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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC July 15, 2016 3 (USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Carter Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $14.86/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com MATTHEW HILL WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations DID YOU KNOW MATTHEW... - was recently accepted as a seminarian for our diocese? - taught theology to high school students? - studied in Rome? Bishop John F. Doerfler, Congratulations on your Silver Jubilee of Priesthood! - From your Friends at the: O ne of my aunts spent considerable time doing genealogy work, and she traced my mothers family back several generations. I found it quite interesting to listen to her talk about our family. The practice of telling family stories underscores the importance of family in our lives. Because families are so important God fives us a commandment to strengthen our families. In my last message, I re- flected on the Third Com- mandment. In this message, I would like to reflect on the Fourth Commandment: honor your father and your mother. The first three com- mandments teach us how to love God with our whole heart. The rest of the com- mandments teach us how to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. What is a family? A man and woman unit- ed in marriage, together with their children, form a family. (CCC, 2202). Due to circum- stances beyond our control or out of human weakness we do not always meet this ideal. A spouse may die. A husband or wife is aban- doned by the other. Children are born out- side of marriage. Nonetheless, the command- ment to honor our father and mother directs us to strengthen all family relationships, as well as to show due respect for government, laws, and other persons in authority. In whatever situation your family finds itself, you can call upon God to touch you with his love and to help you to strengthen your fami- ly relationships. The family is the most fundamental com- munity of a parish, the diocese, even the whole Church. Families are called to foster faith in God and deepen a life of prayer. Christian families are also a leaven in society that helps our local community, our state and our nation to grow. The family is also the most fundamental community in society. Families are the school where we first learn about God and how to grow in virtue. God in his providence usually arranges that at least one member of our family tries our patience! Family life regularly gives us the opportunity for us to practice patience and love. Children live this commandment when they show respect, docility and obedience to their parents. As adults, they assist their parents, especially in times of sickness, distress, loneliness and old age. Parents live this com- mandment when they love and respect their children as children of God. In addition, parents form children in their faith, provide for their childrens education and physical and spiritual needs. Parents also assist their children with advice and help them in dis- cerning their vocation. Let us all pray for the strengthening of our families. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler Strengthen families THE FAMILY IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL COMMUNITY OF A PARISH, THE DIOCESE, EVEN THE WHOLE CHURCH. FAMILIES ARE CALLED TO FOSTER FAITH IN GOD AND DEEPEN A LIFE OF PRAYER. CHRISTIAN FAMILIES ARE ALSO A LEAVEN IN SOCIETY THAT HELPS OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, OUR STATE AND OUR NATION TO GROW. Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS Effective January 1, 2017: Bishop John Doerfler has accepted the resignation of Reverend Francis G. Do- brzenski as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Lake Linden, and Defender of the Bond. In addition, Father Dobrzenski has been granted a two year leave of absence to explore religious life. Father Francis Dobrzenski F th F i

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