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BY PATRICIA KASTEN THE COMPASS DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY Nearly 160 years ago, the Blessed Mother appeared to a young Belgian immigrant living in Kewaunee County (Wisconsin) on Oct. 9, 1859. Today, it is the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States. And, as of Aug. 15, the site in Champi- on, Wis. has been formally designated as a national shrine by the United States bishops. The announcement was made by Bish- op David Ricken at a press conference prior to the annual Mass held at the shrine for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Mil- waukee was the Mass celebrant, with Bishop Ricken serving as homilist. Bishop James Powers of the Diocese of Superior and numerous priests of the Diocese of Green Bay were con-cele- brants at the Mass, which was followed by the annual rosary procession around the shrine grounds. The apparition of Our Lady of Good Help to Adele Brise was formally ap- proved by Bishop David Ricken on Dec. 8, 2010. The news was shared with the crowd of more than 1,500 people who attended the outdoor Mass. I am deeply thankful for the faith, devotion and unwavering commitment to all those who have been stewards and care takers of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help for the past several gener- ations, Bishop Ricken said during his homily. Each of them simply followed the whispers of their own deep faith and in doing so, preserved and advanced the shrine. They carried the inspiring story of Adele Brise, a young Belgian woman to whom the Blessed Mother appeared. They carried this message in their own hearts, passing it on from one genera- tion to the next, freely sharing it with all who came seeking, searching and praying. Todays announcement is a testament and an honor to all those who come be- fore us. Their generous Christian spirit of warmth, hospitality, reverence and simplicity is very much alive in this holy place, continued Bishop Ricken. With that said, I am overjoyed now to share with all of you today that the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has received the designation as a national shrine from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish- ops. According to canon law, The term 'shrine' signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular pious reason with the approval of the local ordinary (n. 1230). On April 30, 2015, Bishop Ricken sent a request to the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Committee on Divine Wor- ship asking that they consider the Champion site as a potential na- tional shrine. Bishop Ricken noted that the mission of prayer and catechesis is at the very heart of the apostolate of this sacred Shrine. Father Michael Flynn, executive director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship for the USCCB, said the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help was approved for national shrine status on March 8, 2016, during the meeting of the USCCB Administrative Committee. The official decree is dated March 19, he added. As St. Joseph is the spouse of Mary, Our Lady of Good Help, his feast day was a most appropriate day to bestow the designation formally. As part of the approval process, the U. S. bishops must send a representative bishop to view the site. This visit, by Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, a member of the Committee on Divine Worship, took place on July 30, 2015. Reverend Darryl Pepin St. Elizabeth Ann Seton & St. Joseph Mission Father Darryl, We truly wish you a blessed 65th Birthday! -From your parish families of www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC September 16, 2016 23 A message to our advertisers. Shrine of Our Lady of Good help receives national shrine designation SAM LUCERO THE COMPASS Bishop David Ricken unveils the new logo for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Cham- pion. The shrine, located in Champion, Wis., in the Diocese of Green Bay, is the only Marian shrine in the United States with an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The national shrine designation was made on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. REQUIREMENTS FOR A NATIONAL SHRINE National designation is granted by the U. S. bishops, following norms supervised by their conference's Commit- tee on Divine Worship. To be granted such a designation, a shrine must meet several requirements, including: Have served as a diocesan shrine and place of pilgrim- age for at least 10 years; Operate under statutes approved by the diocesan bishop; Be easily accessible, with appropriate facilities for pilgrims; Be dedicated to promot- ing the faith of the pilgrims by centering on a mystery of the Catholic faith, a devotion based on authentic Church tradition, revelations recog- nized by the Church, or the lives of those in the Church's calendar of saints. Nourish the spiritual lives of pilgrims by offering cele- brations of the liturgy; Develop and utilize some form of common prayer, such as the Liturgy of the Hours; Have a sufficient number of liturgical ministers to pro- vide adequate pastoral care for pilgrims, especially for various language groups; Provide sacramental cele- brations in various languages; There must also be a rec- tor of the shrine; A shrine cannot serve as a local parish, so ordinarily, baptisms, weddings and fu- nerals cannot be held there.

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