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26 October 28, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Father Timothy Ekaitis + St. Mary Parish + St. Barbara Parish + Holy Spirit School Father Tim, We are all so incredibly blessed to have you here with us. Thank you for your spiritual guidance, energy and a great Christian example! Father Michael & Father Paul We are truly blessed! Thank you from the Parishioners of St. Mary Queen of Peace, Kingsford bl d Father Gregory Veneklase Your parishioners at St. Cecilia and St. Agnes Father Gregory, We thank our Heavenly Father for your ministry. May God bless you abundantly! Holy Day of Obligation: All Souls Day, Nov. 1 BY DEACON THOMAS FOYE THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE All Souls Day is a Holy Day of Obliga- tion celebrated in the Catholic Church on Nov. 1. Indulgences can be obtained under certain conditions on All Souls Day. An indulgence is the partial or plenary (complete) remission of the temporal punishment due to sin in which the guilt has already been forgiven. Even though the guilt from a sin may be forgiven through the sacrament of reconciliation, in certain cases, their temporal punishment, in purgatory, is retained. This punishment is reduced or removed completely by an indul- gence. A partial indulgence removes some of the time while a plenary indulgence removes all of the accumulated time. Once gained, an indulgence can typically be applied either to one's self, to a specific de- ceased person or to the deceased in general. It cannot be applied to another living person. Certain indulgences such as the All Souls Day Indulgence can only be applied to the souls in purgatory. Indulgences have four requirements: 1. You must receive the sacrament of recon- ciliation 20 days before or after a qualifying action. 2. You must receive Holy Communion 20 days before or after a qualifying action. 3. You must pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. 4. You must take part in some qualifying event or action such as adoration, Divine Mer- cy Sunday celebration, All Souls Day cemetery service or many others. In the case of All Souls Day: An indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial. (The Enchi- ridion of Indulgences, 1968) Therefore, attending the All Souls Day Mass at any cemetery, as the qualifying event, and completing the preceding three requirements will grant souls in purgatory a plenary indul- gence. Editor's note: An All Souls Day Mass will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mar- quette on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. l h State funding for nonpublic schools moves forward Lansing, Mich. On Oct. 5, the Michigan Supreme Court denied Governor Rick Sny- ders request for an advisory opinion regard- ing Section 152b of the State of Michigans 2016-2017 education spending budget. Sec- tion 152b appropri- ates $2.5 million to reimburse non- public schools for expenses associat- ed with completing health and safety mandates required by the State. Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) offered the following response to the courts decision: It is important to note that despite the courts denial of the advisory opinion, it did not find the funding unconstitutional as the opponents had argued, meaning the appropriation will continue and nonpublic schools are entitled to funding. At this point we look forward to working with the Mich- igan Department of Education to establish the parameters by which non-public schools will rightfully be reimbursed for complying with health and safety mandates, said Tom Hickson, Michigan Catholic Conference vice president of public policy. Michigan Catholic Conference is disappointed in the Courts decision not to issue an advi- sory opinion, yet we will continue to sup- port the appropriation and any legal efforts to protect its intent to ensure every student in Michigan is treated equally by the State of Michigan. MCC was the lead advocate for the Section 152b appropriation through this years bud- get process. MCC additionally supported the Governors request to the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion by filing an amicus brief that argued in favor of the appropriation.

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