UP Catholic 12 23 2016 E Edition Page 19

www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC December 23, 2016 19 Rev. Jose Maramattam From the Staff & Parishioners of Guardian Angels As we prepare to welcome Fr. Daniel Malone, we sadly say goodbye and thank you to Fr. Jose who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered in our prayers! - With love from the Vandecaveyes You will be sadly missed. Thank you for all you have done for us and the children of the 3 parishes you served. May God bless your next assignment! Father Jacek Wtyklo! Father Michael Vichich From your Staff & Parishioners of St. John Neumann & St. Bruno Fr. Mike, as we joyfully wish you a Happy 70th Birthday we sadly say our good byes. You've been an excellent Pastor, co-worker and friend. Enjoy your retirement. You've earned it! (to go to the academy). I couldn't pull Jacob from his school with all the recent changes in our home. How could we strip him of all his friends and comfort of the school he knows and loves? How could we only put one in a better school and not the other? I decided that they would either both stay or both go." The Kowalskis were denied tuition assistance because they missed the application deadline. "We didn't know we were getting Cyris until the deadline was past," Melissa explained. "We hold late applications in reserve in case we get late donations," Principal Michael Muhs said. God had one more gift for the Kowalskis' when they received a letter telling them that late donations had been received, and scholar- ships were available for both Jacob and Cyris. "This is a neat case," Muhs said. "The family has been really open to special needs children. Mike and Melissa are an inspiration in saying yes to God and reuniting the boys. We are happy to be able to help." Muhs notes that all Catholic schools work very hard to make Catholic edu- cation possible, regardless of individual situations. "Scholarships are largely funded by people in the community who see the real importance of extend- ing the opportunity for a Catholic edu- cation to others. The Kowalskis' story puts a human face to it," he said. Jacob and Cyris are in the same third- grade class. "When I go to visit the classroom, it's always Jacob who gets the door," Muhs said. "He always gives me a hug or a little note or something he's made. He's an inspiration to his classmates and teacher. That authentic joy is contagious." "It was amazing to be able to tell the boys they could go there," Melissa adds. "We're taking this a year at a time. It sounds very promising right now." Melissa graduated December 16 with a 4.0 GPA, and has an anticipatory job offer from Bay Area Medical Center. She needs to pass the state licensing exam and a position has to open at BAMC before she will be hired. In a thank-you letter to the academy, Melissa wrote, "We have accepted these beautiful challenges on a hope and a prayer, knowing it would mean tough times until I am able to complete school and help provide. Thank you for an- swering our prayers and keeping hope alive!" FROM PAGE 19 COURTESY PHOTO Jacob and Cyris Kowalski after Cyris was adopted, officially joining the twins back together. Both are students at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Menominee. TWINS: Menominee students brought back together Prayer for the Unborn Heavenly Father, you created us in your own im- age and likeness. You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In your love, protect those little ones whom you have given the gift of life. Amen.

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