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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinDecember 23, 2005 Issue 


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• Free Christmas meals offered in five northeast Wisconsin communities

• Families celebrate new housing made possible by JOSHUA

• Two Green Bay volunteers are in Mississippi for Katrina clean-up

• Chancellor named bishop of Diocese of Marquette, Michigan

• Joy, not expensive material items, is true gift of Christmas, pope says

• Pope Benedict XVI appoints new ambassador to the U.S.

• Basic human rights demand respect, even in wartime, pope says

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- If Christ came to redeem the world, why do we still suffer?

• Dennis Heaney -- Stewards live the story of Jesus' birth every day

• Kathy Hamer -- Village people live wonderful life, despite oddness of it

• Charlie Martin -- Music in 2005 called us to act as Jesus did

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Who were the three kings?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Christ came to fulfill the will of God

• George Weigel -- Expect Pope Benedict XVI to stress incarnational theology, as did John Paul II

• Kids Chronicle: Angels tell shepherds about Jesus' birth


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Priest 'hands-on' Word of God

Reaching out to deaf and hard of hearing community

photo of Fr. Guy Blair using American Sign to sign Sunday Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Green Bay
SIGNED MASS: Fr. Guy Blair uses American Sign to sign Sunday Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Green Bay. (Rick Evans photo)

By Heather Chrudimsky
Compass Correspondent

The Word of God is in both the words and hands of Fr. Guy Blair, SCJ, every Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay.

Since becoming the administrator in September, Fr. Blair has done his best to reach out to the deaf and hard of hearing community by using American Sign to sign the liturgy and his homily, while continuing to serve those who can hear.

Deaf people say they often feel like outsiders in a hearing church because of difficulties with the language, symbols and culture of the traditional church.

"There are so many people who are hearing impaired out there, and they don't have a church to call their own," Fr. Blair said.

St. John is the right place for increased ministry to the deaf, Fr. Blair said, because of the established deaf community in the parish's history.   Full story ...


photo of Walter Stumpf, Quinn Mann and Dave Duffeck processing from Cathedral after Bp. David Zubik ordained them deacons

Bishop ordains three

Walter Stumpf, Quinn Mann and Dave Duffeck receive congratulations from members of the congregation as they process from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay on Dec. 17 after Bp. David Zubik ordained them to the Order of Deacon. They will be ordained to the priesthood June 3 at the Cathedral. (Rick Evans photo)


Other News

Mass Times
Christmas Masses
 • Last fire song: Camp is over
    Bobbie Larson retires from Camp Tekawitha after
    34 years there

 • It was a dark night, on Christmas Eve, at sea
    (Christmas)
    Diocesan ministry tries to warm the season
    for lonely seafarers


Christmas

 • Christmas Mass Schedules

 • Bishop David Zubik's Christmas message -- Merry Christmas to you all
 • En Español -- Feliz Navidad queridos hermanos y hermanas

 • "Just for Kids" Christmas Essays: What are you doing for Christmas Eve?

 • Editorial -- Figuring out what it means

 • Foundations of Faith -- Lessons to be learned from a doll in some straw
    Can you identify all the figures in your Nativity set?

 • Reflection on the Readings -- Make Christmas present to all you meet

 • Explaining the Scripture -- Shepherds were an appropriate choice

 • Patti Christensen -- Family traditions give meaning

 • It was a dark night, on Christmas Eve, at sea
    Diocesan ministry tries to warm the season for lonely seafarers

 From Dec. 16, 2005 issue:
 • Home for holidays in Menasha
    Eleven Valley parishes team up to build a house

 • Foundations of Faith -- Scriptural journeys through Advent to Christmas
    Place names tell us history - both of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - and of salvation

Help Wanted Ads

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Columns

 • Bishop David Zubik's Christmas message --
    Merry Christmas to you all (Christmas)
    En Español -- Feliz Navidad queridos hermanos y hermanas (Navidad)

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    December 25, 2005: Make Christmas present to all you meet (Christmas)

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    January 1, 2006: Essential aspects of Christian living

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    December 25, 2005: Shepherds were an appropriate choice (Christmas)

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    January 1, 2006: Entering into the covenant with God

 • Editorial -- Figuring out what it means (Christmas)
    We still must wrestle with who Jesus is


Features

 • Foundations of Faith --
    Lessons to be learned from a doll in some straw (Christmas)
    Can you identify all the figures in your Nativity set?

 • Saint of the Day --
    One Gospel tells a different story
    John's Gospel differs from Mark, Matthew and Luke

 • Patti Christensen --
    Family traditions give meaning (Christmas)
    We look forward to the things we do each year that make the day more special

 • "Just for Kids" Christmas Essays --
    What are you doing for Christmas Eve? (Christmas)

 • 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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