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July 21, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 25   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Vigil for life:
Offering prayers for unborn, prayers for healing

photo of participants in a pro-life prayer vigil in front of a Madison abortion clinic

From right, Diocese of Madison seminarian Patrick Wendler and newly accepted seminarian Tim Renz lead the rosary as Renz' mother, Jane Renz from St. John the Baptist Parish, Jefferson, and brother, Tom, from St. Joseph Parish, Waterloo, participate in a 24-hour pro-life prayer vigil in front of a Madison abortion clinic. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- Putting their faith into action is what people of the Diocese of Madison and beyond did July 14-15 when they joined seminarians who led a 24-hour pro-life vigil and Eucharistic Adoration for life.

Vigil participants recited the rosary and other prayers outside an abortion clinic off of Stoughton Rd. in Madison. At the same time, 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration was held at St. Peter Church in Madison. Mass began and ended the 24-hour period.

This is the second year the Office of Vocations has sponsored the vigil. Diocese of Madison seminarians and those discerning priesthood for the Diocese of Madison led prayers outside the abortion clinic and took turns adoring the Blessed Sacrament in the 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration.

Last year, participants prayed in rain that poured off and on throughout the day and night, while this year they were bathed in sunshine and humidity.

Fr. Tait Schroeder, pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway and Immaculate Conception Parish in Barneveld, was one of the participants.

"We ask for a blessing of healing for all those involved with this place of evil," he prayed at the abortion clinic. "Bring them to a conversion of heart. Forgive their sins and drive away the evil one."   Full story ...

Nazareth House: Explores future options

STOUGHTON -- The following statement was recently issued by the Nazareth House, a nursing home operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth, located at 814 Jackson St. in Stoughton:

"At Nazareth House, we take pride in providing high quality, compassionate care to our residents. As we look forward, we sadly realize that we will not have an appropriate number of Sisters available to assist us in this mission," said Sr. Philomena Murphy, CEO. "Thus, we are exploring options that will allow Nazareth House to continue to operate at the exemplary level we demand, and that our residents expect and deserve.

"To this end, after much thought and deliberation, we are considering the possibility of a change in ownership. Because things are only preliminary at this point, and nothing is certain, we have very little specific information to offer right now.   Full story ...

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• Your Family
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Summer outing:
Apostolate to Handicapped

WISCONSIN DELLS -- The 38th annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells sponsored by the Apostolate to the Handicapped will be held on Friday, Aug. 26.

This summer outing will be at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show on Lake Delton. Tom Diehl, owner and chief executive officer of the water show has invited the apostolate to be his guests.

All are invited

This is a high point of the year's activities of the Apostolate to the Handicapped. All handicapped and elderly persons are invited. It will begin with an 11 a.m. outdoor Mass at the show site. Lunch and the world famous Tommy Bartlett Water Show will complete the day.

To make a reservation, write to Msgr. Thomas Campion at Box 443, Monroe, WI 53556. If you need a ride, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. The day will take place rain or shine.

There is no charge for the day. All expenses are paid for by the Tommy Bartlett Water Show staff and friends of the Apostolate to the Handicapped.   Full story ...

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