She has goal to serve Mass in all 50 states
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Kara Jackson (center) holds the Roman Missal for Fr. Paul Arinze, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Beloit, on October 26, along with server Nathan Blevins. Jackson is working to complete her goal of serving Mass in all 50 states. Wisconsin was number 20. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

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BELOIT -- Her “goal is to be a saint.”

When 16-year-old Kara Jackson’s mother, Christina, helps her daughter tell her story, it all starts there -- she wants to be a saint.

While we might not know for hundreds of years if Kara will be canonized, her journey across all 50 states is generating enough material to fill a single volume of Butler’s Lives of the Saints -- for herself and those in which she comes in contact.

Kara, from Middletown Ohio, was born with Down syndrome, but the genetic disorder does nothing to stand in the way of her faith.

For nearly two years, Kara, her mother, and her father Rick have been working their way to each state in the country as Kara completes her goal of serving in all 50.

Serving Mass in Wisconsin

After serving Mass on a recent Saturday evening in St. Mary Church in Westville, Ill. -- state number 19 -- Jackson arrived in Beloit the next morning to serve Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) Parish in Beloit -- state number 20.

Kara, along with three servers from the parish, served Mass together at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Pastor Fr. Paul Arinze welcomed Kara and her family to OLA joked when she makes her way to Hawaii, she should bring everyone in the parish with her.

She held the Missal while Father Arinze read the prayers during Mass, she assisted during the presentation of the gifts, helped Father Arinze prepare the altar for the consecration, and helped clear the altar after communion. Occasionally, the other servers helped Kara up the steps in the sanctuary.


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Respect Life Retreat to be held at Durward's Glen
Written by Cathy Lins, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

BARABOO — The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Vigil for Life will host the seventh annual Respect Life Retreat at Durward’s Glen Retreat and Conference Center in Baraboo on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20.

They are inviting anyone who works and/or prays to build a culture of life and who recognizes that this effort is ultimately the Lord's battle to save souls and protect innocent lives from conception until natural death. All people of good will are welcomed.

Catholic Charities holds annual awards ceremony
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MIDDLETON -- For the past five years, teens from the Diocese of Madison have won scholarship awards celebrating their “faith in action.”

For the 2014 winners and the presenters, this year took on a special significance.


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