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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 27, 2015 5 FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR Holy Family Parish in Marinette, WI is seeking a Faith Formation Coordinator. The full time position would start on June 1, 2016 for grades K-11. Responsibilities include but not limited to coordinating all sacramental programs, recruit and train catechists and develop an effective outreach/education program with parents of students. Also, serves as Local Safe Environment Coordinator for the parish. Qualified candidates should have completed or be working toward Diocesan Faith Formation Certification. Resumes can be mailed to: Fr. Celestine Byekwaso, 2715 Taylor St., Marinette, WI 54143 For more information, contact Pamela Meyers, Office Manager at 715-735-9100 ext. 108 Do you need help with addiction or mental illness? If you are interested in talking to a Professional Counselor, please contact us at 906-227-9119 or visit our website at cssup.org We look forward to helping you. The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 12-13 in the Diocese of Marquette. Now in its 28th year, the appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and offers support for senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack sufficient retire- ment funding. Some 33,000 women and men religious past age 70 benefit. The Diocese of Marquette contributed $45,413.78 to the last col- lection. In 2015, the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres received financial assistance made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. Women and men religious who serve or have served in the diocese but whose communities are based elsewhere may also benefit from the annual collection. The 2014 appeal raised $28.3 million, and the NRRO distributed more than $25 million in monetary support to 395 religious com- munities. Throughout the year, additional funding is allocated for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement planning and educational resources. Ninety-three cents of every dollar direct- ly aids elderly religious; the remainder is used for administration and promotion of the appeal. We are overwhelmed by the ongoing generosity shown in this appeal, said Precious Blood Sister Janice Bader, the NRROs exec- utive director. Since the fund was launched in 1988, Catholics have donated $755 million to assist religious communities in caring for their elder members. While the response to the collection is unprecedented, so is the need. The total cost of care for senior women and men religious has exceeded $1 billion for each of the last six years. At the same time, the number of religious needing care is on the rise. In 2014, 66 per- cent of the religious communities providing data to the NRRO had a median age of 70 or older. Hundreds of religious communities also lack sufficient retirement savings, due in part to historically low compensation. Most senior religious worked for years for small stipends and did not receive retirement benefits, said Sister Bader. Religious communities are fi- nancially autonomous and thus responsible for the support and care of all members. Annual distributions from the Retirement Fund for Religious provide supplemental assistance to help meet such day-to- day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. We remain committed to ensuring the broadest and most ben- eficial use of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious, said Sister Bader. To learn more, visit www.retiredreligious.org. Religious retirement fund collection set for December BY MARIA XIMENA RONDON CNA/EWTN NEWS In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the city, God is the source of strength and hope. Its an understatement to say that the savage killings of this black Friday have plunged entire families into deep distress, Cardinal Andr Vingt-Trois reflected in his Nov. 15 homily. And this anxiety is all the more profound when there arent any rational explanations that would justify the indiscriminate execution of dozens of people they didnt even know. When the pain and confusion become too freat to bear, the cardi- nal asked, Who can we turn to in this trial? He proposed that there are ultimately only two options: the tran- quilizers of this world or the God of life. The Mass at Notre Dame was offered for the victims of attacks in Paris. At least 129 people died and more than 300 were in- jured in a series of bombings and shoot- ings throughout the city. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Cardinal Vingt-Trois reflected on how the Christian faith can be of some help to us in the confusion that has fallen upon us. In addition to the pain and unanswered questions surrounding the attacks them- selves, he said, the atrocity of Nov. 13 reminds all the mourning people of France and the whole world of the inescapable reality that whether close or far offour existence is marked by death. We can try to forget it, get around it, to want to soften and light- en it, but its there. We dont know the day or the hour of our own end, and not knowing this troubles a lot of peo- ple. But we all see and what happened this week reminds us cruelly, that deaths work never ends and sometimes strikes blindly. While it may not be possible to fully under- stand the evil that hap- pens in this life, believers can hold on to hope and bear witness to it as they comfort the suffering, Cardinal Vingt-Trois said. Strength in face of these trials, he explained, comes from our con- idence in God and our ability to rely on him. So we cant allow ourselves to be stopped by the misfortunes of life or the suffering that were enduring, as if this had no mean- ing. Through them, we can discover that God is knocking on our door and wants to call us again to life, and open up to us the ways of life, he said. This confidence in God is a light on the journey of life, the cardinal said, encourag- ing those gathered to put our trust in God, who is the God of life. Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God Soldiers patrol Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower after the terrorist attack.

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