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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 2, 2015 13 Marquette Neil Newcomb 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba Dale Stannard 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 November 1, 2015 Christ as the center: focus on marriage The Diocese of Marquette along with the other dioceses in the state of Michigan are observing 2015 as the Year for Marriage. The main goal is to present a clear and positive message of why marriage is important for every person and society as a whole. In this issue, Stephanie and John Komp of Menominee share how God has played a role in their marriage, their challenges and advice to newly married couples. Stephanie and John Komp Married: 20 years, Sept. 16, 1995 Parish: Holy Spirit, Menominee Children: Nathan (6) and Carly (4) Christ-centered: We attend Mass togeth- er as a family and prayer has been a huge part of our marriage and family. It strengthens our relationship with God. In our hard or stressful times, it has brought us closer to one another and to God. Challenges: In 2005 we had a miscarriage, it was very tough on both of us. I (Stephanie) was not active in my own church, but John has always been a faithful member of the Catholic Church. I suffered depression and was lost. I did not have a strong faith to lean on and with Johns encouragement I began attending church with him. God truly led me to the Catholic Church and to the RCIA pro- gram. John was my sponsor when I received my First Communion and confirmation, it was a very special day for our marriage. Two years after I became a Catholic we welcomed Nathan into our family. God blessed us with Carly two years later. God helped us realize we needed him in our marriage and blessed us abundantly. Advice: Attend Church together and try to never go to bed upset with your spouse. If you have children, schedule a date night at least once a month. e o r t a i w h C w o a t g m w y Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org

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