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Hispanic parents enlist youth for parish ministries

Director of Casa ALBA Melanie has an exit plan

Appleton parishes team up for Habitat for Humanity’s Catholic Build

New Evangelization Symposium held in Manitowoc

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Hispanic parents enlist youth for parish ministries

Through Discípulos de Cristo program, St. Willebrord families put faith into action

Julianna Zuniga and Angel Arjon carry a basket with CRS Rice Bowls in procession during Mass at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay April 26. The rice bowls held donations that members of Amigos de Jesus, the St. Willebrord youth group, raised during Lent. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — Juanita Fiscal and her husband, Julio Zúñiga, enrolled in the Discípulos de Cristo lay formation program, sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay, three … Read More

Director of Casa ALBA Melanie has an exit plan

Sr. Melanie Maczka’s goal is to someday turn over reins of Hispanic community resource center to community member

Sr. Melanie Maczka, a member of the Society of Sisters for the Church, has been ministering to Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese since serving as pastoral associate at St. Willebrord Parish in 1991. Today she is director of Casa ALBA Melanie, a community resource center that offers a variety of services to the Spanish-speaking community. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — Since opening its doors in February 2012, Casa ALBA Melanie, a Hispanic community resource center in the heart of Green Bay, has been a … Read More

Appleton parishes team up for Habitat for Humanity’s Catholic Build

Colchado family, members of St. Therese Parish, excited about new home

Jaime and Mayra Colchado, pictured with their children Jadira, 11, and Isaisa, 6, stand in front of their future home in Little Chute. The Colchados’ home is being built through a collaborative effort between the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity and the Catholic parishes in Appleton. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

APPLETON — Appleton Catholics are putting their faith into practice as they provide a local family with a new house through the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat … Read More


Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS | courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization)

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true … Read More

In paintings, Syrian artist shows the pain war has caused his country

An oil over acrylic painting called "Judgment" by Syrian artist Essa Neima. (CNS photo | courtesy Essa Neima)

WASHINGTON — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national. At a recent exhibit, his oil on acrylic … Read More

Catholics must be active in politics, no matter how ‘dirty,’ pope says

John Manson pauses while casting his ballot on Election Day, Nov. 4, at Renfroe Middle School in Decatur, Ga. (CNS photo | Erik S. Lesser, EPA)

VATICAN CITY — Catholics must get involved in politics, even if it may be “dirty,” frustrating and fraught with failure, Pope Francis said. Given today’s “throwaway” culture … Read More

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Links in a chain

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

In work for the church and at the diocesan level, you often realize that news reporting for the Catholic Press is a long line of interwoven history … Read More

Would you like to ride with the risen Christ?

Sam Lucero | The Compass

The Risen Christ hot air balloon.

The May issue of U.S. Catholic has a short article about a hot air balloon created by Sky Sail Balloons Inc., in cooperation with The Joyful Noiseletter. … Read More

What was off is on again

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

There wasn’t going to be a free meal — at least not this Easter in Appleton. In The Compass (3/27/15) print edition, you’ll find the annual list … Read More