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February 19, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 7   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Would define marriage between one man, woman

MADISON -- In the wake of legal developments in Massachusetts and a failed attempt this past fall to override the Governor's veto of a bill to clarify Wisconsin's statutes regarding marriage, state legislators switched tactics and recently introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 66, which proposes a constitutional amendment to establish that marriage in this state is between "one man and one woman."

In order to amend the state constitution, a joint resolution must pass by a majority vote of two consecutive legislatures and then be ratified by a state referendum.   Full story ...

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Lenten regulations

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25. Lenten regulations from the Diocese of Madison are as follows:

1. Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.

2. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

These minimal penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

Special liturgical notes

1. Ritual Masses are prohibited on Ash Wednesday, during Holy Week, and on Sundays in Lent.

2. Funeral Masses may not be celebrated on Holy Thursday, during the Easter Triduum, or on Sundays in Lent.

3. When a marriage is celebrated during Lent, it is to reflect the special nature of the season.

Catholic Herald Lenten contests for youth

MADISON -- The Catholic Herald is sponsoring Lenten "Dear Friends in Christ" writing and drawing contests for students.

Teachers in Catholic schools and religious education programs are invited to use the Catholic Herald in the classroom and encourage students to read the paper, particularly the columns. Deadline is March 25.

Interested students may contact their Catholic school teachers or principal, call the Catholic Herald at 608-821-3070, or e-mail for contest details.

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