Madison Catholic Herald
First training class for LAMP volunteers Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- LAMP (Latin American Mission Program) volunteers will spend two weeks this summer in Mexico to teach religion, arts and crafts, and English; help the teams; and do other work as needed.

The first LAMP training class will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., Madison. Registration for those interested will be held.

LAMP was organized in1964 between the Diocese of Madison and the Dioceses of Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria in Mexico.

For further information, write LAMP, P.O. Box 85, Madison, WI 53701-0085 or call 608-845-7028, 608-255-5284, or 608-868-7816.

Women of Grace group to meet Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

WAUNAKEE -- Women of all ages are invited to join a group meeting at St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee to study the Catholic faith and learn how to embrace their gift of femininity and their role as daughters of God.

The group will be learning from a video/workbook study program by Johnette Benkovic, host of The Abundant Life on EWTN.

Women of Grace is infused with Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, and the Catechism. Participants will grow in knowledge of their faith, deepen their prayer lives, meet a variety of women saints, and come to see the Blessed Virgin Mary as their example.

Women of Grace will meet at St. John the Baptist Parish on Fridays after the morning Mass from 9 to 11 a.m., beginning January 30. Childcare is available.

For more information, call Lisa Schuebel at 608-824-0984.

Ecumenical service marks Week of Prayer Print
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- An ecumenical prayer service, commemorating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at Assumption Orthodox Church, 11 N. 7th St. (northeast corner of E. Washington Ave.).

The service will consist of prayers and readings from the Bible, centered on unity in Christ in the Gospel. Our one common Holy Tradition in faith will be shared in psalms, canticles, epistles, and gospels. A social hour with refreshments will follow the service.

The Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCOC) is cosponsoring the ecumenical prayer service for Christian unity. The WCOC represents the Baptist, Disciples, God in Christ, Brethren, Episcopal, Lutheran, Orthodox, Moravian, Presbyterian, Reformed, UCC, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was developed by Fr. Paul Wattson, S.A., at Graymoor in Garrison, N.Y., and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18 to 25, 1908. This year will be the 100th anniversary of this observance.

In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began to collaborate in this week of prayer.

Course on 'kitchen-table evangelizing' Print
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

BARABOO -- All of our parishes are hearing the call to reach out to those many people who are spiritually lost, wounded, or confused. All of us know people, including friends and co-workers, who are no longer practicing their faith. On Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Martin Pable will be leading "How to Share Your Faith Without Being Obnoxious," a course he developed and has given in a number of parishes over the years.

Father Pable calls it "kitchen-table evangelizing" -- a very simple approach to use with people one-to-one in your home, at work, in the bar or bowling alley, or over the phone. You will be trained how to listen to others, especially for the spiritual hungers underlying their concerns. You will develop skill and confidence in sharing your faith in God. And you will learn how to invite (not pressure) people to take whatever step they are ready to reconnect with the Church or God.

Father Pable is the author of Remaining Catholic: Six Good Reasons for Staying in an Imperfect Church and Reclaim the Fire: A Parish Guide to Evangelization.

The cost for the day is $5. Register by calling 608-356-5353.

Diocesan seminarians enjoy studying in Belgium Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

Madison Diocese seminarians are attending 11 different seminaries this year, giving them an opportunity for a variety of formation programs and experiences.

Two seminarians, Chad Droessler and John Putzer, are in their second year of theology studies in Louvain, Belgium. They discussed their experience there via the Internet.

As Putzer explains, "We live, pray, eat, and sleep (and have formation classes) at the American College of Louvain, but we take our theology classes (and receive our degrees) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain).


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