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14 July 14, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org St. John and St. Peter grade schools merge into one 50 & 25 YEARS AGO BY LARRY CHABOT FROM OUR SUNDAY VISITOR JULY, 1967 L'Anse's Bernerd Lambert, who was born on Bishop Baraga's birthday, penned a new Baraga biography, "Shepherd of My Soul." St. John and St. Peter grade schools in Marquette merged into one, located at the enlarged cathedral school. The first member of the new Priests Senate was Father Leno Zadra of St. Thomas Parish in Escanaba. FROM THE U.P. CATHOLIC JULY, 1992 When its last three priests left the diocese, the Jesuit order ended service in the U.P., which began in 1641. Pope John Paul II successfully survived pre-cancerous colon surgery. The diocese opened a "house of discernment" in Marquette for youth considering a religious vocation. Catholic Social Services assists foster parents BY REBECCA GRIDER CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE U.P. Its important to remember, even the little bit of time, love, care, understanding and trust that we were able to provide that even if the child ended up leaving our home it was all part of Gods plan; part of the bigger picture. This advice has encouraged Jacob and Jenni Polfus of Carney along their journey of foster parenting and adoption. Weve had friends tell us, Id never want to give them back, but we felt that even if it was just for a short time, that it was worth it if we could be a positive influence in the childs life, Jenni said. The Polfuses have been foster parents with Catholic Social Services of the U.P. for almost four years. The decision to open their home to children through foster care and adoption was a result of Jennis experience working as a nurse at a local health department. Part of her duties involved conducting home visits with patients, and several of her patients were children in foster care. Jenni received infor- mation on Catholic Social Services at the health department where she worked, and she and her husband started the process of becoming foster parents. With parenting comes challenges, and foster parenting brings its own unique challenges. One of the greatest challenges the Polfuses faced at irst was knowing their then foster son, would have regular visits with his biological parents. A bond had already started to form between the Polfuses and Lance, making time away from him nerve-wracking and saddening. They understood and respected the purpose of the visits, but it didnt make it any easier. When reunification with his biological parents was no longer the goal for Lance, the challenge became navigating the process of transitioning from foster care to adoption. Jenni remembers thinking, Come on, cant we just adopt him? For the Polfuses, Lances adoption day in No- vember of 2015, which happened shortly before his fourth birthday, was a celebration the entire extended family shared. The familys celebration continued with the birth of their first daughter, Londyn, just eight months after Lances adoption. Although the Polfuses have now had a biological child, they fully consider Lance their first and eldest child. The family plans to continue fostering, opening their home and hearts to children who need a safe place to live, where they are shown how import- ant they are, as one of Gods children. Child Welfare and Adoption Services of Catho- lic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula served 139 children in 2016. During the year, 3,637 days of foster care were provided and 10 adoptions were completed. Look for the envelope inserted into this issue of The U.P. Catholic for informa- tion on how to support this ministry in the U.P. COURTESY PHOTO Jenni and Jacob Polfus with their children Lance and Londyn. Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org Father William Ssozi From your Staff & Parishioners of Resurrection in Hancock & St. Francis of Assisi in Dollar Bay We are so grateful to be celebrating with you, 25 years since God called you to the Priesthood. We are truly thankful for your ministry to us and are happy you are our Pastor and friend.

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