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| Mini-series on Pope John Paul II seeks to capture his humanity
Pope Benedict says Advent calls us to prepare for Christmas and to build God's kingdom
Faith formation at Resurrection Parish involves all ages
New Vatican document leaves decision-making to bishops and seminary officials
Need runs high for earthquake relief in Pakistan as winter nears
Legacy of four missioners killed in El Salvador lives on after 25 years
Boston Archdiocese not anti-gay for opposing same-sex marriage, archbishop says
Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- We need to honestly appraise what we're facing
Dennis Heaney -- Advent focuses us on the light of Christ
Charlie Martin -- It is good for young people to date other people
Fr. John Dietzen -- Can the dead pray for us?
Fr. Richard McBrien -- Vatican finds evolution, creation compatible
George Weigel -- We need more Advent, Christmas & Epiphany too
Resurrection student writes 'golden' essay
Diocesan students win state honors
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The joy of reconciliation
Advent helps us prepare to meet God and receive his mercy
|RECONCILING: Alex Christi is counselled by Fr. Dave Pleier of St. Bernard Parish. (Rick Evans photo)
By Laurie Mueller
SUAMICO -- During Advent each person is called to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This preparation varies among families and among parishes.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is part of the Advent preparation at St. Benedict Parish in Suamico and St. Pius Parish in Little Suamico.
Fr. Gary Dantinne, pastor, like many priests in the diocese, devotes extra hours to provide parishioners an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent.
One night during Advent, a prayer service followed by individual Reconciliation, is held at St. Benedict. The pastor from a neighboring parish joins the prayer service, hoping to
accommodate parishioners in a timely manner. Fr. Dantinne returns the favor a week later by attending the neighboring parish's prayer service.
"During Advent, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, we try to become more mindful of imperfections so we can fully appreciate what God has done for us," Fr. Dantinne said. "This sacrament allows us to prepare ourselves to enter a deeper relationship to the Lord." Full story ...
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Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
December 4, 2005: Look to a new heaven and new earth (Advent)
Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
December 4, 2005: John the Baptist warms up the crowd (Advent)
Editorial -- Least brothers
Judgments on budget cuts may require some explaining one day in the future
Editorial -- Revisiting Pope John Paul II
New TV movies portray life of the pontiff
Foundations of Faith --
Changes of Vatican II still echoing through church
Forty years later, Vatican II continues to affect church life
Sidebar: Bishop Wycislo attended Council
Sidebar: Some of the changes of Vatican II
Saint of the Day --
This saint had a losing streak
Romaric gave up a lot
Patti Christensen --
Families, straighten crooked paths! (Advent)
Advent is a perfect time for families to seek a change of heart in the home
Current Calendar of Events
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)
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