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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY June 17, 2016 23 Father Ted Brodeur + St. Francis Xavier + St. Kateri Tekakwitha Happy 50th Jubilee! We have been blessed forever by your willingness to serve God's people for so many years! Thank you!!! Your friends at: Diocesan Collection Dates: June 25th - 26th Please give generously to assist Pope Francis! BY VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARKETING COORDINATOR With the Year of Mercy in full swing, the nine diocesan Catholic schools have done their part in serving others through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Two of these schools are St. John Paul II Catholic Academy (JPII) in Menominee and Holy Spir- it Catholic School in Norway. Students at JPII have helped lend a hand by collecting unwanted shoes in their commu- nity and donating them to people in need in developing countries. Student council mem- bers at the school organized the donations for the Menominee Animal Shelters Shoes for Shelters Shoe Drive. Students and teachers collected more than 500 pairs new and used shoes to benefit the shelter and help individuals, families, and communities in developing nations. All donated shoes will be redistributed to micro- enterprise partners through Funds2Orgs, a for-profit social enterprise, and used in devel- oping nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses. Through this collection, the Menominee An- imal Shelter makes money for the shoes col- lected (with the amount determined by how many shoes are donated), while the people who receive them are able to start, maintain, and grow their micro businesses which helps them feed, clothe, and house many families. Ultimately, this simple act of donating shoes fulfills three of the Corporal Works of Mercy (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless), and according to Michael Muhs, principal of JPII, students have embraced this mission during this Year of Mercy. Our student council is always seeking new ways to be involved in our local community, said Muhs. The shoe drive was embraced by our students as a great way to live the Gospel by giving of our excess (Luke 3:11). It will ben- efit several good causes with both local and flobal impact in this Year of Mercy. Students at HSCS have also done their part in fulfilling the works of mercy during this holy year. Sixth and eighth grade students recent- ly made rosary bracelets (each bracelet is a decade of the rosary.) These rosaries, and an explanation of what they are and how to use them, treats, and craft items for children were sent to Kenya. The items went with HSCS teacher Jayann Erkkilas sister, Aimee Eu- bank, as she ventured out on a mission trip to a sister church; Eubank belongs to a church in Appleton, Wis. Her church has hosted fami- lies from Kenya, and exchanged her time in the Kenyan community with a focus on child and adult education, nutrition, and health. This kind act by the students fulfills the Spiritual Work of Mercy to pray for the living and the dead, along with the Corporal Work of Mercy to feed the hungry, as the children also sent treats for the Kenyan children to eat. This was a wonderful act of service for our students to work on, HSCS principal Melissa Menghini explained. It gave them a freater understanding of actionable causes beyond our borders. Each student also wrote a personal letter with prayers expressed for the recipient, in the hopes that the recipient may then communicate with our students going forward. Eubank also visited and spoke with our students upon her return to share her experience in Kenya. 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. Mercy corner: Catholic school students help the poor COURTESY PHOTO Students at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Menominee show some more than 500 pairs of shoes donated by students and their families at the school during this Year of Mercy. COURTESY PHOTO Holy Spirit Catholic School students Maggie Menghini, Mackenzie Gilroy, and Devon Georgeffwork on making Rosary bracelets for children in Kenya.

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