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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinMay 11, 2007 Issue 


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Pilgrimage to Poland, Austria and Germany with Bishop David A. Zubik -- June 1-12, 2007 (click for details)

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• Kaukauna optometrist and his team bring eyeglasses to Nicaragua

• Restoration work begins on St. Francis Xavier Cathedral towers

• Wellspring wins Packers' award

• Cardinal applauds President's warning to Congress on abortion

• Greensburg Catholic church among those destroyed in tornado

• Pope says church must face widespread vocations crisis

• Pope urges sisters to renew their spirituality and meet needs

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- God's voice invites us and never shouts

• Fr. John Rausch -- Stewards take the heat off earth

• Charlie Martin -- Learning to let go of past takes forgiveness

• Fr. John Dietzen -- What are we
to believe about purgatory


• Fr. Richard McBrien -- God eventually will defeat evil

• George Weigel -- Shootings show the reality of the Evil One

• Kids Chronicle -- An angel shows John the holy city


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Lay ministry continues to grow

'Co-Workers in Vineyard' offers vision

Diocesan gathering considers what is and looks at what can be

photo of Green Bay Auxiliary Bp. Robert Morneau greeting Rick McCord, executive director of the USCCB Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth
WARM WELCOME: Green Bay Auxiliary Bp. Robert Morneau, pastor of Resurrection Parish, greets Rick McCord, executive director of the USCCB Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth, at the Co-workers in the Vineyard workshop, where McCord was the keynote speaker. (Rick Evans photo)

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

The number of laity serving in ministry in the Catholic Church continues to grow.

According to a 2005 survey conducted by the National Pastoral Life Center, more than 30,000 lay ministers are working in parishes nationwide, an increase of 53 % since 1990.

This growth prompted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to release the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. Approved in November of 2005, the document is designed to serve as a reference for the development of lay ecclesial ministry. Unlike recent USCCB documents about priestly formation and the ministry of permanent deacons, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord does not propose norms. Instead, it suggests strategies and resources for local integration of lay ecclesial ministers within ministry structures in dioceses. Last week, workshops were offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Green Bay, and St. Patrick Parish in Menasha to study the document and explore its implications in the Diocese of Green Bay.   Full story ...

Other News

 • U.S. uses children as 'chemical test rodents'
    PCBs cited as a particular threat to unborn children growing in mother's womb

 • Bp. Zubik asks area elected officials to reject immigration initiatives
    Green Bay city council tables initiative, but it could come up again
    Sidebar: Bishop's statement


Sixth Sunday of Easter
 • Reflection on the Readings
    by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    The gift of peace is grounded in love

 • Explaining the Scripture
    by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    Our connection to Christ brings life



2007 Wish List
Lenten Giving/Easter Joy Wish List
(from Feb. 23, 2007 issue)


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 • Help wanted ads

Columns

 • Bridging the Gap by Bishop David Zubik --Bridging the Gap: 'Toe to toe'

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for May 13, 2007: The gift of peace is grounded in love

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for May 13, 2007: Our connection to Christ brings life

 • Editorial -- Gripping reality
    Personal account of Rwandan genocide shows what happened, power
    of forgiving

 • Editorial -- Another Lenten delight
    Venezuelans enjoy eating their Friday 'fish'


Features

 • Foundations of Faith -- Who's who among the saints' statues
    Without photos, symbols tell us which saint we're seeing

 • Saint of the Day -- This saint gave up being a bishop for solitude
    John wouldn't let others know he was a priest after that

 • Praying with Sunday's Scriptures

 • Calendar of events


Sharing Our Faith: 2007 Bishop's Appeal logo


  Sharing Our Faith

  Articles on 2007 Bishop's Appeal

New team members seek to enhance Education in diocese (Mar. 30, 2007)
Church beckons after careers in business (Mar. 23, 2007)
TV Mass attracts faith-filled, loyal audience (Mar. 16, 2007)
Church of Green Bay to grow by 266 at Easter (Mar. 9, 2007)
Catholic Charities uses 'hands-on' approach to spread Gospel (Mar. 2, 2007)
Tigerton area parishes believe in youth ministry (Feb. 23, 2007)
Stewardship plan rests on foundation of prayer, service (Feb. 16, 2007)
Bishop's Appeal calls Catholics to stewardship (Feb. 9, 2007)
   Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use
   Sidebar: Advancing the Mission update
   Sidebar: 2007 Bishop's Appeal facts


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