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October 6, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 35   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of painting by Fr. Gary Wankerl composed of images of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI meeting with Bishop Morlino, and Madison firefighters rescuing the Blessed Sacrament from St. Raphael Cathedral after the March 2005 fire
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Madison XXV:
Year of the Eucharist

Priest-artist Fr. Gary Wankerl presented this special painting to the bishops, priests, and people of the Diocese of Madison at the 25th annual Presbyteral Assembly. The painting includes images of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI meeting with Bishop Robert C. Morlino, and Madison firefighters rescuing the Blessed Sacrament from St. Raphael Cathedral after the tragic fire
in March of 2005.

For more on the painting,
see Bishop Morlino's column.

photo of Fr. Gary WankerlFr. Gary Wankerl is pastor of St. Olaf Parish, De Forest, and St. Joseph Parish, East Bristol. He celebrated 25 years as a priest this year. He has painted portraits of Madison's bishops among many other artistic endeavors.

Hurricane relief donations

MADISON -- As of October 3, Catholics in the Diocese of Madison contributed more than $438,000 to hurricane relief efforts, according to Gregory Keller, director of the Office of Finance.

Some parishes sent hurricane relief funds directly to Catholic Charities, amounting to another $25,000 in donations, he said.

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News & Features:

Bishops, priests gather:
For 25th annual assembly

Synod of Bishops: Opens with papal Mass, discussion overview

Awards: Mark achievements
of Edgewood High alumni, friends


• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
Katrina: Catholics in parishes respond with generosity

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Katrina: Door to 'other' America

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Attending a marriage:
Not sanctioned by the Church

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Psalm 135: Asking God to protect, bless believers

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Good friends: Help children maintain friendships

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Future special sections:

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

Retirement Living: Oct. 13, 2005

Senior Focus: Oct. 20, 2005

All Souls Day -- Grief and Hospice: Oct. 27, 2005

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Strategic planning:
In-pew survey to be taken
in all parishes

MADISON -- As part of its pastoral strategic planning process, the Diocese of Madison is asking every parish to conduct in-pew parishioner surveys during the month of November to gain important information and insights from the faithful.

Regional meetings are being held to provide information to parish pastors, staff, and leadership on the survey.

Survey all adults

The surveys will provide an opportunity for every adult in every Catholic parish in the diocese to weigh in on issues and concerns that they face as a local church. Parishioners from outside of Dane County will have an equal opportunity to participate in this process.   Full story ...

State Senate: Passes pro-life legislative proposals

MADISON -- The State Senate passed various bills regarding pro-life issues September 28 and 29.

"Wisconsin has not seen such a day when so many vulnerable individuals received protection through the courageous votes of a majority of State Senators," said Susan Armacost, legislative director for Wisconsin Right to Life.

"Whether it was saving cloned human embryos from creation and destruction, providing women seeking abortions with critical information, expanding conscience rights within the medical community, or facilitating the donation of infant cord blood, it was a monumental day for pro-life public policy," she said.

The State Senate approved:

• Assembly Bill (AB) 499 by a vote of 21-12 - This ban on all human cloning would include reproductive cloning and therapeutic cloning (in which embryos are created and killed for stem cell research). An amendment to outlaw reproductive cloning but permit therapeutic cloning was narrowly defeated in a 17-16 vote.   Full story ...

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