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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC GIFT GIVING GUIDE November 17, 2017 13 ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS! HOW ABOUT RESOLVING TO MAKE THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER PART OF YOUR ADVERTISING BUY IN 2018? OUR READERS MAKE GREAT CUSTOMERS! CONTACT DCN. STEVE 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Celebrating our 50th Year!" COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Give the gift of a Mass this Christmas BY FATHER LARRY VAN DAMME DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE This Christmas season, why not have a Mass offered as a gift for someone on your Christmas list, or to remember a loved one who has passed? Mass inten- tions can be scheduled by contacting your local parish. Below, Father Larry Van Damme, Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Marquette and pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Ishpem- ing explains what it means to have the Mass offered for someone, or for a special intention: When requesting that a Mass be of- fered for someone, it is most often done for the repose of the soul of someone who died, Catholic or non-Catholic. Other intentions might be in thanksgiv- ing, for healing, or for living persons on their graduation day, birthday, on an anniversary, etc. All pastors are re- quired to offer a Mass each Sunday for the living and deceased parishioners of a parish. Offering Masses for others is an act of participating in Gods mercy that is traced back to the early days of Christi- anity. Tombs in the Roman catacombs have many inscriptions attesting to the need for and merits of prayers for the dead. As we pray for all the living and deceased at every Mass, we ask in a de- liberate way that the fruits of the eter- nal sacrifice of Christ be applied to the special intention for that Mass. There can be rich spiritual value and pastoral benefit for those requesting Masses as we remember and pray for a special intention in intensified ways. Doing so can assist us in joining ourselves more deeply to the Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the most powerful, excellent prayer we pray. The Church reminds us of- ten that countless graces flow from the Mass for the benefit of all souls. In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, St. John Paul II taught, In the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Church prays that God, the Father of mercies, will grant His children the fullness of the Holy Spirit so that they may become one body and one spirit in Christ. In rais- ing this prayer to the Father of lights, from whom comes every good endowment and every perfect gift, the Church believes that she will be heard, for she prays in union with Christ her Head and Spouse, who takes up this plea of His Bride and joins it to His own redemptive sacrifice (No. 43). As a pastor, it is a privilege to prayer- fully remember the special intention at each Mass, and to see how faith is often stirred in a particular way when that intention is recognized and prayed for. When circumstances are such that all of the Masses requested cannot be offered at a certain parish, or when those requesting the special intention cannot be present, be assured that those Masses will be offered somewhere, perhaps in the missions or by a senior priest who offers the Mass regularly in his home. To help support parishes and priests, a suggested offering or 'stipend' is usually given with each Mass requested. In Michi- gan the suggested amount is $10. But when someone cannot afford it, parishes and pastors will graciously accept whatever amount you are able to offer. 801 West US-2 Norway, Michigan 906~563~5100 garden.place@att.net Like us" on Facebook The Garden Place Gifts and Home Decor All Occasion Florist & Greenhouse Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents NEW ORLEANS! 9 Days, 8 Nights, May 19 - 27, 2018 $841 PP, Dbl. Occ. Price Includes: Transportation, lodging, 14 meals, Guided tour of New Orleans, Tour the French Quarter, National WWII Museum, Mardi Gras World, Harrah's Gaming, The Riverwalk, Forestry Museum, Sikeston Depot Museum, and much more. For information and reservations, contact: Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net

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