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September 20, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 34   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

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Forty Days for Life:
Begins September 26 in Madison

MADISON -- This fall, from September 26 to November 4, Madison will be uniting with more than 80 cities in 32 states for the largest simultaneous pro-life mobilization in history - the nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign.

Madison will join together with Milwaukee, Appleton, and Green Bay in Wisconsin to hold a 24 hour a day, seven days a week prayer vigil outside of local abortion centers to pray to God for an end to abortion.

Some leaders are saying that, with God's help, this effort could mark the beginning of the end of abortion in America. Forty Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that has generated measurable lifesaving results in every community where it has been implemented. Some cities have reported as much as a 28 percent drop in local abortion numbers.

What is 40 Days for Life? It is a vigil based on peaceful prayer and fasting, using the biblically significant time period of 40 days. The 40 Days for Life campaign is made up of three key components:   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Special section:
Building and Renovation

Vatican: Food, water must be provided to vegetative patients


• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
Visit to plantation: I will never see
a banana the same way

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Priest's role at Mass:
Is he celebrant or presider?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Pastoral visit to Austria:
Vitality of Church is 'ever anew'

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Future special sections:

Respect Life Month Preview:
Sept. 27, 2007

Parish Events Calendar:
Oct. 4, 2007

Retirement Living: Oct. 11, 2007

Senior Focus / World Mission Sunday: Oct. 18, 2007

All Souls Day -- Grief and Hospice:
Oct. 25, 2007

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Diocesan Leadership Days: Registration open
for Oct. 23-24 event

MADISON -- Registration has now been opened for the Diocesan Leadership Days (formerly called Parish Leadership Conference), which will be held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center Tuesday, Oct. 23, to Wednesday, Oct. 24.

All pastors, parochial vicars, and lay leadership staff are encouraged to attend the conference, which will feature breakout sessions and workshops, a keynote talk, and Mass and Benediction.

Theme of the conference is "Trusting in the Spirit: our Comforter, Our Counselor, Our Advocate." The keynote speaker will be Fr. Dan Felton, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc in the Diocese of Green Bay. The parish was formed by the merger of six Manitowoc Catholic parishes in 2005 into one parish with three worship sites.   Full story ...

Rural Life Mass:
With bishop on Oct. 4

Take a 20-minute drive out from the center of our capital city of Madison and you will be transported to a place that makes up the majority of our Diocese of Madison - the rural countryside. And all across this beautiful country are rural communities where the food supply that feeds our nation is produced.

Our Rural Life Ministry is directed towards assisting rural faith communities throughout our 11-county Diocese of Madison, as a resource to parishes, pastors, parish staff, and the parishioners of rural parishes, as well as providing outreach to assist and support the well-being of farmers and farm families.

Every so often I am asked, "Living in the city, why should I care about Rural Life Ministry?" The answer is, "If you haven't eaten in the last two weeks, then what happens on the farm won't matter to you." But for the rest of us daily consumers of the agriculturally produced bounty of our farmers, the health and vitality of our rural communities is critical to our nation's very survival.

Our Rural Life Ministry serves as an advocacy effort for farm justice, with a special emphasis on supporting the spiritual health of our rural parish communities.   Full story ...

Hope, healing after abortion:
Rachel's Vineyard retreat to be held October 12 to 14

MADISON -- The Rachel's Vineyard retreat weekend offers an opportunity away from the pressures of everyday life for participants to focus on the pain in their lives and to begin healing from an abortion experience through a supportive and emotionally safe process.

The painful effects of abortion can include the following: feelings of emptiness and loss; intense grief or sadness; depression; guilt or remorse; inability to forgive yourself or others; anxiety; intense anger; emotional numbness; shame about your abortion; isolation; insomnia or nightmares; flashbacks; preoccupation with your aborted baby; discomfort around or keen interest in babies; preoccupation with becoming pregnant again; suicidal thoughts; difficulty in relationships; fear that God will punish you; and problems with drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders.

Rachel's Vineyard is a time to ease this suffering, renew hope, and bring healing to the heart and soul. The retreat is a very specific process designed to help one experience the mercy and compassion of God. It is also an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt, and grief. There are many exercises to help participants grieve the loss of their children and to receive and accept God's forgiveness.   Full story ...

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