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(USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Gualdoni Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $14.86/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC December 23, 2016 3 THOMAS MERKEL St. Mary-St. Joseph, I. Mountain Theology l WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations Did you know that... Tom's favorite saint is Dorthy Day and his favorite prayer is the Jesus Prayer? OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Mar- quette, announces the following clergy changes: Effective Jan. 1, 2017: Reverend George Maki Acceptance of resignation as parochial vicar (associate pastor) of Sacred Heart Parish, Ewen, the Mission of St. Ann, Bergland, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Watersmeet, due to health issues. Father Maki hopes to be available, health permitting, for some help out ministry under the guidance and direction of the Vicar for Clergy, Very Reverend Larry Van Damme. Bishop John Doerfler extends his welcome to four new extern priests who arrived in November 2016: Father Jose Cherian and Father Binu Joseph, from the Diocese of Kanjirappally, Kerala, India, and Father Augustine Essel and Father John Christian Essel, from the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, Ghana. Effective Jan. 2, 2017: Reverend Jose Cherian Appointed to assist with help out ministry under the guidance and di- rection of the Vicar for Clergy, Very Reverend Larry Van Damme. Reverend Binu Joseph Appointed as parochial vicar (associate pastor), St. Mary Parish, Norway and St. Barbara Parish, Vulcan, as well as Chaplain of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, Iron Mountain. Reverend Augustine Essel Appointed as parochial vicar (associate pastor), St. Anne Parish, Escanaba. Reverend John Christian Essel Appointed as parochial vicar (as- sociate pastor), St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ignace, Immaculate Conception, Moran and St. Anne Parish, Mackinac Island. Rev. George Maki Rev. Augustine Essel Rev. Jose Cherian Rev. Binu Joseph Rev. John Christian Essel Next year marks the 100th anniversary - May 13 through Oct. 13, 1917 - of the monthly apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady appeared to three Portuguese children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, near Fatima at Cova da Iria. During these apparitions, Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. Although the Five First Saturdays devotion was fully revealed to Lucia on Dec. 10, 1925 after she had become a nun, it was first mentioned during the July 1917 apparition. Sister Lucia was visited in her convent in Spain by Our Lady and the Child Jesus. The Child Jesus said, Have compassion on the heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation Our Lady then promised to assist at the hour of death, with graces necessary for salvation, those who partici- pate in the devotion. Those who would like to prepare for the Fatima cen- tennial by participating in the Five First Saturdays will be able to start on Jan. 7, 2017 and complete the devo- tion on May 6, a week before the centennial. To partici- pate the faithful should in five consecutive months go to confession on the first Saturday of the month, or within eight days before or after; receive Communion in a state of grace; pray five decades of the rosary (one set of mysteries); and spend 15 additional minutes meditating on one or more of the mysteries of the rosary. BY MARIA XIMENA RONDON CNA/EWTN NEWS For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016 and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, Andr Pereira, said there are three ways of obtaining the indulgence. The faithful must also fulfill the ordi- nary conditions: go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. The first way is for the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebra- tion or prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God. The second way applies to the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. The rector of the Fatima Shrine said the visit to the statue of the Virgin can be done anywhere in the world. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima. The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebra- tions on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must offer to merci- ful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives. A diocesan-wide celebration com- memorating the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017. St. Peter Cathedral will host the daylong event that begins at 9 a.m. (Eastern) and concludes with the 4 p.m. Sunday vigil Mass at the cathedral, to be celebrated by Bishop John Doerfler. To learn more about Our Lady of Fatima and to register for the celebration, visit www.dioceseofmar- quette.org/fatima or call (800) 562-9745 ext. 129. JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Marquette Diocese Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on display at St. Peter Cathedral for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8. Parishes may request the statue to visit in 2017 by contacting Sharon and Bill Dani at (906) 346-3480. Finish First Saturday devotion before Fatima centennial Pope grants plenary indulgence during Fatima centennial

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