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Still game in the Tim Flahives story of faith, healing and sports

2 saint of the month Discover mercy in suffering Four October saints The feast days of four very significant saints for the Church occur in October St. Thrse of Lisieux Oct. 1, St. Maria Faustina Kow

3 contents 6 yourlife table of contents The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids October 2013 Volume 6 Issue 7 Bishop Walter A. Hurley PUBLISHER EdItoRInCHIEf Carl Apple MAnAGInG EdIt

4 from the bishop M y dear friends, Vatican II Anniversary October 11, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the opening of The Year of Faith proclaimed b

5 It is worth reflecting that it is the same Holy Spirit that guided the church, before in and after 1962 that guides us today. I feel particularly blest to have lived in those years as I do today. F

6 Y O U R L I F E parenting journey Helping your firsttime voter make wise choices Q Election Day was exciting when I was a child because our home was chosen to serve as a polling site. The boot

She I dont want my new stepson coming along on our honeymoon. Abby says I am getting married in a few months. My fianc, Tony, wants to bring his 8yearold son along on our honeymoon, because he thinks

8 Y O U R L I F E culture F A sweet contri ew things go together with autumn as well as a cup of hot chocolate. It warms the body, sweetens the palate and accompanies us through the gray, shorten

9 Autumn hot chocolate serves 2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder cup semisweet chocolate chips cup white sugar Pinch of salt 2 cups whole milk cup hot water teaspoon vanilla extract teas

10 yourfaith in the know with Father Joe How do I shake this funk I am in Dear Fr. Joe Im really in a funk and I cant shake it. At college, I find that I really dont have good friends and Im struggl

T Choosing today he other day, I am working in my office and I see my friend, Carl, walking around the lake with his wife and daughter. Carl and Alison have done this regularly for years, so that is

12 Y O U R F A I T H theology 101 What are the differences between Judaism, christianity and Islam three major religions are rooted in the Abrahamic tradition Judaism, Islam and Christianity. How

13 Vatican II Q A What does Vatican II teach about the Churchs relation to Eastern churches not in communion with the Roman Apostolic See They also have other things in common with the West a love

14 Praying the rosary T. Gennara S ince Oct. 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, I want to devote my column this month to offering a way of praying the rosary that can be very fruitful. Sis

Catholic practices n preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and opening of the Year of Faith both being celebrated on October 11, FAITH Grand Rapids magazine had the oppor

16 Still game in the Tim Flahives story of faith, healing and sports FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012 FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012

17 T im Flahive has been a feature at sporting events around West Michigan for the past 34 years, officiating football, basketball, baseball and softball at all levels from peewee to high school var

18 cover story But, at the age of 63, the longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Parish near downtown Muskegon has already lived 20plus years longer than expected after being diagnosed with diabetes at

19 Officiating was really a gift from God. Muskegon County. He knew right away that God wanted him to work with these individuals. Being diabetic, there were times when people looked at me as differe

20 profile How FAITH helped Mike become catholic FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012 By Nancy Schertzing Photography by Jim Luning

21 Mike Gentry came to St. Joseph Parish, Gaines Southwest of Flint, later in life. Born into the Baptist faith, he rarely attended church. I had lots of premonitions against the Catholic Church grow

22 Father Bob and see my father. I wasnt sure how my kids would take it when I told them I was going to become Catholic. I invited them to the Easter Vigil service when I was accepted into the faith,

every tWo yearS, Michigan voters head to the ballot box to elect women and men who will lead communities throughout the state. It is no different in 2012 as several important offices are up for electi

24 Religious freedom At the heart of a democratic society lies religious freedom the nations first constitutional freedom granted by God and guaranteed as an inalienable right by the Founding Father

number of charter schools and by expanding policies Religion, morality and such as shared time and dual knowledge, being enrollment that benefit both necessary to good public and nonpublic students. g

26 special report Conversion Jesuit missionaries set up missions near Montreal in 1666 as one of the conditions of a peace treaty between the French and Mohawk people. Kateri first encountered these m

27 After it was determined that the boy would not survive surgery, the parents prayed for his healing to Jesus Christ through the intercession of Kateri, whose own scars vanished at her death, leading

28 local news Blessing of the redesigned chapel at Catholic Central High School 21st century Catholic Classroom A n official blessing and dedication of the classroom of the future took place Sept.

29 things to do Grand Rapids Veritas Retreat 29 nov. 911 for Catholic young adults ages 1828 Veritas is a back to basics fun, and spiritfilled weekend designed to deepen your understanding of the Cat

30 open to Gods call vocations No, I am O not over the hill time, foster and form vocations to the priesthood for diocese, it energizes me. As I began my tenure in the office of priestly vocations

save the date oct. 27 Sponsor St. Patrick Parnell YACHT Club Preparing for the 31 last word Presenter Father Tony Russo Topic Conscience and Being Catholic at the Ballot Box All young adults are

360 Division Avenue S. Grand Rapids, MI 495034501 online Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitme