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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 6, 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 $15.32/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 BRANDON YANNI Holy Name of Mary, Soo Pre-Theology II 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 GOD CALLED BRANDON... "Prayer, lots of prayer. In addition to lots of prayer, reading related material, being active in my parish, and talking with priests helped to focus my prayer and discernment. Over time the call became clear enough for me to be open to seminary and more serious discernment." May we all be one I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me (John 17:20-21). Our Lord de- sires the unity of Christians, and it is a serious evil that divisions exist among us. Striving toward unity was a major thrust of the Second Vatican Council, which stated: The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but differ in mind and go their different ways, as if Christ Himself were divided. Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and dam- ages the holy cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature (UR, 1). In his encyclical on ecumenism, which is the promotion of Chris- tian unity, Saint John Paul II stated: The Catholic Church embraces with hope the com- mitment to ecumenism as a duty of the Christian conscience en- lightened by faith and guided by love ( Ut Unum Sint , 8). Working toward unity among Christians is a necessary part of the life of the Church in which we are all called to participate (UR, 5). Christian unity requires inte- rior conversion and fidelity to the teaching of Christ in what we believe, how we think, and how we act. The Second Vatican Council stated: There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart. For it is from renewal of the inner life of our minds, from self-denial and an unstinted love that desires of unity take their rise and develop in a mature way. We should therefore pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to be genuinely self-denying, hum- ble, gentle in the service of others, and to have an attitude of brotherly generosity to- wards them (UR, 7). Let us remember that as follow- ers of Jesus what unites us with other Christians is greater than what divides us. Yet we cannot overcome the divisions if we ignore them or sweep them under a rug. We must love each other to heal the divisions that exist. If we do not show other Christians love and hospitality, we place an ob- stacle to acknowledging the truth of Catholic doctrine. The journey for others to embrace the truth so often begins with the working of God in their lives through the love that we show them and the rela- tionships of trust that we build. Above all, let us turn to the Lord in prayer so that we may be ever more open to the Holy Spirit who unites us as one with the Father and the Son. I invite you to pray for Christian unity in your daily prayers. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC As a gesture of ecumenical and Chris- tian fellowship, the installation service for the new bishop of the Evangelical Luther- an Church in America (ELCA) will once again take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. The Rev. Katherine Finegan is to be installed as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA, on Oct. 21. The instal- lation ceremony of her predecessor, ELCA Bishop Thomas Skrenes, took place at the cathedral in 1999. With many expected to be in attendance at the installation, and the cathedral being the largest church in Marquette, the ELCA requested to hold the ceremony there again. Since 1967, in light of the Second Vatican Council, diocesan bishops are able to grant permission for non-Catholic Christians to use Catholic churches and liturgical objects for these ceremonies on a limited basis. Bishop John Doerfler said, I am happy to extend a warm welcome to our Luther- an brothers and sisters who will be cele- brating the installation of their new bishop in St. Peter. Such gestures of fellowship give witness to the love that is proper to followers of Jesus. In doing so, I also walk in the footsteps of my predecessor, Bishop Garland, who gave permission for the last installation of a Lutheran Bishop to take place in St. Peter Cathedral. Let us pray that the love of Christ helps us to over- come divisions among Christians. Even though Catholics and Lutherans share a common baptism, there are differ- ences in doctrine, disciplines and practic- es. Bishop Doerfler noted that granting permission to use a Catholic church is an ecumenical outreach, not the implied acceptance of these differences. There are a number of examples of other Catholic churches and cathedrals being used in a similar fashion. Among these are two ELCA ordinations of bishops at the Cathedral of Our Queen in Baltimore in 1991 and 2000 and the 2016 ordination of the bishop of the Anglican Church in North America at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Over the years there are examples of U.P. Catholic parishes using non-Catholic churches for services. For instance, Father Al Mott recalled that St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in St. Ignace used the United Methodist Church for Masses in the fall of 2007. Father John Martignon noted that St. Andrew Parish in Nahma was invited to use a closed Episcopal church in 2001 when a temporary facility was needed. He said, People of both faiths were happy about the offers as we knew each other and were friends. In a letter to parishioners of St. Peter Cathedral, Bishop Doerfler used the up- coming installation as a teaching moment. He wrote: It is no secret that the United States is experiencing bitter divisions. The expressions of animosity among differing groups that we hear about in the news is very saddening. It seems that we Ameri- cans can at times forget how to love each other when there are divisions and dis- agreements among us. We Christians are called to manifest the love of Jesus and show that we love each other even though there are divisions among us. This witness to the love of Christ is the healing balm that our nation needs. Let the warm hospitality that we show our Lutheran brothers and sisters be a public witness of how people can and should love each other even when we are divided. Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his en- cyclical, Ut Unum Sint !, on commitment to ecumenism, it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of appendix' (the Holy Fathers emphasis) which is added to the Churchs traditional activity. He went on to note Pope John XXIIIs observation: What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Lutheran bishop's installation to be witness of hospitality, Christian fellowship

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