE U.P. CATHOLIC During this Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, the Resurrection Choir at St. Michael Parish in Marquette has had many opportu- nities to exercise the corporal work of mercy, To Bury the Dead. During the first two-and- a-half months of 2016, the choir has sung at 13 funeral liturgies, compared to 26 for all of the previous fiscal year. The Resurrection Choir, which has been a faithful ministry at St. Michael Parish for around 15 years, was the brainchild of former employee, Melanie Coddington, who now works for the Diocese of Richmond. Forma- tion of this choir fulfilled her dream of a min- istry that combined music and pastoral care. In my long years as a cantor, funerals stood out as the most profound moments of minis- try, explained Coddington. She presented her idea of expanding the singing role at funerals from a sole cantor to include a choir to the parishs worship committee, with the support of then-pastor, Monsignor Jed Patrick. Eventually, with the initiative emerging from the worship committee, we were able to make the presence of the Resurrection Choir normative at parish funerals, she said. Anyone is welcome to sing in the Resur- rection Choir, and members are notified of upcoming Masses of Christian Burial by email or phone. By belonging to the choir, Emma DeCorte feels she is doing the Lords work. Singing is a ministry God has called me to, she said. Funeral services bring families together and provide opportunities for evangelization. Choir member Sue Zhulkie stated, Families come in all religious stripes these days, and the funeral liturgy not only comforts those who grieve but is an opportunity to draw people closer to Jesus through the ministry of the parish. Gerry Waite has enjoyed participating in this music ministry, because it consoles mourners, and he wanted to be a part of St. Michael parishs welcoming spirit. Frequent- ly, mourners were not from the parish and certainly often unchurched, so our testimony to the importance of this celebration could be efficacious. I also felt it good to sing at the Joel L. Keranen - Manager-Director, James R. Laurinaho - Director Karl J. Peterson - Director 26090 Pine Street Calumet, MI 49913 www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com Phone (906) 337-4600 E-mail: ecpfh@att.net CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 PHOTO COURTESY OF LOREENE ZENO KOSKEY Mary Ganfield serves as the accompanist for the Res- urrection Choir at St. Michael Parish, Marquette.

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