Teens unite in faith and fun at Frassati Fest

Teens unite in faith and fun at Frassati Fest

"I've never known anyone who’s gone to Frassati Fest and hasn't had a good time."

 

Students fill ‘Socks of Love’

Students fill ‘Socks of Love’

Students at All Saints Catholic School, Berlin, collected socks and basic need items for Father Carr's Place 2B in Oshkosh during Catholic Schools Week.

 

 

‘Do It for Jesus: Pray, Give, Sacrifice!’

‘Do It for Jesus: Pray, Give, Sacrifice!’

Students and staff at St. John the Baptist (SJB) School in Jefferson initiated their Lenten journey together on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18.

 

Jefferson students experience Passover Seder meal

Jefferson students experience Passover Seder meal

Classes at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Jefferson often participate in "buddy" activities with one another. One such example happened on Thursday, March 26, one week before Holy Thursday.

 

 

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Camp Gray’s Explorer Village: A mysterious place where faith grows Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Camp Gray Explorers July 2015

A recent Explorers group from Camp Gray pauses during a hike at Devil’s Lake State Park near Baraboo to pray and write in journals. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com
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REEDSBURG -- Every summer, hundreds of kids get their fill of faith and fun in the Camp Gray experience at the Diocese of Madison camp near Reedsburg.

Just off the main camp, down some visible but unmarked trails, there lies a "mysterious" place.

The campers always hear about this place -- Explorer Village -- but few see it until they are old enough.

Many stories surround the village and its native Explorers.

Some legends say the campers have to hunt for their own food. That part isn't true, but they do have to cook their own food.

In the village

It’s not exactly "What happens in Explorer Village, stays in Explorer Village," but it's close.

From July 5 to 10, 13 teens and six leaders shared a week of inside jokes, secret traditions, deep faith experiences, and countless singings of a recent pop song in which the protagonist "can't feel my face when I'm with you" (I promised them I'd work it into this story).

"It's cool being able to see God in each person in a different way just shining through them," said Maggie Sampson, 15, from Oregon. "You can just see it in everything they do."

The fun starts with work -- setting up camp for the week.

The counselors showed the Explorers what they have to work with. Other than two cabins -- one for boys and one for girls (the counselors sleep in tents), the campers needed to "build" the village. Tables, tarps, and the cooking/dishes area await setting up.

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Jefferson students experience Passover Seder meal Print E-mail
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

JEFFERSON -- Classes at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Jefferson often participate in "buddy" activities with one another.

One such example happened on Thursday, March 26, one week before Holy Thursday.

This day commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples before His crucifixion the next day. Since Jesus and His followers were Jewish, this last meal they shared was the Passover Seder.

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Hundreds pack meals to ‘feed my sheep’ Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 09, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- "You are the Gospel today."

Those were the words of Msgr. Ken Fiedler during his homily at a Mass attended by dozens of volunteers, some of whom had put in an eight-hour day.

For the fourth year in a row, the Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison was busy with people of all ages packing meals for the hungry in the area and around the world.

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Edgewood mathletes show GR8 results Print E-mail
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Edgewood High School (EHS) offers more than 27 athletic teams and 25 other co-curriculars, but when Edgewood High School math teacher Cathi Shaughnessy first organized a "Math Team" about a decade ago, the number of students interested in participating and traveling to meets at public schools throughout the city could fit in her car.

Now, there are enough student "mathletes" to field four teams of eight and, with alternates, up to 40 students attend the competitions by bus.

 

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Sitting in the back seat, bored to tears with the books I'd brought and the sounds of my brother's video games, I'd zone out, daydream, and wait for the ride to be over.

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