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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS June 17, 2016 17 1ST ANNUAL DIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR CAMP! ST. PETER CATHEDRAL AUG. 8 - 12 / 9:00 - 5:00 The Diocesan Youth Choir Camp is a unique music experience for youth ages 10-17. Youth will have the opportunity to develop their voices and sharpen their musical skills. The cost of the camp is $30 per family and includes daily lunch and materials. Scholarships are available for inancial assistance. Please request a camp registrationformatthediocesaniceorvia email: sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org July 1. They include Father Mariusz Sierhart of St. John the Baptist Parish, Garden, St. Andrew Parish, Nahma, and St. Mary Magda- lene Parish, Cooks; Father Michael Oc- ran of Holy Re- deemer Parish, Birch Creek; and Father Francis Ricca of St. Anne Parish, Mackinac Island. He will retain his po- sition as pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, St. Ignace and Immaculate Conception Parish, Moran. Two priests have been reappointed pastor of their parishes. They are Father Timothy Ekaitis of Saint Mary Parish, Norway and Saint Barbara Parish, Vulcan and Father Joseph Van- dannoor, MST , of St. Joseph Parish, Rudyard, and St. Mary Mission, Trout Lake. Father George Maki is reappointed as parochial vicar (associ- ate pastor) of Sacred Heart Parish, Ewen, St. Ann Mission, Bergland and Immaculate Con- ception Parish, Watersmeet. FROM PAGE 16 Father Timothy Ekaitis Father Joseph Vandannoor Father George Maki (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are most dis- tant from God, in imitation of the good shepherd Jesus Christ. A shepherd after the heart of God has a heart sufficiently free to set aside his own concerns. He does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has worked: he is not an accountant of the Spirit, but a good samaritan who seeks out those in need, the pope said in a June 3 homily. For the flock he is a shepherd, not an inspector, and he devotes himself to the mission not fifty or sixty percent, but with all he has. In seeking, he finds, and he finds because he takes risks. He does not stop when disappointed and he does not yield to weariness. Indeed, he is stubborn in doing good, anointed with the divine obstinacy that loses sight of no one, the Holy Father continued. Not only does he keep his doors open, but he also goes to seek out those who no longer wish to enter them. Pope Francis homily was part of a Mass celebrated in St. Peters Square at the conclusion of a three-day Ju- bilee for Priests. Several thousand priests and seminarians took part in the jubilee, which offered them chances for prayer and reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and pilgrimages to designated jubilee churches in Rome. The Friday Mass fell on the Solemni- ty of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which prompted the pope to reflect on the heart of priests and the heart of Jesus Christ. In the heart of the good shepherd, he said, the Fathers love shines forth. There I know I am welcomed and understood as I am; there, with all my sins and limitations, I know the certain- ty that I am chosen and loved. In contemplating the heart of Jesus, he said, I renew my first love: the memory of that time when the Lord touched my soul and called me to follow him, the memory of the joy of having cast the nets of our life upon the sea of his word. The Heart of the Good Shepherd tells us that his love is limitless. It is never exhausted and it never gives up. There we see his infinite and boundless self-giving. There we find the source of that faithful and meek love which sets free and makes others free, Pope Francis added. This heart also reaches out to those who are most distant. For the pontiff, the fundamental question of priestly life is Where is my heart directed? He noted the plans, projects and activities of a priests life, including catechesis, liturgy, works of charity, and pastoral and administra- tive commitments. He said that Jesus heart had two freat riches: God the Father and his people. This should this be the focus of priests hearts. Christ loves and knows his sheep. He gives his life for them, and no one is a stranger to him, Pope Francis said. His flock is his family and his life. He is not a boss to be feared by his flock, but a shepherd who walks alongside them and calls them by name. Pope Francis' guide for priests to be a good shepherd MARTHA CALDERN CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Pope Francis greets priests after celebrating Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the end of the Jubilee for Priests in Saint Peter's Square.

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