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Married life is better with NFP, says couple at synod Print E-mail
State News
Written by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Jeff and Alice Heinzen, Synod on Family 2014
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks with Jeff and Alice Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., as they leave the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican October 13. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic couples who ignore Church teaching on contraception "don't know what they are missing," said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, spoke at the synod October 7, urging efforts to find new ways to share its teaching about the beauty of family life.

Natural Family Planning

Although the couple has practiced Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 27 years and taught NFP -- Alice is a member of the NFP advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- they did not speak specifically about family planning in their presentation to the synod.

 

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Rock County Fashion Show for the disabled is ‘highlight of the year’ Print E-mail
Around the Diocese
Written by Sue Barry, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- Getting all dressed up for a special event and having something fun to look forward to does wonders for the human spirit.

That’s the idea behind the Rock County Catholic Charities Fashion Show for the disabled held in September each year.

This year's event, the sixth annual show, was held at KANDU Industries in Janesville. Over 20 models and their families, friends, and caretakers took part in the excitement and confidence-building of this unique opportunity.

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Cathedral Parish plans pilgrimage Print E-mail
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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Join the Cathedral Parish for a pilgrimage on Saturday, Nov. 8. Pilgrims will spend the day in spiritual preparation for receiving the Eucharist.

Sr. Patricia Vinje will share her reflections on prayer and guide the pilgrims through many devotions of the day. Msgr. Kevin Holmes will share his insights into the Eucharist as well as celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass when participants return to Madison.

Pilgrims will travel by motor coach to the Sauk City area and visit Valley of Our Lady Cistercian Monastery and Wollersheim Winery to learn about bread and wine production. During the visit, pilgrims will also collect both species of the Eucharist to be utilized at the Masses for that weekend. The schedule is:

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Retreat in Waterloo Print E-mail
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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

WATERLOO -- Do you feel like you're trying to follow Christ but need support in your everyday life?

Consider attending the Light of the World parish retreat. You will have the opportunity to be supported with Catholic teachings and values and experience the renewal of the Holy Spirit.

All are welcome to the retreat to be held at Holy Family Parish in Waterloo. The retreat will be held on Friday evening, Nov. 7; Saturday, Nov. 8; Sunday, Nov. 9; and Monday evening, Nov. 10.

To register, call the Holy Family office at 920-478-2032.

 
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