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August 14, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 28   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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World Youth Day 2008 coverage

Check out the Catholic Herald's coverage of World Youth Day 2008, held July 15 - 20 in Sydney, Australia, at our WYD page and our blog.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses." -- the World Youth Day 2008 theme, Acts 1:8

Faith abounds in Sydney

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Check out the Catholic Herald's photo/audio slideshow from World Youth Day 2008, created by Ben Emmel.

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SYDNEY, Australia -- Defining World Youth Day (WYD) can be a difficult task. It is at the same time a cultural experience in a foreign country, a pilgrimage with hundreds of thousands of young people, and a sight-seeing event with one man - the pope - at its core.

But a few words can be best applied to this global celebration of Catholicism: a new opportunity, a chance to enrich one's Catholic beliefs. Just ask the 75 young people who traveled from the heart of Wisconsin to the Australian shores on the Diocese of Madison pilgrimage to WYD.

"It means a lot to me," said Theresa Ptak, a pilgrim from St. Mary Parish, Pine Bluff. "There I can experience my faith in a whole new way."

Traveling to Sydney

This statement was repeated time after time as the Madison youth encountered many new experiences throughout their 10 days in Sydney, Australia. After first spending time in the city of Melbourne (see related article, Page 4B -- print edition only), the pilgrims from Wisconsin joined 20,000 other young people in a caravan north to Sydney in a 10-hour bus ride on Monday, July 14, to begin the events of World Youth Day.

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Connections: Equipping laity
to welcome and evangelize

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Initial Training Workshops:

all from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist in Montello on August 21

St. Maria Goretti in Madison on August 27

St. John the Baptist in Jefferson on September 2

* the Blessed Sacrament training has been combined with St. Maria Goretti's training

Training Workshop:

9 a.m. 12 noon

Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison on September 6

Bishop Sam Jacobs once commented about the U.S. Catholic Bishops, saying, "We bishops talk about evangelization but in fact do very little to empower people in the exercise of this ministry."

As a member of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Evangelization, he saw few tangible initiatives that trained lay people to invite others to faith and discipleship in Jesus and the Catholic Church. However, one of the ways the Diocese of Madison does, in fact, empower people to evangelize is through a program called Connections.

How can we invite our co-workers to check out the Catholic faith that has given our lives so much fulfillment? Where do we bring people to meet members of our parish and develop meaningful relationships?

Entryways into the Catholic faith

Oftentimes the Sunday Mass is not the best place for this. The Church teaches that we need ministries that bring people to the light of faith in preparation for their attendance at Sunday liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium).

We need entryways into the Catholic faith that invite people into the love of Jesus and the power of Catholic community.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Special Section: Back to School

Vatican approves English translations of Mass


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions: Consecration; transplants

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Administering the sacraments

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Retreat Centers, Senior Focus: August 21, 2008

Weddings: August 28, 2008

Vocations: Sept. 11, 2008

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Shrine of Our Lady
of Guadalupe
Archbishop dedicates La Crosse shrine

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Archbishop Raymond L. Burke led the recent dedication of the church at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, a pilgrimage site that is the fruition of "a deep conviction" he said he had as a priest and later as La Crosse's bishop.

In all, 26 bishops, including Cardinals Francis E. George of Chicago and Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, gathered with a crowd of nearly 1,000 priests, consecrated religious, and lay faithful at the church.

Nestled in the scenic bluffs just south of La Crosse, the shrine complex - including a pilgrim center, a votive candle chapel, and several devotional areas - has been under construction since 2001. An additional catechetical center and convent for contemplative nuns are planned.   Full story ...

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