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BY TERRI GADZINSKI The endowment foundation of the Diocese of Marquette has been recognizing outstanding Catholics with the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award for 10 years. This year, Rudy Schmitt of Sacred Heart Parish in Calumet and James Newnum of Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee are the recipients of the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. Bishop John Doerfler an- nounced the recipients of the award, which annually recognizes members of the Diocese of Marquette for life- time dedication and service to the Catholic Church. Schmitt is a devoted, humble, faithful servant of God, as witnessed by his involvement in many min- istries within the Catholic Church and beyond. He has served as the di- rector of RCIA, religious education teacher, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, lector, sacristan, altar server, and usher. He has been an active member of numerous parish committees. The scope of Schmitt's service has reached be- yond the Sacred Heart Parish to in- clude the greater Keweenaw area. He helps out at the local food pantry, visits the sick in the hospital, brings Holy Communion to the home- bound, participates in the local coun- cil of churches and helps with ecumenical community worship services. Leaders of the area Methodist and Lutheran churches provided letters of support for Schmitt's nomination for the award, giving witness to his quiet, humble and faithful service. In the words of his pastor, Father Abraham Mupparathara, "He is a shining example of God's love to us, and he shares it by serving God, his church and his people." Father John Martignon, Vicar Forane of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate, presented Schmitt with a commemorative medallion on July 1 at Sacred Heart Parish. A re- ception was held in his honor where friends and family gathered to cele- brate him. Emcee of the reception, Beth O'Brien, stated about Schmitt, "We are all called to be saints," O'Brien said. "As humans we are in- spired when we see others who use their talents to serve the Church. Their examples inspire and chal- lenge us. Rudy is one of these peo- ple." Newnum is active in his home parish serving as a lector, Extraordi- nary Minister of Holy Communion, and altar server at funerals and daily Mass. He is the adult faith formation organizer for the Menominee tri- parishes and conducts a number of faith-building programs for adults. He has worked with RCIA and adult sacramental preparation, leads Bible study groups and has been involved with Catholics Coming Home, a program that invites people home to Jesus and his Church. As a retired educator, Newnum has in-depth knowledge in school management and administration, and has provided varied and consis- tent service to St. John Paul II Acad- emy in Menominee. He has served as chair of the education council for many years, as well as interim prin- cipal and substitute teacher. Newnum is a member of the Knights of Columbus as a council member and assistant Grand Knight. His pastor, Father Michael Ocran, said, "He influences a lot of parishioners positively and many young adults look up to him for in- spiration because of his exemplary life." Father Ocran presented Newnum with a commemorative medallion at a Mass at Holy Redeemer on July 19. Following the Mass, Newnum was honored at a reception where friends and family gathered to cele- brate him. During the presentation of the medallion, Father Ocran stated, "In all that he organizes and does for our parish, he is always ready to serve with humility, gentleness, compassion and love." The Catholic Service Award is a program of Legacy of Faith, which is the campaign to build the endow- ment foundation of the Diocese of Marquette. The award was created in 2006 in the spirit and intent of the endowment to preserve and foster the Catholic faith in the Upper Peninsula. Nominations for the an- nual award are due by May 1 of each year. For more information, contact Terri Gadzinski at (906) 227-9108 or visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. PAGE 2 THE U.P. CATHOLIC FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 Congratulations RUDY SCHMITT! "Rudy is a shining example of God's love to us, and he shares it by serving God, His church and His people." - Fr. Abraham 2015 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award Winner FROM THE KEWEENAW CATHOLIC COMMUNITY Congratulations to James Newnum on winning the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award! -From Father Michael Ocran, the Staff and Parishioners of HOLY REDEEMER PARISH THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR PARISH AND THE COMMUNITY! Parishes honor Catholic Service Award recipients AWARDED - Father Michael Ocran stands with Jim Newnum following the Mass in which Newnum was presented with the Catholic Service Award medallion. (Jamie Carter photo) CSA - Father John Martignon, Vicar Forane of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate, presents Rudy Schmitt of Sacred Heart Parish in Calumet with the Catholic Service Award. (John Fee photo) Please pray for our priests and religious

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