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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 5, 2016 17 Great Prices Great Food Lynn & Jack Ziminski, Owners (906) 341-8070 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Manistique (906) 341-5912 200 Deer Street Manistique TWO GREAT STORES TO SERVE YOU! Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378 Thill's Specialties Fresh from the Smokehouse Whitefish, Trout, Salmon & Herring Smoked Whitefish Sausage Smoked Fish Spread Herring & Trout 226-9851 On the Fish Dock in Marquette's Lower Harbor. Hours: M-F 8:00-5:30, Sat. 9-4 Visa & MasterCard Stop in for our Lenten Specials SMOKED & FRESH FISH Great Lakes Whitefish & Trout, Atlantic Salmon Perch---Walleye---Cod Shrimp - Jumbo Scallops Lobster Tail - Fresh Oysters Jumbo - King Crab Seafood Specials Thill's Fish House O n Super Bowl Sunday, I will surely be decked out in a blaze of orange. No, my beloved Miami Dolphins are not playing. Sadly, Super Bowl is not in their vocabulary. Rather, Ill be cheering for the Denver Bron- cos for one reason and one reason only: Peyton Manning. On the biggest stage in pro football, the oldest quarterback (39) in Super Bowl history will suit up for perhaps the final time in his storied career. For nearly two decades, No. 18 has dazzled us with his precision passing, unflappable leadership and tireless pursuit of perfection. Yet now, on the downside of an illustrious career, one that has beset him with numerous nagging injuries the past two seasons, Manning is clearly not the accurate passer with the rocket arm he once was. Ive tucked that aside. The reason Im rooting for the Papa Johns pitchman has nothing to do with the many passing records he has set, imprinting his name in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. Im rooting for him because in a time when showboating and cockiness seem to be the rule rather than the exception, there stands the 6-foot- 5 inch Manning, a humble mountain of a man whose sound moral character and compassion for others put him in elite company. In a nutshell, he has done so many extraordi- nary things for people that have gone unnoticed. Manning visited Chattanooga, Tenn., following the shootings there that killed four U.S. Marines. Shortly after joining the Broncos, he visited the families of the victims of the movie-theater shoot- ings in Aurora, the Denver suburb. After Hurricane Katrina, Manning bought a large amount of food and relief supplies for New Orleans. He loaded and unloaded the planes that carried the relief materials. He philanthropically supports the PeyBack Foundation and has either called or visited count- less dying children in Indianapolis and Denver. He has penned his name on numerous footballs to support charities. And, even in defeat, Manning has always been cordial and complimentary of his opponents. Hes not perfect. None of us are. He is, however, uniquely special in that his gentlemanly, Chris- tian-centered ways have touched so many people. We root for people like this. And, if we dont, we should. I believe many of us want to leave a mark. We want to touch others, serve people, improve lives. In my lifetime watching sports, I cant recall another athlete with the skill set, the genuine compassion, the ability to cast a likeable, loveable shadow like Manning. In the book Manning, Peyton said this: I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I dont talk about it or brag about it because thats between God and me, and Im no better than anybody else in Gods sight. I make it a point when I speak to groups to talk about priorities, and when its schoolkids, I rank those priorities as: faith, family, and education, then football. For me generally it had always been the big four: faith, family, friends and football. And I tell all of them that as important as football is to me, it can never be higher than fourth. My faith has been number one since I was thirteen years old. The NFL has a number of athletes with criminal records and a whole host of personal problems. With the Rocky Mountain serving as an eloquent backdrop, isnt Manning a pleasant breath of fresh air? Go Broncos! (Editors note: LaJoie is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee. He welcomes reac- tions to his column at jlajoie@charter.net.) Pey' it forward FROM THE SIDELINES Jim LaJoie Scapular Sunday Top photo: Parishioners of St. Rose Parish in Channing gather around the diocesan traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Sunday, Jan. 24, called "Scapular Sunday" by Father Dan Malone in light of Super Bowl Sunday being on many people's minds. Bottom photo: Father Malone, pastor, renews the parish's consecra- tion to Our Lady of Fatima (he consecrated the parish three years ago) following the 9:30 a.m. Mass. He then concluded with the Procedure for the Blessing of the Carmelite Scapular and Investiture. T h P i hi f S R P i h i Ch i h d Editors note: In anticipation of the diocesan celebra- tion of the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima, May 13, 2017, a replica of the statue of Mary at Fatima will be available to visit parishes throughout the U.P. To have the statue visit your church, get your pastors approval then contact its custodians, Bill and Sharon Dani at (906) 346-3480 to schedule its visit.

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