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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC August 11, 2017 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 Gualdoni 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 THOMAS MERKEL St. Mary-St. Joseph, Iron Mountain 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 How did God call Tom... Priesthood had been something I was discerning for awhile. Seeing how joyful many priests I knew were was one way he called me. God also really spoke to me during silent holy hours at the adoration chapel." BY DENISE FOYE DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us is one of the lines recited when praying the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When praying the Glorious Mys- teries of the Rosary, one also reflects on the Assumption of Mary, the Immac- ulate Virginwhen the course of her earthly life was finished was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things (CCC - Catechism of the Catho- lic Church - 966) Mary being born sinless (the Immac- ulate Conception) possessed a unique holiness. (Lumen Gentium, 53) She lived her life dedicated to her Son and his mission and as the new Eve, played a key role in the history of salvation. Her assumption into heaven, body and soul, is most fitting for the Mother of Lord, Queen of Heaven. This great liturgical celebration of Mary, Queen of Heaven, gives us hope for Gods mercy and eternal life. This great mystery provides us with a glimpse of what we have to look forward to when our glorified bodies are reunited with our souls through the power of Jesus Resurrection. (CCC, 997) The Assumption of Mary was formally declared dogma by Pope Pius XII in his apostolic constitution, Munificentissiu- mus Deus in 1950. While the actual declaration is recent, this belief of the Church has very an- cient roots, which had been nurtured through devotion, prayer, and local teaching for centuries. Already by the fifth century, early Christians celebrated the feast of the Memo- rial of Mary, recognizing her role as the Mother of God. By the sixth century, the focus of the cele- bration turned to the Blessed Virgin falling asleep (dormitio) in Christ, which coincided with the appearance of the non-canon- ical stories of the death, funeral, and her body being taken up to heaven. It was at this time that the Byzantine emperor Mauricius Flavius decreed that this liturgical celebration take place on Aug. 15, the date it is still celebrated today. Sinners we are T his message brings to a close our series of reflections on the moral life, which is a section of a longer series on the new evangelization. The reflections on the moral life help us to be a friend of Jesus, because what we freely and deliberately choose to do affects our relationships with others, including our relationship with Je- sus. As we close this section of reflections, we see Gods mercy in the light of our sinfulness. There are two fundamental kinds of sin, original sin and personal (or actual) sin. Original sin is not a personal act that we do. As an analogy, think of original sin as a lost inheritance. Adam and Eve received original holiness and right relationship with God when they were created not for themselves only but for the whole human race. They lost that holiness by their sin and thus lost it for the whole human race, similar to a person who squanders his fortune and no longer has an inheri- tance to leave his children. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we are born deprived of that right relationship with God, who restores us to his friendship through the grace of Baptism. To commit a personal sin, we must know that something is wrong and freely choose to do it anyway. A sin is an offense against God and a violation of Gods law. It is a failure in love of God and neighbor and wounds our relationship with God and others. We can sin in our thoughts, words, and deeds and when we choose not to do something good that we are obliged to do (sin of omission). Our personal sins differ in gravity, and thus are called either mortal or venial sins. Mortal sins destroy our relationship with God and we must repent of them and receive Gods for- giveness to be saved from hell. Venial sins do not destroy, but weaken our relationship with God. Three conditions are necessary for a sin to be mortal: a grave matter, full knowledge and deliberate consent. If any of these elements is missing, it is not a mortal sin, but a venial sin. Some examples of actions that are a grave matter are: abandoning our faith, becoming involved in the New Age, blasphemy, serious lies such as false witness, perjury and calumny, fraud, stealing a large amount, murder, abor- tion, physician assisted suicide, eutha- nasia, causing serious bodily injury, deliberate drunkenness, drug abuse, terrorism, rape, adultery, fornication, masturbation, contraception, pornog- raphy, same-sex acts, prostitution, human trafficking and deliberately missing Mass on Sunday. We commit a venial sin when the action is less grave, or if it is a grave matter, we do it without full knowl- edge or complete consent. Yet sin does not have the last word. The Father sent his Son for the salva- tion of the world. Through his death and resurrection, the gentle rain of Gods mercy washes over the face of the human race. To receive Gods mercy we should be truly sorry for our sins and have the desire never to commit them again. The ordinary way to receive Gods mercy for mortal sins is the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance (Confession). Let us thank God for his mercy that he pours on us in abundance! THE FATHER SENT HIS SON FOR THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD. THROUGH HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, THE GENTLE RAIN OF GOD'S MERCY WASHES OVER THE FACE OF THE HUMAN RACE. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT Effective immediately: Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the follow- ing diaconate changes: Deacon Charles Gervasio , relieved of his assignment at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Ironwood, and assigned to serve at Holy Spirit Parish, Menominee, and Resurrection Parish, Menominee. Deacon Charles Gervasio Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption, holy day of obligation

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