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4 August 19, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC AMORIS LAETITIA www.upcatholic.org The Marquette Diocese and the Knights of Columbus will give special recognition to couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or 51st and above wedding anniversary anytime during this year. They and their families are invited to the Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 30th at 2 p.m. (ET) at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette with a meal to follow. Widows and widowers who would have celebrated a milestone anniversary this year are also invited and encour- aged to attend, as are newlywed couples married from September 1, 2015 through October 1, 2016. If you plan to attend, please fill out and return the registration form below as soon as possible so that plans can be finalized. Those celebrating their Golden Anniversary (50th) this year are also asked to include, if possible, a recent photograph for publication in The U. P. Catholic diocesan newspaper. Registration form Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Last name (if your first and/or last name has an uncommon spelling, or if other people often mispronounce it, please include the phonetic spelling) : __________________________________________________ First names:________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Current parish:______________________________________ __________________________________________________ Parish and town where you were married:_________________ __________________________________________________ Phone/e-mail address:_______________________________ _________________________________________________ Our ____th anniversary is/was/will be on__________, 2016 For newlyweds: We were married on__________, 2015 or 2016 (circle one) I / We will attend this year's celebration: Yes No (circle one) GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY COUPLES ONLY: This information may be published in The U.P. Catholic newspaper (please include a photo if celebrating your Golden Anniversary this year): Yes No (circle one) For widows/widowers wishing to memorialize a deceased spouse: Name of deceased spouse:___________________________ Return to: Charles Crotty, Knights of Columbus 13 Grove Hill Court, Marquette, MI 49855-9444 Call (H) 1-906-226-3460, 1-906-362-3523 Email: cbcrotty@chartermi.net Annual Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration set for Sunday, October 30, 2016 DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC In response to requests by several priests of the diocese, Bishop John Doerfler has provided fuidelines on pastoral accompaniment in light of Pope Franciss apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Shortly before I was appointed the Bishop of Marquette, Pope Francis promulgated his exhortation on evangelization, entitled The Joy of the Gospel, which I took as my episcopal motto. To advance the mission of evangeli- zation and in response to requests that I had received from some priests of the diocese, I promulgated the guidelines in light of Amoris Laetitia , which continue the popes efforts to reach out to the peripheries, Bishop Doerfler said. It is my hope that these guidelines assist all those involved in the ministry to marriage in the diocese to accompany those in difficult situations on their journey to deeper faith in Christ. The popes document is more than 200 pages in length and reflects on the Synod of the Familys sweeping examination of fami- lies in todays world providing direction for the pastoral care of the family in many areas. However, much attention has been brought to one footnote concerning Catholics in irregular marriages receiving the sacraments. Bishop Doerfler's Guidelines in light of Amoris Laetitia was sent to priests, deacons and religious of the diocese on Aug. 4, 2016, the Feast of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. In it he reminds that Pope Francis upholds the consistent teaching and discipline of the Church, while at the same time he calls us to pastoral solicitude to bring home the lost and lead them to embrace Jesus Christ and the fullness of his teaching. Amoris Laetitia calls for the pastoral care of marriage in the context of evangelization and accompaniment, according to Bishop Doerfler. Pope Francis proposes that instead of simply stating the Churchs teaching, we must through pastoral discernment find a way to invite a Catholic in an irregular situation to take part in the life of the community so that he or she may experience the love of God and a conversion of mind and heart. Conversion begins with an encounter with Jesus. Bishop Doerfler points out that Jesus did not begin his conversation with the Samar- itan woman at the well by pronouncing a mor- al judgment on her behavior. Rather, he begins with the offer of living water and eternal life. Another example noted is the curiosity of Zac- chaeus led to an encounter with Jesus which brought about the tax collectors conversion. In January 2015, Bishop Doerfler eliminat- ed all fees for annulments in the Diocese of Marquette. For the divorced who are now in an irregular situation, Bishop Doerfler wrote the irst step to return to the sacraments is to re- ceive a declaration of nullity of previous unions and to validate their marriage. In the case that a declaration of nullity cannot be obtained, there are additional paths to be taken. These are the certain cases in which those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment may receive the sacraments of pen- ance and Eucharist. The parties could separate, but even if they cannot separate for a serious reason, such as the need to raise children, they may receive the sacraments when they have repented of their actions and they are willing to abstain from the acts proper to marriage and avoid giving scandal, Bishop Doerfler wrote. Stating that the journey to Jesus Christ is unique for every person, and we need to dis- cern best how to lead each one, Bishop Doer- ler offers some practical advice. He encourag- es reading Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell. The book outlines five thresh- olds of conversion. He also recommends the formation of small groups in parishes. These froups can be a fertile ground for faith to grow in the heart of a person who is in an irregular marriage situation, Bishop Doerfler writes. He also recommends Alpha. This program centers on the proclamation of the kerygma. Information about it may be found online at www.alphausa.org. The online resource, www. ForYourMarriage.org is also recommended. Editor's note: Bishop Doerfler's guidelines on pastoral accompaniment in light of Amoris Laetitia may be found online at www.dio- ceseofmarquette.org/bishop/pastoralmessages Bishop Doerfler provides guidelines for Amoris Laetitia Archbishop Kurtz calls for a day of prayer for peace Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbish- op of Louisville and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement responding to the racially-charged shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. The statement concluded: In the days ahead, we will look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dia- logue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence. Archbishop Kurtz welcomes dioceses across the United States to join him in a Day of Prayer for Peace In our Communities on Sept. 9, 2016, which is the feast of St. Peter Claver.

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