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May 9, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 18   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Pro-life rally: Uniting to spread message

photo of youth from St. Mary Parish, Milton at pro-life rally

Demonstrating at the pro-life rally are youth from St. Mary Parish, Milton, from left: Amber Beachinski, Jessica Chesmore, Amanda Chesmore, and Jamie Falk. (Sarah Baldwin photo)

MADISON -- The State St. entrance to the state Capitol was the gathering place for many demonstrators Saturday, May 4, but the pro-life ralliers were distinct.

According to State Representative Sheryl Albers (R-Reedsburg), the other demonstrators were there for themselves. "Pro-lifers are set apart because they are here for others. God bless you for that," she told those gathered for a rally sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Albers was one of several speakers who addressed the crowd on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The rally united people from all over the state. "We come together from the four corners of Wisconsin, many generations and faiths - our diversity is our strength. We will never stop praying until every pre-born child is given its inalienable and undeniable right to life," stated Mary Kay Culla, master of ceremonies for the event.   Full Story ...

Gifts of motherhood:
Love of a child

MADISON -- Love is so powerful, and it is the one thing that we should allow to consume us, said Colleen Steele, mother of Cullen, 2 1/2, and Aidan, 16 months.

"Love is a sweet addiction, and experiencing the love of a child is best way to get hooked," she said.

Steele and her husband, Brian, who have been married for seven years, are parishioners at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Madison. Steele, who worked in Center Administration at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison for five years, is now a stay-at-home mom who continues to help out at the center on weekends.

Greatest gift

"Being a mother has been one of the greatest gifts God has given me and the best job for me," she said. "It was a tough decision to become a stay-at-home mom, but it is not one I have regretted."

Before the boys came along, Steele had been working on a master's degree in religious studies, "but now both career and college are on hold (sort of)," she said. "Being at home with my children is equivalent to being a teacher and student, and it is challenging and rewarding work. Being a mother is also the best education I could receive."
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News & Features:

Papal letter seeks revitalization of penance:
Must strictly enforce norms

Service trip to Appalachia:
High school students learn valuable lessons about life

Charitable Gift Annuity:
Plan is a 'win-win situation'

Summit analysis:
Bishops get green light for harsher measures against sex abusers


• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
An extraordinary mother's love:
Giving the gift of life

• Our Turn
by Therese J. Borchard --
Young mother's thoughts:
On first Mother's Day

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Receiving Communion twice a day; word substitution in Bible

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Reciting the rosary:
May help all find encouragement
in daily struggles

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