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March 3, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 8   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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TSUNAMI RELIEF -- The students at St. John School, Princeton, recently raised $1,187.69 for tsunami relief through a "penny war." Each classroom had a jar in the office and contributed money to the jars. Shown here, from left, are: Rachel Bradley, eighth grade; Angela Sondalle, sixth grade; Rosie Palof, third grade; and Sawyer Soda, second grade. "As part of our educational process, students learned about disasters, Catholic social justice, and what it means to truly share what God has given us," said Alice Bartow, principal. "We hope that along with our prayers, this money helps the people who need it most." The school was among the many schools, organizations, and individuals throughout the Diocese of Madison who contributed to the diocesan collection for Catholic Relief Services' tsunami relief, which has topped $400,000.

Elizabeth House:
Campaign passes half-way mark

MADISON -- Supporters of The Elizabeth House have raised over half of the $2.2 million cost to build the new maternity home in Madison. Ground is expected to be broken in March.

While they were celebrating reaching the half-way point at a breakfast at Monona Terrace on Feb. 24, they got more good news. Dave Gerry, owner of the Princeton Club, announced a matching grant of up to $500,000 from the Gerry family.

The Gerrys will match each dollar raised this year for Elizabeth House up to $500,000. "This grant of another half million in donations means no mortgage," said Fred Grossenbach, campaign co-chair with his wife, Anne. "That's our campaign goal."

The Diocese of Madison also presented checks for $33,000, bringing the total giving from the diocese to over $108,000. Bishop Robert C. Morlino had authorized a diocesan-wide collection for The Elizabeth House last October.

"We have joy in our hearts," commented Anne Grossenbach. "We have demonstrated that we can work together in the oneness of Jesus Christ."

Supporters emphasized the broad ecumenical support for the 10-bedroom maternity home, to be located at 1350 MacArthur Rd. It is operated by Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County, a non-profit center that assists women with unplanned pregnancies.   Full story ...

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Helping farmers: Churches play key role

SINSINAWA -- People of faith play a key role in improving farming, speakers told the annual tri-state ecumenical Rural Life Gathering held at the Sinsinawa Mound recently.

Two main projects were the focus of the meeting: Crafting Farmers for People and the Land (CRAFT) and the Harvest of Hope Partnership. Two videos were shown to explain these projects.

CRAFT is part of the CSA Learning Center, Caledonia, Ill., and the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training.

Times have changed

According to Tony Ends, director of the Churches' Center for Land and People headquartered in Sinsinawa, times have changed. "Less than 100 years ago one in three American families lived on farms. Children worked along with their parents to till the soil, care for livestock. Food production was local, dispersed, diverse.   Full story ...

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