Madison Catholic Herald
Project Rachel founder to speak on ‘Biochemistry of Sex’ Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's ministry for post-abortion healing, will speak on "The Biochemistry of Sex" on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Bishop O'Connor Center as part of the Diocese of Madison's St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series.

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WCC opposes plan to perform abortions in Madison Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC), the public policy voice of Wisconsin's bishops, has written the head executives of three Madison health care agencies to express its strong opposition to the reported plan to perform abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.

"Institutions that are committed to healing and saving human lives do not advance that mission by performing induced abortions," wrote Barbara Sella, WCC associate director for Respect Life and Social Concerns.

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Stories that must be told Print
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Written by Mary Kilar, For the Catholic Herald   
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See the special Catholic Schools Week section in this week's print edition.

It was Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, a day that would change the lives of so many people, in so many ways. As a principal at a Catholic elementary school, I often find myself at work long after the students have gone home. It's not unusual.

Yet this day was different. I remember the call that came into school just after 6 p.m., "Well, what did you find out?" I asked. I listened -- nothing. No response, only a heavy silence, silence that felt like hours, then tears.

After what seemed like an eternity, a mom's soft voice said, "Mary, it is the worst news ever, Connor has cancer."

The news seemed surreal. Sure kids get sick, but cancer? This couldn't be. It just couldn't be, but it was.

That day I realized how quickly lives can change, and I have come to realize, beyond belief, how quickly it can change a school and community.

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'Recycle the Warmth' drive Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- With 2008 having given Madison its snowiest year on record, organizers of the annual "Recycle the Warmth" drive are hoping for an avalanche of blankets and bedding for people in need early in chilly 2009.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul blanket drive slated for the weekend of January 23 to 25 will help provide warmth and comfort for local families struggling with poverty.

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Schools join forces to fight hunger Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- To help stock the shelves at the brand new St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Madison, 10 Catholic schools in and around the Madison area are holding a food drive during Catholic Schools Week.

The food drive has a goal of 20,000 pounds of food donations, which are encouraged to be "earned" by the students of the combined schools, as well as any monetary donations collected.

Highlighted by the Catholic Schools Week theme of "Celebrate Service," the drive is just one way in which Catholic schools serve their community. Throughout the year, schools in the area participate in many activities to help with poverty and hunger, including food drives around Thanksgiving and the Hunger Walks at Blessed Sacrament School and St. Dennis School in Madison that help raise money for the food pantry.

"Their main focus is service," said Diane Sullivan, a St. Maria Goretti School parent, member of the parish's chapter of the local St. Vincent de Paul conference, and one of the organizers of the drive. "And, obviously, with the food pantry's need being so high, we thought that it would work well together."

The drive will benefit the new food pantry, recently built at its location on Fish Hatchery Rd. on the south side of Madison. The food pantry is operated by the Madison Society of St. Vincent de Paul and is the busiest food pantry in Dane County.

The pantry is expected to move from its current location into the new building beginning January 30, and the new facility will open for operations on February 2. The grand opening for the facility, which is still being completed, is not scheduled to happen until May.

The Catholic Schools Week food drive will involve the nearly 3,000 students at Blessed Sacrament School, Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, St. Ambrose Academy, St. Dennis School, St. James School, and St. Maria Goretti School, all in Madison; Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Monona; and St. Francis Xavier School, Cross Plains.

For more information on the Madison Society of St. Vincent de Paul, visit www.svdpmadison.org

 
 
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