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A transcendental movement Print
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Written by Ben Emmel, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

The scene here in Washington Thursday seemed familiar — thousands of Americans gathered on the Capitol Mall, having traveled far distances to rally together and send a message to the nation. The faces in the crowd were young and old, filled with a sincere hope for the future but ready to bring change to society.

But this was not a rally for a newly-elected president, nor were all gathered for an historic inauguration. Instead, the 250,000 people gathered in the nation’s capitol commemorated a darker moment in American history: Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This March for Life was a gathering in support of the unborn, the elderly, and all those in danger of an unnatural death.

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Winter market and brunch at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Print
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- The Church Center for Land and People (CCLP) will be serving up a winter market and brunch at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison, on Saturday, Jan. 31.

A Winter Farmers' Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring local products such as cheeses, meats, potatoes, goat milk soap, and woolen goods.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will also be a delicious brunch, prepared by Barbara Wright from The Dardanelles Restaurant, using local Wisconsin farmers' products. Suggested brunch donation: adults $10; youth (5 to 13) $4; families $25; children under 5 are free.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ludtke at 608-833-2600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A portion of the brunch proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Lussier Community Education Center, and MOM Food Pantries.

A portion of each farm produce purchase will benefit the Harvest of Hope Farm Crisis Fund, which serves farm families throughout rural Wisconsin.

The public is invited to come meet and support local farmers and buy and eat nutritious locally grown farm products -- helping sustain local farming communities in tough times -- by eating well in good company.

CCLP was begun during the 1980s farm crisis and remains to this day an active outreach partner with faith communities throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, including the Diocese of Madison.

If your parish or school is interested in hosting a Winter Farm Market and Brunch, call Tom Nelson, diocesan rural life coordinator, at 608-821-3093, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

Young adults from Madison

A group of young adults from the Diocese of Madison, accompanied by Susanna Herro, far right, director of the diocesan Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, carry the diocesan banner at the March for Life on January 22 in Washington, D.C. (Contributed photo)

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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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