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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinSeptember 17, 2004 Issue 

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• Bishop Zubik to celebrate Mass at 5:20 p.m. Sept. 18, as part of end of sesquicentennial celebration at St. Patrick Parish, Menasha

• More people satisfying hunger for spirituality, service by becoming lay associate of a religious community

• Thirty-five youth from Green Bay Diocese said they grew closer to Jesus in the Eucharist at Steubenville North held at St. Thomas University in St. Paul

• St. Louis Abp. Burke to publish pastoral letter on voting Oct. 1; Media reports have "generated confusion and frustration," he says

• Having deposed a brutal dictator, U.S. and its allies now have duty to save Iraq's fledgling democracy from terror, disorder, said Chaldean rite Abp. Louis Sako of Kirkuk

• Pope tells bishops from New England dioceses he's confident church in U.S. can heal wounds caused by sex abuse scandal

• Mounted Arab militiamen are attacking and killing thousands in Sudan, say refugees at Chad camp

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- From childhood on, we must battle with our strong desire to possess

• Kathy Hamer -- Autistic Michael prepares to take next step in life after acknowledging what he's done

• Charlie Martin -- We're never a finished project; With help of God we can improve as we continue to create ourselves

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Why Catholics and Protestants disagree about which books belong in Bible

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Pope Cornelius in 251-253 faced internal church conflict, controversy and gave us example that still applies

• George Weigel -- Christ is head of church, so our relationship to Christ and the church goes together

• Kids Chronicle: Amos turns from herding sheep to delivering message to people as prophet

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Parish starts anew on neutral site for everyone

Four Manitowoc County parishes find home in Newton

Last in a series on the Parish Planning Process

photo of Fr. Dave Beaudry and staff outside St. Thomas the Apostle Parish plant in Newton
FOUR TO ONE: Fr. Dave Beaudry joins the staff outside St. Thomas the Apostle Parish plant in Newton. With him are Brenda Korinec, pastoral ministry coordinator; Mary Erdmann, bookkeeper; Sue Stock, receptionist; Paul Gleichner, deacon intern; Pam Fischer, coordinator of education resources; and Sue Karbon, coordinator of administrative resources. The parish was formed by the merger of four parishes. (Rick Evans photo)

By Tony Staley
Compass Editor

NEWTON -- St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Newton has much to be happy about.

In less than two years, parishioners went from four parishes to a single new one. That included building a parish plant on a 13.15-acre, centrally-located, new site. Now, two years later, parishioners have retired two-thirds of the building debt, taken on a new identity and grown so much that, by year's end, new members should outnumber the founders.

But all that came at the price of closing and selling four churches, where generations worshiped and received the sacraments.

"In all fairness, there have been and are people who are not happy that the former churches are closed. It would be dishonest to say otherwise," says Fr. Dave Beaudry, pastor of St. Thomas.

"They miss their buildings. They miss their communities that were together. There are folks who I believe are still hurting, who have gone to other communities of faith rather than here because they did not agree with what happened at all," says Fr. Beaudry, who before the merger was pastor of St. Joseph, Alverno, and St. Casimir, Northeim, two of the parishes merged into Newton.   Full story ...

 • Sidebar: History
 • Sidebar: About this series

Other News

Mass Times
 • Pope: Bishops need collaboration
    Sexual abuse scandal shows need for sharing

 • Diocese continues to stay vigilant
    VIRTUS training and background checks continue
    for employees and volunteers
    Related document: Policy on Maintaining Safe Environments

 • Oshkosh crews to help clean up after Florida hurricanes
    Place 2B collects supplies

 • Immigration counselor joins Catholic Charities
    Bilingual skills assist Hispanic clients

 • Focused on Christian service
    New consultant concerned about justice, housing, refugees, rights

 • Not just about Wednesday evening anymore
    Darboy parish offers year-round religious education that's 'something different'

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 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    Bridging the Gap: 'See the U.S.A. in a ...'

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    September 19, 2004: Swing round, settle, and point to God

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    September 19, 2004: Prayer must express the needs of all

 • Editorial -- It's how you ask
    Public opposes destroying human embryos for stem cell research, new opinion
    survey shows

 • Editorial -- Welcome additions
    New links on web site help our readers

 • Eye on the Capitol --
    Six-part series helps Catholics in living as faithful citizens

 • Guest Column by Br. Steve Herro --
    Stewards help others and share
    Habitat for Humanity gives us a way to provide shelter for those in need


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Calendar dots tell us colors we'll see in church
    Special feasts and seasons of church year are signaled by the colors
    used at Mass

 • Saint of the Day --
    Who you know might get you killed
    Jerusalem pilgrimage turned into a long stay in Hungary

 • Calendar of Events

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