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10 October 23, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org FARM ANIMAL, VENISON & BEAR PROCESSING Custom Cutting and Smoking Quality Homemade Sausage 1370 Commercial Ave Crystal Falls, MI 49920 Pat & Chris Sommers (906) 874-6032 --MOOOOOOOVE OVER WILD ANIMALS, THERE'S ROOM FOR ME TOO! Crystal Falls, MI Vocation Awareness Week begins Nov. 1 WASHINGTONThe Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2015. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Pope Francis, in his mes- sage on April 26, 2015, the 52nd Day of World Prayer for Vocations states; Re- sponding to Gods call means al- lowing Him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness. The Holy Father stresses, The Christian vo- cation, rooted in the contem- plation of the Fathers heart, thus inspires us to solidarity in bringing liberation to our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest. The week is designed to help promote vocation aware- ness and to encourage young people to ask the question: To what vocation in life is God calling me? Parish and school communities across the nation are asked to in- clude, during the first week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on voca- tion awareness. Encouraging others to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to follow Christ without reservations are key elements in supporting a culture of vocations, said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the U.S. bish- ops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Voca- tions. With Gods grace, we can have a positive impact on others who may be open to considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life, by simply inviting them to think and pray about it. Our enthusiasm and willingness to speak directly to others about vo- cations just might be the conver- sation someone need to respond to Gods call. Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the obser- vance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort. More information and re- sources for National Vocations Awareness Week, including a prayer card, suggested prayers of the faithful and bulle- tin-ready quotes are available online at www.usccb.org/be- liefs-and-teachings/vocations/ national-vocation-awareness- week.cfm Francis makes secret stop at homeless dorms Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - After the synod session on Oct. 15, Pope Francis didnt fo back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vaticans new dormitory for homeless men. According to an Oct. 16 communique from the Vatican, the pope left for the dormitory shortly after evening session of the synod closed at 7 p.m., taking off in his Fiat. Located around the corner from the Vati- can on Via dei Penitenzieri, the new shelter is called the Gift of Mercy house, and was inaugurated during a private Oct. 7 ceremony with a blessing and Mass with the dorm's first fuests and volunteers in attendance, cele- brated by Papal Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski. Furnished by the Papal Office of Charities and donations, the dorm is run by sisters from Mother Teresas Missionaries of Char- ity, and was established with the help of the Jesuits. Upon his arrival, Pope Francis was greeted by Archbishop Krajewski; the head of the Of- ice of Papal Charities Msgr. Diego Ravelli; the Superior General of the Jesuits Father Adolfo Nicols; Father Joachin Barrero, superior of The General Curia Commu- nity; three of Mother Teresas sisters and some volunteers who manage the new structure. Pope Francis freeted each of the shelters 30 fuests individu- ally in the com- mon area before following them to the dormito- ry, visiting both their beds and other service areas, including, apparently, the laundry room, according to photos from the event. The Vaticans communique noted that as the Holy Father greeted them for roughly 20 minutes, the guests were visibly moved and happy with his visit. With enough space to house 34 men, the shelter brings the Vaticans total capacity for housing the homeless up to 84. Besides the Gift of Mercy house, the Mis- sionaries of Charity also run the Gift of Mary home in the Vatican, a homeless shelter for women established by Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa in the late 1980s. As part of their stay at the Gift of Mercy house, the men are invited to enjoy dinner every night at the Gift of Mary shelter, which houses 50 beds for women. The sisters register each guest as they arrive between 6-7 p.m. Soon after, its lights out, with a wake-up call at 6:15 a.m. After time for bed-making and personal hygiene, the dorm closes at 8 a.m. to give the sisters a chance to clean before the next night. The new dorm is the latest in a string of charitable initiatives launched through the Papal Charities. Earlier this year, Pope Francis established showers, bathrooms and a barber shop inside the Vatican to serve the homeless population. CNA Pope Francis makes an unexpected visit to the Vatican's new dormitory for homeless men. The dorm is run by sisters from Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity

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