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May 10, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 18   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Diocese to fight vote on busing

MADISON -- "We are going to fight the Madison School Board's decision to eliminate private school busing in Madison," said Michael Lancaster, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Madison.

The Madison School Board voted April 30 to eliminate all private school busing. This means that more than 350 Catholic school students in Madison would not be able to get to school safely.

The School District would offer parents contracts of $453 per year in lieu of busing. However, many parents are unable to drive their children to school. For these parents, busing is a necessity.

"Our priority is to ensure busing is available for Catholic school children," said Lancaster. "We are fighting the board's decision vigorously and also are exploring alternative means of transportation.

"I am confident that we will win this fight. However, we need everyone's help. This issue is larger than just the elimination of school busing for Madison Catholic schools. The problem could spread to other schools in the diocese, and as Catholics we need to come together as a larger Catholic community to support our children and Catholic education."

For information on how you can help, call the diocesan school office, 608-821-3180, or e-mail

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• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Origen: Intimacy with God through prayer and upright moral life

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Theology of the Body:
From Pope John Paul II

Are you curious about what life is really about? Do you wonder what your ultimate destiny is and how you attain it? Would you be surprised if I told you that sex is at the center of it all? Would you be even more surprised if the Catholic Church told you this?

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Pope John Paul II devoted the first major teaching project of his pontificate -129 talks between 1979 and 1984 - to a biblical reflection on the meaning of the body, sex, and marital love. Termed "theology of the body," the pope's teaching provided a profoundly beautiful vision of human sexuality and what it means to be a man and woman.

Theology of the Body clarifies the profound interconnection between sex and the Christian mystery and paves the way not only for lasting renewal of marriage and the family, but enables everyone to rediscover "the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life" (John Paul II).   Full story ...

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Relates to young adults
at Theology on Tap

MADISON -- It was the typical bar scene: a bunch of 20- and 30-somethings sitting around, sharing beer, sodas, and other drinks, laughing and talking over the sound of music filtering through the dim scene.

The only difference was they talked religion.

It was another Theology on Tap, held at the Essen Haus in downtown Madison. And it was so well attended that extra chairs were pulled in to the moderately sized side room and set against a wall to accommodate the large crowd that came from around the diocese.   Full story ...

Catholic Daughters:
State convention in Madison

MADISON -- The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) of Wisconsin held their biennial state convention at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center April 13 to 15.

Theme of the convention was "Be Not Afraid."

Living waters

The Friday afternoon meeting opened with a prayer service entitled "CDA Living Waters." A member of each court present brought up a container of Easter Holy Water from their parish community and poured the water into a large bowl.

Susan Hicks, state second vice regent, Darlington, chairman of the convention, stated that "with the mixing of these waters we come together as one body of water: flowing together in prayer, goals, and sharing together life's experiences, ideas, and prayer."   Full story ...

William Yallaly:
To work with bishop and communications office

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino has appointed William D. Yallaly as Assistant to the Bishop and Associate Director of Communications for the Diocese of Madison.

Yallaly will work with Brent King, director of communications, in those communications areas which touch more directly on the bishop's ministry. King will also continue as executive assistant to the bishop focusing on those areas of the bishop's ministry which require him to be away from the office at times.

"William's knowledge of the church and his experience both in communications and as an assistant will no doubt prove very valuable to the Diocese of Madison," commented Bishop Morlino.   Full story ...

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