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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC ASK OUR PRIESTS October 23, 2015 5 T his is a great question be- cause it shows that St. John Paul IIs challenge to the world-wide Church to engage in a new evangelization is finally making inroads in the hearts and minds of average Catholics. Thats wonderful! The word proselytize comes from two Greek words which mean to come toward. Consequently, prose- lytism is the effort to get someone to come toward a certain opinion or re- ligion. In our culture, proselytism has a rather negative connotation. When we think of proselytizing we think of the pushy preacher at the door or a theatrical minister on TV. Evangelization, on the other hand, has a positive connotation in our culture. The word evangelization comes from the Greek word for good news, or Gospel. So, evangelization can also be thought of as (to coin a new word) Gospelization. Evangelization in general starts with the question How can I share the Gospel in such a way that it sticks and bears fruit in someones life? Since our Lord Jesus is the good news that the Gospel is all about, one can also ask, How do I share Jesus with someone in a way that motivates him or her to surrender his or her entire self to Him? It is the question that St. John Paul II got the whole Church to start asking herself and it's the main focus of everything that Pope Francis is up to these days. Pope Francis wrote his first and only Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) on this very question. And his answer is twofold. First, if you want to share Jesus in a powerful way that changes others for the good then first allow the Gospel to transform yourself. The most obvious fruit of allowing the Gospel to change ones life is some- thing that everyone in this secular desert desires, but no one has: JOY! Joy is the number one evangelizing tool in today's world. The world can give mo- mentary pleasure and lots of comfort, but only Jesus can give true, authentic joy. Second, as a Church, as parishes, and as individuals we must fo forth to the pe- ripheries of society: In Evangelii Gaudium #20, which is the first paragraph after the introduction, Pope Francis writes, The word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him 'to go forth.' Abraham received the call to set out for a new land (cf. Gen 12:1-3). Moses heard God's call: 'Go, I send you' (Ex 3:10) and led the people towards the Promised Land (cf. Ex 3:17). To Jeremiah God says: 'To all whom I send you, you shall go' (Jer1:7). In our day Jesus' command to go and make disciples echoes in the changing scenarios and ever new challenges to the Churchs mission of evangelization, and all of us are called to take part in this new mis- sionary 'going forth.' Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to fo forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel. There it is: don't just focus on those in the pews! Thats been the problem for too long. We focus our efforts only on those who are in the pews. We pamper them, make them feel good, and can tend to cater to their every whim and fancy. The problem with this approach is that it doesnt produce disciples (which our Lord commanded us to do), but demand- ing consumers who become more de- manding the more you pamper them. Out steps Pope Francis and says, No! We must focus on those who arent in the pews. We must focus on those who are on the peripheries of our parishes, communities, and or- ganizations. We must allow the joy of the Gospel to set us on fire. And then let fire be fire-let it spread! Miracles of Bishop Baraga studied in Rome FROM OUR SUNDAY VISITOR, OCT. 1965 Msgr. Thomas Drengacz, a priest of 46 years, died in Munising at age 69. The new superior general of the Sisters of St. Joseph was Mother Agnes Ryan of Houghton. Bishop Thomas Noa initiated 201 confirmands at St. Francis de Sales, Manistique. Soo Loretto high school, on its 70th birthday, welcomed 425 returning alumni. FROM THE U.P. CATHOLIC, OCT. 1990 Bark River, Perronville, and Schaffer parishes remained open with a joint office in Bark River. Alleged miracles involving Bishop Frederic Baraga were being studied in Rome. At a world bishops' synod, Pope John Paul II lamented the absence of southeast Asian bishops. 50 & 25 YEARS AGO BY LARRY CHABOT What is the difference between proselytizing and evangelization? In appreciation for Bishop Doerfler and all the terrific Priests who serve the Diocese of Marquette so well. We enjoy working with you. Thank you for your ministry! Happy Priesthood Sunday! Thank you Fr. Timothy Hruska for your many years of camaraderie, faithfulness, and for all the hard work you have done for all three Churches! We are happy you will continue as our Priest until 2020! God Bless You! The Parishioners of Holy Rosary, St. Therese & St. Timothy Reverend Timothy Hruska "HOW DO I SHARE JESUS WITH SOMEONE IN A WAY THAT MOTIVATES HIM OR HER TO SURRENDER HIS OR HER ENTIRE SELF TO HIM?" Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org

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