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12 July 15, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC LEGACY OF FAITH www.upcatholic.org Parishes, schools awarded grants for next fiscal year BY TERRI GADZINSKI DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE Nearly $250,000 in grants was recently ap- proved to benefit Catholic parishes, missions, Catholic schools and Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula for the 2016-17 grant year. This marks the Endowment Foundation of the Diocese of Marquette's 16th year of grant making. Bishop John Doerfler of the Diocese of Marquette approved the current grant awards following recommendations from the Legacy of Faith board of directors and grant review committee. In accordance with the endowment guide- lines, half of the grant funds are available for Catholic schools, 30 percent for parish faith formation, 10 percent for Catholic Social Ser- vices of the U.P. and 10 percent for the Cath- olic action fund, a fund to support new and emerging programs and ministries. Under Bishop Doerfler's leadership, foun- dation grant funding is focused on evangeliz- ing programs and ministries that support his three-fold invitation to the people of the Dio- cese of Marquette to be a friend of Jesus, make a friend, and introduce your friend to Jesus. Catholic schools will receive a total of $138,433. In consultation with school superin- tendent, Mark Salisbury, schools are asked to focus the grant funds on efforts that improve school sustainability, including designating 10 percent each year, over a period of years, to enhance curriculum. Seventy-four grants for parish-based faith formation programs were approved. Grants were awarded in all seven vicariates and all age groups throughout the entire Upper Penin- sula. Totus Tuus, Steubenville and March for Life are three evangelizing programs receiving grants that are open to all parishes in the dio- cese. The grants effectively reduce fees for all participants, while making each program more accessible throughout the region. A single grant for the Totus Tuus week-long summer program for K-12 graders will reduce the parish participation fee from $1,300 in 2016 to $1,000 in 2017. The program will serve up to 17 sites with three teams of missionaries. Each site may involve multiple parish commu- nities. It is estimated that the 2015 program reached more than 1,000 people from 48 par- ishes and missions, with about 30 percent of that number being adults who interacted sub- stantially with the team. The program provides a rich experience of evangelization as well as leadership for the missionaries. Another single grant for the Steubenville high school youth conference will provide $50 per participant for up to 300 participants in 2016 and 300 in 2017. The program is admin- istered by Yahweh Yoopers through Precious Blood Parish in Stephenson. Last summer ive busses traveled together from the Diocese of Marquette to the conference. With about one-third of diocesan high school students participating, the Diocese of Marquette was the largest diocesan group in attendance, and Bishop Doerfler the only ordinary there. Catholic Social Services of the U.P. received a $24,195 grant to help provide counseling assistance to clients who do not have insur- ance to pay for services or are under-insured. Catholic Social Services offices are located in Marquette, Escanaba and Iron Mountain. For a complete list of grants see page 13. For further information about the Foundation, visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC Young adults and high school youth give the thumbs up during the Steubenville North Youth Conference held in St. Paul, Minn. in 2015. Diocesan participation in the Steubenville Conference is just one of the many programs that Legacy of Faith has awarded grants to for the 2016-17 grant year.

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