Madison Catholic Herald
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.

 
 
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.

 
Bishop joins Portage parish in celebrating 175 years Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

PORTAGE -- St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish celebrated its 175th anniversary of parish life on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and though the snowstorm that dropped about 6.5 inches by the following afternoon kept some from attending, including Bishop Robert C. Morlino and the parish's oldest parishioner, the event was well-attended according to reports.

The Mass was the final event of the demisemiseptcentennial of the parish, the oldest parish in the Diocese of Madison and the second oldest in Wisconsin.

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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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Madison-Ghana dioceses work together Print
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
JANESVILLE — On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at 6 p.m. Fr. Steve Umhoefer and Carl Brey, both of Nativity of Mary Parish in Janesville, departed Madison for a trip to Ghana so that they could evaluate several aspects of the Global Solidarity Partnership (GSP) between the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga (N/B) in the Upper East Region of Ghana and the Diocese of Madison.

On this trip they met with Bishop Lucas Abadamloora; Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Anamooh; Fr. Emmanuel Acheampong, the head of the GSP in Ghana; Fr. Augustine Ayaga and Joseph Ayembilla of the diocesan development office; and David Azupogo, director of the Farmers Training Center and the person responsible for the Donkey Project, all major factors in the GSP in Ghana.

Over the course of several days Father Umhoefer and Brey were in the presence of one or more of these people for up to 14 hours per day. During the course of eight days in Ghana there were numerous meetings and discussions. At these meetings Father Umhoefer and Brey were extremely impressed by the strength of the commitment to the GSP on both sides and in what they can do for each other.

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