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November 18, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 43   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Concerns about flu and liturgy

MADISON -- The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Madison has issued guidelines regarding the spread of flu and liturgy.

Parishioners should be reminded that if they are not feeling well, they should refrain from shaking hands with those around them during the Sign of Peace. Instead, they may bow slightly or offer some other acknowledgment with the liturgical greeting, "the peace of Christ be with you."

Those who feel they may be ill should refrain from receiving the Precious Blood until they are feeling better. Those who are particularly susceptible to illness may wish to do the same during the flu season.

St. Martin House awards

photo of Steve Maurice presenting Lifetime Achievement Award to Arlene Miller, accompanied by her son, Jerry

Steve Maurice presents Arlene Miller (shown here with her son, Jerry) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- On the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, St. Martin House at the Catholic Multicultural Center here recognized several people who have contributed greatly over the years.

Service awards

The first annual Margaret Straub Service Award, named after one of the founders of St. Martin House, was given to John Gill, who began volunteering at St. Martin House in 1987.

"Since that time, he has volunteered an average of eight days each month," said Steve Maurice, coordinator of St. Martin House. "He has seen the free meal program evolve and change over the years - during the latter 80s he helped serve over 200 meals a night on a regular basis."

Maurice pointed out that Gill has washed dishes and scrubbed pots and pans at St. Martin House for 17 years, which means he has scrubbed 8,160 pots and pans, washed 48,960 plates and the glasses and cups that held 4,080 gallons of milk and 2,448 gallons of coffee.

"But most importantly, John has served over 195,840 meals to God's children in need over the years," said Maurice.   Full story ...

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• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Second largest state: Why Poverty USA wasn't battleground state

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Salvation: For those who have never heard of Jesus Christ

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Psalm: Urges trust in God
and shunning false values

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All Saints Parish:
Building the foundation

BERLIN -- During the last three weekends in October, All Saints Parish liturgies have included special presentations regarding the future of the parish.

The presentations were used to build up to the unveiling of preliminary building plans for a new parish complex.

Birth of new parish

The first weekend Fr. Jerome J. Maksvytis (known as Father Max), pastor of All Saints Parish, explained that All Saints Parish is the newest parish in the Diocese of Madison, officially created July 1, 2001. He recalled that in January of 2002, the Berlin Journal considered the birth of this newly formed parish as the most significant local news event during 2001.

Father Max explained that although the parish is new, his parishioners repeatedly demonstrate to him how they are truly a community built on God's gifts of faith, hope, and love.   Full story ...

Fighting poverty:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

MADISON -- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has distributed nearly $9 million to support 318 local projects this year in 45 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Striving to end poverty

The CCHD is the national program of the Catholic Church that strives to eliminate poverty in the United States. Established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1969, the CCHD is the largest private funder of anti-poverty programs initiated and led by poor people in the United States.

CCHD's mission is to raise funds to support organized groups of poor and low-income people as they work to develop economic strength and political power.   Full story ...

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