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February 2, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 4   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Parish Leadership Day:
Focuses on evangelization

MADISON -- Evangelization is the focus of the annual diocesan Parish Leadership Day to be held Friday, Feb. 17, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

Giving the keynote address is Fr. Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago. Father Barron was recently named director of evangelization for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

He is the host of the Word on Fire, heard on Relevant Radio (8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sundays). This is a program of Catholic evangelical preaching that is an instrument of outreach and conversion. Touching upon art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints, Father Barron proclaims Jesus Christ in sermons based on each Sunday's upcoming Gospel.

He is the author of seven books and his articles on theology and spirituality have appeared in a variety of journals.

Father Barron will give the keynote address at 9:45 a.m., following registration at 8:30 a.m. and morning prayer at 9:15 a.m.

The day will also include three rounds of workshops, some of them dealing with topics related to evangelization.

Among the workshops are:

• "Catholics, Come Home: We've Missed You," with Tim Kruse, director of development at St. Paul's University Catholic Center in Madison.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Marching for Life:
In Washington, D.C.

Medjugorje seer: Says Mary brings simple message of hope

Camp Gray: Offers unique opportunity for summer


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Seamless garment: Respect
for dignity, sacredness of life

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- Healing among Christians: Pray constantly

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
World's children: New year not happy for millions of poor

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Catholic Schools Week:
Reminder of school days

• Washington Letter
by Nancy Frazier O'Brien --
Roe vs. Wade:
If overturned, states will decide

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Retirement Living issue:
Feb. 9, 2006

Senior Focus: Feb. 16, 2006

Lent: March 2, 2006

Weddings: March 23, 2006

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Spiritually Adopt a Baby: Program emphasizes prayer, action

BELOIT -- The "Spiritually Adopt A Baby" (SAAB) program obtained by St. Jude parishioner Charlene Tolmie at last year's March for Life in Washington, D.C., approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has been used in St. Jude Parish for the past nine months.

More than 200 parishioners were participants. A baby shower concluded on Sunday, Jan, 22, coinciding with the 33rd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Program's goals

This prayer and action program's goals include:

• Praying for a baby in danger of abortion.

• Teaching fetal development by poster displays to remind us of the humanity of the unborn child.

• Providing needed items to mothers and babies in need with excess items given to local pregnancy centers.

Participants choose a name for their baby, sign a pledge card, and commit themselves to this daily prayer: "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion," a prayer written by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.   Full story ...

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