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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinOctober 31, 2008 Issue 

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Compass pilgrimage to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland -- May 10-21, 2009 (click for details)

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Parish sponsors cabbage chucking

Catholics hold immigration pilgrimage

Mass of Installation -- Bishop David Ricken

Bishop Ricken appointed
to Green Bay

Bishop Zubik farewell Mass

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Bishop Zubik's time in Green Bay

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• Catholic voter guides: Do they confuse or clarify issues? Church groups offer own interpretation of "Faithful Citizenship" document

• Unclear if pope will support women officially installed as lectors

• Global food crisis hits indigenous farmers; Guatemalans being pushed into further poverty as food prices soar out of reach

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- What is dark night of the soul? It's not a failure in faith but a failure in our imagination

• Charlie Martin -- Little things make difference; discussing the song "The Little Things" by Colbie Caillat

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Is the veneration of saints' relics just superstitious?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Leo the Great's legacy remains a challenge; Pope Leo insisted that bishops be elected by their own clergy and lay leaders

• George Weigel -- On eve of elections, a prayer for candidates; Litany calls on St. Thomas More to intercede, help leaders defend human life

• Guest column by George Wesolek -- Our political responsibility does not end after elections

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Parish goes high-tech
to serve community

Manitowoc teens are among beneficiaries of state-of-art
conference center

photo of Jon Blevins teaching lesson in the Damascus Conference Center at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Manitowoc
TEEN TALK: Jon Blevins, a member of the Life Teen core team at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, teaches a lesson in the Damascus Conference Center on Oct. 26. Life Teen participants meet in the newly renovated space following 6 p.m. Mass on Sundays. The conference center is located at the Waldo site, 1122 N. 14th St. (Rick Evans photo)

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

MANITOWOC -- St. Francis of Assisi Parish has expanded its walls for miles without adding a single square foot.

The parish's new Damascus Conference Center not only serves as a meeting and worship space, but also features technology for the production of podcasts, cablecasts and Hollywood quality films. It includes a sound room with a soundboard and LED light board, Mac Pro computer, HDTV projector, large projection screen, plasma TV and Pro Presenter video recording software.

"We can capture what's happening in liturgies and bring that back to this space to distribute it beyond these walls," said Brian Mitchell, president of interGen, who served as a consultant on the project. "This space becomes a hub of information."   Full story ...

Other News

Wanted: photos of family Advent activities

 • Catholic Charities marks 90 years of service to diocese
    Sidebar: A history of Catholic Charities

 • Agency has long history with refugee resettlement

 • Chapel a reminder of departed loved ones
    A Belgian tradition, family chapel keeps memories of departed loved ones alive

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 • Bishop's Corner by Bishop David Ricken -- Love of neighbor in action

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for November 2, 2008: Light on the dark mystery of death

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for November 2, 2008: Christianity is not a mystery cult

 • Editorial -- Decision time
    We are called to put values, understanding of church social teaching to test
    at polls

 • Editorial -- O come, O come, Emmanuel


 • Foundations of Faith -- 'Horrors' of hell were a later development
    What exactly was it that Jesus 'descended into?'

 • Saint of the Day -- Number changes, not faith
    Some heathen practices were just too much for these saints

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Cancer forces giver to receive
    Lindahl, a self-described 'Martha,' says ordeal turned her into a 'Mary'

 • Calendar of events

Faithful Citizenship
Faithful Citizenship Novena logo

 Pray for justice, peace, and life with the
 Novena for Faithful Citizenship:

  • Text of NovenaAdobe PDF icon(90.4 KB PDF file)

  • Text of Novena PrayerAdobe PDF icon(53.2 KB PDF file)

  • More information, podcasts and other resources can be found at

 Faithful Citizenship articles:
  • Faithful citizenship: Care of God's creation (Oct. 24 issue)
  • Faithful Citizenship: An option for the poor, vulnerable (Oct. 17 issue)
  • Faithful citizenship: Family life and participation (Oct. 10 issue)
  • Discerning candidates' commitment to all human life (Oct. 3 issue)
  • Exercising prudential judgment in political matters (Sept. 26 issue)
  • Forming our conscience before casting votes (Sept. 19 issue)
  • Guidelines for involvement in electoral politics (Sept. 12 issue)

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

Articles on
2008 Bishop's Appeal

Project focuses on family (Apr. 4)
Ready for summer relaxation? (Mar. 21)
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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