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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.
Saluting Catholic schools
Washington, D.C. -- The nation's nearly 8,000 Catholic schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 28 through February 3.
This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: the Good News in Education." The theme was chosen because of its appeal to Catholic schools and for the strong message it sends to parents and supporters.
The week is an activity of the National Marketing Campaign For Catholic Schools, a project of National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
NCEA President Dr. Karen M. Ristau said, "Catholic schools do good work all year around. But on this week we want to focus everyone's attention on the fact that Catholics schools are good news. In addition to learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, students also learn responsibility - and how to become persons of character and integrity." Full story ...
|News & Features:
Catholic Schools Week
Parents consider her 'miracle' baby
Despite legalized abortion:
Causes for rejoicing
Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Change for better:
Make this 'one nation under God'
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Kingdom of God: Justice, love, peace now and in the future
The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Drawing closer to others
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Guided by the Spirit:
Cluster core committee structure and roles
After taking a break over the holy days of Christmas, we continue this series of articles on the various aspects of the Guided by the Spirit planning process.
As previously stated, this process is being used to assist the Bishop in ensuring that each member of the diocese is being given the opportunity to meet the Risen Christ, every day, through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Penance. These opportunities are realized primarily through the actions of the priest In Persona Christi, thus highlighting the need to somehow accommodate the current diocesan priestly shortage.
Additionally each parish should provide opportunities for the lay faithful to reach out, showing the face of Christ to others in the parish community, hopefully many more than the pastor could reach by himself alone.
It is within this context that each parish has been spending considerable time evaluating their local community, looking at their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the working clusters being formed as part of the planning process.
The clusters have been formed upon the recommendations of each parish and after discussions with each parish. The list of working clusters is on this page [print edition only].
Each parish will now send their Core Committee into cluster meetings where, as a cluster core committee, they will evaluate their cluster's strengths and weaknesses. As a larger group they will be better able to provide those opportunities to meet Christ - and be changed by Him - to persons within the larger community. Full story ...