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Hundreds protest Planned Parenthood in Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Planned Parenthood Protest, Madison

Fr. Bart Timmerman, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, leads more than 200 people in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison's east side as they protested the selling of baby body parts from abortions. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- Prayer.

That’s what it will take to end abortion.

That’s what rush hour commuters saw as more than 200 people prayed on the sidewalks near the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s east side to do their part to see that facility close and protect the lives of the unborn.

The protest on Monday, Aug. 24, was held in unity with nationwide protests following reports of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling the organs and tissue of aborted babies.

As people's workdays ended, they arrived at the Orin Rd. site for the 5 p.m. protest, despite the unseasonably cold and gloomy late August weather.

'All things are possible'

Fr. Rick Heilman, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Mount Horeb and Perry, welcomed everyone who came out.

"With man it's impossible, but with God all things are possible," he said. Encouraging everyone to pray and be in a state of grace, he added, "We need to lean on God and his grace . . . lean on Our Lady as much as you can. She is the one who steps on that satanic head."

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Couples young and old come together to celebrate marriage
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MONONA -- A Sunday afternoon Mass, Aug. 16, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona, was part of the annual Diocese of Madison Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries.

It was more than appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage with a Mass.

In the Mass, Jesus gives his very self in the Eucharist “so we can live forever,” Fr. Tait Schroeder, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Madison, said in his homily.

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Marshall native starts Hosea’s Heart to help women and children in Swaziland
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MARSHALL -- There aren’t many women in their mid-20s who would give up a teaching career and move to a southern African country to help young women in need -- but sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference.

Twenty-eight year old Marshall native Mary-Kate Martin is one of those women.

The member of Holy Family Parish in Marshall and Waterloo is the founder and executive director of Hosea’s Heart.

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