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14 December 18, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES www.upcatholic.org Thill's Specialties - Dad's Smokehouse - Whitefish, Trout, Salmon & Herring Smoked Whitefish, Sausage Pickled Whitefish, Herring, Trout, Smoked Fish Spread, Whitefish - Caviar 226-9851 On the Fish Dock in Marquette's Lower Harbor. Hours: M-F 8:00-5:30, Sat. 9-4 Visa & Master Card Accepted Order now for Christmas Thill's will pack & ship anywhere in U.S. SMOKED & FRESH FISH Great Lakes Whitefish & Trout, Atlantic Salmon Shrimp by the 5 lb box or by the pound Fresh Oysters Jumbo Scallops Lobster Tails King Crab Holiday Seafood Specials Thill's Fish House Give the gift of a Mass BY FATHER LARRY VAN DAMME THE 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 intentions can be sched- uled by contacting your local parish. Below, Father Larry Van Damme, Diocesan Vicar for Clergy and Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Ishpeming explains what it means to have a the Mass offered for someone, or for a special intention: When requesting that a Mass be offered for someone, it is most often done for the repose of the soul of someone who died, Catholic or non-Catholic. Other inten- tions might be in thanksgiving, for healing, or for living persons on their fraduation day, birthday, on an anniversary, etc. All pastors are required 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 Christianity. 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 deliberate way that the fruits of the eternal sacrifice of Christ be applied to the special intention for that Mass. There can be rich spiritual value and pas- toral 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 often that countless graces flow from the Mass for the benefit of all souls. In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Saint John Paul II taught, In the celebra- tion 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 raising this prayer to the Father of lights, from whom comes every good endow- ment 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 prayerfully 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 Michigan the suggested amount is $10. But when someone cannot afford it, parishes and pastors will gra- ciously accept whatever amount you are able to offer. St. Michael, come with legions of holy angels to occupy and sur- round our homes, our property and whatever place we may be. Surround us with your heavenly protection and drive far from us Satan and every evil spirit, inter- ference, or influence. Free us from every curse and bondage along with their effects, we humbly pray. May St. Gabriel give us the strength of God and St. Raphael heal our woundedness. All you angels of God, under your heavenly Queen help us, defend us, and rescue us from the snares of satan. Amen. Holy Angels, come to our aid. Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents LADIES TRIP April 15 - 17, 2016 - 3 Days 2 Nights $272.00 Price Includes: Port Washington WI, Memories Dinner Theater, Entertainment, "Buying the Moose" Comedy, Full day at Cedar Creek Settlement in Historic Cedarburg WI, Tour of Cedarburg, Wine Tasting, Giggles, Shopping, Visit Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine of Mary, Olive Garden and much more. For information and reservations, contact: Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 / shebob123@charter.net REPUBLIC ST. AUGUSTINE Dec. 24: 5:30 p.m. ROCKLAND ST. MARY Dec. 24: 8 p.m. RUDYARD ST. JOSEPH Dec. 24: 6 p.m. Dec. 25: 8:30 a.m. SAULT STE. MARIE HOLY NAME OF MARY Dec. 24: 4 & 11 p.m. Dec. 25: 10 a.m. ST. ISAAC JOGUES Dec. 24: 5 p.m. & Midnight Dec. 25: 9 a.m. ST. JOSEPH Dec. 24: 5 p.m. (Children's Mass) & 10:15 p.m. Dec. 25: 10 a.m. SOUTH RANGE HOLY FAMILY Dec. 24: 6 p.m. ST. IGNACE ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA Dec. 24: 5 p.m. Dec. 25: 10 a.m. STEPHENSON PRECIOUS BLOOD Dec. 24: 4 & 9 p.m. Dec. 25: 11 a.m. SUGAR ISLAND SACRED HEART Dec. 24: 7:15 p.m. TRENARY ST. RITA Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25: 9 a.m. TROUT LAKE ST. MARY Dec. 25: 10:30 a.m. VULCAN ST. BARBARA Dec. 24: 6 p.m. WAKEFIELD IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Dec. 24: 5 p.m. Dec. 25: 10:30 a.m. WATERSMEET IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Dec. 24: 4 p.m. Dec. 25: 8:30 a.m. WELLS ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA Dec. 25: 9 a.m. WHITE PINE ST. JUDE Dec. 24: 4 p.m. Remember to pray for our clergy and religious

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