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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE October 6, 2017 15 Marquette 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 Mention this Ad and receive 10% Discount on all Markers & Headstones. ATTENTION SNOW BIRDS! Don't forget to take The U.P. Catholic Newspaper with you when you fly off this year. Call Wendy at (906) 227-9104 or email wnegri@dioceseofmarquette.org with your winter address and the dates you want the newspaper to be forwarded. We will send it to that address without any additional charge to you or your parishfamily. Have a safe trip and we'll look forward to your return in the spring. parish picnic for the final time after some 30 years of doing so - another job they are leaving to someone younger. The Jurkoviches say while many things have changed now that their kids are grown and they have retired from their day jobs, the dedication to serve their parish has not. They encour- age others looking to fill the voids that come with aging to seek a place for themselves within the church. I have met so many women, Sandy said. Our ministry reaches out to those in need, but also offers each of us fel- lowship and a regular chance to go out and gather with one another and share our faith. Sandy said she always talked about the many things she would do once she retired, but has found her niche is volun- teering at the church. She said with age she's grown bolder about sharing her faith, but said: Still, I am not an evange- lizer. I would rather share my faith by example. She said she hopes others will see the fulfillment that comes with a life of service to the Church. It pains me to see so many people missing out on what could be a beautiful and fulfilling experience because they do not volunteer in their parish, Sandy said. Church is a com- munity and you can't feel a part of the community unless you are a part of it. Bob encouraged other retirees to keep your eyes and ears open for a ministry that feels like a good fit. And, he noted the importance of current volunteers encouraging others to join the ranks. Sooner or later you'll have to pass the baton, he said. When ushering at Mass for example he said, be welcoming to all people. Make small talk. Offer avenues in. You just never know when you are going to say the right thing at the right time, he said. While very grateful for such a core group of helpers at his own parish, Bob said: There is always room in our parishes for people looking to volunteer. This begins a series of articles aims to highlight the unique ways people in their senior years are living and sharing the Catholic faith. To make suggestions for future articles, email Angela Johnson at ajohnson496@charter.net . FROM PAGE 14 GIVING BACK: Continuing to serve the church in retirement ANGELA JOHNSON THE U.P. CATHOLIC Dedicated parish volunteers Bob and Sandy Jurkovich stand in the kitchen in the St. Peter Cathedral parish hall where they both enjoy serving parish and diocesan receptions and funeral lunches. Our 124th Year Canale Tonella Funeral Home, Inc 906-226-2711 526 N. Third Street Marquette, MI Canale Gwinn Funeral Home 906-346-4000 96 E. Stephenson, Avenue Gwinn, MI Mark Canale, Jerry Pennock & Charli Lynn Peters - Directors canalefuneral.com Canale & Pennock Funeral Service (906) 485-1500 123 W Barnum Street Ishpeming, MI Remember to pray for our clergy and religious

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