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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY June 17, 2016 5 Reserve your advertising space today! 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Coming Soon! 2016 - 2017 Diocesan Directory O rdinations to the Catholic priesthood commonly occur around the end of the month of May the time when the fourth and last year of theology studies are coming to an end. The newly ordained men then celebrate their first Holy Mass with family and friends at their home par- ishes. Occasionally, at least in my expe- rience, the new- ly-ordained priest has an uncle in the family who is also a priest. On Jan. 1 of this year I was privileged to celebrate The Rite of Candidacy for my frand-nephew. This rite is a brief cere- mony that celebrates the seminarians intention, and the seminary facultys approval, for him to continue studies for the order of deacon and eventually priesthood. That is, to advance in his studies as a candidate for the sacra- ment of holy orders. My nephew was hoping to celebrate rite of candidacy in his home parish in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He had the approval of the seminary faculty, his bishop and his pastor, to ask me to celebrate the Mass and rite. It was arranged and a bevy of my nephews seminarian friends helped celebrate the rite and Mass on New Years Day. It was a joyous celebration for this rural parish to see a man from their own ranks advance officially toward the priesthood. My nephew is a fine young man and we all look forward to his ordination to the diaconate and priesthood in the year to come. The Gospel of St. Mark relates a poignant episode involving Jesus invi- tation to a young man to follow him as a disciple. The young man approaches Jesus and asks, What must I do to enter eternal life? Jesus answered, You know the commandments, and foes on to list them. The youth replies, Teacher, I have obeyed these from my youth. Jesus looked at him, loved him and said, There is one thing you are lacking. Go, sell what you have. Give it to the poor. Then come follow me. Sadly the young man walked away, for he had many possessions. Maybe later the young man did follow Jesus instructions, gave away his posses- sions to the poor and then returned to join Jesus and his disciples. We dont know. It is a decision that every young man and woman must make in order to give themselves totally to the Lord as a priest or a religious woman. When I celebrated that Rite of Can- didacy for my nephew, I cited my own experience to him and the parish- ioners in the homily. It was in June 1953, more than 60 years ago, I was fraduated from Ohio State Univer- sity and prepared to enter the world as a teacher a speech and hearing therapist. There were many openings in the State of Ohio. The state govern- ment had offered a subsidy to school districts as an incentive to hire speech and hearing therapists. The local superintendent of my home district offered me a salary of $3,000. Yes, $3,000. In those days that was a better salary than classroom teachers could hope to receive. So in terms of the future I could envision having many possessions like the young man in the Gospel. After a summer of pondering the future I went to see the pastor of our local parish and asked what he thought of my entering the seminary. In re- sponse he picked up the telephone on his desk called the rector of the semi- nary and asked if he and I could make an appointment to see him. The next day my pastor drove me to the semi- nary for an interview and the begin- ning of seven more years of education for the priesthood. Jesus said, How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! For men it is impossible but for God all things are possible. PASTORALLY SPEAKING Bishop James H. Garland What must I do to gain eternal life? A YOUNG MAN RAN UP AND KNELT DOWN BEFORE JESUS AND ASKED, WHAT MUST I DO TO GAIN ETERNAL LIFE?" JESUS LOVED HIM VERY MUCH. HE SAID TO HIM, "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS." "THIS I HAVE DONE FROM MY YOUTH." "THEN GO, SELL WHAT YOU HAVE AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR; THEN COME, FOLLOW ME." (CNA/EWTN News) - In recent weeks, Catholics in France and Belgium countries still recovering from brutal ISIS attacks have been hit with numerous acts of violence and aggression. In the French periodical La Provence, local priest Father Benot Delabre reported that in May, the altar at the Church of St. Made- leine-de-l'le was set fire in Martigues, about 800 kilometers south of Paris. The altaris marble, which prevented the fire from spreading. I can't imagine what would have happened with a wooden altar. He also said that another unknown person desecrated the tabernacle which contained the consecrated hosts in the church at Jon- quires in the same region. Additionally, Fa- ther Delabre himself was attacked by a man he caught at the church door who appeared to be trying to steal something. Gaby Charroux, the mayor of Martigues, said in a statement that thefts of every kind in churches in France are more and more frequent and promised the police will curb the attacks. The publication La Croix reported that in April, more than 100 websites of churches and congregations were hacked by suspect- ed Tunisian cyber-jihadists who call them- selves the Fallaga Team. In Belgium, on the afternoon of May 24, two fires considerably damaged the church in Mont-Sainte-Genevive which dates from the 16th century. The police from Hainut, 37 miles southeast of Brussels, are looking for the culprits. A new wave of attacks against Catholics in France, Belgium

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