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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinAugust 6, 2004 Issue 


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• Terrorist violence against places of worship offend name of God and religion, says interfaith committee

• Natural Family Planning affected Joyce Felsheim profoundly: Led her to Catholic faith and helped her and her husband achieve pregnancy of their four children

• Holy Family Parish in Elcho to celebrate centennial: Northernmost parish in Langlade County to hold party starting at noon Aug. 8

• Manitowoc pastor retires: Fr. Ronald Reimer's last parish just blocks from his boyhood home

• Menasha man vividly remembers World War II experiences: St. Mary parishioner Constantine Starzewski was 14 when Germans invaded his native Poland on Sept. 1, 1939

• Free trade agreement between U.S., Central America must be part of overall development program if it is to help poor, say bishops

• Marriage and family-related matters of concern to church go far beyond same-sex marriage issue, say U.S. bishops in document

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Keeping our heads above water in a sea of competing voices

• Msgr. Jim Lisante -- We want to be happy, but many pursue things rather than choose happiness

• Mary Beth Bonacci -- Does God 'provide' a spouse, or expect us to hunt one down all on our own?

• Charlie Martin -- Infatuation cannot sustain itself, though it may eventually grow into love

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Doctrine of the Assumption recognized as true by church long before declaration

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Both sides find reasons to cheer bishops' action

• Kid's Chronicle -- Don't worry about things that aren't important. God freely offers us what counts.

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Merged parishes not only survive -- thrive

Five Kewaunee County parishes do well as one
photo of Christine Wavrunek, Fr. Terrence LaCombe, and Anna Mae Schlies at old St. Lawrence church site cemetery
NOT FORGOTTEN: One of the concerns with merging parishes is care of cemeteries. St. Therese de Lisieux Parish, Stangelville, cares for five cemeteries, including this one at the old St. Lawrence church site. Shown are secretary Christine Wavrunek, Fr. Terrence LaCombe (pastor), and CRE Anna Mae Schlies. (Rick Evans photo)

Part three in a series on the Parish Planning Process

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

STANGELVILLE -- For the parishes at Pilsen, Stangelville and West Kewaunee (East Krok), merging on July 1, 2000, was a matter of survival.

Parishioners "saw the writing on the wall and saw it wisely," said Fr. Terry LaCombe, pastor. They recognized that "parishes our sizes could not function on their own. We had to do something or face closure."

The parishes - St. Joseph-St. John at Pilsen, St. Lawrence at Stangelville and St. Hedwig at West Kewaunee (East Krok) - were already linked.

There was the idea of "losing Masses at the sites," said Jerry Ahrens, who was president of the St. Joseph-St. John parish council when the idea of merger first came up.

The suggestion to merge, Fr. LaCombe continued, came from the people during a joint meeting of the three parish councils in late 1998 or early 1999 and "pleasantly surprised" the diocese. The parish councils and trustees solicited support for the merger.   Full story ...

 • Sidebar: About this series

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 • Difference between the sexes is God-given
    Vatican says battle of sexes not part of
    God's design

 • Tradition continues in De Pere
    Green Bay Packers again training
    at St. Norbert College
    Sidebar: Charities Game

 • Bringing Africa to Shawano County
    Zimbabwe brothers part of annual missionary talks

 • Charities' immigration counselor moves to international law
    Sees real need for specialist in immigration law

 • Mission trip brings lessons
    Kimberly, Darboy youth learn about faith, generosity

 • Vatican, U.S. bishops in politician harmony
    Supposed conflict with Card. Ratzinger result of 'out of context' approach


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Columns

 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    Ouch!

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    August 8, 2004: Faith: an electric blanket or the cross
    August 15, 2004: Reflect upon your ultimate destiny

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    August 8, 2004: We must follow in Abraham's footsteps
    August 15, 2004: A woman of faith, love and obedience

 • Editorial -- It's all connected
    The decisions we make in what and where we buy goods or stocks affects
    all of us

 • Editorial -- Good summer reading
    'Bees' and 'St. Peter' are fun and informative

 • Eye on the Capitol --
    Life, justice demand attention


Features

 • Foundations of Faith --
    A journey meant to encounter God in a sacred spot
    Grace is the souvenir we should bring back with us from a pilgrimage

 • Saint of the Day --
    He offered up church treasure
    Lawrence knew where to keep his faith focussed

 • Calendar of Events


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