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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinDecember 24, 2004 Issue 


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• Undergrad, grad students can share St. Norbert theology class: "Liturgy and Spirituality: Parsing Rituals of the Sacraments" starts Jan. 10

• 28-year-old tradition of Christmas cookie baking began in family, is now Chilton-wide holiday treat and even reaches soldiers in Iraq

• Lawsuit targeting federal abortion conscience clause is attempt to force all medical workers and institutions to perform abortions, says U.S. bishops' representative

• Catholics should experience joy and wonder of Christmas every time they receive Eucharist or pray before Blessed Sacrament, said pope's preacher in Advent talk

• Iraqi foreign minister thanks pope for help given Iraqi people, pledges country's new government will promote full religious freedom

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Most Americans have harder time finding Jesus than poor do

• Loraine Zephyr -- By paying attention we can find gift that means the most to another person

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Why Epiphany is sometimes called "Little Christmas"

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Reviewing 38 years of Christmas columns results in a patchwork tapestry

• George Weigel -- The feasts of martyrs we celebrate right after Christmas remind us of link between Christ's birth and death

• Kids Chronicle: Angry and fearful King Herod tries to kill Baby Jesus


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-- Posted: 12/29/2004, 2:04 p.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 12/29/2004, 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Pope names new bishop for La Crosse

ROME -- Pope John Paul II named Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, as the new bishop for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. The announcement was made at the Vatican on Dec. 29.

"I am thrilled by the appointment of Bishop Listecki as the new bishop of La Crosse," said Green Bay Bishop David Zubik. "He is both scholarly and sociable. He is energetic and enthusiastic. He is truly a man of the church.
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-- Posted: 12/24/2004, 4:18 a.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 12/27/2004, 3:49 p.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 12/28/2004, 4:48 p.m. Central Time

Kellnersville parish mourns fire victims

Exact cause may never be known for fire that killed
Sr. Marlene Greatens and Sr. Joleen Van Dyke

photo of Sr. Marlene Greatens photo of Sr. Joleen Van Dyke
Sr. Marlene Greatens Sr. Joleen
Van Dyke

An exact cause may never be determined for the Dec. 23 fire that killed Sr. Marlene Greatens and Sr. Joleen Van Dyke of St. Joseph Parish in Kellnersville, a Manitowoc County Sheriff's Dept. official said.

As of Dec. 28, there had been no determination as to the cause of the fire, which occurred at the residence connected to St. Joseph Church, but it appears to have been accidental, said Robert Hermann, a Sheriff's Dept. inspector. The fire started in the living room area, where there were Christmas decorations, lights and candles, he said. But Hermann said he does not anticipate there will be a final determination as to the cause.   Full story and additional photo ...



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photo of painted mud Nativity scene made by 12-year-old Joseph Deng in Sudan

Christ came for all people

This painted mud Nativity scene was made by 12-year-old Joseph Deng. He attends the school Comboni Fr. Dave Bohnsack of Green Bay set-up for homeless youth in Nyala, Sudan. Joseph was abducted by slave traders while tending the family goats, as are many of the "street kids" who end up in Nyala.

Many of the children were too young when captured to remember their family name or have forgotten their names because of the trauma they've been through, said Fr. Bohnsack, who served for eight years as a missionary in Sudan until leaving the strife-torn African nation earlier this year. Other "street kids" have seen their parents killed when Arab militias invaded their village.

Once in a while it is possible to find the parents and bring about a reunion, Fr. Bohnsack said, but usually, because of the instability of the country where whole villages of people are forced to flee, the children never see their parents again. "It's hard to know the exact numbers but many hundreds of kids disappeared the years I was in Sudan and the majority were probably taken outside to other countries. Joseph now stays with a family that has taken him in and is currently in the second grade," Fr. Bohnsack said.

Mud manger scenes were not common in Sudan, although there is one in the cathedral in the capital, Khartoum, so it was new to most people. Because of the situation - especially the poverty - homes have little or no decorations. It is common to white-wash the mud houses for the holiday to make them look clean and new. People also bake cookies to offer visitors.

Making mud creches was an activity Fr. Bohnsack started in Nyala with the "street kids." On Christmas Eve and Day crib scenes were displayed in a classroom and the people appreciated them, he said. He has been told the tradition of making and displaying the scenes is being continued. (Fr. Dave Bohnsack photo)


Other News

Mass Times
Christmas Masses
 • Bishop ordains two as deacons
    Brian Belongia and Carl Schmitt are both
    to be ordained priests in May

 • Exchange students share customs (Christmas)
    American host families will have a bit of Europe
    included this year

 • Bishop: Diocese maintains safe environments
    SNAP again asks diocese to release priests' names

 • Auxiliary bishop to become pastor
    Bp. Robert Morneau will get his first pastorate after years of teaching,
    Chancery work

 • Vicar general to become senior priest
    Msgr. John Dewane will become a senior priest and begin a sabbatical in Rome


Christmas

 • 2004 Christmas Mass Schedules

 • "Just for Kids" Christmas Essays: What's your favorite Christmas story?

 • Photo and description of painted mud Nativity scene made by boy in Sudan

 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop Zubik -- May our lives reflect reality of Jesus' birth

 • Editorial -- Looking for the Lord

 • Foundations of Faith -- Trappist monks continue a rich Christmas tradition
    With holiday fruitcakes, it's those homemade secrets that make the difference

 • Tom Rinkoski -- Celebrating the 12 Stories of Christmas

 • Exchange students share customs

 From Dec. 17, 2004 issue:
 • Christmas meals planned in 5 places

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Columns

 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    May our lives reflect reality of Jesus' birth (Christmas)

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    December 26, 2004: Prayer, communication and sacrifice
    January 2, 2005: Where there is gratitude, there is joy

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Richard Ver Bust --
    December 26, 2004: Families should be united in faith life
    January 2, 2005: A call to participate in the mystery

 • Editorial -- Looking for the Lord (Christmas)
    Those who seek out Jesus will find him


Features

 • Foundations of Faith --
    Trappist monks continue a rich Christmas tradition (Christmas)
    With holiday fruitcakes, it's those homemade secrets that make the difference

 • Saint of the Day --
    A pope of the free times
    Sylvester reigned when Christianity first became legalized in Roman Empire

 • Tom Rinkoski --
    Celebrating the 12 Stories of Christmas (Christmas)

 • Calendar of Events


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