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May 6, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 18   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Motherhood: A blessing of a lifetime

photo of new mother Melanie Pfeil with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Maria

New mother Melanie Pfeil is shown here with her husband, Scott, and three-month-old daughter, Maria. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- Mother's Day this year will be different for Melanie Pfeil, parishioner at St. Paul's University Catholic Center in Madison.

Three months ago, she became a new mother, giving birth to Maria, a beautiful blue-eyed baby.

"I'm still in awe," said Melanie about motherhood. "You become a part of the realm of parenthood, a special sisterhood you didn't know existed."

Power of prayer

But the first few days of parenthood were marked by difficulty for Melanie and her husband, Scott, because Maria experienced a stroke and seizures on the second day of her life.

Prayer sustained them, though, and all around them were signs that the Holy Spirit was with them, said Melanie. She knew the strength she felt came from prayer. Family, friends, and acquaintances joined in praying for Maria. For example, people such as St. Paul's undergraduate retreat participants lifted up the new little life in prayer.

"I know the grace from that was present," said Melanie.  Full story ...

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• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
On Mother's Day:
Remembering, celebrating gifts
of love they gave us

• Guest Column
by Douglas W. Kmiec --
Heads I win/tails you lose:
Driving faith out of public life

• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick -- Religion:
Are we losing our memory?

• Our Turn
by Therese J. Borchard -- Mothering:
Having priorities straight

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Marriage:
Can priests perform 'secret weddings' not recognized by state?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Psalm 26:
Have confidence in the Lord

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Creating a shrine: At home

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Fort Atkinson: Plans
for new church move ahead

FORT ATKINSON -- St. Joseph Parish here recently completed the sale of its property on N. Main St.

A meeting between architects, contractors, and parish representatives culminated in the signing of an agreement to build a new church, gathering place, school, and parish center on Endl Blvd. This is on property purchased earlier on Fort Atkinson's south side.

After receiving the necessary approval from the Diocese of Madison, Pastor Fr. Bill Nolan and the pastoral council of St. Joseph signed an irrevocable letter of credit whereby approximately 70 percent of the church property will be turned over to GNI Developers for 1.3 million dollars on or before April 30, 2005.

The developers have granted an extension of four months to vacate the premises instead of the earlier agreed upon date of Dec. 31, 2004. GNI will construct a store on the land and then lease it to Walgreen Drugs on a long-term lease.

Father Nolan signed the construction manager's contract with Tim Wiedenbauer of the Kollosso and Wiedenbauer Construction Firm following a two-hour meeting conducted by Justin Arndt and Kristy Sands of the architectural firm Zimmermand Design Group out of Milwaukee. In attendance were Wiedenbauer, Father Nolan, and 18 parishioners who are directly involved with the project.   Full story ...

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