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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC DEACON APPRECIATION April 1, 2016 13 DEACON BOB HAMEN Your Parish Family of OUR LADY OF PEACE, IRONWOOD May God bless you for your Ministry! DEACON CHUCK GERVASIO Your Parish Family of OUR LADY OF PEACE IN IRONWOOD You have been constant help to our parish. Thank you for all you do! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE... AND STILL DO! - From Fr. Michael Ocran & your Parish Family of Holy Redeemer, Birch Creek We are Blessed!!! Deacons Roland Chaltry & Steve Gretzinger Congratulations on 38 years of service to our Lord. Thank you for your dedication to the Church and especially all you do for our parishes. Wishing you God's blessings. The parish families of + St. Francis Xavier, Brimley + St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Bay Mills Deacon Joseph Aimie" LaPlante and she said, Lets just keep foing. We spent four days in Green Bay. Beth agrees there are times Deacon Art becomes deplet- ed. Thats when she steps in. Sometimes (spouses) see things before others do, she said. A lot of deacons are very committed and take their jobs seriously. It takes its toll. Art gets tired, physically and emotionally. Im his ther- mometer. Although it can be draining, Deacon Art says his ministry is uplifting, too. The people are the best part, he said, being with them and seeing their faith. Deacons are repre- sentatives of the Church, and people want you there when theyre struggling. It really touches my heart. Its very humbling. Beth adds that for her, the best part of Deacon Arts ministry is that its given her a chance to grow in faith. We share evening prayer, she said. and its afforded us a freat spiritual and emotional intimacy. The time we sit and pray and talk I value that. His ministry has expanded my horizons, and the peo- ple we meet through it have blessed our lives. Deacon Art is reluctant to compare and contrast priests and deacons. Being a deacon is a calling from God, fulfill- ing your baptismal promises. People get bogged down in the differences. We dont focus on the differences. They are both callings. I was called not to be a religious brother; I was called to be a deacon, he said. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the church and to the world of Christ, who came to serve and not to be served, stated Father Abraham Muppa- rathara, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet, We hear in every deacons ordination: Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach. Those three words, believe, teach and practice, lie at the heart of the call of deacons to imitate Jesus the Servant and make his ministry real in the world. The call to serve as a deacon is not a weekend job. It is a real calling and a real vocation to live in the heart of the Church for the sake of the world. Deacon Art echoed that is a call of service, People often dont see that part of it, he said. We are out serving in food pantries or at meals, go- ing to trauma calls at the hos- pital or working with hospice. FROM PAGE 12 JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Deacon Art Stancher (right) and Deacon Steve Gretzinger assist with carry- ing the sacred oils during the 2015 Chrism Mass. SEE STANCHER, PAGE 14

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