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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY November 18, 2016 15 Knights of Columbus Retreat January 6 - 8, 2017 Director: Father Corey Litzner Cost $150.00 This retreat focuses on practical spirituality for men, lived out in the fraternity and service of the Knights of Columbus. Enjoy a remarkable weekend of fellowship, prayer and reflection on the Catholic Faith. Including Massage Therapy BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end this Sunday (Nov. 20) as Pope Francis closes the Holy Doors at St. Pe- ter Basilica in Rome. During this Jubilee Year, several of the parishes across the diocese have put into action the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Members of All Saints Parish in Gladstone took the opportunity to partake in two differ- ent Year of Mercy pilgrimages. Adults spent Divine Mercy Sunday on a pilgrimage to St. Peter Cathedral, while high school students spent a couple of days at various locations in the U.P. I learned that carrying out Jesuss Works of Mercy in the world, helps bring Jesus to oth- ers, said 10th grader Charlie Haswell, who participated in the youth pilgrimage. There were many stops along the way from Gladstone to the Copper Country and back. The pilgrimage not only taught the many aspects of the Year of Mercy, but also shined light on the life of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga. Some of the highlights included the Bishop Baraga Shrine in LAnse, evening prayer on the top of Brockway Mountain in Copper Har- bor, Holy Redeemer Mission in Eagle Harbor, St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden, Holy Name of Jesus/St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in As- sinins and Sacred Heart Parish in LAnse. During our time at Holy Redeemer Mis- sion, we learned about the requirements for crossing through the Holy Doors, and learned the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, explained Father James Ziminski, pastor of All Saints Parish. Throughout the rest of the day, our group worked at satisfying the requirements for receiving the Jubilee Year indulgences. Each individual was invited to partake in one of the Works of Mercy. According to Haswell, he completed the Work of Mercy of praying for the living and the dead by praying for his papa and nana who died. James Maki, another 10th grade student on the trip also participated in praying for the living and the dead by praying for a family member who has cancer and a family member who has passed away. While at Sacred Heart Parish in LAnse, everyone had the opportunity to make confes- sion and receive Holy Communion at Mass. The final stop before returning to Gladstone was St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette where they made a profession of faith together, prayed for the Holy Fathers intentions and crossed through the Holy Doors. During the pilgrimage I learned that the Year of Mercy is a time for us to become stronger witnesses to our faith, Maki said. On Divine Mercy Sunday, adults of the parish participated in a pilgrimage to St. Peter Cathedral. According to Father Ziminski, We observed the hour of mercy (3 p.m.) on the feast, and fulfilled the requirements of cross through the Holy Doors at our cathedral. Patricia Meyer is no stranger to pilgrimages, and has taken more than one during the Jubi- lee Year. Each one has allowed her to a deeper relationship with Christ. The pilgrimage is a traveling journey to a deeper relation with Christ. Life is a journey, whether it be financial issues, medical hur- dles, raising our families, all are a pilgrimage one travels growing nearer to the end of earthly life and closer of eternal life with our Lord. The pilgrimage became a symbol of that journey for me. Mercy Corner: Gladstone parishioners participate in pilgrimages COURTESY PHOTO High school youth group members of All Saints Parish in Gladstone stand in front of Holy Redeemer Mission in Eagle Harbor. The visit to Holy Redeemer Mission was a stop on the group's pilgrimage of various spots in the Upper Peninsula. Christmas Mass times Coming soon! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass times for all diocesan parishes and missions will be available in the Dec. 23 issue of The U.P. Catholic and online at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/ChristmasMassTimes

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