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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 13, 2015 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 Carter 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 Monthly in January, April, June, July, August and November. Published semi-monthly all other months. 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 $14.86/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 Address change? W hat would you rath- er be, a star or a black hole? A star is other-centered. It spreads its light, warmth and ener- gy. A black hole is self-centered. It is a star collapsed into itself that pulls everything into it, even light. Due to original sin, we are born self-centered like black holes, yet we can become other-cen- tered like stars. In my last message, I reflected on the virtue of prudence. In this mes- sage I would like to reflect on the virtue of justice, which helps us be- come like stars. Justice is "the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor." (CCC, 1807) Becoming just entails a change of heart, a change of will, a change of what we really want. When we are unjust and self-centered like a black hole, our heart is focused on ourselves. When we are just and other-centered like a star, our heart is focused on God and neigh- bor. Being just does not mean that we are unconcerned about our- selves. Instead, being just means that we do not let our ego and our desires get in the way of loving God and others. The command- ment does not say that we should love our neighbor instead of our- selves. It says that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. How do we grow to be stars, then? How do we become just? In a previous message entitled "Skilled Servants of the Lord," I stated that we can acquire the moral virtues by practice and God's help. Since at its root justice cultivates a heart that is other-centered, we become just by regularly performing concrete actions that are other-centered. Here are some examples. Each day, do something good for God and for someone else. Volunteer at your parish or community. Join the St. Vincent de Paul Society or another organization that helps the poor. Tell the truth. Pay fair wages. Keep promises and contracts. Pay debts. Respect the life and dignity of other people by the way you treat them. Get involved in the pro-life movement. Say good things to and about other people. Return what you borrow. Respect the property of others. Care for the sick and the elderly. Respect parents and those in authority. Go to Mass every Saturday evening or Sunday. Pray every day. Use God's name lovingly. Whatever your job might be, do it as a service to others. This list is not complete, but it is a good start. Let us all strive to be just, to be- come other-centered like stars. Stars and black holes JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler BECOMING JUST ENTAILS A CHANGE OF HEART, A CHANGE OF WILL, A CHANGE OF WHAT WE REALLY WANT. Three priests begin terms in diocese Bishop John Doerfler and the Diocese of Marquette welcomes three priests from Ghana, Fathers Peter Fosu, Dominic Apyapong and Edward Baah Baafi. Each priest has been chosen by their bishop to serve for a period of five years in the Dio- cese of Marquette. Father Fosu, a priest of 29 years, comes from the Archdiocese of Kumasi. However, he is not new to the Upper Peninsula as he served here from 2001-06. During that time, he was assigned to Precious Blood, Stephenson; St. Fran- cis Xavier, Brimley, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Bay Mills; St. Rose, Channing and St. Joseph Mission, Foster City. "I enjoyed my time here before, being with the parishioners, inter- acting with them. They made me feel I was welcome," he said. "I want to serve the people here as I did before, and continue to share with them and receive from them. When we share with people, we also receive what they have. They share with us their culture, love, and of course their cooking," Father Fosu said with a chuckle. Father Fosu has been appointed as pastor of St. Stanislaus Kost- ka Parish, Goetzville; Our Lady of the Snows Mission, Hessel; Sacred Heart Parish, DeTour and St. Florence Mission, Drummond Island. With his arrival, Father Frank Lenz is relieved as adminis- trator of the above parishes. Father Apyapong and Father Baah Baafi are both natives of Ghana and have served the Diocese of Konongo-Mompong in Ghana prior to coming to the Upper Peninsu- la. Father Apyapong was ordained in 2008 while Father Baah Baafi was ordained in 2006. Both priests are looking forward to serv- ing the faithful of the diocese. "I am here to help with the proclamation of the Good News and to promote the Kingdom of God here on Earth, especially in Michi- gan," stated Father Baah Baafi. Father Apyapong added, "I look forward to help the bishop with the adminis- tration of the sacraments and to help people experience Jesus Christ. I have asked God for a fruitful minis- try here, and an enjoyable one." Each of the priests agree on what's going to be one of the most challeng- ing aspects of their ministry in the diocese - the snow. "Being in the snow, driving in the snow, and keeping warm!" Father Apyapong said with a laugh. Father Apyapong and Father Baah Baafi are serving at St. Peter Cathe- dral in Marquette during their dioce- san orientation process. They will be assigned to further service in the diocese upon the completion of their orientation. Father Peter Fosu Father Edward Baah Baffi Father Dominic Apyapong g Father Frank Lenz St. Michael, come with legions of holy angels to occupy and surround our homes, our property and whatever place we may be. Surround us with your heavenly pro- tection and drive far from us Satan and every evil spirit, interference, or influence. Free us from every curse and bond- age along with their effects, we hum- bly pray. May St. Gabriel give us the strength of God and St. Raphael heal our woundedness. All you angels of God, under your heavenly Queen help us, defend us, and rescue us from the snares of satan. Amen Holy Angels, come to our aid.

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