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(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 Gualdoni 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 semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. 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 www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 18, 2016 3 MICHAEL KOWALEWSKI WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations DID YOU KNOW MICHAEL'S... - favorite saint is St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta? "It's because her love for the poor, defense of the sanctity of life and her joyful spirit inspire me." - favorite form of prayer is the Divine Mercy chaplet and Lectio Divina? Its a Wonderful Life is among my favorite movies. George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, had great dreams of what he would do with his life and what he would become. He spent his life helping people in the town, and never realized his dreams. In the depths of despair, he at- tempted suicide yet is rescued by an angel who shows him the value of his life. The movie speaks loudly that a persons value and dignity cannot be measured in terms of what the world views as success. George Bailey did have a wonder- ful life. We live in a world in which the intrinsic dignity of human life is disregarded. Our value, our dignity does not depend on our usefulness or what we can accomplish. Each human being is in the image and likeness of God and has incomparable dignity. In my last message in this series, I reflected on the Fourth Commandment. In this message, I would like to reflect on the Fifth Commandment: you shall not kill. This commandment directs us to uphold the dignity of human life and forbids us to engage in actions contrary to that dignity. Today, we face many threats to the dignity of human life, including but not limited to: murder, abortion, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, unjust war, deliberately tar- geting non-combatants in war, torture, recreational drug use, drunkenness, excessive speed while driving, overeating to the point of endangering our health, kidnapping and hostage taking, and terrorism. Suicide is also contrary to this commandment, yet we must remember that those who commit suicide may be suffering from mental illness and thus might not be culpable for their actions. In vitro fertilization is also contrary to this commandment. As it is commonly performed, human embryos that are judged to be of insufficient quality are discarded, leftover embryos are frozen, and the whole pro- cess treats human life as if it were something to be produced instead of received as a gift. In addition, embryonic stem cell research destroys human life in the process. Other similar threats to the dignity of human life in- clude experimentation on human embryos and human cloning. Let us remember that bad actions are not justified by good reasons for doing them. While it is laudable to find cures for those suffering from diseases, and having children is a great good, these good ends do not justify the bad means of the destruction of human life. The offenses against human life typically begin with our atti- tudes. To promote a culture of life let us start by examining our own attitudes about other people and ourselves. Our dignity does not depend on our accomplish- ments and abilities. Each per- son is a gift. Do we treasure all people and ourselves as precious gifts from God? Every human life is a wonderful life. JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler It's a wonderful life BY AL GAISS If a difficult project needs to be tackled, the Knights of Columbus are ready to as- sist. That is what happened this past July when the eastern end of Wisconsin and western Upper Peninsula of Michigan were hit with the worst storm in more than 50 years. Hundreds of millions of dollars in damage were the result of the storm with power lines, trees, homes and lives totally disrupted and uprooted. Mary Ahnen, wife of Bessemer Knights of Columbus member Randy Ahnen saw a call for help on social media. She went to Wakefield that evening to assist in the cleanup. Mentioning it to her husband he contacted Grand Knight Peter Armich- ardy and Armichardy took it from there. Armichardy also turned to social media to let members of his team know of the need which existed in his sister commu- nity five miles away. Over the following six nights, Armi- chardy recruited 12 members of the Bessemer council to give their time at the former Wakefield Memorial Building along with several private residences which had been struck severely by the storm. Knights, family and friends went to work to cut and remove trees, shrubs, shingles, roofing remains and debris then took it to local dump sites. In ad- dition to the 12 Knights, three of their wives, a son and daughter along with a brother and a friend also assisted while volunteering some 126 hours of their time in the project. Evening tempera- tures were in the mid to upper 80s along with humidity to match. COURTESY PHOTO Bessemer Knights of Columbus Pete Armichardy, Paul Janczak, Brian Bogaczyk, Dave Marczak and Randy Ahnen were among the 20 Knights, family members and friends that pitched in to clean up following the severe July storm that caused much damage in the western U.P. and neighboring Wis- consin. They are pictured with some of the debris they cleaned up and hauled away. When the storm of the century hit, Bessemer Knights answer the call

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