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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC AROUND THE DIOCESE February 19, 2016 19 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 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Abstinence is also to be observed on the Fridays of Lent. 2. Fasting is required of all the faithful in good health from the age of 18 to the beginning of their 60th year. Abstinence binds everyone over the age of 14. 3. Fasting is usually interpreted to mean one full meal and, if necessary, two other small meals. One should not eat between meals, but milk, fruit juices, and other liquids are permitted. 4. Abstinence means no meat should be eaten during the entire day. 5. Anyone unable to observe the fast or abstinence obli- gations because of health or other serious reasons should substitute another penance. 2016 Lent and Easter Dates Ash Wednesday - February 10 Palm Sunday - March 20; Holy Thursday - March 24 Good Friday - March 25; Holy Saturday - March 26 Easter Sunday - March 27; Divine Mercy Sunday - April 3 Lenten Regulations We're living in a society where the very people we depend on to defend and protect us are coming under criticism and attack, said Father Mike Woempner, pastor of St. Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Kingsford, as he addressed the issue of attacks against our law enforcement as reported on TV, in newspapers and on the Internet. Some of these men and women are even being targeted for physical injury or worse. We've all read reports of how protests and demonstrations are aimed at the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe, he went on to say. Granted, there have been incidents where law enforcement abused their positions, but I can think of no profes- sion where there ar- en't those who fail to live up to what they are called to do. When that hap- pens, those who are fuilty should be dealt with accordingly. But it isn't fair to paint all of them with the same brush as if they are all guilty. There are many reports of parents who neglect and abuse their children. Does that mean that all parents should be accused of such things?, he said From those remarks the parishioners of St. Mary Queen of Peace initiated an idea that would show visible support for law enforce- ment. That idea was to design and distribute vanity plates and decals. Father Woempner contacted a local business, BK Enterprises of Iron Mountain, and spoke with owner Brenda Mattson, who supported the idea and she, in turn, contacted Dave Sherby from SherWood Sign and Graphic Design in Crystal Falls, and between the two of them the plates and decals became a reality. Both the plates and decals are being made available to the general public and can be ordered by calling St. Mary Queen of Peace at (906) 774-6122. Father Woempner said that they are asking for a donation of $5 or $10 per plate or decal but whatever a person is able to five is acceptable. We are more interested in fetting these out in public, he said. so the officers, as they patrol our cities and streets, will see these on our cars or in our yards and know that there are people out there that support them. Father Woempner also made it clear that no one is profiting from this venture - not the church or BK Enterprises or Dave Sherby, Once the cost of production is paid, he said, all monies will be donated to The Thin Blue Line of Michigan, an organization that supports all branches of law enforcement in both upper and lower Michigan by providing assistance to wounded officers, or to the fami- lies of officers killed in the line of duty. This endeavor has received financial support from Senator Tom Casperson and other local people. Several of the churches in the Iron and Dickinson County area are also supporting this effort and Father Woempner has invited any church or organization to join them. If the very people who are criticizing and demonstrating against law enforcement were to be threatened, Father Woempner said, they would not only want but expect law enforcement to intercede. Thankfully there are men and women who respond and are will- ing to risk their lives in order to keep us safe. Instead of our criticism, they need and deserve our gratitude and support and this is one way we can show them. God bless the men and women of law enforcement and we in turn will be blessed with peace in our neighborhoods and our country! Blessed are the peacemakers

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