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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC March 4, 2016 7 Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht BY JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC The legacy of Bishop Frederic Bara- ga, the first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, continues to be present throughout the Upper Peninsula. One of the many places this is evident is the Holy Angels Church located on Sugar Island, which was built under the ad- ministration of Bishop Baraga. Today, the church still stands and a group of people from the island are hoping it will stand for generations to come. Holy Angels serves as a visual reminder to us of the service, dedi- cation, and love that Frederic Baraga embodied throughout his life as a missionary in Michigan, stated Mary Ann Biscorner-Dick, member of the Holy Angels restoration committee. I hope that people will be drawn to want to learn more about the life of Bishop Baraga, to hear his words and feel in their hearts how he loved the Ojibwe and local peoples he served. Bishop Baraga often traveled to Sugar Island, ministering to the Catho- lics there. It is believed the church was built under Bishop Baragas direc- tion sometime in 1856 or 1857 with the name Church of Our Savior, Friend of Children. The church remained open as an active parish of the diocese until 1953. In the late 1970s, volun- teers worked to restore the interior of the church by cleaning, repairing the loors and windows, and painting. In addition, scraping and painting of the exterior was completed. The church was re-opened in 1982 for what has become an annual sum- mer Mass that is now held each June to honor Bishop Baraga's birthday. For several years Al and Pearl Menard and their family took on the task of caring for the church. The Menards were married at Holy Angels and dedicated many years to preserv- ing the historic church. One of the largest concerns of the Menard family has been the condition of the foun- dation of the church. Though repairs have been made to the building as needed, the foundation has seriously deteriorated over time. Jim Handziak, chairman of the res- toration committee, explained that the Menard family, not currently physical- ly able to help with the upkeep of the church, still have a concern and are encouraging others to give a helping hand. Over the years, Al and Pearl drove me towards being involved with the church. As they weren't able to get to church anymore, they were so con- cerned about it. Every time I bring Communion to them, they say that something needs to be done with the foundation. Seeing their concern with it, I knew I should do more than just talk about it. A committee made up of parishio- ners of Sacred Heart Parish on Sugar Island, who are hoping to preserve this historic church are currently raising funds to repair the build- ings foundation. With the permission of the Diocese of Marquette, which owns the church, a capital campaign is currently being con- ducted to raise the necessary funds. It is estimated the project will cost approximately $25,000. However, one of the obstacles facing the committee is that because only an annual Mass is held, there is no parishioner base for the church, making it diffi- cult to get the word out in raising the money. The committee hopes that the faithful rec- ognize the importance of this project as a way to preserve a piece of Bishop Baraga history. It is anticipated the foundation project will begin early this spring so it can be completed in time for the annual Mass in June. The capital campaign is currently running now through April 10. Donations can be sent to: Sacred Heart Church/Holy Angels Resto- ration P.O. Box 527 Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783. More information about the project and a donation form may be found online at www.holy- marywebsite.org, by clicking on Holy Angels tab. Donations are being ac- cepted through Sacred Heart Parish on Sugar Island, and are tax deductible. Holy Angels Church is a piece of history on Sugar Island PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOLE BRUNET The altar of Holy Angels Church located on Sugar Island. PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOLE BRUNET An outside view of Holy Angels Church on Sugar Island.

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