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Diocesan Lenten regulations
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 9. 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.
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Bereavement group: For parents of lost babies
MADISON -- For parents whose babies have died, a part of them will always be missing.
Especially around holidays or the baby's birthday, the pain of that baby's death - though dulled over time - will never leave them.
That's why a bereavement group at St. Marys Hospital in Madison offers a safe place for parents to grieve.
The group was "a lifeline" for Sue Tjugum, a member of St. Albert the Great Parish in Sun Prairie, who now runs the meetings.
She and her husband, Steve, lost their firstborn son, Jacob, in August of 2000. Part of the placenta around the umbilical cord died two weeks before he was due. When Jacob was born, he had no heart beat and was not breathing. Internally he'd had massive organ failure and there was no brain activity.
He died when he was 21 hours and 33 minutes old.
The first question that parents ask when they go through this is: "Why?" said Tjugum. The reality is it doesn't matter why - and that makes you angry, she said.
At first, after Jacob's death, the worst thing was being present at other babies' baptisms, she said. Full story ...
Rural Life Gathering: Has new format
SINSINAWA -- Farmers will connect with consumers and producers to find support at the tri-state ecumenical Rural Life Gathering to be held at the Sinsinawa Mound on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 and 11.
Theme is "People God's Been Waiting For: Faith Communities Taking Action of Food & Farming Issues." It will be held Thursday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Developing markets, apprentice farmer training, and consumer education - through the church - will gear this event to action. Together, participants will seek answers to troubling questions about food and farming in America.
"Everybody loves to eat. Yet anybody who reads, listens to the radio, thinks about the facts flowing out of the heartland regarding American food and farming can't help but feel troubled," said Tony Ends, who directs the Churches' Center for Land and People, which is sponsoring the Rural Life Gathering.
"From modern farming's heavy reliance on fossil fuels and nonrenewable resources to terrorist and food security threats to our concentrated, specialized, mass produced food system - we all know a crisis awaits us," he said.
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