Madison Catholic Herald
'Recycle the Warmth' drive Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- With 2008 having given Madison its snowiest year on record, organizers of the annual "Recycle the Warmth" drive are hoping for an avalanche of blankets and bedding for people in need early in chilly 2009.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul blanket drive slated for the weekend of January 23 to 25 will help provide warmth and comfort for local families struggling with poverty.

Stories that must be told Print
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Written by Mary Kilar, For the Catholic Herald   
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See the special Catholic Schools Week section in this week's print edition.

It was Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, a day that would change the lives of so many people, in so many ways. As a principal at a Catholic elementary school, I often find myself at work long after the students have gone home. It's not unusual.

Yet this day was different. I remember the call that came into school just after 6 p.m., "Well, what did you find out?" I asked. I listened -- nothing. No response, only a heavy silence, silence that felt like hours, then tears.

After what seemed like an eternity, a mom's soft voice said, "Mary, it is the worst news ever, Connor has cancer."

The news seemed surreal. Sure kids get sick, but cancer? This couldn't be. It just couldn't be, but it was.

That day I realized how quickly lives can change, and I have come to realize, beyond belief, how quickly it can change a school and community.

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.

Schools join forces to fight hunger Print
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- To help stock the shelves at the brand new St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Madison, 10 Catholic schools in and around the Madison area are holding a food drive during Catholic Schools Week.

The food drive has a goal of 20,000 pounds of food donations, which are encouraged to be "earned" by the students of the combined schools, as well as any monetary donations collected.

Highlighted by the Catholic Schools Week theme of "Celebrate Service," the drive is just one way in which Catholic schools serve their community. Throughout the year, schools in the area participate in many activities to help with poverty and hunger, including food drives around Thanksgiving and the Hunger Walks at Blessed Sacrament School and St. Dennis School in Madison that help raise money for the food pantry.

"Their main focus is service," said Diane Sullivan, a St. Maria Goretti School parent, member of the parish's chapter of the local St. Vincent de Paul conference, and one of the organizers of the drive. "And, obviously, with the food pantry's need being so high, we thought that it would work well together."

The drive will benefit the new food pantry, recently built at its location on Fish Hatchery Rd. on the south side of Madison. The food pantry is operated by the Madison Society of St. Vincent de Paul and is the busiest food pantry in Dane County.

The pantry is expected to move from its current location into the new building beginning January 30, and the new facility will open for operations on February 2. The grand opening for the facility, which is still being completed, is not scheduled to happen until May.

The Catholic Schools Week food drive will involve the nearly 3,000 students at Blessed Sacrament School, Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, St. Ambrose Academy, St. Dennis School, St. James School, and St. Maria Goretti School, all in Madison; Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Monona; and St. Francis Xavier School, Cross Plains.

For more information on the Madison Society of St. Vincent de Paul, visit

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.


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