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International, Eucharistic centered youth retreat Print
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Written by Alison Curtis, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM
MADISON — Youth and young adults, ages 13 to 30, are invited to take part in an exciting event taking place at the Bishop O’Connor Center on March 20 to 22, 2009.

YOUTH 2000, a Eucharistic centered retreat led by religious priests, Brothers, and Sisters from the Capuchin Franciscans of the Renewal from the Bronx, N.Y., and the Community of St. John from France, is an international spiritual initiative started in 1990 in response to Pope John Paul II’s call for a “New Evangelization.”

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Our Lady of Guadalupe inspires devotion Print
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Written by Susanna Herro, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

In 1531, Juan Diego, a convert in Mexico, met a beautiful woman who said, “My dear little son, I love you. I desire you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is Lord of Heaven and Earth.

“I desire a church in this place where your people may experience my compassion. All those who sincerely ask my help in their work and in their sorrows will know my Mother’s Heart in this place. Here I will see their tears; I will console them and they will be at peace.”

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Bishop Morlino to preside at Mass in Janesville for unemployed Print
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Written by Mary Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

JANESVILLE  — The General Motors plant in Janesville will stop production on December 23. More than 1,200 hourly GM workers will be laid off effective January 2 after their holiday vacation.

Many other area businesses have announced layoffs, including Woodbridge Group of Brodhead (70 workers) and Allied Automotive Group of Janesville (117 employees). The GM situation will also affect other related businesses, such as daycare providers and area merchants.

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Harpist joins Diocesan Choir for concert Print
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Written by Dick Jones, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 -- 1:00 AM
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  Harpist Mary Ann Harr will be featured with the Madison Diocesan Choir. (Contributed photo)
MADISON — Mary Ann Harr, principal harpist for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, will join the Madison Diocesan Choir and its director, Dr. Patrick Gorman, as special guest for their Lessons and Carols Christmas concert, Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

“She is certainly one of the most sought after musicians in town,” Gorman said. “It’s a real treat to perform with her because she’s so very, very professional. She’s such a great supporter of the choir. I always look forward to working with her, because she’s a great person, a great musician, a real pro.”

The wonder of Christmas

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the concert, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Bishop O’Connor Center, located at 702 S. High Point Rd. The event with reception to follow is free. Each person attending is encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to help stock the food pantry at the Catholic Multicultural Center.

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Portage parish celebrates 175th anniversary Print
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Written by Karen Camilleri, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 04, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

PORTAGE -- St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish began a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary with a logo of the cross with the wording, "Our Legacy -- Our Future."

Special mobile in church

A special mobile has been hanging in the center of church as part of the 175th anniversary. Fr. Jim Murphy, pastor, explained that the 175 is one of the woodcarvings hanging from the mobile. Pointing to the anniversary theme, the words "legacy" and "future" are also carved in the wood.

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