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May 17, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 19   •   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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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

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God's plan for a joy-filled marriage

Couples preparing for marriage today face enormous challenges. Statistically, around half of all marriages will end in divorce. The world around them is saturated with an ethic of sexual freedom and individuality that weakens their morality and their marriage commitment.

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Many couples have a limited understanding of their faith. Intensifying the problem is the limited time priests and other marriage mentors have with couples before marriage. These situations add up to thousands of couples entering marriage mostly ill-equipped to face the challenges of married life.

Theology of the Body

This reality is starting to change, though, as Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" begins to take root in the thinking and practice of the Catholic Church.

"Marriage preparation ministry is one of the hardest ministries in the Church today because the culture has dominated so much of our perspectives on marriage and sexuality. As a result, the couples who come to us are very often in great need of catechetical and spiritual formation" explains theologian Christopher West.   Full story ...

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Pope to Latin Americans: Focus on Jesus to meet challenges


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Jesus' reference to Mary:
Was it cold and impersonal?

• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick --
One's Catholic heritage:
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Summer Vacation: June 14, 2007

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St. Mary's Hospital:
Keeping Catholic values
as it grows

MADISON -- The sawdust is still on the floor and you definitely have to watch your step, but St. Mary's new expansion is starting to show signs of becoming a hospital.

Members of the press recently were invited to take a look around the site of the future inpatient and outpatient facilities on the eastern half of the St. Mary's Hospital campus. Equipped with hardhats and goggles, we viewed the future surgical suites and emergency care area, as well as a few of the patient rooms that already had their dark wood furniture installed and walls painted a soothing array of cool pastel colors.

New buildings

The new St. Mary's outpatient building, with its surgery and care center, digestive health center, and physician offices, is projected to open in December.   Full story ...

Diocesan pilgrimage group will travel to Australia in 2008

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MADISON -- Preparations are underway for the Diocese of Madison's pilgrimage group traveling to Sydney, Australia, in July 2008 for the 10th World Youth Day (WYD) celebration.

The focus for next year's international event is centered on "Youth, Witness, and Power" - a reference to "You will received power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8). Pope Benedict XVI selected this theme in hopes of inspiring Catholic youth of the world to recommit to their baptismal promises, active participation in the sacraments, and living out their apostolic mission.

The journey to Sydney will officially begin in the Diocese of Madison on Pentecost Sunday, May 27. The launch date for the diocesan pilgrimage is symbolic of the church worldwide as it honors when the Holy Spirit descended upon the world and people from "every nation under heaven" gathered together and could understand one another as each spoke in a different language.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit and joined together with other believers can empower individuals, parishes, and countries to do amazing things. World Youth Day is an incredible testimony to the living body of Christ, the power of the cross, and the beauty which pours forth from giving witness to the Word.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. Issues to be skipped include: May 31, July 12, and August 9. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
May 24 last wk May, first wk June May 17 May 31
July 5 second two weeks of July June 28 July 12
Aug. 2 first two weeks of Aug. July 26 August 9

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