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The Rosary, a ‘sword’ for spiritual battle
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Fr. Donald Calloway, speaks about the history and importance the Rosary at St. Mary Church in Pine Bluff on September 8 — the Nativity of Mary. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

PINE BLUFF -- There’s no greater gift to give to a mother than to listen to her and to do as we are told -- such as praying the Rosary.

A full church at St. Mary in Pine Bluff, along with an overflow crowd in the narthex and school gym, tried to give the Blessed Mother that gift as a way to wish her a Happy Birthday.

On September 8, Fr. Donald Calloway, a priest with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, gave a talk called “The Rosary: The Spiritual Sword of Our Lady.”

Father Calloway, known for his conversion story outlined in his book No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy, based his talk on his recent book, Champions of the Rosary, which came out last year.

Event for everyone

The evening was a combined Knights and Ladies of Divine Mercy event, which are typically held at the church on the first Friday of the month for the men and the third Friday of the month for the women.

Some people came from all over the Midwest, including Iowa and the Dakotas, to hear the talk and learn more about the Rosary.

The evening began with a Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, chanted Evening Prayer -- led by the Knights of Divine Mercy Schola -- and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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Priests to gather for annual Presbyteral Assembly
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Priests of the Diocese of Madison will be gathering for their annual Presbyteral Assembly from Sunday evening, Sept. 17, to Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The assembly is an opportunity for prayer and fellowship among the priests of the diocese, as well as education and reflection.

The theme for the assembly is “As for Me and My Household, We will Serve the Lord.”

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Wisconsin bishops respond to termination of DACA
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Catholic bishops of Wisconsin have issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announced termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months from now:

“The bishops of Wisconsin affirm their support for the continued protection of youth under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Most of the nearly 8,000 DACA Wisconsinites, who are among almost 800,000 DACA young adults nationwide, know no other home than the U.S., having been brought here in their youth through no choice of their own.

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