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March 27, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 12   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of Fr. Randy Budnar, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Darlington, confirming a newly baptized member of the Church during the Easter Vigil, March 22

left arrow Fr. Randy Budnar, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Darlington, confirms a newly baptized member of the Church during the Easter Vigil, March 22. Six new members of the parish were welcomed into the Church during the vigil. (Catholic Herald photo by Joe Ptak)

A healing ministry:
Rachel's Vineyard retreat

MADISON -- Rachel's Vineyard retreats exist because a dedicated volunteer network reaches out to help heal women and men from abortion experiences. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will honor their dedication by presenting the second annual Respect Life Award to Leslie Graves and Mary Mead at the diocesan Respect Life Dinner on April 8.

Celebrate Life dinner

Help "Celebrate Life!" with the Rachel's Vineyard volunteers as they are honored at Bishop Morlino's Second Annual Respect Life dinner on Tuesday, April 8. To reserve a space, send your check payable to "Diocese of Madison" for $35 per person, with a menu choice of roast beef, salmon, or vegetarian to Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.

The Rachel's Vineyard volunteers, along with a priest, deacon, or a licensed therapist, help people with feelings of overwhelming sadness, pervasive anxiety, or intense anger heal from past abortions. God's infinite compassion and mercy transform this pain into hope and healing.

The next Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat, to help both women and men heal from abortion, takes place on April 11 to 13 in the Madison area. The retreat allows participants the time, space, and support to start healing from the wounds of abortion.

A past participant wrote, "The retreat far surpassed all of my expectations. I have never witnessed so much healing and relief from anything else I have observed or experienced."

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• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
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Retreat Centers: Apr. 10, 2008

Senior Focus: Apr. 17, 2008

Summer Vacation Guide: Apr. 24, 2008

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Catholic leaders reflect on Brett Favre's impact
Future Hall of Fame quarterback impressed people on and off the field

GREEN BAY -- While the sports world came to halt at the March 4 announcement of Brett Favre's retirement, Catholic leaders in Green Bay and Mississippi also paused to reflect on the impact the future Hall of Fame quarterback had on and off the field.

Fr. Richard Getchel, pastor at St. Agnes Parish on Green Bay's west side, presided at Brett and Deanna Favre's wedding in 1996 and baptized their daughter, Breleigh, in 1999.

"I thought he would return, so it surprised me," he said. "I'm happy for him and the family. I sent Deanna an e-mail. She wrote back thanking me for my concern, which was nice."

Invitation to meet the pope

Norbertine Father James Baraniak, chaplain for the Packers, attempted to reach the Favres in the days prior to the announcement. He was unaware of the pending retirement. Instead, Father Baraniak sought to share a special invitation.

"I received a proposal from the pope's advancement team for Brett, Deanna, and Mike McCarthy to attend a papal Mass in Washington, D.C.," he said. "Ironically, I spoke to Coach McCarthy on Monday evening, likely right before he spoke with Brett.

"I finally caught up with Deanna, and we had a nice long conversation. She explained that it was an intense time, so they weren't answering any calls from the 920 area code. When I shared with her the proposal, she said if it was entirely up to her, she would give me an answer immediately, but she had to talk to Brett. 'You know that husband of mine,' she said."

Admiration for the Favres

Both priests spoke of their admiration for the Favres.

St. Agnes was the family's home parish, while they were in Green Bay. Daughters Brittany and Breleigh had both attended Holy Family School, located on the parish grounds.

Deanna was a regular participant at "Green and Gold Day" at the school, said Father Getchel.

Father Baraniak first met Favre 12 years ago on a team flight. It is a moment, he will never forget.   Full story ...

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