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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinMarch 14, 2008 Issue 

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Christ Our Hope -- Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to the United States, April 15-20, 2008 (click for CNS special report)
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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• Pakistan blast kills 23, damages Catholic buildings

• Baptism statement not meant to cause panic; Vatican statement should not alarm Catholics, says church official

• Sexual abuse: Allegations down, costs up; Annual abuse audit, survey explores cost, prevention

• Sin's face may be changed in 21st century, but effects the same; Social effects of sin greater than ever, says Vatican official

• Teddy bear T-shirt pays tribute
to pope's visit

• Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl -- Identifying ourselves as Catholic Christians; Adult catechism offers foundation on which to engage others in dialogue

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Losing a great one: Fr. Joseph Champlin; Priest modeled all the qualities of a good pastor, parish leader

• Charlie Martin -- Acceptance, approval not same; Try challenging others to change bad behaviors

• Understanding the Mass
by Fr. Tom Margevicius -- Concluding rites: don't just rush out to your car

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Catholic leaders applaud Brett Favre

'We are so proud of what Deanna and Brett have accomplished,' says Mississippi pastor

photo of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announcing his retirement at a press conference in Green Bay
GAME OVER: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announces his retirement at a press conference in Green Bay March 6. Favre played 16 seasons with the Packers, starting 275 consecutive games, including playoff games. He holds the NFL records for touchdown passes, consecutive games played by a quarterback, total yardage passing, and total number of passes thrown and completed. (Allen Fredrickson photo)

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

GREEN BAY -- While the sports world came to halt at the March 4 announcement of Brett Favre's retirement, Catholic leaders in Green Bay and Mississippi also paused to reflect on the impact the future Hall of Fame quarterback had on and off the field.

Fr. Richard Getchel, pastor at St. Agnes Parish on Green Bay's west side, presided at Brett and Deanna Favre's wedding in 1996, and baptized their daughter, Breleigh in 1999.

"I thought he would return, so it surprised me," he said. "I'm happy for him and the family. I sent Deanna an e-mail. She wrote back thanking me for my concern, which was nice."

Norbertine Fr. James Baraniak, chaplain for the Packers, attempted to reach the Favres in the days prior to the announcement. He was unaware of the pending retirement. Instead, Fr. Baraniak sought to share a special invitation.   Full story ...

Other News

Easter/Holy Week Mass Schedules

Lenten Giving/Easter Joy Wish List
(from Feb. 8 issue)

Lenten fast and abstinence rules
(from Feb. 8 issue)

 • Diocese eyes adult education
    Adult faith director says diocese aims programs
    at different age groups
    Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal at a glance

 • Parents, teachers gain a tool for academic success

 • Parish shelters victims of apartment fire

 • Easter dinners will be served around diocese

 • Passion play to be performed at Xavier High School
    Performance is aimed at families; includes hymns, music and dancing

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 • Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan -- Why we sign ourselves with the cross

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for March 16, 2008: Words from their hearts and souls (Lent)

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for March 16, 2008: Dream bears a divine message (Lent)

 • Editorial -- Holy Week: When the human spirit soars (Lent)
    When people allow God to work in them, they can change the world

 • Editorial -- Favre gave us more than touchdowns, wins
    By his words and actions, retired quarterback came to personify integrity

 • Editorial -- Giving is not a chore or burden, but a blessing
    When we approach stewardship as a way to thank God, it's not a burden


 • Foundations of Faith --
    Palms: Signs of victory, despite a road to apparent defeat (Lent)
    Palms and ashes forever linked

 • Sites of Tour -- Pilgrimage series: Colosseum has fascinating history

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Finding comfort in poetry
    Mickey overcomes life's challenges by counting on God, his poetry

 • Calendar of events

Sharing Our Faith: 2008 Bishop's Appeal logo
Sharing Our Faith

Articles on
2008 Bishop's Appeal

Diocese eyes adult education (Mar. 14)
Diocesan youth conference will be held March 30
    (Mar. 7)
Program works to end domestic violence (Feb. 29)
Workshop helps parishes manage business affairs
    (Feb. 22)
She's keeping the faith (Feb. 15)
Bishops' Appeal helps Catholic Charities respond to crises (Feb. 8)
   Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal at a glance
Bishop's Appeal kicks off (Feb. 1)
   Pie chart of Bishop's Appeal use
   Sidebar: 2008 Bishop's Appeal facts

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