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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY December 18, 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 BY GREG GOSTOMSKI THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE St. Ignace Area Hope or just Hope, is an ecumenical charity formed by six St. Ignace area churches. The organization was formed in 2006 by the St. Ignace Area Ministerial Association. Deacon Tom McClelland, deacon at St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ig- nace; Immaculate Conception, Moran; and St. Anne, Mackinac Island has been involved since its beginning. The pastor at that time, was often unable to attend the meetings and would encourage me to go, Deacon Mc- Clelland said. Originally intended to minister in St. Ignace and surrounding area, the group now services all of Mackinac County, helping people from Cedarville to Engadine. Hope exercises many works of mercy, but em- bodies the Corporal Works of Mercy to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. The group oper- ates a thrift store known as the Hope Chest, a food pantry, and the HOPE Hotline. The thrift store operates on donations only; there are no price tags on any of the items. Some people contribute only a dollar or two as they take home items they need or want, some pay more, each as they are able. The food pantry provides tempo- rary assistance to people. Those who need help on a regular ba- sis are referred to their pastor or other human services agency. The HOPE Hotline uses 15-20 volunteers as operators. They ield initial calls from people in need, take down information and then pass on the information to one of the trustees. The HOPE Hotline offers spiritual support, gives direction on how to contact other community resources, and also gives direct inancial help. The hotline provides financial assistance in the way of rent and mortgage payments, heat, electric, and wa- ter bills, gasoline, prescriptions, bus tickets, and many other things. The payments are all based on trust. The person requesting help is never forced to prove they need the assistance. We may fet taken once in a while, Deacon McClelland admits, but we are able to respond quickly, many times within two hours of the call for assistance For people who are hurting and need help we can offer assistance without the delay of paperwork. Dea- con McClelland said, Hope Chest income for 2015 will exceed $165,000. Financial assistance to families and individuals in need will be about $53,000. Over the last nine years, Hope has cultivated positive relation- ships with businesses and municipalities. Many people working for the electric or gas company know Deacon McClellands voice on the phone. Businesses are willing to provide immediate assistance, rather than waiting to receive payment. This is due to Hopes history of quickly following through with payments as promised. Deacon McClelland shared, Hopes responsiveness helps to speed up the assistance to people who need it. To find out how you can help, go to www.stignacehope.org. Living out the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Marquette BY DENISE FOYE THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a privileged season of grace. During this year all are called to be missionaries of mercy in our thoughts, words, and deeds. In Misericordiae Vultus , Pope Francis tells us that wherever the Church is present the, mercy of the Father must be evident. In our parishes, communities, associations, and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy. (12) Celebrating jubilee years has been a Catholic tradition since the 1300s. Ordinary jubilee years are typically pro- claimed every 50 years. Extraordinary jubilees can be proclaimed at the discretion of the pope and usually celebrates an anniversary of some kind. This will be the first Holy Year that is not centered on an anniversary, but will focus on God's mercy which flows from God's essential attribute: love. In March of 2015, Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, for- malizing it in the document, Misericordiae Vultus . The jubilee year began with the Holy Father opening the Holy Door in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on the Feast of the Im- maculate Conception. In addition, the Pope decreed that all local churches (dioceses) will open a Holy Door for the Year of Mercy at their cathedral to mark the beginning of the Holy Year in their diocese. On Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, bishops throughout the world opened the Holy Doors in their dioceses. Bishop John Do- erfler opened the Holy Door at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette (see photos on page 2) and at the Car- melite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain. Throughout this Holy Year, The U.P. Catholic will be highlighting the works of mercy taking place in our parishes and communities across the Upper Peninsula. If you have a story and pictures of a person or froup of people who are actively engaging in works of mercy, email your suggestion to The U.P. Catholic at news@dioceseofmar- quette.org. A list of the works of mercy can be found below. Resources for the Year of Mercy are also available online at www.dioceseofmarquette. org/yearofmercy. How to get involved this year Mercy Corner: Corporal Works of Mercy in Mackinaw County Deacon Tom McClelland The works of mercy CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY Feed the hungry Give drink to the thirsty Clothe the naked Shelter the homeless Visit the sick Visit the imprisoned Bury the dead SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY Counsel the doubtful Instruct the ignorant Admonish sinners Comfort the afflicted Forgive offenses Bear wrongs patiently Pray for the living and the dead Find Year of Mercy resources online: www.dioceseofmarquette.org/YearOfMercy

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