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January 24, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 3   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Week honoring Catholic schools kicks off January 27

Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic schools and their contribution to their communities and the nation, is set for January 27 through February 2.

For more on Catholic Schools Week, see the special section in this week's print edition.

Related items this week:

• Eye on the Capitol -- Helping Catholic schools 'light the way'

• Editorial -- What's special about Catholic schools

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News & Features:

Pauline year to begin June 28

Honoring those who served


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Can a couple be married 'unofficially'?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
St. Augustine's life, writings

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Retirement Living, Lenten Fish Fries: Feb. 14, 2008

Senior Focus: Feb. 21, 2008

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Becoming 'Silent
No More'
Women share testimony to help end abortion

MADISON -- The recent Silent No More event at the State Capitol building was a mixture of prayer, song, and testimony, all directed toward bringing about an end to abortion.

Several legislators stopped in during the nearly three-hour event, during which six women shared their testimonies (one by proxy) and offered answers to the sometimes difficult questions raised by those who attended about the hold abortion has on our society, our nation, and our schools.

The event, hosted by the local Silent No More group, was one of many happening around the country January 16. Silent No More, a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, works to bring about a greater public awareness of the harm abortion has done to women, men, and their families.   Full story ...

Catholic Conference says 'no' to no time limits
Bill would remove statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC), the state bishops' voice for public policy, has opposed a bill in the legislature to repeal the statute of limitations for all civil suits filed by childhood sexual abuse victims.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee spoke against the bill at a public hearing held January 16 by the Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, and Housing in the Senate for Senate Bill 356. The bill would also open a three-year grace period for filing lawsuits now barred by current statutes of limitation, or time limits on how long after a crime is committed or injury occurs prosecution may begin. More than 30 people were expected to speak for and against the bill at the hearing at the Capitol.

The pending legislation, SB-356 and its counterpart Assembly Bill 651, dubbed the "Child Victim's Act" by its authors Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and Assembly Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), is similar to legislation enacted in California in 2003. The law opened a "window" during which victims of sexual abuse could bring civil lawsuits against those responsible no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.   Full story ...

All involved in catechesis invited
to meetings

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino invites all those involved in catechesis to meet with him in February at the dates and locations listed in the box with this article. He will offer some thoughts about catechesis in the Diocese of Madison, and then field any questions attendees may have.

All those involved in catechesis are invited to attend these gatherings, whether paid or unpaid, full or part time, including parish directors and coordinators of religious education, youth ministers, principals, teachers in Catholic schools, and catechists. As always, priests and deacons are also invited.

To make these meetings accessible to as wide a group as possible, they will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. People are welcome to attend any of the gatherings which fit their schedules.

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Portage parish 175th anniversary
Activities planned each month in 2008

PORTAGE -- St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception begins a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary. Each month the parish will join in a special activity to involve the whole parish, often the whole community.

The January event provides an opportunity to walk the labyrinth in the school gym. This will start the celebration off with a very ancient meditative prayer form that may be a new experience for many.

Oldest parish in diocese

St. Mary holds the distinction of being the oldest parish existing in the Madison Diocese. It all began with Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, a Dominican priest, who offered the first Mass in what was known as "Pauquette's Church" then located near the current intersection of Conant and Adams Sts.   Full story ...

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