Madison Catholic Herald
Proposed Sauk City middle school postponed for 2009-10 Print
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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

SAUK CITY -- St. Aloysius School in Sauk City was considering a proposal to expand to grades six, seven, and eight for the fall of 2009, but after a feasibility study conducted this year Bishop Robert C. Morlino has recommended that the grades not be added for the coming school year.

The proposal for the middle school would have added the three grades in a single-gender class format. St. Aloysius School had at one time offered eight grades.

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Focusing on rural life: Listening sessions planned Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
St. Lawrence Church, Jefferson
St. Lawrence Church in Jefferson is the site of one of the rural life listening sessions. (Catholic Herald photo/Kat Wagner)

MADISON -- Catholic Charities’ new Rural Life Office will be holding listening sessions throughout the 11 counties of the Diocese of Madison.

“It will be an opportunity to help address the needs with rural pastors and work shoulder-to-shoulder with the farm community,” said Brian Cain, executive director of Catholic Charities (CC).

Tom Nelson, coordinator of the CC Rural Life Office, said there is a great need “to listen across the 11 counties to the many concerns and challenges of farmers and farm families and all those who are impacted by the financial crisis across all segments of agriculture in our area.”

Need for food

With an ever-increasing worldwide need for food, Nelson said “it is alarming to watch the continuous eroding of our farming base across the bread/corn basket of our nation as farmers lose their family farms to financial failure, all the while being more productive than ever before.

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Prayer and action urged on health care reform Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- A group of concerned citizens in the Diocese of Madison is urging prayer and action to assure that national health care reform legislation respects the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

“For the sake of babies, the chronically ill, the developmentally disabled, the frail elderly, and the American people if life-ending measures are included in governmental policies, we are urging people to pray for the Precious Blood of Jesus to pour over our nation and this effort,” said Deacon Jack Fernan of Madison, one of the organizers of the effort.

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New Program grew out of two former efforts Print
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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

Second in a series

MADISON -- The Seat of Wisdom Diocesan Institute is a new program of Catechetical Certification and Adult Faith Formation in the Diocese of Madison.

In an effort to clarify and improve the effectiveness of diocesan catechetical efforts, the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC) proposes unifying the missions of what was previously referred to as the Diocesan Lay Institute (DLI) and the current Formation of Religious Education Ministers (FOREM) by subsuming both into the new “umbrella” Seat of Wisdom Diocesan Institute.

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Building a place for peace, remembrance Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Through his Eagle Scout project, Evan Feller hopes to provide a place of peace for those coming to the Diocese of Madison’s Bishop O’Connor Center.

Feller will alter the entrance of the center with two gardens, each with a bench, to give visitors and residents a place for prayer.

“I really wanted to do something for the Church,” Feller said of his decision to work on this project. He had called around to several places and found he liked the idea of transforming the entrance to the center with the meditation gardens.

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