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November 1, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 40   •   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

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California fires: Efforts made
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St. Ambrose of Milan:
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Senior Focus: Nov. 15, 2007

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photo from 'Bella,' an independent film starring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui, which was recently released into theaters and will be opening in Madison beginning November 9

Bella, an independent film starring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui, was recently released into theaters and will be opening in Madison beginning November 9. (Photo by Roadside)

Bella movie: Powerful
and uplifting - and free!

-- Updated: 11/08/2007, 5:20 p.m. Central Time, to list both Point Cinema and Eastgate Cinemas as the Madison theaters where Bella will be opening on Nov. 9.

MADISON -- Bella, the movie, interweaves the stories of a rising soccer superstar, a pregnant waitress, and his loving, but sometimes volatile, family. You can take your family and friends out to this great movie for free!

In real life, the star of the movie, Eduardo Verástegui, has been acclaimed as an international singer and television actor, yet he longed for something more. Bella is his answer as he uses his talents to raise the standard of offerings from Hollywood. He wanted to do a movie that had a positive message, that would use his God-given talents to bring a message of hope.

Having already garnered international awards, this movie with a heart is gaining unprecedented grassroots support, including from the Diocese of Madison and Relevant Radio. Together, they are promoting attendance so that the movie will be shown in even more markets. To boost this effort, Relevant Radio is offering free tickets by going to

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Because details with the distributor are still being worked out, keep checking the Web site until it is live for registrations.

Bella opened in major cities across the United States last week and is set to open in Madison on the weekend of November 9 at Point Cinema and Eastgate Cinemas (see list of showtimes).   Full story ...

Diocesan Leadership Days:
Learning to be 'Guided by the Spirit'

image of a dove in an oval with text: Trusting in the Spirit: Our Comforter, Our Counselor, Our Advocate

MADISON -- The Diocesan Leadership Days, held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center October 23 and 24, offered parish leaders an opportunity to gain skills for and a better understanding of the implementation of the Guided by the Spirit directives.

Two plenary talks were given, one by Fr. Dan Felton, the pastor of a merged parish in the Diocese of Green Bay, and the other by Bishop Robert C. Morlino.

Grit and grace of change

"I'm not here to share any great insight into change that you don't already know or that you haven't already experienced," said Father Felton during the plenary address on Tuesday morning. "In this room . . . in this Diocese of Madison there is a collective wisdom that draws us together in the Spirit that can really account for what's the grit and what's grace of the change in our lives."

Audio recordings of the keynote addresses and many breakout
sessions at the Diocesan Leadership Days are posted on the Diocese of Madison's Web site at under the "Guided by the Spirit" link.

That's why we have Diocesan Leadership Days - to gather together and draw upon that experience, he said.

Father Felton is the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc in the Diocese of Green Bay, a parish formed by the merger of six Manitowoc Catholic parishes in 2005 into one parish with three worship sites. He spoke less during his talk about the "nuts and bolts" of that experience than of the "bigger picture" involved.

There is a "grit and grace to change" he said.

For the grit, much like the sand that gets into your eyes when the wind blows, it's irritating, annoying, and our first reaction is to spit it out. There is a sense of brokenness, he said: broken dreams, promises, and relationships.   Full story ...

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