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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinJanuary 23, 2004 Issue 

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• Catholic Schools Week: Special eight-page section

• 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Annual March for Life pushes agenda of life principles without any exceptions or compromises

• Students recall National Catholic Youth Conference in Houston

• Iraqis have right to control own destiny, but are not ready for direct elections, says Chaldean Abp. of Kirkuk

• President's guest worker proposal may address some goals of immigrant advocates, but they worry about plan's lack of details

• Pope never said "It is as it was" after watching Mel Gibson's passion film, says pope's secretary

• Documents: Hitler well aware of Vatican criticism of first anti-Jewish laws, although criticism might be called weak by today's standards

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Annoying interruptions in daily life can steer us to proper course

• Scott Fleischmann -- Stewards employ Holy Spirit's gifts at work

• Mary Rose Remington -- Ecumenical movement alive among Christians

• Kathy Hamer -- Adopt some rules of improv comedy in your life

• Charlie Martin -- Relax guys, it really isn't that hard to talk to a member of the opposite sex

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Can priest say no to face-to-face confessions?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Vatican's top ecumenist says more done in last 40 years for ecumenism than in previous 450 years

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Green Bay missioner learning lessons of faith

Priest finds out how important the Eucharist is in Sudan

By Fr. Dave Bohnsack

photo of women dancing in Sudan
CELEBRATING THE SEASON: Women in bright colored clothes dance as part of traditional Christmas celebrations in Sudan. (Fr. Dave Bohnsack photo)

I returned from the bush Jan. 5 and left the following day for the capital for beginning of the year meetings, then went back to Nyala.

I am still unwinding from the holiday celebrations. I was in a different village every day for 17 days. Once again I found the true spirit of Christmas among the villages I visited and it was very memorable.

Word spread of my whereabouts and I was able to let people know when I would arrive in their village. Often I would be met by a large group some distance from the church waiting to make a huge procession. They are part of the tradition from Christmas to the New Year. The processions circle the huts and go through the village and at least once to a Christian community in a nearby village.

All seems a bit chaotic when I arrive with the drums, jumping and running in circles, with yelps and shrieks, playacting with make believe shields and sticks for spears. But then a song begins and they start to march falling into single file lines.   Full story ...

Other News

Mass Times

2003 Fall / Winter
Mass Schedules
(from Sept. 5 issue)

 • Archbishop defends his actions
    Warning Catholic lawmakers of spiritual danger
    was needed
    • Sidebar: Bp. Zubik responds

 • Living life with less sweat
    Famous book led stress manager to a more
    peaceful life
    • Sidebar: Next Allouez

 • State bill recognizes other health care orders
    Out of state health care power of attorneys can be denied here

S p e c i a l   S e c t i o n :
Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week 2004 logo  • Bridging the Gap
    by Bishop David A. Zubik --
    Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic, religion...

 • Package to Baghdad orphanage
finally arrives

    Chilton students sent drawings
    of happy childhood moments

 • Valley high school students reach out to the homeless
    Xavier and St. Mary Central
    participate in Project Saving Grace

 • Roncalli students share holiday spirit

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 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David A. Zubik --
    Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic, religion...

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    January 25, 2004: Jesus proclaimed and lived what he read

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    January 25, 2004: Different parts make one specific body

 • Editorial -- Checking up
    Audit to ensure compliance with national sexual abuse charter was no

 • Editorial -- Walking road of conversion
    New book shows the need to challenge selves

 • Eye on the Capitol --
    Legislature has only six weeks of floor sessions this year

 • Guest Column by Bobbie Lison --
    Balancing tax refund, debt and savings
    Christian stewardship means using our money wisely to avoid debt


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Did you know that you are a gifted child?

 • Saint of the Day --
    A widow's spiritual conversion

 • Calendar of Events

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