Church provides fall election resources
Forums, Mass, web offered
By Renae Bauer
As the November election draws near, Catholics in northeast Wisconsin will have five ways to learn more about how their faith lends a special perspective to the upcoming death penalty and marriage referenda.
1. "Catholic Exploration of Wisconsin's Death Penalty and Marriage Referenda" will be presented at four locations in October. All four events are free and open to the public. For the first two, Tom Donovan, diocesan consultant for Respect Life, will give a presentation followed by questions and answers. These sessions will be at:
7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, St. Peter Parish, 449 High Ave., Oshkosh;
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Holy Family Parish social hall, 2715 Taylor St., Marinette.
The last two presentations will be panel discussions led by Br. Steve Herro, O.Praem., diocesan consultant for Social Concerns. Registration three days prior to these two events is appreciated either by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (920)272-8310 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8310.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, St. James Parish, 18228 County Road R, Cooperstown;
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, St. Matthew Parish, 130 Saint Matthews St., Green Bay.
2. October is Respect Life Month in the Catholic Church. To celebrate the church's commitment to all life - from conception to natural death - a special Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at St. Edward Church, Mackville. It will be an occasion to pray for the victims and survivors of crimes as well as the perpetrators; and it will be a time to ask God for guidance in sharing Sacred Scripture through which God instituted marriage between one man and one woman. Bp. David Zubik will preside and all diocesan priests have been invited to concelebrate. A reception will follow.
3. Bp. Zubik will be the guest for the October edition of the cable television program, "Conversations from St. Norbert College." He will discuss the church's teachings on both referenda with Michael Marsden, the show's host and the college's dean and academic vice president. The show will air at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 on Time-Warner Cable Television channel 4 in the Green Bay/Fox Cities area; channel 2 in Neenah/Menasha; channel 5
(college channel) in De Pere/Ashwaubenon/Bellevue; and channel 46 on NET cable in Pulaski; and at anytime on channel 1111 on Wisconsin On Demand.
4. Answers to frequently asked questions about the death penalty and marriage amendment are available in easy-to-read pamphlets. Both pamphlets were created by the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and are available at its website (www.WisconsinCatholic.org) or the diocese's (www.gbdioc.org). The site will index other helpful materials as they are developed.
5. The Compass has and will continue to provide insights on both election issues. From Sept. 22 to Nov. 3, the paper will run a seven-part series titled "Faithful Citizenship," and the Sept. 29 edition will be dedicated to Respect Life issues and will include, among a number of stories, the full text of the Wisconsin Bishops' statements on the two referenda.