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December 16, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 47   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Reining in Christmas: Groups attempt to go against spending tide

Archbishop Gregory:
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Scientists: Hope to find moral way to use embryonic stem cells

Special equestrian program: Builds youths' self-esteem


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Laicization of a priest:
Code of Canon Law spells out role

• Guest column
by Douglas W. Kmiec --
Supreme Court: Should rid itself
of a bitter fruit of 'Lemon test'

• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick -- Holidays:
How to make them memorable

• TV Eye by Mark Pattison --
When life imitates television

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photo of Mary Jane Simdon, Mary Bennin and Frankie McCrath with Santa at Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas celebration

Disabled and elderly people and volunteers from throughout the Diocese of Madison and beyond gathered Dec. 4 for the 38th annual Christmas Mass and celebration sponsored by the Apostolate to the Handicapped. Shown with Santa, from left, are Mary Jane Simdon and Mary Bennin of Fort Atkinson and Frankie McCrath. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

'This is the Way -
Walk in It'

MONROE -- Msgr. Tom Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, has a new name, according to Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus.

It is the "Star of Bethlehem" - and many of the participants at the 38th annual Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas celebration agreed.

"Monsignor Campion, we all thank you for your leadership - in providing for the disabled and your own personal witness in God's love," said the bishop in his homily. "You have been the Star of Bethlehem leading all of us to a deeper, more reverential approach to the handicapped and the disabled."

'This is the Way'

"This is the Way - Walk in It" was the theme of the Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas Mass and party held at Monroe High School, where handicapped people from throughout the Diocese of Madison and beyond gathered for the celebration.   Full story ...

Cross Plains parish:
Dedicates new Catholic Ministry Center

CROSS PLAINS -- A new Catholic Ministry Center that houses a fellowship hall and offices for St. Francis Xavier Parish here is nearing completion in the next few weeks.

Able to seat 350 people banquet-style, the fellowship hall is reported to be the largest in the Diocese of Madison.

Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, presided at a Mass at the parish Dec. 4 and then blessed the Catholic Ministry Center afterward. Fr. Tom Kelley, pastor, concelebrated.

New center

The Catholic Ministry Center is built on the site of the old pastoral ministry center, a 97-year-old convent building that was demolished at the end of March. A few materials from the old building, such as wood and bricks, have been incorporated into the reception area in the new building.

In addition to offices and a large space for parish gatherings, the Catholic Ministry Center includes a conference room, storage, and kitchen.   Full story ...

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