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February 7, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 5   •   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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• Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Third Place, 2005

Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition

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

Lenten regulations

• Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

• Everyone 18 or older, and under 59 years of age, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

• On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

• Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

session added

Another catechetical session with Bishop Morlino has been added on Thursday, Feb. 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison. Register at

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News & Features:

Madison priest's ministry extends beyond diocese: Fr. Rick Heilman
to speak at men's conference
in Milwaukee

Lent: A time for prayer, fasting, almsgiving


• Faith and Precedent
by Douglas Kmiec -- Spiritual voice in the presidential primaries

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Returning
to the Church after an abortion

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- Saint Augustine taught need for truth

• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco -- Iraqi refugees deserve our attention

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Future special sections:

Retirement Living, Lenten Fish Fries: Feb. 14, 2008

Senior Focus: Feb. 21, 2008

Weddings: Mar. 6, 2008

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Diocesan Services Appeal 2008
Invites all Catholics to pray, offer financial support

MADISON -- One Church . . . Centered in Christ! This year's theme for the Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) invites and challenges each of us to accept the awesome responsibility to be the Body of Christ where it is most in need in our diocese and throughout our world.

Our financial and prayerful support of the Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) is our "yes" to the invitation for each of us, in word and deed, to profess our belief in One Church, Centered in Christ.

Support diocese, global community

Each year, individuals from all across southcentral Wisconsin continue to support the good work happening daily in our diocese and in our global community by supporting the DSA.   Full story ...

Looking at annual implementation plans

Implementation Committee training sessions update

The Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Diocesan Implementation Committee Meetings at St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo, and St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville, were cancelled because of snow.

• The St. Joseph, Baraboo, meeting was rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 5, but had to be cancelled again because of another snowstorm. It will be rescheduled again.

• The St. John Vianney, Janesville, meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Snow date: Thursday, Feb. 14 at St. John Vianney, Janesville, in case of bad weather.)

Those who registered for either location will be kept on the list for the same place but on the new date. Those needing to change the date or location should send an e-mail to or call 608-821-3023. To register send an e-mail to or call 608-821-3023.

There have been a number of phone calls and e-mails where the topic of discussion has been something like, "Why do we need to keep having meetings? Didn't we already do this? Why can't we just do something?"

Well, Trusting in the Spirit (just like Guided by the Spirit) is not about having meetings for meetings sake, or putting more work on our parish priests, or about closing church buildings. It is about effectively spreading the Gospel and the food that is Jesus Christ, to an increasingly larger community of the faithful, everyone at different places in their spiritual journey, everyone a son or daughter of God searching for that face to face meeting with their Lord, risen from the dead.

Everything we do needs to be referenced back to this key point so that all of the effort and sacrifice that everyone is giving, which with great hope we are placing at the altar of Christ's sacrifice every Mass, is given the value that it deserves.   Full story ...

Jail/prison ministry forum

MADISON -- "Criminal Justice in Wisconsin: Effective Strategies for Change" is the continuation of last year's "2007 Forum on Wisconsin's Correctional Future" and will again be sponsored by Edgewood College on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Anderson Auditorium.

How to register

There is no pre-registration or fee for the criminal justice forum. Contact Sr. Esther Heffernan at 608-663-2218 or if you are planning on attending the entire program. To register for the panel on Catholic prison ministry only, contact Tom Nelson at 608-821-3093 or

Speakers will include Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, speaking on the Governor's Commission on ideas for reducing racial disparity in sentencing in Wisconsin courts; State Representative Mark Pocan addressing issues of community justice; and Judge Carl Ashley, who serves on a sub-committee for more effective strategies for justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Final speakers at the Anderson Auditorium session will be Rev. Jerry Hancock, who will address current trends in restorative justice; District Attorney John Chisholm speaking on Milwaukee County's efforts to counter disparity in sentencing; and County Executive Kathleen Falk addressing what Dane County is doing.   Full story ...

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