She's keeping the faith
Busy mom finds time to read The Compass; finds it enriches faith
Editor's note: Third in a series on the Bishop's Appeal.
By Sam Lucero
Bishop's Appeal at a glance
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KIMBERLY -- As a busy mom, wife and student, Geri Angiulli's schedule leaves little time for leisurely reading. But Angiulli, an active member of Holy Spirit Parish in Kimberly, always finds time to read The Compass.
"I know it comes every Thursday and I make time for it because I like it," said Angiulli. "When I stop studying, about one hour before I go to bed, I like to read it because it relaxes me. I really don't have a hard time reading The Compass."
The Compass newspaper, which is published 42 times a year, is one of many diocesan programs and services that receives funding from the annual Bishop's Appeal. Last year The Compass received $210,000 from the appeal to help pay for operating expenses.
Angiulli and her husband Dan, who works for Kimberly-Clark, have one daughter, Sarah, a third grader at Holy Spirit School in Kimberly. Geri serves on her parish's education committee and is taking nursing classes at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. Angiulli has also served on the parish finance council and volunteered with the Care Ministry Program, bringing Communion to the homebound.
Because the Catholic faith is an integral part of her life, Angiulli believes it is important to stay informed about church activities - at home and around the world. She also enjoys learning about her faith, and The Compass provides both of these services, said Angiulli.
"I think it really is quite broad - educational and inspirational," she said. "It always covers a lot on what the pope is doing, what his thoughts are, the direction that the Vatican is moving in. I like it because it gives us insights from the pope, but it's also community focused and we get to see what our own Catholic schools are doing."
Angiulli said columns in The Compass offer an excellent educational experience.
"This is something that I really like, the educational piece," she noted. "The articles by the various authors I find really helpful, in terms of understanding the Sunday readings; but also just applying the readings to practical, everyday life. Instead of just understanding that Gospel piece or that reading, the writers do a good job of applying it to everyday life. It's like a homily in the paper."
Angiulli said she especially likes articles that explain worship practices and liturgical seasons, and the history behind them.
"The paper always has great articles like during Advent," she said. "Even now, we're going to start Lenten educational stories. I also like the quizzes, because I usually get a lot out of them. They're biblical based."
In what has become an Advent tradition, Angiulli's daughter likes to enter The Compass "Just for Kids" coloring and essay contest.
"There's some kind of hypothetical question she answers on her own (relating to the Nativity). She writes it up and we talk about it a lot. It's a great family faith building experience," she said.
Angiulli believes that reading The Compass helps give her family a better appreciation for the work of the local church in Green Bay. In turn, it influences her family's contributions to the Bishop's Appeal, she said. "We have a focus on where those funds are allocated and where the roots are of the funding. It impacts the amount we give."
She also sees The Compass as an evangelization tool.
"There are so many people who have moved away from the faith," she said. "I really believe the reason they've moved away, unfortunately, is because they have not received a solid education about the church and its passion and teaching.
"I really believe that reading the newspaper helps you understand the church much better and appreciate it," added Angiulli. "I really encourage people to read it, because it's got so much good information about the faith."