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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 27, 2015 15 Over $200,000 in grants were recently awarded to Catholic parishes, missions, Catholic schools and Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula, marking the en- dowment foundation of the Diocese of Marquettes 15th year of grant making. Bishop John Doerfler approved the current grant awards following recommen- dations from the Legacy of Faith grant review team. Re- lecting on the foundation's 15 years of grant making, Do- erfler said, Every Catholic school, parish and mission in the Upper Peninsula, plus Catholic Social Services of the U.P., has benefitted. In accordance with the endow- ment guidelines, half of the grant funds are available for Catholic schools, 30% for parish faith for- mation, 10% for Catholic Social Services of the U.P. and 10% for the Catholic Action Fund, a fund to support new and emerging programs and ministries. Under Bishop Doerfler's lead- ership, foundation grant fund- ing is focused on evangelizing programs and ministries that support his three-fold invitation to the people of the diocese, to be a friend of Jesus, make a friend, and introduce your friend to Jesus. Catholic schools are using their frants for things like tuition assistance and to supplement teacher salaries. Each of the nine diocesan schools received a base frant amount of $11,000 and an additional per pupil amount, for a total school distribution of $120,975. These grants are more than just money for schools and faith formation programs, these frants provide life to our local Catholic communities. They allow our youth, adults, Catholics and non-Catholics to come to know the fullness and beauty of the truth. I am grateful for those who have shared their gifts with the Legacy of Faith endowment. As a Catholic school principal it is a true privilege for me to see these fruits growing every day in our children, said Joe Carlson, principal of Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba and presi- dent of the foundation board of directors. The diocesan schools are: Holy Name Catholic School, Escanaba; Bishop Baraga Catholic School, Iron Mountain; All Saints Cath- olic Academy, Ironwood; Sacred Heart School, L'Anse; St. Francis de Sales School, Manistique; Father Marquette Catholic School, Marquette; St. John Paul II Catholic Academy, Menomi- nee; Holy Spirit Catholic School, Norway; and St. Mary Catholic School, Sault Ste. Marie. A variety of faith formation programs were also funded at parishes throughout the Upper Peninsula. Some of the more popular grant requests this year were for new state-of-the-art vid- eo programs that pair dynamic Catholic speakers with clear and comprehensive explanations. Symbolon is a program that explains the Catholic faith for adults, helping them to know it, live it and articulate it to oth- ers. Beloved is a program that explores the essential realities of marriage for those preparing to get married or yearning for a richer married life. Chosen is a powerful, life-changing program for teens as they prepare for the sacrament of confirmation. For the fourth year in a row, the Foundation is supporting a summer youth program for K-12 students called Totus Tuus. The program impacts hundreds of youth and adults in dozens of parishes. Led by teams of vibrant college-age missionaries, the program allows groups of par- ishes to host dynamic one-week programs that keep young people engaged in their faith during the summer months. Catholic Social Services of the U.P. received a $24,195 grant to help provide counseling assis- tance to clients who do not have insurance to pay for services or are under-insured. Catholic Social Services offices are located in Marquette, Escanaba and Iron Mountain. For further information about the Foundation, including a com- plete list of grants awarded, visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. Legacy of Faith awards grants The Immaculate Conception is a solemnity celebrated on Dec. 8, which is the patronal feast of the United States. On this day Catholics are obligated to attend Mass. The Immaculate Conception means that by Gods grace, Mary was free from original sin from the moment of her conception, and re- mained free of sin for her entire life. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church in 1854. The solemn declaration called, Ineffabilis Deus confirmed the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. This privilege of Mary comes from God having chosen her as the Mother of the Savior. Because of this, she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to become the mother of the Savior, Mary was enriched by God with gifts appro- priate to such a role. The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as full of grace. In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the an- nouncement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace. (CCC #490) (Note: The above was adapted from CNA materials) Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The solemnity of the Im- maculate Conception is the patronal feast of the United States. Thill's Specialties - Dad's Smokehouse - Whitefish, Trout, Salmon & Herring Smoked Whitefish, Sausage Pickled Whitefish, Herring, Trout, Smoked Fish Spread, Whitefish - Caviar 226-9851 On the Fish Dock in Marquette's Lower Harbor. 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