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SUBMITTED BY AL GAISS Jerry and Angie Mazurek were young and working in fulltime youth ministry with National Evangelization Teams (NET) in 1990 when they met. Along the way the Ontonagon and Rice Lake, Wis. natives, respectively, fell in love and married. The pair now live in Bessemer and are blessed with four teenage children. Having been raised in strong Cath- olic homes, with each set of parents now beyond their golden anniver- saries, the Mazureks look to their upbringing when it comes to raising their own children. I draw upon the wisdom of my par- ents and the way they raised us, Jerry said. With eight of us kids, it was a lot of team work on every project, includ- ing our faith. From family rosary on every road trip to evening prayer time as a family, daily Mass during Lent, all of us boys served as altar boys and a couple of our sisters were lectors. Dad was a Eucharistic Minister starting in the early 1970s and an active 4th Degree K of C. Everything on the weekend was scheduled around going to Mass. These are many of the same things we do with our bunch and they see it from my folks when we visit and join in the nightly rosary. Angies upbringing was similar to her husbands. Her parents were instrumental in getting the NET team to their parish in the early years of the ministry, which led to her serving on it for two years after college. Her parents were youth group leaders and taught confirmation classes at their church. I couldnt ever skip class because my parents were the teachers, Angie said. I like to think that I raise my kids very similar to how I was raised. Angie has been the faith formation coordinator and led the youth group at St. Sebas- tians in Bessemer the past 10 years. Jerry has been her right hand man. He is an active member of the local Knights of Columbus, often serving in the 4th Degree Color Guard. Angie and Jerry are deeply involved in church activities including the youth program where both chaperone parish teens to youth gatherings like Steubenville, host NET re- treats and have helped bring Totus Tuus, a summer reli- gious education program, to their parish. The Mazurek children are Zachary, Rachel, T.J. and Adam. All four have been faithful altar servers and are school leaders, academically and athletically. Zachary, the oldest, is a student at University of Wisconsin, Superior. Zachary served as a lector for his last two years of high school. Rachel will graduate high school a year early this June. She and Zachary are both National Honor Society members. She has been an active member of the youth group. T.J., a sophomore, and Rachel are both mentors in the school peer to peer program as they help fellow students that have challenges learn- ing. He is also active in the youth group. T.J., Rachel and Zachary recently served on a Youth Encounter Team at Marygrove. Adam is in the eighth grade and following the footsteps of his older siblings in athletics, academics and extra-curricular activities. He is T.J.s steady altar serving partner and often gets called into service when their pastor, Father Antony Lukka, is in need of an extra altar server. The couple made sure their kids were exposed to many rich Catholic experiences growing up. Jerry and I got our children involved in church simply by going to Mass every Sunday and connecting with our priest. We often have our parish priest out for dinner at our house and our kids see them as people just like us, Angie said. Our kids would come to CCD every week and youth group as they got older. Being active in the Church means striving to put my faith into action and sharing the gifts that God has given me with others, Jerry said. As a Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper, my faith is so in- tertwined with the MSP value state- ment of A Proud tradition of Service through Excellence, Integrity and Courtesy. Whether it is hosting Totus Tuus or NET retreats, attending Steubenville Youth Conferences, See the See in Marquette, working on Youth Encoun- ter Team, volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, assisting the Knights of Columbus, singing Christmas carols at nursing homes, cleaning up trash on roadsides or raking leaves for elderly parishioners, this crew is learning to put their faith into action. Angie said, My faith guides me in my everyday life because my faith is my life. I pray throughout my day and talk to God many times. I cover my family in prayer before I even get out of bed in the morning. By working for the Church, I feel like my day is full of opportunities to share the faith and live it out both at home and at work. 6 May 27, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Reserve your advertising space today! 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Coming Soon! 2016 - 2017 Diocesan Directory Handing on the Catholic faith onto each generation COURTESY PHOTO The Mazurek family following Mass at their home parish of St. Sebastian in Bessemer. Front row from left are Adam and T.J. Back row are Jerry, Zachary, Rachel and Angie.

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