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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinNovember 25, 2005 Issue 

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• Cemetery walk inspires school visit where nun encourages students to pass the faith

• Enrollment strong at diocesan mission school in Dominican Republic

• St. Norbert Abbey to show film on Wal-Mart

• John Jay College of Criminal Justice to examine causes and context of sexual abuse scandal

• Filmmaker first missed symbolism of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series

• U.S. Bishops approve documents and guidelines at fall meeting

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Hope trusts that God is in charge and will make all things right

• Dennis Heaney -- Stewards wisely use the time Advent offers us

• Charlie Martin -- This is the time of year to say thank you to God

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Just what makes someone a theologian?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Pope Benedict XVI's first seven months go smoothly

• George Weigel -- Lecture betrays vision of Pope John Paul II

• Kids Chronicle: Isaiah asks God to forgive his people

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Stewardship effort keeping her in stitches

St. Joseph parishioner sews stoles, as well as items for newborns and their mothers
photo of Betty VandenPlas of St. Joseph Parish, Green Bay, next to sewing machine
SEW WHAT: Betty VandenPlas of St. Joseph Parish, Green Bay, sews liturgical stoles and items for babies and their mothers. (Rick Evans photo)

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

If Betty VandenPlas chose a motto for her life, it would probably be: "Have sewing machine and serger, will travel."

VandenPlas, an accomplished seamstress since high school, uses her talents to help others, especially at her parish, St. Joseph, Green Bay.

As a member of the Worship Committee headed by Jeannine Mielke, VandenPlas, 71, helps make decorations for the church with matching stoles for the priest. She also sews quilts for Love Life, which supplies baby items to low income mothers. And she makes baptismal dresses for parish babies.

Marge Wallenfang, a friend of VandePlas, said, "I used to tease her, 'I bet that sewing machine never stops.' She'd laugh."

"Her only desire is to praise God by sharing her gifts with her parish family," wrote Fr. Michael Ingold, former St. Joseph pastor, when he nominated her for the Green Bay Diocese's Gaudium et Spes Award for Stewardship earlier this year. VandenPlas was one of 51 individuals who received the award in parishes across the diocese.

"I enjoy it," VandenPlas said of her activities. "They say you never know who Jesus is, where you're going to meet him, when he's going to come. You're supposed to do for others."   Full story ...

Other News

Mass Times
Just for Kids
 • Plan released for unified Green Bay system
    Proposal would close three schools, consolidate
    two and form one K-8 school system
    Sidebar: Green Bay school proposal
    Sidebar: Information
    Sidebar: Schedule for action

 • U.S. seminaries doing good job
    Carnegie Foundation studies Christian,
    Jewish seminaries

 • Crosses help to break the ice
    Free stuff helps Franciscan Sisters connect with youth


• Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
   Bridging the Gap: Ευχαρíστειν

 • Editorial -- Being thankful

Free Thanksgiving meals around the diocese:
   Come and get it! All welcome at tables (from Nov. 11 issue)
   Local groups promise turkey and fixings for anyone who is lonely or hungry
   this year

• Reflection on the Readings --
   A time of preparation and conversion

• Explaining the Scripture --
   There is work to do while we wait

• Patti Christensen --
   Turning this Advent into a Family Maranatha

• Foundations of Faith --
   Are your Advent rockets fueled and ready to go?

Just for Kids --
Kids invited to write Christmas essays (from Nov. 4 issue)

Help Wanted Ads

 • Current Help Wanted Ads


 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
    Bridging the Gap: Ευχαρíστειν

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    November 27, 2005: A time of preparation and conversion (Advent)

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    November 27, 2005: There is work to do while we wait (Advent)

 • Editorial -- Being thankful
    Despite a year of terrible news, we can still give thanks to God for our
    many blessings

 • Editorial -- Proving the old axioms
    We seem eager to repeat our mistakes


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Are your Advent rockets fueled and ready to go? (Advent)
    Advent season reflects on the three comings of Christ

 • Saint of the Day --
    From Spain to India and Japan
    Francis Xavier learned that different methods work in different areas

 • Patti Christensen --
    Turning this Advent into a Family Maranatha (Advent)
    It's counter-cultural to wait, but that's what this time is

 • Current Calendar of Events

Faces of Faith: Bishop's Appeal 2005 logo

Articles on Bishop's Appeal 2005

Bishop's Appeal tops target and sets record (Sept. 16, 2005)

Gifts top $4 million to support 2005 Bishop's Appeal (Apr. 29, 2005)

Reaching outside school walls (Apr. 8, 2005)

Covered by a big umbrella (Mar. 25, 2005)
  Sidebar: Amount raised so far

Service helps cash-strapped dig out of hole (Mar. 18, 2005)

Meeting the needs of burgeoning population (Mar. 11, 2005)

Compass brings news with Catholic perspective (Mar. 4, 2005)

Bringing the church to those with disabilities (Feb. 25, 2005)

• Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --
   Driving in the left hand lane (Feb. 25, 2005)

Campus ministry fuels students' growth in faith (Feb. 18, 2005)

Bishop's Appeal brings Faces of Faith to others (Feb. 11, 2005)
Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use

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