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August 21, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 29   •   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:

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• Third place for best single ad (color);

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• First place for best editorial on a local issue

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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

Catholics donate over $155,000
to neighbors
Need for assistance remains in flooded areas

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MADISON -- The generosity of the people and parishes of the diocese have allowed Catholic Charities of Madison and the Diocese of Madison to continue to join forces to reach out to local flood victims in a very direct way through the establishing of Community Resource Sites.

As the devastation of this summer's tragic flooding, which has left 10 of the Diocese of Madison's 11 counties as recognized disaster areas, persists and as national responders have moved on to attend to other needs throughout the country, the area's Catholic institutions continue to assist those affected by this ongoing disaster.

In July, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Madison began establishing Community Resource Sites in the Spring Green and Jefferson areas, where the sites served approximately 450 families (577 individuals).   Full story ...

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News & Features:

'Front-seat' Catholics: Truman couple remains close to the Church

Special Section: Retreats

Seminarians, Serrans enjoy Brewers outing


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions: Marriage venue; cremation

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Praying for Church, world

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano -- Walking in the shoes of undocumented workers

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Future special sections:

Weddings: August 28, 2008

Vocations: Sept. 11, 2008

Church/Building Renovation, Senior Focus: Sept. 18, 2008

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Trusting the power
of prayer

MADISON -- Jets and helicopters flew overhead, traffic roared past on Stoughton Rd., a city worker trimmed weeds in the road, and car stereos blared out snippets of song.

But through all of these distracting sounds of summer, the prayer continued: sometimes silent, sometimes aloud, sometimes in song, but always toward the goal of ending abortion.

Despite the hectic summer, with World Youth Day, the seminarian gathering, and all the other activities between school sessions, the seminarians from the Diocese of Madison held their annual Pro-Life Vigil August 14 and 15 outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Madison's east side.

Many came to pray outside Planned Parenthood, including Bishop Robert C. Morlino, who came for an hour in the afternoon on August 14. Others attended the Eucharistic Adoration set up at nearby St. Peter Church, Madison.   Full story ...

Taking religious education door to door
Directors bring registration, welcome to parishioners' homes

JEFFERSON -- Julie Endl and Tiffany Topel are taking a different approach to the beginning of the new year of religious education.

In an effort to get more in touch with the students and their families at St. John the Baptist Parish in Jefferson, Endl, coordinator of religious education, and Topel, director of religious education and youth ministry, are bringing the discussion of family faith into the home.

Beginning in June, the two have been meeting with the religious education families by going out to their homes or bringing them into the parish offices, combining registration with an opportunity to get to know them, evangelize, and bring about greater unity of student families and the parish as a whole.

It all started with an idea, inspired by Bishop Robert C. Morlino's talks with catechists, talks at the Evangelical Catholic Institute, Madison Diocese Religious Educators' Organization days, and a yearning to renew the hope of a true parish community.   Full story ...

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