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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Fr. John Silva
Fr. John Silva, pastor of St. Luke Parish in Plain, teaches a religion class at St. Luke School. For over 140 years, the school has provided opportunities for children in a faith-filled community. For more on St. Luke School, see the Catholic Schools Week section. (Contributed photo)
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MADISON -- Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, including in schools in the Diocese of Madison. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2020 is January 26 to February 1. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020 is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."

Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to the Church, communities, and the nation.

For more on Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Madison, see the special section in the January 23 issue of the Catholic Herald.

 
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Spreading the Gospel of life is our mission
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison   
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

This week, we once again commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision in 1973 which legalized abortion throughout our country.

Since then, millions and millions of human lives have been legally snuffed out in the very beginning of their existence without the chance of making their contribution to the world or knowing the wonder of our human experience.

Last year globally, 41 million abortions occurred. These numbers are staggering when we compare them to any other human tragedy which destroys lives.

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Pam Payne retires after over 45 years on Catholic Herald staff
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- A retirement party was held on Friday, Jan. 17, for Pam Payne, associate editor of the Catholic Herald of the Diocese of Madison.

Pam started working for the diocesan paper on October 28, 1974, about a year after current editor Mary Uhler started.

Pam began as a part-time "gal Friday' and moved on to work full-time as assistant editor and then associate editor.

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