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BY JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC Parishes and schools from through- out the Diocese of Marquette have been focusing on living out the works of mercy during this extraordinary Year of Mercy. For two Ishpeming parishes, theyve been doing their part by pledging to God to complete the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Each week since the start of the cal- endar year, faith formation students at St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Parishes in Ishpeming, write on a heart to pledge to do something specific to help others feel Gods love. The hearts are then taped to the mercy wall located in the KD Hall of St. John the Evangelist, for the parish and commu- nity to see. I was thinking of how when you go to the grocery store, they sometimes ask you to donate a dollar. You put your name on an umbrella, or whatev- er. I thought, why couldnt we record what were doing? Instead of pledging money, lets pledge to God that were foing to grow in mercy during this Year of Mercy, said Angela Johnson, director of faith formation and pastoral services for St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Parishes. On the hearts, the students are encouraged to write down one of the works of mercy they plan do for the upcoming week. Or, an act they have done over the last week that fulfills a work of mercy. The wall has been able to act as a teaching tool for the youth and their families. It shows to the kids we al- ready are merci- ful people when we have Jesus in our hearts, said Johnson. Were already serving people, were already doing works of mercy. But, it teaches them specifi- cally that the Church wants us to carry out these specific works. One faith for- mation student, Madalynn Peters has filled out several hearts on the mercy wall, including helping others and feeding the hungry. I have helped to feed the hungry by fiving food to kids whose parents dont have enough money. And, in school we fave to the can drive, said Peters. Johnson added, The students have been taking it upon themselves by coming in every Monday night when we have religion class, and knowing that they had to of done an act of mercy because their teacher is going to ask them. This year of mercy has made sure they were purposeful in doing things. Johnson expressed how the mercy wall hasnt just been a teaching tool for the faith formation students, but also for the entire parish and community. The hall is used not only by students, but also for funerals, parish breakfasts, and students from the public school who use the school portion of the building. People come in and see that these Catholics are doing something specific and theyre paying attention to that. In front of the wall includes a table that has prayer cards on it, which is the prayer of Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy. Throughout the wall are photos of saints who are models of mercy, those who pledged their lives to serving others through the works of mercy, including St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Throughout this Holy Year, The U.P. Catholic will be highlighting the works of mercy taking place in our parishes and communities across the Upper Peninsula. If you have a story and pic- tures 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@ dioceseofmar- quette.org. 8 July 15, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY www.upcatholic.org GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. Growing to serve you in 5 locations! MANISTIQUE, MI 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Food for Le$$ 200 Deer Street MARINETTE, WI 1507 Cleveland Ave. 2301 Roosevelt Rd. MENOMINEE, MI M & M Plaza Mercy Corner: Ishpeming parishes take a pledge to live out works of mercy COURTESY PHOTO Youth from St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Parishes in Ishpeming place their Year of Mercy hearts on the mercy wall, located in the KD Hall of St. John the Evangelist Parish. The faith formation students and parish mem- bers have been writing their acts of mercy on hearts and placing them on the mercy wall for other parishioners and visitors to see.

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