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6 June 16, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Victims Assistance Coordinators bsf bwbjmbcmf up ifmq uiptf xip ibwf cffo ibsnfe uispvhi uif ejggjdvmu boe tpnfujnft qbjogvm qspdftt pg ifbmjoh boe ipqf How to begin the process ... Dbmm pof pg uif Wjdujnt Bttjtubodf Dppsejobupst Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330 Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362 or write: Victims Assistance Coordinator d p Dbuipmjd Tpdjbm Tfswjdft pg uif VQ 1100 Ludington St. Suite 401 Escanaba MI 49829 Qmfbtf nbsl uif mfuufs Qfstpobm boe Dpogjefoujbm boe joejdbuf jo zpvs mfuufs ipx zpv xjti up cf dpoubdufe cz qipof ps cz mfuufs We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities. The Diocese of Marquette reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities. Jg zpv lopx pg bo jodjefou pg uif tfyvbm bcvtf pg b njops cz bozpof jo Divsdi tfswjdf jodmvejoh b nfncfs pg uif dmfshz b sfmjhjpvt b mbz fnqmpzff ps wpmvouffs xf fodpvsbhf zpv up dpnf gpsxbse tp uibu xf dbo ublf bdujpo up qspufdu puifst boe ifmq uiptf xip ibwf cffo ibsnfe up gjoe ifbmjoh We are open to and respect your complaint; you are important. We want to make this process as safe as possible. Plans are coming into place to create a beautiful, park-like wooded setting at the Old Catholic Cemetery in Marquette. Located between the intersection of Pio- neer and Division, the cemetery was used by pioneers in the area from the mid-1800s until space ran out around 1908. The cemetery had been in use for several years be- fore the first parcel of land was deeded over to Bishop Frederic Baraga in 1861. However, at the time of its use most families took care of the burials on their own and maintenance of the property. Neil Newcomb, cem- eteries director for the Diocese of Marquette, said he learned about the old cemetery after becoming manag- er of Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette in 2013. Newcomb soon formed a small support group, Friends of Holy Cross Cemetery, which began studying ways to revitalize the old cemetery. It became over- grown with brush and trees after Holy Cross Cemetery on Wright Street in Marquette began to be used to bury Catholics and their loved ones in the early 1900s. During the middle of the last century, cemeteries be- gan to fund perpetual care endowments for permanent upkeep of cemeteries. Once the old cemetery project is completed, Newcomb said the 5.7 acres will be main- tained by Holy Cross staffwith help from volunteers. As soon as ground conditions permit, Newcomb hopes to begin work on the old cemetery. He said small signs will be erected to let people know whats in the works. Were looking to clean up a portion of the cemetery to create a prayerful setting, Newcomb said. We want to make it an accessible, safe place to pray in a memo- rial park setting. Anyone with questions about the old cemetery project, or who wants to support the work, should contact Newcomb at (906) 225-0191 or nnewcomb@ dioceseofmarquette.org. Marquette's Old Catholic Cemetery to be revitalized JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Rick Meyers (left) and Joe Verville of Holy Cross Cemetery work to clear brush and small trees from the Old Catholic Cemetery in Mar- quette. Work began June 3 and is expected to continue through the summer. COURTESY PHOTO Eva Marie Solak speaks at Right to Life of Michigan's Legislative Day in Lansing on May 9. Her pro-life efforts and essay, "What can this next generation do to promote a positive pro-life message?" helped her win a $500 scholarship and receive the 2017 Outstanding Pro-life Youth Award from Right to Life of Michigan. Read her essay on the right hand side of this page. EVA MARIE SOLAK The young are powerful and have strong voices. We have been born into a world that has little love or respect for life. It is our duty to rescue it and cultivate love and respect. My peers desperately need to be educated on the layers of abortion, so they know what is true, are bold enough to speak up, and are not swayed. The young pro-life are called to reveal this truth, and awaken in others a passion for defending life. The pro-life leaders of my generation need to go into schools to teach students about the intrinsic personhood of the unborn child, and of all human beings. I have created a pro-life curriculum, a series of interactive presentations designed to teach and engage middle school and high school students. It is vital for people to be well versed with the truth about fetal develop- ment, abortion procedures, the laws on abor- tion, abortion statistics, the pro-life/pro-abor- tion debate, euthanasia, and other life issues. My generation needs to bring this truth to our peers. It is not enough to be nominally pro- life when it is necessary to be actively pro-life. Educating in truth ignites the transformation necessary to cultivate respect for life. Each person has gifts that need to be used to cultivate a culture of life. It is high time we raise the bar, challenge each other to use those gifts fer- vently, and make visible change. By rising to the occasion, we can work together in various ways to defend incredible human beings, worthy of love and respect. We need to renew action within ourselves, within youth, and within our society. Pro-life youth: your gifts are needed, your niche is waiting for you. If you are an artist, send your artwork ideas to Right to Life. If you can write, use your words to give the voiceless a voice. Write a column for your school newspa- per. If you can speak, debate with your friends. Speak to schools, go into classrooms. Athletes, you can do awareness fundraisers at your sport- ing events. Whatever your gift is, use it. It has been given to you for a reason and you have an untapped potential for greatness. Each of us are blessed to be living and breath- ing. Lets do something powerful, for someone else, with the life we have been given. What can this next generation do to promote a positive pro-life message? Delta County Right to Life winner takes state award

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