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National 40 Days for Life team visits Madison Print E-mail
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Written by Vigil for Life, Madison For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Steve Karlen, North American campaign director for 40 Days for Life, speaks in Madison on October 29. (Contributed photo)

MADISON -- On Monday, Oct. 29, the Madison 40 Days for Life campaign was blessed to hear from 40 Days for Life National Leaders: Shawn Carney, president; Matt Britton, general counsel; and Steve Karlen, campaign director.

Sue Thayer, former manager of a Planned Parenthood in Iowa, was also on hand to share her story with the 75 pro-life people assembled for the event.

When the group arrived, they were met by counter protesters from the newly formed group who call themselves Madison Abortion Defense. As the 40 Days for Life national leaders and Thayer made their way to their speaking location, they had to walk through the crowd of counter protesters who yelled, “Go home” at them.

On the other side of the counter protesters, the local 40 Days for Life leaders met the four and welcomed them to their vigil location, “We’re happy that you are here.”

Counter protesters make noise

Steve Karlen started the evening with prayer and began to speak. It was at his first words after prayer that the counter protesters made their way to the speaker’s location and stood behind the stage (a rented pickup) chanting things like, “Abortion is healthcare, abortion is a right”, “Free abortion on demand. Can we do it? Yes, we can”, and “Whose clinic? Our clinic”.

They were very loud! Kar-len was not deterred as he continued speaking and said that the noisy opposition was there because they are very worried. He talked of how the presence of 40 Days for Life at abortion facilities saves lives.

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Parish catechetical leaders honor Cheryl Horne Print E-mail
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Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- On October 19, parish catechetical leaders from the Diocese of Madison honored the hard work and dedication of Cheryl Horne of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Madison.

Horne received the Jack McBride Leadership in Ministry Award. The Madison Diocese Religious Educators’ Organization (MDREO) presented the award at the Catechetical Convocation at Holy Name Heights.

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Damian Lenshek joins diocesan staff Print E-mail
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Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Damian X. Lenshek joined the Diocese of Madison as Manager of Special Projects. In that capacity, he will assist with initiatives in operations, communications, planning, development, and technology.

He comes to the diocese with over 12 years of experience in organizational management, process improvement, and fundraising initiatives for Catholic nonprofit organizations.

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is holy day of obligation Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison   
Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- This year the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Second Sunday of Advent fall on successive days: Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9.

Since the solemnity remains a holy day of obligation, there is sometimes confusion regarding when and how often people need to participate in Mass. There are several scenarios that could take place that weekend. The Diocesan Office of Worship suggests the following:

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