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(posted 9/1/2005; updated 9/6/2005)

September 8, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 31   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of youth cleaning up at the Steckbauer home after the Stoughton tornado

left arrow Children of the Clark, Fields, and Schultz families help clean up at the Steckbauer home after the tornado in Stoughton. All of the families are members of St. Ann Parish in Stoughton. (Catholic Herald photo by Kristi Panthofer, Blue Kangaroo Studio)

Tornado aftermath:
Helping each other pick up the pieces

STOUGHTON -- Two weeks after the August 18 tornado left a path of destruction through Stoughton, families are still picking up the pieces - with the help of many hands.

Volunteers from St. Ann Parish here are among the many hands that have been helping, cleaning, cooking, sorting, and comforting those who have suffered losses from the tornado.

"The people of St. Ann's are phenomenal," said parishioner Shaun Kleitsch, who has been helping to coordinate volunteer efforts.   Full story ...

Serving Diocese of Madison:
Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach

If you would like further information on any program or to volunteer, contact us at:

• Susanna Herro, director, 608-821-3086

• Beverly Hartberg, associate director, 608-821-3177

• Ben Weisse, associate director, 608-821-3164

• Andy Russell, administrator, 608-661-3512 x106

• Steve Maurice, coordinator, 608-661-3512 x 4

The new Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach is sparking interest.

Fresh perspective on programs has been created by bringing Beverly Hartberg of Family Ministry and Ben Weisse of Youth and Young Adult Ministry into closer union with Hispanic Ministry, Rural Life, and Respect Life programs. All the Family Ministry programs are encompassed in the new office, but a new voice, Gloria Brockman's, will be greeting people. Ben Weisse will continue with all his former programs, and during this transition period, he has also taken on Social Ministry Interns and Global Solidarity.

In addition, with Andy Russell as administrator of the Catholic Multicultural Center putting additional energy into rejuvenating programs at the Center, an expansion of the Food Pantry, headed by Steve Maurice, is underway. Our parish nurse, Betsy Knight, will have a new office, closer to the people who access the on-going meal program at St. Martin House. It is our hope to provide translators to help better serve our Hispanic community with their health concerns. English as a Second Language classes at various times in the week are succeeding in helping people adjust to the Madison area.  Full story ...

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News & Features:

Special Section:
World Youth Day 2005 -- Diocese of Madison pilgrims travel to Germany

Katrina refugees:
Catholics helping

St. John Vianney Parish:
Marks 50-year anniversary


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Purgatory; custom
of mothers being 'churched'

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Psalm 127: Without Lord, all efforts will ultimately fail

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Future special sections:

Church Vocations: Sept. 15, 2005

Senior Focus: Sept. 22, 2005

Respect Life: Sept. 29 to Oct. 27, 2005

Parish Events Calendar: Oct. 6, 2005

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St. Vincent de Paul
to aid those impacted by hurricane

MADISON -- The local charity that focuses on "helping neighbors in need" anticipates months of assisting many new neighbors forced to relocate because of Hurricane Katrina.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will work with other key local charitable and government agencies to help in coming days, weeks, and months to meet the needs of Gulf evacuees in Dane County.

"St. Vincent de Paul's charitable niche is providing person-to-person relief to people who are suffering or otherwise in need - without regard for religious affiliation," said Ralph Middlecamp, executive director for the society's District Council of Madison, which serves Dane County.

"The hundreds of evacuees we expect will be relocating here - at least temporarily - from affected Gulf states can and will turn to us for food, clothing, shoes, furniture, beds, bedding, household items, and - in some cases - housing."

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