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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC CALENDARS (ALL TIMES LOCAL) December 23, 2016 17 EWTN and TV6 to air Christmas Mass from the Vatican EWTN will air the Christmas Eve Mass from Rome celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass will air at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 24, with a replay on Dec. 25 at 4 a.m. In addition, the Christmas Eve Mass can be viewed on WLUC-TV6 on Dec. 24 at 11:29 p.m. Eastern Time. EWTN will also air the popes traditional Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing to the city and to the world from the main balcony of St. Peter Basilica. It will air on Christ- mas Day at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.,Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All times are Eastern. EWTN also live online at www.ewtn.com/multimedia/live. Help promote prayer for diocesan seminarians and religious vocations Inserted in this copy of The U.P. Catholic is a 8.5x11 version of the diocesan sem- inarian poster. It can be posted in your home on the fridge, or in a prayer corner to serve as a daily reminder to pray for vocations. A PDF version is also available in the December diocesan communicator at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/communicator. Save the dates for diocesan events in 2017 Several dates for diocesan events have been set for 2017. Be sure to save the dates for the following events: Rite of Election, March 5, 2017 Spring Study Day, April 6, 2017: The Secrets of Fatima, presented by Father Corey Litzner Diocesan Chrism Mass, April 6, 2017 Diocesan Confirmation, April 30, 2017 Hospitality Lecture, May 30, 2017: The New Evangelization via Mary & Elizabeth JANUARY 6-8 Father Corey Litzner will lead the Knights of Columbus retreat at Marygrove Retreat Center in Garden. The retreat is open to all brother knights. Reserve your spot today, as spots fill quickly for this popular retreat. For more information or to reg- ister, visit www.marygrove.org or call (906) 644-2771. SUNDAY, January 8 The elementary faith formation class of the Garden area parishes will hold a Christmas play at St. John the Baptist Parish in Gar- den. Mass will begin at 10 a.m., with the play to follow. The Legion of Mary, Marquette Curia will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer, Menominee. JANUARY 13 & JANUARY 15 St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey will host a NET Retreat for middle school youth from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, dinner is provided. The theme is fully alive (true happiness). A high school confirmation retreat will take place on Sunday begin- ning with the 11:15 a.m. Mass until 5 p.m., lunch is provided. Both retreats are open to area youth for no cost. To register, call the parish office at (906) 249-1438. SATURDAY, January 14 St. Sebastian Parish in Bessemer will host a NET Retreat for high school youth from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The retreat will consist of music games, testimonies, prayer and fun. The cost is $10 and in- cludes lunch. For more information contact Angie Mazurek at (906) 663-0217. THE U.P. CATHOLIC CALENDAR Oklahoma City, Okla. (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has recognized the mar- tyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who served in Guatemala. This makes him the irst martyr to have been born in the United States. Servant of God Fr. Stanley Rother has been approved for beatification! Arch- bishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City announced on Facebook, Dec. 2. He is the irst US born martyr and priest to receive this official recognition from the Vatican! And of course the first from Oklahoma! Father Rother was born March 27, 1935 in the small town of Okarche, Okla., where the parish, school and farm were the pillars of community life. Though he struggled immensely academically in seminary, he graduated from Mount St. Marys seminary in Maryland. Shortly following his ordination, Father Rother accepted an invitation to join a mission in Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala, a poor rural community of mostly indigenous people, where he spent 13 years. The diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa established the team after St. John XXIII asked the churches of North America to send assistance to Central America. As a mission priest, he was called on not just to say Mass, but to fix the broken truck or work the fields. He built a farmers co-op, a school, a hos- pital, and the first Catholic radio station, which was used for catechesis to the even more remote villages. Throughout the years, the violence of the Guate- malan civil war inched closer to the once-peaceful village. Disappearances, killings and danger soon became a part of daily life. In 1980-1981, the violence escalated to an almost unbearable point. Father Rother witnessed many friends and parishioners being abducted or killed. In a letter sent back home, during what would be his last Christmas, he wrote about the dangers his parish faced daily. The reality is that we are in danger. But we dont know when or what form the government will use to further repress the Church. Given the situa- tion, I am not ready to leave here just yet But if it is my destiny that I should give my life here, then so be it.... I dont want to desert these peo- ple, and that is what will be said, even after all these years. There is still a lot of good that can be done under the circumstances. He ended the letter with what would later become his signature quote: The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger. Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom. The morning of July 28, 1981, three Ladinos, the non-indigenous men who had been fighting the native people and rural poor of Guatema- la since the 1960s, broke into the rectory. Not wanting to endanger the others at the parish mission, he struggled but did not call for help. After 15 minutes and two gunshots, Father Rother had been killed, and the men fled the grounds. Maria Scaperlanda, author of The Shepherd Who Didnt Run, a biography of Father Rother, and who has worked on his canonization cause, stated, Although the details are different, I believe the call is the same and the challenge is also the same. Like Father Stanley, each of us is called to say yes to God with our whole heart. We are all asked to see the Other standing before us as a child of God, to treat them with respect and a generous heart, she added. We are called to holiness whether we live in Okarche, Oklahoma, or New York City or Guate- mala City. Father Stanley Rother: The first U.S. born martyr CNA Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma city was recently recognized as a martyr of the faith. This makes him the first martyr to have been born in the United States. Do you have photos of parish or school events? Send to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org

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