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Oshkosh parish youth collect more than 1,000 pairs of socks for worthy cause

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Oshkosh parish youth collect more than 1,000 pairs of socks for worthy cause

Socks to be donated to sister parish in Tennessee and SVDP program

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish religious education instructor Kris Cater is pictured with her students who collected socks for the parish’s sister parish, Holy Family, in Lafayette, Tenn. (Submitted Photo | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — Little things can mean a lot. Dawn Prickett, a Sunday school coordinator at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, recently learned that many children in St. … Read More

‘Selfies’ connect priest, young adults

Fr. Blahnik says snapping photos ‘is a chance to communicate with them in a little different way’

Fr. Jason Blahnik, Catholic Campus Ministry director at the UW-Oshkosh Newman Center, takes a group selfie with students at the Newman Center Oct. 14. (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — As the Catholic Campus Ministry director at the Newman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, Fr. Jason Blahnik is always looking for new ways … Read More

In Shawano, building the word together

Parish’s ‘homily helpers’ meet weekly with Fr. Luke Ferris to discuss Scripture, help shape his weekend homily

Fr. Luke Ferris and members of Sacred Heart Parish’s homiletics group meet Oct. 15 for lunch and to discuss Scripture. The “homily helpers” provide discussion and suggestions for Fr. Ferris’s upcoming weekend homily as well as reviewing the previous week’s homily. (Sue Simoens | For The Compass)

SHAWANO — Fr. Luke Ferris, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, wants to be sure the messages in his weekly homilies strike a chord with the majority of … Read More

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Cardinal announces school closures, mergers in Chicago Archdiocese

CHICAGO — In a major restructuring, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Oct. 29 that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the … Read More

Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus

Health workers wearing protective equipment hold hands as they pray at the start of their shift before entering the Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept.30.  (CNS photo | Christopher Black, WHO, Handout via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, coordinated steps to “annihilate” the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted … Read More

CRS manages ‘safe and dignified’ burials of Sierra Leone Ebola victims

Health workers in protective gear take a body bag containing the highly contagious body of an Ebola victim out of a vehicle in preparation for burial at a cemetery in the Port Loko district in northern Sierra Leone. (CNS photo | Michael Stulman, courtesy Catholic Relief Services)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for … Read More

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Pope Francis and religious journalism

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John Allen, Vatican correspondent for The Boston Globe, right, is pictured with Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, at a Catholic Press Association convention. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

The Francis Effect is real and religious journalism owes Pope Francis a holy high five. Since his election March 13, 2013, the Catholic Church has been garnering … Read More

She smiles her way to success

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Amy Kawula, advertising and marketing manager for The Compass. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Last month I was asked to write a column for The Catholic Journalist, newspaper for the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA), about … Read More

A photographer’s take on the sign of peace

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan gives a newly ordained deacon an embrace during the sign of peace in 2007. (Photo by Sam Lucero)

The celebration of Mass was in the news this week after a letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments was made public. The … Read More