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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinAugust 20, 2004 Issue 

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• Catholic Church must reassert commitment to nuclear disarm-
ament and using war as last resort, says U.S. bishops president

• Wisconsin Catholic Conference calls on Congress to restore money for program that funds new public-, private-school education programs

• Pope prays for comfort for the suffering, protection of every human life and for world peace during visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

• New document on collaboration between sexes promotes women's equality, says assistant director of U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Appreciate today's little irritations, some day you'll miss them

• Mary Rose Remington -- Sharing tea, talk with Blessed Virgin Mary

• Charlie Martin -- Dealing with regret after a mistake

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions about confession, alcohol abuse

plus ... Back to School
A 12-page special section in The Compass print edition, including:

• Keeping back-to-school costs low

• New school leaders in Appleton, Kaukauna and Neenah-Menasha

• Model railroading as wholesome hobby

• Kaukauna Catholic schools start before- and after-school child care

• Meeting spiritual needs of college students

• Earning an Eagle Scout ranking

• New program works to ensure safe Catholic schools

• Catholic schools as gift to nation

• Sturgeon Bay school expands computer offerings

• New principal of Notre Dame Academy says it's a good match

• How religion shapes views of college students

And more!

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Parish directors playing important church role

In Wrightstown, Joan Bartman has many duties
photo of Dcn. Ken Kabat baptizing Timothy and Sara Abel's daughter, Anna Catherine, at St. Paul Parish, Wrightstown
NEW MEMBER: Dcn. Ken Kabat of St. Paul Parish, Wrightstown, baptizes Timothy and Sara Abel's daughter, Anna Catherine, who was welcomed to the rite by Joan Bartman, parish director (right). At the far left is Nancy Vande Hei (godmother). Sara Abel is holding Anna, whose four-year-old sister, Olivia, is watching intently. Only priests and deacons may baptize. Parish directors and lay persons perform other important roles in assisting the priest in the preparation of couples who bring their children for baptism and assist the priest or deacon with the rite. (Dick Meyer photo)

Part four in a series on the Parish Planning Process

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

Morning calendar: Morning prayer or weekday Mass;
cell phone call about a hospitalized parishioner;
visit hospital;
parishioner dies in hospital, console and pray with family;
Afternoon: quick lunch in hospital cafeteria;
meet with engaged couple about wedding;
return calls to schedule baptisms;
check in with school principal;
speak with parish volunteer trimming tree in rectory yard;
prepare for weekend liturgies;
Evening: private prayer in church;
meeting with parish finance council.

Sounds like a typical day in the life of a parish pastor, right?

It is. Except that the person in this pastoral role is a lay person: Joan Bartman, parish director of St. Paul Parish in Wrightstown.

Bartman, who has been at Wrightstown for two years, describes her role as "leader of the community, administrator of the parish, the person in charge of pastoral care and the spiritual leader of the parish."   Full story ...

 • Sidebar: About series

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(May 21 issue)

 • Stem-cell issue vital in elections
    Major party candidates have different stances
    on the issue

 • 'Genocide' continues in Sudan
    Actions stem from ideology, not Islamic teachings,
    explains Comboni Fr. Dave Bohnsack

 • Christianity offers hope in a region with little
    Missionaries see pain, beauty, in Chad, Sudan

 • From cows to sewing machines
    Group seeks to help African families become self-sufficient

 • Parishes plan for future
    All 184 parishes plan for future with ongoing priest shortages

 • Diocese selects Seattle consultants for reorganization
    Reid Group to help develop vision for diocesan future

 • Former refugee knows what new arrivals feel
    Catholic Charities coordinator fled a re-education camp

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 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    'Get a life!'

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    August 22, 2004: Will many be saved or just a few?
    August 29, 2004: Good advice for guests and hosts

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    August 22, 2004: Discipline is a sign of God's love
    August 29, 2004: Old Covenant versus New Covenant

 • Editorial -- Collaborating
    Document considers male and female
    Sidebar: Reading the text

 • Editorial -- Taken by surprise
    Community owes Frank Wood thanks


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Once they're mixed in, you can't separate the drops
    Water in wine reminds us of Christ's humanity and our divine image through him

 • Saint of the Day --
    A saint who came back to life
    English saint forever changed by the visions of heaven, hell and purgatory

 • Calendar of Events

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