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November 22, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 43   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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A movie to remember!

Reports are in that Bella has been a top performer for four weeks in a row. This means it is earning a place at the table for Thanksgiving weekend, the biggest movie weekend of the year! [See Madison showtimes below.] Bella has been climbing the charts and is still the #1 Top Rated Movie on Yahoo, Fandango, and the New York Times readers' poll.

Jim De Schepper, general manager of Relevant Radio's Madison station, was very pleased with the show of support and the enthusiasm of the crowds. He and his staff and volunteers report giving away about 1,100 tickets and having completely reserved a show on Friday, three shows on Saturday, and nearly all the shows on Sunday.

Eileen Hribar, youth minister of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Madison, took her high school junior religious education class. In discussion later, the students said they liked Bella because it was realistic and not preachy. They found the "indy film feel" a plus and loved the depiction of family life, with its warmth and humor. Overall, they gave it an A- to B+ and would recommend it to friends.

The star, Eduardo Verastegui, spoke at the White House last Friday for National Adoption Day. His message was compelling and he received a standing ovation.

If you would like to view his speech, go to Help keep the message of Bella going by letting friends and family know Bella is still playing in Madison through Thanksgiving Day.

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Bella: Movie times through Nov. 29

-- Updated: 11/21/2007, 11:13 a.m. Central Time

Below is an update of showtimes in Madison for the movie Bella, through Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, according to the Marcus Theatres Web site:

Wednesday, Nov. 21
and Thursday, Nov. 22:

Eastgate Cinemas: 3:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Point Cinema: 12:30 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 23
through Sunday, Nov. 25:

Eastgate Cinemas: 10:15 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Point Cinema: 7:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26
through Thursday, Nov. 29:

Eastgate Cinemas: 3:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Point Cinema: 7:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.


Eastgate Cinemas -- 5202 High Crossing Blvd., Madison

Point Cinema -- 7825 Big Sky Dr., Madison

For more on Bella, see the article and related items sidebar, above.

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Trusting in the Spirit: Begin implementation

After many months of hard work on the part of hundreds of the faithful throughout the Diocese, Bishop Robert C. Morlino issued his Directives for all of the parishes in the Diocese of Madison on October 24, 2007.

Implementation committee training parishes

The following are parishes to be present at the November 28, 6:30 p.m. implementation committee training at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Madison

• CLUSTER (20) PARISHES: St. Bridget, Ridgeway; Immaculate Conception, Barneveld

• CLUSTER (60) PARISHES: St. Mary Help of Christians, Glen Haven; St. John, Patch Grove; St. Mary, Bloomington

• CLUSTER (100) PARISHES: Immaculate Conception, Boscobel; St. John the Baptist, Muscoda; St. Joseph, Avoca; St. Malachy, Clyde

• CLUSTER (150) PARISHES: St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison; St. Patrick, Madison; Holy Redeemer, Madison

• CLUSTER (170) PARISHES: St. William, Paoli; St. Andrew, Verona

• CLUSTER (240) PARISHES: St. John the Baptist, Jefferson; St. Lawrence, Jefferson

• CLUSTER (300) PARISHES: St. Aloysius, Sauk City; St. Mary, Merrimac

• CLUSTER (390) PARISHES: St. Joseph, Markesan; St. Mary, Kingston; St. Mary of the Most Holy Rosary, Pardeeville; St. Andrew, Buffalo

• CLUSTER (410) PARISHES: St. James, Madison; St. Joseph, Madison

These Directives set the "direction" for each cluster of parishes as the number of priests decline and the distribution of priests change in the Diocese. The Directives come from a "bottom-up" approach to addressing this problem in a comprehensive manner. It is inevitable that there are changes; the key is that we acknowledge change and that we are pro-active instead of reactive in coming up with solutions.

The Diocese followed this announcement with the Diocesan / Parish Leadership Conference at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center. The theme of the conference was "Trusting in the Spirit: Our Comforter, Our Counselor, Our Advocate." The Conference had many different talks, presentations, and panels (nearly 50) having to do with both common and not-so-common topics related to parish management and change as part of Trusting in the Spirit Implementation.

There were almost 400 attendees in all sessions and overall we received a very good rating as part of the conference evaluations.

Now begins the next phase - Implementation of the Directives. The Implementation Commission has already met to go over some of the materials put together by many in the Diocesan offices for the Implementation Committees to use when they come together for their training.

Many, though not all, of the parishes have formed their Implementation Committees to address the Directives for their cluster and parish. These committees are important both for those parishes who have been given direction to merge but even for those parishes that are continuing their current linkages or beginning partnerships with one another. These committees are a crucial part, along with training, to ensure the Bishop's Directives are followed.

When is the training? For those parishes that have Directives that have to do with merging in the near future (see box) there will be a training session November 28 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Madison at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center.   Full story ...

Pro Labore Dei:
Committed to caring for the poor

MADISON -- "Go out into the streets and slum areas where people are suffering and look after the poor."

In 1990, that was God's call to Sr. Stella-Maris Okonkwo, who was a nurse educator in Nigeria. She began her work with a few destitute people in the city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state in Nigeria.

Called the "Mother Teresa" of Nigeria, she ministered to the people personally, feeding them, cleaning and airing their rooms, bathing them, washing their clothes, and supplying them with clothes, water, and other necessities of life.   Full story ...

Local Mass: Will celebrate martyr's beatification

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MADISON -- A Mass to celebrate the beatification of Franz Jaegerstaetter, a conscientious objector executed by Nazi Germany for refusing to join the German military, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 414 E. Main St., Madison.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the Mass. A reception will follow the Mass in the gathering area of the church.

Jaegerstaetter was declared a martyr for the faith by Pope Benedict XVI on June 1 and beatified at a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Linz, Austria, on Friday, Oct. 26.

In the Catholic Church, beatification is the declaration by the pope that a person, because of his or her saintly life or heroic death as a martyr, should be considered as living in heaven. It is a step in the process toward canonization as a saint.

A husband and father of three, a sexton of his village parish, and a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Jaegerstaetter was beheaded on August 9, 1943. Jaegerstaetter said his conscience forbade him to participate in war and that he believed that to cooperate with the Nazis was to cooperate with evil.

The Catholic Peace Fellowship has information about Jaegerstaetter's beatification and life at: PDF icon(PDF file)

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