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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinMarch 31, 2006 Issue 


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Only in the Print Edition ...
Only in the Print Edition ...
• Green Bay seminarian Joel Sember lectors at Mass where cardinals get new rings

• St. Mary Central High School, Menasha, presents big musical on Grand stage

• Pulaski Girl Scouts receive 'Family of God' honors

• More than 140 people have attended continuing series of Spanish-language adult ed. classes

• Bishop of Baker, Ore., says the church needs to determine if pro-choice politicians are in heresy

• Pope urges 15 new cardinals to be even stronger witnesses to faith

• Opus Dei launches new website in 22 languages

• Bishops call for immigration reform that will help both U.S., immigrants

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Gethsemane teaches how to give up resentments

• Charlie Martin -- Work to bring out the best in you and others

• Dcn. Mike Grzeca -- Cursillo is a short course in Christianity

• Karen Johnston -- Psalms express our feelings

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Lent is full of saints with lessons for today

• George Weigel -- European Union seems intent on expunging Christianity

List of articles found only in the Rural Life special section of the March 31, 2006 print edition


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Helping to bring spirituality home

Consultant focuses on family life in diocese

photo of Nancy Schmoll, left, and Patti Christensen at a recent diocesan conference
FAMILY BUSINESS: Nancy Schmoll of St. John Parish, Little Chute, talks with Patti Christensen, the diocesan consultant for family ministry, at a recent diocesan conference. (Rick Evans photo)

Last in a Bishop's Appeal series

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

"Families are looking for more ways to bring spirituality into their family life."

That's the observation of Patti Christensen, director of family ministry and infant baptism for the diocese of Green Bay.

She's reached it, both from her experience out in the diocese at speaking engagements and workshops, as well as the phone calls she receives in her office. She said most of the requests she receives deal with prayer and spiritual life: from family prayers and prayer spaces, to tips on talking with teens, to leads on which family Bibles to buy.

"Parents want to know how to raise their kids to be Catholic," said Christensen, who is part of the team at the diocesan department of Evangelization and Worship. Its work is funded, in part, by contributions to the annual Bishop's Appeal.   Full story ...

Sidebar: Traits of a Functional (not perfect!) Family

Other News

Mass Times
 • John Paul still popular year later
    First anniversary of the death of long-reigning pope
    is April 2

 • Diocese again in compliance with U.S. Bishops' norms
    Diocese passes audit
    Sidebar: Reporting abuse

 • Men learn to be better fathers and Christians
    Conference in Appleton attracts 450 men who are eager to improve
    their daily lives

 • Milwaukee protests HR-4437
    Day without Latinos shows effects of proposed border laws
    Sidebar: Green Bay protest

 • Two weeks in mission builds a new church
    Fox Valley men get an eye-opener at diocesan mission


L e n t
 • Reflection on the Readings
    by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    A look into the heart and mind of Jesus

 • Explaining the Scripture
    by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    Jesus' death and resurrection united all

 • Praying with Sunday's Scriptures
    Sidebar: Readings for the Week

 • Everyday People, Everyday Faith articles

Lent articles from previous issues:
Mar. 24, 2006 issue
Mar. 17, 2006 issue
Mar. 10, 2006 issue
Mar. 3, 2006 issue
Feb. 24, 2006 issue

Operation Rice Bowl (Mar. 3 issue)
Lenten fast and abstinence rules

2006 Wish List
Lenten Giving/Easter Joy Wish List
(from Feb. 24, 2006 issue)


Special Section:
Rural Life

 • Local farmers need local support, awareness
    Rural Life event brings ag issues to the forefront

 More in The Compass print edition:
 • For a list of articles found only in the Rural Life special section of the
   March 31, 2006 print edition, see this sidebar.


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Columns

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    April 2, 2006: A look into the heart and mind of Jesus

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    April 2, 2006: Jesus' death and resurrection united all

 • Editorial -- Appeal needs you
    As weekly stories have shown, the Bishop's Appeal helps fund
    many diocesan services

 • Editorial -- Compass website growing
    Information and services are available

 • Eye on the Capitol --
    Rent-to-own bill would abandon the poor one more time


Features
Everyday People, Everyday Faith logo

Lent changes: During Lent, Everyday People, Everyday Faith articles will run in place of regular features such as Foundations of Faith and Saint of the Day. Those features will return after Lent. Read complete explanation in Feb. 24 issue.


 • Jackie Staley --
    Spirituality groups should aid parish life (Lent)
    Lay groups are to contribute to unity within the church

 • Patti Christensen --
    Charismatic renewal helped me 'Praise the Lord!' (Lent)
    Involvement in prayer meetings changed life
    Sidebar: Facts about Charismatic Renewal

 • Videos on lay prayer movements (Lent)

 • Praying with Sunday's Scriptures (Lent)
    Sidebar: Readings for the Week


 • Calendar of events

Sharing Our Faith: 2006 Bishop's Appeal logo

  Articles on
  2006 Bishop's Appeal

• Editorial -- Appeal needs you (Mar. 31, 2006)
Helping to bring spirituality home (Mar. 31, 2006)
Kaukauna's Padre John serves far-flung parish (Mar. 24, 2006)
Students choose mission over Florida beaches (Mar. 17, 2006)
Young men invite God to help them discern (Mar. 10, 2006)
Brother brings social teachings to community (Mar. 3, 2006)
Faith comes alive for all ages at the same time (Feb. 24, 2006)
'I never saw myself as a very holy guy' (Feb. 17, 2006)
Ministry helps Hispanic youth encounter Christ (Feb. 10, 2006)
Appeal targets $5 million for the first time (Feb. 3, 2006)
Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use (Feb. 3, 2006)


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