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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinJanuary 2, 2009 Issue 

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

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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

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Bishop Zubik's time in Green Bay

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• Religious leaders urge Palestinians, Israelis to end violence in Gaza

• Janesville workers pray; At Mass for unemployed, Madison bishop stresses need to help others

• Martyrs for the faith; Vatican agency says at least 20 church workers killed in 2008

• Atheist seeks to stop God references at inauguration

• Bishop Ricken dedicates new school in Cheyenne

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- A list of interesting novels read in 2008

• Charlie Martin -- "Old is new" was one trend in music industry in 2008

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Do we know when Jesus was born or what indulgences are? And who chose the date for Christmas?

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- The extraordinary legacy of Avery Dulles

• George Weigel -- Silver jubilee of Lech Walesa's Nobel Peace Prize

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Blahnik will be ordained Jan. 3

Bishop Ricken to preside at first priestly ordination

photo of Deacon Jason Blahnik (right), pictured with Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau at the May 17 deacon ordination
BLAHNIK TO BE ORDAINED: Deacon Jason Blahnik (right), pictured with Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau at the May 17 deacon ordination, will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David Ricken on Jan. 3 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. (Rick Evans photo)

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

OSHKOSH -- Deacon Jason Blahnik has a request for the faithful of the Diocese of Green Bay.

"Pray for good weather for Jan. 2, 3 and 4," he said. "I have family and friends traveling from many different areas, so I'm hoping for good weather. The prayers of the people are powerful."

Deacon Blahnik will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David Ricken at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. The ordination marks the first by Bishop Ricken in the Diocese of Green Bay. All are welcome. The newly ordained priest will preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving the following day at the Sister Bay site of Stella Maris Parish, Door County.

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Other News

Just for Kids
Christmas essays

(from Dec. 19 issue)

 • 254 pairs of socks
    Sock collection honors St. Nicholas

 • Bishop announces vicariate restructuring
    Territorial division of diocese reduced from 12 vicariates to 7

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 • Reflection on the Readings by Fr. Mark Vander Steeg --
    for January 4, 2009: Can you entrust your past to God?

 • Living Rite by Sr. Ann Rehrauer --
    for January 4, 2009: Mystery of the Incarnation continues

 • Editorial -- Looking back, looking forward

 • Editorial -- A 'good news' story

 • Guest Column by Br. Steve Herro --
    Join church in observing National Migration Week


 • Foundations of Faith -- Gifts of the Wise men can still be found today
    Gold, frankincense, myrrh remain partners of worship

 • Pilgrimage 2009 -- Compass tour stop: Basilica

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Alts make church their business
    De Pere couple marks 25 years as publishers of Deacon Digest

 • Calendar of events

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