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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinNovember 23, 2007 Issue 

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Compass pilgrimage to Rome and Paris -- May 3-13, 2008 (click for details)

Photo slideshow with audio:
Bishop Zubik farewell Mass

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Photo slideshow:
Bishop Zubik's time in Green Bay

Photo slideshow from pilgrimage
to Poland, Austria and Germany

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• During fall meeting, U.S. bishops release new Iraq statement, urge new directions in war, policy

• Bishops approve curriculum framework that publishers will follow when creating textbooks for high school religious ed

• Covenant House kicks off 17th annual candlelight vigil for homeless

• Pope: Welcome repentant women who had abortions

• Nuns who help prostitutes
say exploited women have
spiritual needs

• More generous than a fifth grader: Regis Philbin donates game show winnings to Catholic alma mater

• Special feature: December 2007 Advent Family Calendar

• Fr. John Rausch -- Market-based health care system fails to deliver; Single-payer system needed

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Finding strength to reach across differences

• Family -- Give kids respect, not contraceptives; Teen sexual activity leads to many physical, emotional problems

• Charlie Martin -- Thanksgiving for those simple, personal joys; Discussing the song "Thank You for the Music" by Abba

• Fr. Richard McBrien --
An acceptable solution
to immigration reform

• George Weigel -- 'Call to Civility' statement backers confuse civility with speaking the truth

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Menasha parish offers more than local Christmas trees at tree lot

Handmade prayer cards just a part of family touch to tree lot

photo of members of St. Patrick Parish in Menasha helping to carry a Christmas tree from A and R Tree Farms in Wautoma
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE: Members of St. Patrick Parish in Menasha help carry a Christmas tree from A and R Tree Farms in Wautoma. The parish sells Christmas trees as a holiday fund-raiser. Pictured clockwise from left are Anja Marker, 10, her father, Mark, Steve Figi and Dustin, a foster child staying with the Marker family. (Dick Meyer photo)

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

MENASHA -- If you want a "great experience" shopping for a live Christmas tree, visit St. Patrick Parish, Menasha, the "Christmas Tree Parish."

A d v e n t
Time of Preparation

However, shop early, said Joyce Naps, parish stewardship coordinator, and Steve Figi, long-time Christmas tree volunteer. The trees sell out quickly, usually by mid-December.

In the 14 years since the parish began the tree sales in 1993, there was only one year it did not sell out, said Naps. A club took the remainder to mark paths on the Lake Winnebago ice.

According to Naps and Figi, the Christmas tree lot grew out of a meeting during which parishioners brainstormed ideas for "building community," that is, involving more people in St. Patrick's.

"We needed more parish community building events," Naps explained. "That's primary; fundraising is secondary." She added that profits from tree sales go to parish ministries.   Full story ...

Other News

Just for Kids

Nativity photos needed
(from Nov. 9 issue)

 • Programs to benefit shelter visitors
    Victory in Life, Adullam House seek to offer
    assistance to guests at St. John Evangelist
    Homeless Shelter
    Sidebar: Volunteers needed

 • Green Bay mayor spends night at St. John homeless shelter
    Mayor Jim Schmitt volunteers at shelter, visits
    with homeless guests
    Sidebar: Shelter seeks donations

 • Putting a best foot forward
    St. Clare Society begins shoe collection for poor in Afghanistan
    Sidebar: Donations accepted to ship shoes

 • Diocese sponsors events bringing Catholic youth and church together

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 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for November 25, 2007: Jesus is king of love, peace and joy

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for November 25, 2007: Contrasting figures serve as examples

 • Editorial -- Not exactly child's play
    'Golden Compass,' part of trilogy by British author, raises legitimate concerns


 • Foundations of Faith -- Rollin' on a river of green through the church year (Advent)
    Church year changes colors as the seasons turn

 • Saint of the Day -- A saint whose faith grew by pieces
    James didn't take his faith seriously at first, but made up for it in the end

 • Advent: a great season for families to grow, together (Advent)

 • Calendar of events

Sharing Our Faith: 2007 Bishop's Appeal logo

  Sharing Our Faith

  Articles on 2007 Bishop's Appeal

Benefits of Bishop's Appeal discussed (Nov. 2, 2007)
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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