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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC June 16, 2017 7 JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC The big challenge that par- ishes face today is this: How do we make our parish into a good catchers mitt?, said Father Jamie Ziminski, pastor of All Saints Parish in Gladstone. What practical things do we need to do in our parish, so that we do a good job receiving and supporting new people coming to our church, or Cath- olics returning to the faith? These questions are addressed in Bishop John Doerfler's pastoral letter, Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers, which was released on Pentecost Sun- day, June 4. It includes practical suggestions for all Catholics in the diocese, and a five-year plan for evangelization. The most critical part of Bishop Doerfler's pastoral letter is that he identifies prayer as the starting point for evangelization, said Father Ziminski. Any evangelization effort that doesnt start with prayer cant be sustained long. The letters recommenda- tions for all Catholics begins with: All Catholics are encour- aged to renew regularly their commitment to follow Jesus. All Catholics in the Diocese of Marquette are encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes in personal prayer each day and to pray daily the prayer for evangelization Father Ziminskis parish is already on board with praying for evangelization and has put a concrete initiative in place. In addition to asking our parishioners to pray for our evangelization effort, weve constructed a special Baraga Triptych, which families in our parish will take home for a week at a time as a reminder to offer prayers for the spread of the Good News in our parish. The bishops letter states, If we love Jesus, we will want to tell others about him and quotes Pope Francis who said, What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved? Very few people will dis- agree with the idea of sharing Jesus with others its just that we Catholics find it so intimidating. The bishop pres- ents several great ideas to help us move from being people of good will, to people of action, said Father Ziminski. Our parish is very excited about our efforts in evangelization. Weve been planning for months. Were calling it All Saints; Every Sunday! Although theyve already gotten started, Father Zimin- ski said his parishioners are ramping up their efforts. We have our main team of sev- en parishioners in place, but were expanding the group this month to about 60. Our parish leadership team has set some ambitious evangelization goals for All Saints. But were absolutely convinced that God is going to outdo our wildest expectations. To read Bishop Doerfler's pastoral letter in full, see the supplement in this issue of The U.P. Catholic. It is also available online, along with a two-page summary that has been printed in parish bulletins at www.di- oceseofmarquette.org/bishop/ pastoralmessages. GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. Sr. Ellen, We praise and thank God for your many years of joyful service to St. Anne's and our entire diocese! Sister Ellen Enright IBVM - With prayers from all of us at + St. Anne's Catholic Church, Chassell Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Deacon John and Mary Cadeau! - From Father Corey and the Baraga County Catholic Community Your ministry is deeply appreciated! All Saints in Gladstone embraces evangelization, pastoral letter COURTESY PHOTO Members of the All Saints Parish leadership team pray for evangelization around a triptych featuring our diocese's first bishop, Venerable Frederic Baraga. Pictured (left to right) are Bill Mineau, Kathy Kohtala, Sister JoAnn Jauquet and Ginny Bigsby.

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