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November 8, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 41   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

Update on Bella: Movie times and locations

-- Posted: 11/08/2007, 4:53 p.m. Central Time

The movie Bella opens Friday, Nov. 9 in Madison. Following are theaters and showtimes:

Eastgate Cinemas, 5202 High Crossing Blvd., Madison --
Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11 at

10:15 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
7 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
9 p.m.

Point Cinema, 7825 Big Sky Dr., Madison --
Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11 at

10:20 a.m.
2:40 p.m.
7 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:50 p.m.
9:10 p.m.

Note: showtimes for Monday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 15 are the same as above except no show at 10:15 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. times.

Free tickets are available through for the 4:50, 7, and 9:10 p.m. shows at Point Cinema only on Friday, Nov. 9, Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11.

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Apostolate to
the Handicapped: Christmas party to be held Dec. 1

MONROE -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped announces its 40th annual "Christmas Party for the Handicapped." This year it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Monroe Senior High School in Monroe.

"We Have Seen Incredible Things Today" is the theme of the day for this historic event. It will be a celebration of history of 40 years and an observance of Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Year's all wrapped up into one day.

All handicapped and elderly persons are invited to attend. The day's events will begin with Hugo and Heidi Espinoza entertaining at 9:45 a.m. with their music.

Then at 11 a.m. Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the diocese, will preside and preach at a concelebrated Mass. He will be joined by 20 other priests of the Diocese of Madison.

Lectors and acolytes will be from the television Mass on WISC-TV.

The Madison Diocesan Choir under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman will sing for the Mass. They will be joined by instrumentalists from Monroe High School directed by Tom Schilt.

After a holiday dinner, there will be more music and entertainment and a special Christmas gift will be given to all.

To make a reservation, write Msgr. Tom Campion, P.O. Box 443, Monroe, WI 53566. Transportation will be furnished when needed if possible.

Hundreds of volunteers - drivers, nurses, decorators, Monroe Fire Department, Monroe EMS, kitchen crew, set-up and clean-up crews, Monroe High School staff and students, benefactors, and many other volunteers will take care of every need for the day.

There is no cost to any guest as all expenses are paid by friends of the Apostolate to the Handicapped.

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Feasibility study: Parishioners give input
on diocesan priorities

MADISON -- Some 70,000 households throughout the Diocese of Madison will be asked to give their input on determining potential funding for various diocesan projects, including the building of a cathedral.

Members of parishes will receive a Feasibility Study packet this weekend, November 10 and 11. The packet contains a letter from Bishop Robert C. Morlino and a survey form, which will be distributed after Masses at all parishes.

In his letter, Bishop Morlino points out that the Diocese of Madison has engaged the services of Phoenix Fundraising Counsel, Ltd., of Madison to conduct the Feasibility Study "to help us determine the ways and means of funding various diocesan projects, including the building of a Cathedral."

Phoenix, headed by John Richert, has previously worked on fund-raising campaigns in a number of parishes in the diocese.

"The purpose of the survey is to allow the entire diocesan family to be part of the process toward helping identify the needs and establishing support for a variety of diocesan projects," said Chad McEachern, director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development."   Full story ...

St. Thérèse
of Lisieux lecture:
On nature, dignity of women

MADISON -- On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series will present Sr. Mary Prudence Allen on "The Nature and Dignity of Women" at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd.

Sister Mary Prudence received her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester, N.Y., and her doctorate in philosophy in 1967 from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, Calif.

A member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., she taught philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1996.

Her areas of specialization are: The Concept of Person in the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Woman, Existentialism, and Personalism.

From 1998 to 2003 she served as chair, and is presently professor, at the department of philosophy, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colo. From 2003 to 2006 she taught seminars for ENDOW on various aspects of Pope John Paul II's writings on the dignity and vocation of woman; and in 2006 to 2007 she taught the seminar on the theme of 'Women, Friendship, and Love' according to Pope Benedict's Deus Caritas Est.

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Project Rachel:
Healing for all who have experienced abortion

MADISON -- Project Rachel is the abortion-healing outreach of the Catholic Church, started in Milwaukee in 1984 and since spread across the nation and the world.

At training sessions men and women called to the mission learn to recognize signs of abortion wounds and find a way to help those who have experienced abortion find healing.

At a recent session at the Bishop O'Connor Center (one for laypersons and another for priests), Vicky Thorn, the national executive director of Project Rachel (an organization based in Milwaukee), delved into the effects of abortion - biochemical, psychological, and spiritual.

Thorn has been to Madison to help train before, but newer this year, alongside the training for helping newly aborted women and a look at Generation Y and abortion, was a glimpse into what to expect when a man seeks support - a less common occurrence than with their counterparts.

"We've always talked about men; we've always heard from men," Thorn said, but more often it's a hidden grief.

In the article "The Effects of Abortion on Men," Dr. Vincent M. Rue writes that men do grieve after abortion, but they deny or internalize that grief. If they do express it, they use anger, aggressiveness, or control - more seemingly "masculine" ways.

"Because of this," Rue wrote, "men's requests for help may often go unrecognized and unheeded by those around them."

Thorn related several instances in which a man called, sometimes under the pretense of seeking help for a girlfriend, but in actuality asking for help to heal.

"When he calls, make him own who he is," she said.

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