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


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• 2,000+ Spanish-speaking people pack St. Agnes Church as part of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

• St. Lucy lights up day for kids at St. Thomas More School, Appleton with gift of fresh cinnamon rolls

• Pope tells U.S. bishops that sex abuse scandal can be seen as call "to conversion and deeper fidelity to the demands of the Gospel"

• Exhibit featuring experiences of kids orphaned by HIV/AIDS is on display in Chicago until year's end

• U.S. Catholics should deepen Marian devotion as essential part of Catholic identity and to strengthen their faith, says papal envoy

• Economic conditions growing worse for Palestinian families - including Christians - in Bethlehem

• Canada church groups denounce court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, but are cheered churches don't have to conduct such services

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- We need powerful words and visions to ward off chaos we face daily

• Mary Beth Bonacci -- We can look for happiness in many places, but all but one won't satisfy us

• Charlie Martin -- World around us is desperately lacking in peace

• Kathy Hamer -- God gives us gifts daily, but usually we don't notice

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Why Orthodox crosses differ from those in western church

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Consistent ethic of life is under attack by some

• George Weigel -- Despite terrible acts Yasser Arafat committed, they didn't seem to lessen his celebrity

• Improvisational troupe at Xavier High School in Appleton delivers lessons on morality in their skits


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Bears building community in and out of prison

Thirty inmates design, cut, stuff and sew toys for others
photo of inmates who make teddy bears for needy as part of volunteer vocational program
BEARING WITH IT: Inmates at Green Bay Correctional Institution make teddy bears for the needy as part of a volunteer vocational program. Several diocesan parishes donate supplies for the program. Pictured are Danna Willis, David Crutchfield, Lervoltis Luckett, Antoine Nelson, Bruce Saks, Antwan Robinson, Anton Hudson, James Wright, James May, David Kronforst and Tai Keungsavath. (Jeff Kurowski photo)

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

A group of inmates at Green Bay Correctional Institution is building community inside and outside prison walls by building teddy bears.

Thirty inmates design, cut, stuff and sew bears for the needy as part of a volunteer vocational program. The program is supported through donations of materials by diocesan parishes and other churches.

Mary Sherman, diocesan consultant for pastoral care, said many parish social concerns committees have donated to the program, including some as far away from the prison as Ss. James-Stanislaus Parish, White Lake/Langlade.

"The response has been overwhelming," she said. "Members of the social concerns committees are so pleased to know that the fabric and yarn they donated are going to such a worthwhile program."

"Thank you so much," said inmate Antoine Nelson in response to the donated supplies.   Full story ...

Other News

Mass Times
Christmas Masses
 • Vatican seminary visits start in fall
    Church officials call it crucial part of abuse
    scandal follow-up

 • Two taking step to priesthood
    Brian Belongia and Carl Schmitt will be ordained
    transitional deacons Dec. 18

 • Families with ailing members won't be shut out at Christmas
    Hotel chain has rooms for those whose families
    are in hospitals or nursing homes

 • 'God wanted something more'
    Fr. Dave Hoffman was a bank examiner before deciding on priesthood

 • Christmas meals planned in 5 places


Advent
• Bridging the Gap by Bishop Zubik --
   Bridging the Gap: 'Here she is...'
   Sidebar:
   Bishop David Zubik extends his thanks

• Reflection on the Readings --
   Ah, the fine points of obedience

• Explaining the Scripture --
   Paul presents the good news of salvation

• Tom Rinkoski --
   Rubber ducky makes Advent lots
of fun


• Foundations of Faith --
   More than engagement, even more like a marriage


Advent articles from previous issues:
December 10, 2004 issue
December 3, 2004 issue
November 26, 2004 issue


Christmas

 • 2004 Christmas Mass Schedules

 • Families with ailing members won't be shut out at Christmas
    Hotel chain has rooms for those whose families are in hospitals
    or nursing homes

 • Christmas meals planned in 5 places


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Columns

 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    Bridging the Gap: 'Here she is...' (Advent)
    Sidebar: Bishop David Zubik extends his thanks

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    December 19, 2004: Ah, the fine points of obedience (Advent)

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    December 19, 2004: Paul presents the good news of salvation (Advent)

 • Editorial -- Hitting home
    Talk of clergy shortages remains abstract until something happens to make
    the situation real

 • Editorial -- Unlocking the color puzzle
    Bracelets and ribbons obvious, but not meanings


Features

 • Foundations of Faith --
    More than engagement, even more like a marriage (Advent)
    Joseph had some big reasons to be upset

 • Saint of the Day --
    Blood ties breed similar results
    Sister Sisters founded German religious orders

 • Tom Rinkoski --
    Rubber ducky makes Advent lots of fun (Advent)

 • Calendar of Events


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