Madison Catholic Herald
Parish financial irregularities prompt audit Print
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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

WATERTOWN — In response to concerns raised in June by parishioners at St. Bernard Parish, Watertown, the Diocese of Madison in July called for independent auditors to conduct an examination of the parish finances and records.

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Rachel's Vineyard retreat to heal the pain of abortion Print
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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Every year men and women suffer from the after-effects of abortion, including eating disorders, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.

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Apostolate Christmas Party planned Print
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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MONROE -- “Out of Difficulties Grow Miracles” — this is the story of our lives and the theme for the Christmas party for the handicapped for this year. It will be held at Monroe High School in Monroe on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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St. Ambrose Academy banks on prayers Print
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Written by Meg Matenaer, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- St. Ambrose Academy (SAA) marked the start of its seventh year by launching a spiritual capital campaign that has already borne much fruit.

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
st peter ashton pet blessing
Students and animals met each other during the pet blessing at St. Peter School, Ashton. (Catholic Herald photo/Kat Wagner)

ASHTON -- It was a blustery day for bringing the class outside, but everyone was wearing coats -- including the animals.

The students at St. Peter School in Ashton celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a pet blessing after returning from a retreat October 1.

This year’s retreat, the second the school has held for the students, was offered at Ochsner Park in Baraboo. The students visited the zoo and learned about St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4.

After arriving back at school, the students were able to have their pets and animals blessed by Fr. Eugene “Bud” Hollfelder, pastor at the parish. Some parents were able to bring the animals — from dogs and cats to rabbits and a heifer — to the school to be blessed. Other students brought pictures of their pets.

The topics for the retreats are on a three-year cycle, said Maria Patt, principal. Last year the students learned about Mary on their retreat. This year, they learned about the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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