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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinMay 7, 2004 Issue 

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• $9.5 million plan unveiled to expand, renovate Appleton's Xavier High School

• Elizabeth Ministry to offer Grief Support Open House, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 10, at its Little House Gift and Resource center, Appleton

• Leaders from Hispanic community learn about liturgy, liturgy-related ministries at El Día Del Liderazgo at St. Willebrord, Green Bay

• Sport of Lacrosse growing in popularity in northeast Wisconsin high schools, including Green Bay's Notre Dame Academy

• Vatican church officials 'talking to everyone' to bring lasting progress in resolving situation in Iraq

• Recent poll by Zogby International shows 56% of respondents say abortion should never be legal or be legal only when mother's life is in danger or in cases of rape, incest

• Interim lay National Review Board chairwoman says some bishops are having second thoughts about independent oversight of their child sex abuse policies: But she warned that any return to self-monitoring would hurt credibility among laity

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- We're called to build our church with as many rooms as there are in God's house

• Scott Fleischmann -- Stewards keep looking for a job with support and help of other stewards

• Charlie Martin -- Clarity of vision counts for much more than hard work in finding success in life

• Mary Rose Remington -- We are called both socially, religiously to act compassionately toward college student whose reported abduction was hoax

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions about confession, basilicas

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Critique of Mel Gibson's Passion by head of Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is full of insights

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Custodian specializes in helping all on staff

Oneida parish janitor is not the retiring sort if things need doing
photo of Ron Elbe hanging a crucifix
STEWARDSHIP OF SERVICE: Ron Elbe hangs a crucifix from the old church in the parish library at St. Joseph in Oneida where he serves as a part-time custodian. (Rick Evans photo)

Third in a series on Stewardship

By Sarah Kosnosky
Compass Correspondent

ONEIDA -- Ron Elbe is not just the part-time custodian at St. Joseph Parish in Oneida. He's a man of many specialties with a servant's heart that leads him to spread his talents far beyond his required duties.

"I originally hired him for a maintenance person," recalls Cinde Becker, pastoral associate at St. Joseph. "But, he's that and so much more. He takes great pride in our parish community, in the buildings, in the work he does. He takes such great care."

Elbe had retired two years earlier as maintenance supervisor at Ft. Howard School, when Becker hired him two years ago at St. Joseph.

"When you retire, you do what you do because you want to, not because you have to," said Elbe, who also is assistant fire chief for Osborne, an EMT first responder, a husband to Joann, the father of two grown sons and a grandfather of six.   Full story ...

Other News

Local reactions
to Passion film
Mass Times

Lenten Giving/
Easter Joy Wish List

(Feb. 27 issue)

 • Communion, politics stay hot
    Focus on politicians whose actions
    conflict with church

 • Conference defends inmates' religious rights
    Corrections Department considers
    whether to allow use of communion
    wine in services

 • Retired bishop pens book on the first pope
    While attending Vatican II, Bp. Wycislo
    became interested in Peter

 • Campus ministry class calls for community service
    St. Mary Central students share their
    passions through major outreach projects

Fifth Sunday of Easter
 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop Zubik --
   'Hey, Father, got anything to eat?'

 • Reflection on the Readings
    by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
   Pass through the doors to a new world

 • Explaining the Scripture
    by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
   All is at peace with itself and God

 For the Sixth Sunday of Easter:
 • Praying with Sunday's Scriptures

Easter articles from previous issues:

April 30, 2004 issue
April 23, 2004 issue
April 9, 2004 issue

2004 Wish List
Lenten Giving/Easter Joy Wish List
(from Feb. 27, 2004 issue)

Help Wanted Ads

 • Help Wanted Ads


 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    'Hey, Father, got anything to eat?'

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    May 9, 2004: Pass through the doors to a new world

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    May 9, 2004: All is at peace with itself and God

 • Editorial -- Slow approach
    Jesus provided an example for bishops to follow in dealing
    with certain politicians

 • Editorial -- Missing name puzzling
    One Kennedy seems to be overlooked


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Does devotion to Mary weaken devotion to Christ?
    At one time, the pope worried about this question

 • Saint of the Day --
    Farmers' patron is model for all
    St. Isidore was honest and hard working and tied his spirituality to his work

 • Praying with Sunday's Scriptures

 • Calendar of Events

Bishop's Appeal 2004 logo

Articles on Bishop's Appeal 2004:

Gifts to annual Bishop's Appeal near $4 million (Apr. 30, 2004)

Appeal tops $3.4 million (Apr. 2, 2004)

Diocese offers helping hands in many ways (Mar. 26, 2004)
    Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal
    Sidebar: Topping $3 million

Providing an escape from financial quagmire (Mar. 19, 2004)
    Sidebar: Nearing $3 million

Parish finds help from diocese only a phone call away (Mar. 12, 2004)
    Sidebar: Appeal giving up

Consultant helps parishes tune up Sunday liturgies (Mar. 5, 2004)
    Sidebar: Appeal tops $2 million

Camp draws generations of diocesan youth (Feb. 27, 2004)
    Sidebar: Appeal at 30%

Befriending persons in need (Feb. 20, 2004)

Diocese helps engaged prepare for marriage (Feb. 13, 2004)

Appeal theme mirrors Catholic way of life (Feb. 6, 2004)
    Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use

• Bridging the Gap by Bishop David A. Zubik --
    Blockbuster action and beyond (Feb. 6, 2004)

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