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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinJanuary 16, 2009 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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Ordination of Jason Blahnik

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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• Pope baptizes 13 infants; Marking feast of Baptism of the Lord, Pope Benedict XVI emphasizes role of parents in educating children

• Gallup poll: Two-thirds see religion's influence on decline

• U.S. bishop visits West Bank, expresses solidarity with Catholics living in Holy Land

• Atheists continue ad campaigns on buses in Europe

• Latest in 'Chicken Soup' series is written for Catholics

• Leaders mourn death of Fr. Neuhaus; Priest was outspoken opponent of abortion

• Cardinal Laghi, former U.S. nuncio, dies

• A King's wisdom for the president

• Illegal immigration and right to life

• Fr. Ron Rolheiser -- Celebrating life: A gift from God

• Charlie Martin -- Lost, but always found by God; discussing song "You Found Me" by the Fray

• Fr. John Dietzen -- Catholic beliefs carry varying degrees of authority

• Fr. Richard McBrien -- Announcement changed the church; 50 years ago, John XXIII announced formation of ecumenical council

• George Weigel -- Support for pro-life cause among issues for which Catholics should offer praise to President Bush

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Priest's goal is to help Catholics 'know your faith'

Fr. John Girotti hosts popular presentation at parishes
around diocese

photo of Fr. John Girotti addressing Catholics during a 'Know Your Faith' presentation at St. Bernard Church in Green Bay on Jan. 8
FAITH PRESENTATION: Fr. John Girotti addresses Catholics during a "Know Your Faith" presentation at St. Bernard Church in Green Bay Jan. 8. Two more presentations are scheduled this winter: Feb. 5 in Oshkosh and March 19 in Laona. (Sam Lucero photo)

Editor's note: Fr. John Girotti, pastor of parishes in Tigerton, Marion, Wittenberg and Leopolis, has been offering presentations on Catholic beliefs since 2002. The presentations, called "Know Your Faith," serve to help Catholics respond to questions people - particularly evangelical Christians - have about the faith. Through funding from the Bishop's Appeal, Fr. Girotti is offering his presentation at parishes around the diocese this year. His most recent stop was at St. Bernard Church in Green Bay Jan. 8, where he met with The Compass to discuss the success of Know Your Faith.

Q Tell me a little bit about the Know Your Faith series; how it started, when and why.

A When I was in college (at Lawrence University in Appleton), it was the first time that I had been challenged because of my Catholic faith. I had gone to Catholic grade school and Catholic high school. You get the impression that everybody in the world is Catholic, and then suddenly you go to college and you have people disagreeing with you. That hurt. I knew what I believed, but I didn't know how to explain it to those who were saying I was wrong. I was so upset by that I just decided to start studying ... what we believe as Roman Catholics. I learned so much that I just fell in love with the church and fell in love with theology. The more I studied, the more I thought about the priesthood.

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Other News

 • No longer a foreign concept
    Foreign exchange students are now commonplace at Catholic high schools

 • Bishop Ricken to celebrate Respect Life Mass

 • Music for Tots program offered

 • Postcard effort opposes FOCA

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 • Bishop's Corner by Bishop David Ricken -- Spiritual renewal and new leadership

 • Reflection on the Readings by Fr. Mark Vander Steeg --
    for January 18, 2009: True life is found only in Christ

 • Living Rite by Linda Zahorik --
    for January 18, 2009: A time for green, hope and growth


 • Foundations of Faith -- When Catholics started using a forbidden name
    The use of Yahweh to refer to God does not have a long history for Catholics

 • Pilgrimage 2009 -- Compass tour stop: Military cemetery

 • Your Catholic Neighbor -- Smits puts her faith into action
    Teen accepts challenge, turns $10 into $675; money benefits Marines

 • Calendar of events

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