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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinDecember 19, 2008 Issue 


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

Compass photo slideshows
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Music for Tots Program

Retreat for adults with disabilities

Parish sponsors cabbage chucking

Catholics hold immigration pilgrimage

Mass of Installation -- Bishop David Ricken

Bishop Ricken appointed
to Green Bay

Bishop Zubik farewell Mass

Photo slideshow (Flash not required):

Bishop Zubik's time in Green Bay


Only in the Print Edition ...
Only in the Print Edition ...

• Vatican tackles bioethics; New document warns that certain research violates moral principles

• Diocese reaches out to families affected by GM plant closure

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- The God revealed to us at Christmas

• Charlie Martin -- Learning from the shepherds; Like them, we must find courage to care

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Telling children that you should believe in Santa Claus; Fantasy gives us a way to touch the incomprehensible

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Reflections on Christmas (columns) past

• George Weigel -- Defending human dignity can be countercultural

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NOTE: There will be no Compass issue published on December 26, 2008. The next issue will be January 2, 2009.

photo of girl dressed as Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay left arrow CELEBRATING FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, was observed by Catholics throughout the Green Bay Diocese on Dec. 12. Special observances this year took place in Appleton, Green Bay, Newton, Omro, Sturgeon Bay and Wautoma. Observances included Masses, re-enactments of Mary's appearance to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico in 1531, and musical performances in Spanish. At left, Isabel Hernandez is dressed as Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay. (Rick Evans photo)

Other News

Christmas Mass Schedules for Diocese

Just for Kids
Christmas essays

 • Parish helps soldier collect toys for Afghanistan kids
    St. Mary of the Angels teams with parishioner
    to collect toys, blankets

 • Learning to make free time
    Fr. Rhyner adjusts to retirement after 49 years
    as priest

 • A Catholic response to 'The Clique'
    Women write book series for Catholic girls to counter 'mean girls' mentality

 • Dominican Sr. Lisa Lucht, former chancellor, dies

 • It's music to their ears
    Music for Tots program puts youngsters in tune with development skills
    (includes slideshow with audio)

 • Commissioned Ministry spring offerings announced

 • Yes, Virginia, there is a dinner in Appleton


C h r i s t m a s

 • Christmas Mass Schedules for Diocese

 • Bishop's Corner by Bishop David Ricken -- Jesus Christ has come for all of us

 • Parish helps soldier collect toys for Afghanistan kids

 • Yes, Virginia, there is a dinner in Appleton

 • How would you text someone about Jesus' birth?
    Christmas essays explore text messages of the Gospel Christmas story

 • Editorial -- Imitating the Three Wise Men
    Celebrate birth of Christ by sharing three gifts: respect, kindness and time

 • Editorial -- Last-minute gift idea
    Catholic Relief Services in need of donations

 • Foundations of Faith -- Christmas lights remind us of the one Star
    Stars, tree lights and candles all have a common holy-day theme

 • Communities offer free Christmas meals (Dec. 12 issue; updated Dec. 19)

 • Place 2B will hold birthday for Jesus (Dec. 12 issue)
    Dec. 24 event includes breakfast with Santa; toy donations needed

 • Editorial -- Making the season bright (Dec. 12 issue)
    In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "... for it is in giving that we receive."

 • Foundations of Faith -- Would Pharaoh recognize a Christmas tree? (Dec. 12)
    Beloved holiday tradition has its roots buried in pagan history


Help Wanted Ads

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Columns

 • Bishop's Corner by Bishop David Ricken -- Jesus Christ has come for all of us

 • Reflection on the Readings by Auxiliary Bishop Morneau --
    for December 21, 2008: Messengers, mentors and models (Advent)
    for December 28, 2008: Faith is the cornerstone of families

 • Explaining the Scripture by Fr. Michael Stubbs --
    for December 21, 2008: A closer look at the 'Hail Mary' (Advent)

 • Editorial -- Imitating the Three Wise Men
    Celebrate birth of Christ by sharing three gifts: respect, kindness and time

 • Editorial -- Last-minute gift idea
    Catholic Relief Services in need of donations


Features

 • Foundations of Faith -- Christmas lights remind us of the one Star
    Stars, tree lights and candles all have a common holy-day theme

 • Year of St. Paul -- Discipleship means entering into the family of God
    Paul gave credit where credit was due

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Faith, art paint Geenen's picture
    Artist takes her talent to church, helps create worship environment

 • Calendar of events


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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