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October 4, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 36   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

• First place for best general news photo

Praying for life:
At Planned Parenthood clinics' doorsteps

photo of Andy Galvin, left, and his sons joining Tom Delaney in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic as part of Madison's 40 Days for Life

As part of Madison's 40 Days for Life, Andy Galvin, left, and his sons join Tom Delaney in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic at 3706 Orin Rd. off Hwy. 51 in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo by Mary C. Uhler)

Forty Days for Life

Forty Days for Life is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week prayer vigil outside local abortion centers to pray to God for an end to abortion.

It began on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, in 89 communities throughout the U.S. In Madison, it will be held outside Planned Parenthood on 3706 Orin Rd., off Hwy. 51. For information visit

MADISON -- Thousands of people are praying for life on the doorsteps of Planned Parenthood facilities at 89 different locations in 33 states around the United States, including Madison.

They are joining in 40 Days for Life from September 26 to November 4. "This is the largest and longest simultaneous pro-life mobilization in American history," said David Bereit, national director of the campaign.

In an interview on his visit to the Madison vigil on September 27 and 28, Bereit explained how this campaign got started. Planned Parenthood built a clinic in College Station, Texas, where Bereit lived. A friend of his called and told him that 10 babies had been terminated at the clinic. "It hit me that I had to do something. The light went on."

He talked with his wife, Margaret, and two weeks later quit his job in the pharmaceutical industry. "God made it clear that I didn't have a choice in the matter. It's been a journey in faith but we wouldn't change a thing," he said.

Bereit became director of the Coaliton for Life in College Station, where he worked for four years. He encouraged people from 60 churches to stand and pray outside the local abortion clinic.

In the fall of 2004, he planned the first 40 Days for Life in College Station. It included prayer, fasting, and community outreach with volunteers visiting 25,000 households with pro-life literature.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Presbyteral Assembly:
Priests gather at Chula Vista

Peter's story:
Making a life-affirming choice

New fall TV programs:
Showing their colors

Diocese of Madison:
Parish events calendar


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
The humanity of Jesus:
'Indispensable for the faith'

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
St. John Chrysostom:
Bearing witness to the love of God

• Making a difference
by Tony Magliano --
Learning about our faith:
It's just not for children

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Future special sections:

Retirement Living: Oct. 11, 2007

Senior Focus / World Mission Sunday: Oct. 18, 2007

All Souls Day -- Grief and Hospice:
Oct. 25, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide: Nov. 1, 2007

Diocesan Directory: Nov. 8, 2007

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Leadership Days:
Do I really have to go?

As part of the Guided by the Spirit planning process, Bishop Robert C. Morlino recently traveled to and from Rome, where he met with members of the Vatican curia to ensure that he had followed all applicable canon law and given due concern to everyone involved. Accompanying him with his Tentative Final Directives (which were virtually unchanged from the Final Recommendations presented to him by the Planning Commission in June) was Fr. Jay Poster, chairman of the Planning Commission.

The bishop found that the process was fair and just, and the various congregation members gave him considerations to help in implementation. The Bishop has a final meeting with the Diocesan Pastoral Council on October 6, 2007, after which he will make known his Directives and set the course for the reorganization of parishes in the Diocese of Madison for the next several years.

Just another event?

To start off this time of change and renewal in the diocese, we are having the Diocesan-Parish Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24. Theme of the conference is "Trusting in the Spirit: Our Comforter, Our Counselor, Our Advocate."   Full story ...

CONNECTIONS: Ready to launch

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison's small group initiative, "CONNECTIONS," is officially ready for take-off.

At the recent "pre-launch" training day, Catholic leaders from around the diocese gathered at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison to fix their eyes on Jesus Christ and learn how they can effectively welcome others into a relationship with Him through authentic small Christian communities.

List of parishes offering CONNECTIONS

More than 80 CONNECTIONS small groups are prepared to launch in over 25 parishes throughout the diocese starting the week of October 15.

Lovingly invite

Participants learned that their role as a facilitator is not necessarily to teach but to gently and lovingly invite others to meet the risen Christ in their midst.   Full story ...

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