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Downtown girl: Director involves young adults in church
All Saints: Announces building of assisted living center
Diocesan convention: Catholic women to meet May 22, 23 in Madison
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Internet safety workshop offered on April 26

MADISON -- The "Tweens, Teens, and the Internet: How to Keep Your Kids Safe" workshop on Internet safety will be offered Thursday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., by Robert Hugh Farley, consultant in crimes against children for Interpol. Farley also consults with the USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 608-267-5900 or go to to register.

This workshop is sponsored by UW Children's Hospital, Meriter Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

The class will be held at Bolz Auditorium, 124 S Brooks St., Madison, located across from Meriter Hospital. Free parking is available in the Meriter Hospital lot or adjacent to the former Longfellow School at Brooks and Mound Streets.

Food, security issues
in Africa

MADISON -- "Living on the Edge in Central Africa: Food Security and Social Justice Issues" will be presented Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the social hall of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 602 Everglade Dr. (corner of Everglade Dr. and Old Sauk Rd.) on Madison's far west side.

The speaker, Dr. Mary Crave, is a teacher and administrator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension as well as a St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner.

She will show photos and share stories of her recent work with USDA education and food security projects in the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. The program is sponsored by the St. Thomas Aquinas Justice and Peace Committee.

There will be light refreshments. The program is free.

Immigration topic
of Sister's talk

MADISON -- "Justice for Immigrants," a talk presented by School Sister of Notre Dame Josephe Marie Flynn and sponsored by Pax Christi-Madison, will be held Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lake Room, Regina Hall, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Dr., Madison.

She will discuss the impact of undocumented workers on the U.S. economy as well as the human face of immigration and the wisdom the Catholic Church brings to the discussion.

Sister Josephe Marie is a founding member of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Justice for Immigrants Committee and part of a team conducting parish forums on immigration. She has been helping families navigate the U.S. immigration system since 2000.

Mission training class

MADISON -- The fourth Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) training class will be held Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., Madison.

Former volunteers will be talking about their experiences in teaching and on the health teams.

For further information, write LAMP, P.O. Box 85, Madison, WI 53701-0085 or call 608-845-7028, 608-255-5284, or 608-868-7816.

St. Mary's Auxiliary sponsors style show April 21

MADISON -- St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a style show, "Sailing into Spring," on Saturday, April 21, at Assembly Hall. Coffee and dessert will be served at 12:30 p.m. The style show, by Coldwater Creek, will begin at 1 p.m.

Proceeds will be used for nursing scholarships and/or St. Mary's Greatest Needs. Cost is $5. There will be door prizes and a raffle, including a Victorian dollhouse, afghan, or $200 cash. Tickets for the style show or raffle may be purchased at St. Mary's gift shop. Call 608-258-6640.

Reunion planned
for St. Martin School

WAUNAKEE/MARTINSVILLE -- An all school reunion will be held for anyone who attended St. Martin School in Martinsville at the American Legion Hall in Waunakee on Saturday, April 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. Pass the word and bring class booklets if available. For information, call Clarence Dresen at 608-849-7575, Jacob Dresen at 608-798-2853, or Bonnie Schwab at 608-849-4856.

St. Vincent de Paul
seeks volunteers

MADISON -- Individuals are needed to volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Dane County's busiest pantry. Four- and two-hour shifts are available five days each week, including Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings. Individuals interested in volunteering should plan to attend a one-hour volunteer training session at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the pantry, 1309 Culmen St. in Madison.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer but cannot make the training session, call volunteer coordinator Margie Welsh at 608-442-9878, ext. 2.

Theology on Tap
for young adults

MADISON -- Theology on Tap is held Thursdays, monthly, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Essen Haus, located at the corner of John Nolen Dr. and E. Wilson St. in downtown Madison.

April 26 will feature Rocco Palmo, Catholic blogger and commentator, on "Catholic in America: Alive, Young, and Wide Awake." Sponsored by St. Paul's Knights of Columbus, Council 6568.

Open to all young adults in their 20s and 30s.

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Downtown girl: Director involves young adults in church

MADISON -- The new director of young adult ministry in the downtown parishes is no shrinking violet.

Perhaps it's growing up in Texas, where everything is reportedly bigger and bolder. Or having a mother of the same name who's a nationally known, outspoken proponent of life.

Whatever the cause, Marcella Colbert can be summed up with the same word she's used to describe the focus of the young adult ministry flourishing in the downtown parishes recently: confidence.

That confidence has paid dividends in bringing new life to the parishes by attracting young adults to Mass, brunches, and other activities through word of mouth and plain old personal invitations.

With the support of Bishop Robert C. Morlino and pastor Msgr. Kevin Holmes, the hope is that the young adult ministry at St. Raphael Cathedral, Holy Redeemer Parish, St. Paul's University Catholic Center, and St. Patrick Parish will continue to grow.

Need for young adults

"There is a need," the director of young adult ministry - called the "baby" of the office - said as she sat at her desk, surrounded by pictures of family, Dorothy Day, and the late Pope John Paul II, whose letter On the Dignity and Vocation of Women formed her faith in college and whose attention to the youth of the church has inspired her.

Beside the door leaned a bulletin board already full of drawings of Mary, firefighters, and trees, with "for Marcella" written in shaky handwriting by the children of young adults who came in to talk with her.

"Young people have energy, enthusiasm, ideas," Colbert said. "If young adults were seen as more of a resource, they would contribute in amazing ways."

Colbert can testify to that. Though still in her mid-20s, she represents over one million people as the youngest member of the bishops' 60-person National Advisory Council and sits on the diocesan vocations screening committee.

Recently she helped organize the diocesan Respect Life Dinner, bringing in enough young adults to make up nearly a quarter of the attendees, and moderated a workshop on "Faithful Citizenship for Students" at the Wisconsin Catholic Conference's 2007 Catholics at the Capitol.

She is also helping to coordinate the itinerary and logistics for the diocesan group which will be attending World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

Personal invitation

Testing the waters of young adult interest last year, long before she was involved in the downtown parishes, she and another young adult planned a summer Bible study. The two pulled in more than 40 young people from around the diocese by placing bulletin announcements and personally inviting them.

But to get young adults involved, that's what it takes. Much of Colbert's effort to widen the young adult ministry begins, not with a standard process, but with personal, face-to-face interaction and invitation.

Her approach is grassroots - so much so that at first Colbert was wary of an official title, thinking it might put people off. At Mass on Sunday, seeing a new person in the pews, she approaches them, introduces herself, and, after getting to know a little about them, invites them to an activity they might enjoy.

She's not bashful about taking her faith elsewhere, either - she mentioned several people now active in the young adult activities she met at places as diverse as job interviews and a car dealership.

"The idea is to get young adults involved, comfortable, confident, and interested," she said. "We really want to build a community of people who love and respect the church as she is."

"Initially, our focus is to be in contact with young adult Catholics to get them in contact with the parish and with each other," said Monsignor Holmes, the rector of St. Raphael Cathedral and pastor of Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick.

He mentioned two "introduction" activities: brunches after Mass twice each month and Theology on Tap, the next one with an internationally known Catholic blogger the same age as (or younger than) those who will attend.

"From there, we hope to bring young adults into groups serving different interests and into the mainstream of parish life," he said.

Build community

The overall goal of the ministry is to build the entire community, Colbert said. There will be "seasons of exclusivity" to build the community of young adults, but also "seasons of inclusivity" to build the entire community.

"The greatest need is organization, and prayer from the greater community," she said. "It's important to have the entire community available for support."

She even invited young clergy to young adult events, to meet other people their age and, conversely, so young adults can see people their age serving the church as priests.

Bishop Morlino said in an interview that young adults who want to grow deeper in their Catholic faith do not necessarily have many opportunities to support one another as they search to grow in Christ.

"Our faith is inherently at its core communal and so our growth in Christ needs to be embodied concretely in a community," he said. "Our ministry to young adults is so terribly important because we can start to provide just the opportunity that young adults need in the area of faith."

"I foresee young adults being a very large part of the life of the church downtown," Monsignor Holmes said. Along with the Spanish-speaking community, they comprise the two most important communities within the larger parish community, he said.

"Everyone in the church and everyone at the downtown parishes sees the need to reach and harness the great faith and energy of young adults," Monsignor Holmes said. "But those of us who are ourselves no longer young adults are not the best candidates to do that.

"I really think that Marcella is an ideal person to get this effectively started," he said.

"Really, I want to reintroduce people to the church," Colbert said. "People are comfortable with people in their age groups, so I am here to help."

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All Saints:
Announces building
of assisted living center

MADISON -- The final phase in the development of the All Saints Neighborhood, off Watts Rd. on Madison's rapidly growing far west side, will proceed this year. Groundbreaking is anticipated to begin in summer 2007.

A 60-bed assisted living facility will complete the project that was first envisioned over a decade ago - a campus designed to offer seniors an array of housing opportunities and create a unique sense of home and community for residents. This "aging in place" philosophy provides a continuum of care for residents in the All Saints Neighborhood. The new facility will consist of 40 units for frail and elderly care and 20 units for memory care patients.

The All Saints Neighborhood, located adjacent to the Bishop O'Connor Center on the former Holy Name Seminary site, has been a leader in the development of Watts Rd. In addition to the Princeton Club complex, a retail shopping, dining, and residential center has sprung up complete with a Brennan's market, Jacobson's meat market, and other unique shops and food service options including R.P. Adler's Pub and Grill, Pizza Hut, and Milio's subs.

Through a combined team effort of the public sector, private sector, and non-profit sector, this nine-acre, master-planned neighborhood began development in 2003. All Saints was initially developed by the non-profit Catholic Charities, in conjunction with Horizon Development Group, and funded by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

"Our retirement years can be challenging, because our needs change over time," said Brian Cain, president of Catholic Charities. "The All Saints Neighborhood not only provides a community setting with a full range of housing options and services; but it also is located in an attractive, aesthetically pleasing setting in the midst of the vibrant expansion taking place in the Watts Rd. area.

"The All Saints Neighborhood is truly a community where residents can maintain connections in the overall community, even if their needs require them to move to a different facility within the neighborhood," Cain said. "And while All Saints has a particular appeal to residents of the Catholic faith, we welcome residents of all faiths and backgrounds."

Elder Span Management, LLC, a Madison based, family owned senior services corporation with over 10 years experience owning and operating assisted living facilities in south central Wisconsin, will operate the assisted living facility. Horizon Construction Group will build the facility.

The units will be for those 62 years of age and older and will be rented on a monthly/daily basis. Applications for the assisted living facility are now being accepted. Contact Katie Roellig, neighborhood housing coordinator, at 608-827-2222.

In addition to the anticipated assisted living facility, other elements of the All Saints Neighborhood currently include: The All Saints Retirement Center, Hillside Estates condominium homes, and the Cottages, a series of duplex style condominium homes.

To learn more about the All Saints Neighborhood or Catholic Charities, visit the Web site

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Diocesan convention:
Catholic women to meet May 22, 23 in Madison

MADISON -- The 53rd annual Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) convention will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd. here.

The theme is "May our Light Shine Today." The convention is hosted by the Sauk Deanery. Chair is Coreen Harvey, Baraboo.

Registration is at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, followed by the MDCCW board meeting at 10. After the noon luncheon there will be a mini retreat in the Bishop O'Donnell Chapel, chaired by Mary Share, diocesan church commission chair.

A hospitality hour at 5:15 p.m. will precede the banquet at 6:30 followed by entertainment.

Registration resumes on Wednesday, May 23, followed by continental breakfast. The annual MDCCW meeting will be held at 9.

The key-note address will be given by Jane Carter of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Her topic will be "Put Pizzazz in Your Parish CCW."

A concelebrated Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. with Bishop Robert C. Morlino presiding and preaching along with priest-moderators and priests in attendance as concelebrants. A luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The following commission workshops will be offered from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.:

Community Concerns/Rural Life and Family Concerns -- The Shoe Box Project, Food for the Needy, and a DVD from Bread for the World, "Seeds of Change."

Organization and Legislation -- Leadership, Membership, and Fund Raising; Pay-Day Lending; and Rent to Own Agreements

International Concerns -- Ghana Donkey Project.

Presidents' Forum -- Open to parish and deanery CCW presidents or presidents-elect.

Fees are $25 for Tuesday, May 22; $30 for Wednesday, May 23; $28 for single occupancy dorm room; $33 for double occupancy dorm room or single or double occupancy full room. Fees include all meals and activities.

Reservations are due Tuesday, May 1, to Bernie Limmex, 4950 Cty. Hwy. C, Spring Green, WI 53588.

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