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Hundreds of teens in diocese attend annual Frassati Fest Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Frassati Fest participants Oliver Braaten, in gold, and Alan Zarzycki, in blue, pray at the annual weekend for teens held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- “Lord, please help us all to have a great day. Open to the Lord, open to making new friends, and just open to have some fun.”

That Saturday morning prayer sums up the goals leaders and teens had for the annual Frassati Fest.

The yearly diocesan youth gathering took place February 3 to 5 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells.

Frassati Fest is called the “coolest weekend around for Catholic high school students in the Diocese of Madison.”

This year’s theme was “RISE”.

The goal was for everyone to RISE from the routine of every day to embrace a weekend of fun and adventure, to RISE up out of our fear and create authentic friendships with other Catholic teens, and to ultimately have the chance to RISE to the joy and happiness found in a relationship with Jesus Christ while learning about the beauty of the faith.

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Berlin audience hears about impact of human trafficking Print E-mail
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Written by Deacon Jim Hoegemeier, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

BERLIN -- On the evening of February 7, over 125 people filled the hall at All Saints Parish in Berlin to learn more about the impact of human trafficking at the local level.

Sr. Carol Haanen of 5-stones, an organization based in the Fox Valley that raises awareness about the dangers and magnitude of human trafficking in Wisconsin, shared startling statistics with the crowd.

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Bishop grants dispensation from abstinence on St. Patrick’s Day Print E-mail
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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The bishops of Wisconsin determined together that since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year (March 17), it would be appropriate to dispense the faithful from the obligation of abstinence from eating meat that day.

Since this must be done by each bishop in his own diocese, Bishop Robert C. Morlino has issued a "Rescript Granting Dispensation" for the "faithful who reside in the Diocese of Madison, as well as anyone actually present in the Diocese of Madison" on March 17, 2017.

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St. Ann Parish, Stoughton, has 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration Print E-mail
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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

STOUGHTON -- St. Ann Parish will be holding 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration starting Friday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. and ending on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction.

St. Ann is encouraging people to consider signing up to spend time with Jesus in this opportunity for silent, meditative prayer. The parish would like at least three people present at all times. However, you do not have to sign up for a specific time to participate; come any time during the 24 hours.

In addition, there will be two opportunities for Reconciliation on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

 
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