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November 27, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 44   •   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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Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition.

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Breaking News ...
Mass of Christian Burial Nov. 28 for
Fr. Wayne Turner
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Fr. Wayne Turner

JANESVILLE -- Fr. Wayne Turner, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, died on Monday, Nov. 24. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 315 Cherry St., Janesville.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Whitcomb-Lynch-Overton Funeral Home, 15 N. Jackson St., Janesville, and on Friday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. until Mass at St. Patrick Church.

• See update to this story in December 4, 2003 Edition.

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News & Features:

Same-sex decision:
'Alarming,' says archbishop

'Mr. Thanksgiving':
Deacon from Peoria Diocese reaches out to others

Adoption: Building families

Native of Cuba City: Recognized for working against poverty

Thanksgiving dinner: Brother Dutton students honor community


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Confusion: About distributing Communion to non-Catholics

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Canticle:
Celebrates mystery of Christ

• Seeking Life
by Moises Sandoval --
Indians: Expressing our gratitude

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Ten Commandments:
For a happier Thanksgiving

• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco -- Thanksgiving memories:
Of Mom, now 95 years old

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photo of VIRTUS trainer speaking at an awareness session in Madison

Sharon Doty, a trainer with the VIRTUS Program, speaks to over 300 priests, parish and diocesan staff members at an awareness session, "Protecting God's Children for Adults," held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison on Nov. 20. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

Protecting children: Goal of diocesan training program

MADISON -- Creating safe environments for all children is the goal of a program being implemented in the Diocese of Madison and 76 other Catholic dioceses across the United States.

"The program is designed to stop those who are a risk for children from access to children," said Sharon Doty, a trainer in the VIRTUS® program.

In fact, Doty was one of the authors of the program. A licensed attorney with training in child abuse and neglect, she has long been an advocate for run-away, abused, and neglected children.

Doty explained that the Protecting God's ChildrenTM program and other elements of the VIRTUS® programs were being developed for years before the child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church garnered media attention.   Full Story ...

Being a neighbor: Focus
of 15th annual Rural Life Day

SINSINAWA -- "Being a Neighbor" was the theme for the 15th annual Rural Life Day held here recently.

People of faith - lay people as well as clergy from seven denominations - gathered for the event, sponsored by the Churches' Center for Land and People (CCLP).

After a reading from the Gospel of Luke about the Good Samaritan, those gathered discussed good neighbors. The consensus was that times have changed. Many people no longer know their neighbor. If they do, they do not act like neighbors.

Being neighbors

A panel discussed "Neighboring: Call and Challenge." Kathleen Vinehout of Alma told how neighbors can share their talents. She described how a Town and Country Day strengthened a community.   Full story ...

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