Faith helps family battle cancer

CHILTON – Five-year-old Noah Oakley hasn’t met a toy train he didn’t like. Red ones, blue ones, wooden ones, plastic ones. They all have fun written on them.

Fun is something that Noah, son of Keith and Sheila Oakley, members of Good Shepherd Parish, appreciates – probably more than all of his kindergarten classmates at Chilton Area Catholic School. That’s because Noah has been battling brain cancer since he was 2.

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With only months to live due to cancer, Wisconsin woman continues making rosaries

CLARKS MILLS – Dolores Klingeisen, 83, carefully opens a large envelope, retrieved from a living room shelf, to reveal photos of children in a modest classroom. A picture of a young boy sitting at a desk brings a smile to her face. She doesn’t know the student, or the school he attends, but recognizes the light blue and white rosary in his hand. It is one of 100,500 rosaries Klingeisen has made in the past 15 years.

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Bishop’s pastoral letter hits home for parish employee

ROGERS — In November, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released his first pastoral letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock called, “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants.”

In the weeks that followed, staff members at St. Vincent de Paul Church gathered to meet and discuss the pastoral letter. It was at the end of one of the meetings that staff members were asked if they had any experiences related to immigration. A slender, dark-haired young woman, Soledad Hernandez, stood and told her story.

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Lives are saved, but some vaccines aren’t morally neutral

BEND – Occasionally I am compelled to approach topics which, if I were more prudent, I would avoid. The issue of vaccines produced using cell lines of illicit origin is one such topic.

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Focusing on chastity

How do you teach abstinence? The question rises because of some recent research claiming that so-called “abstinence only” sex education works only in the very short term. Do you simply say “Abstinence is better than indulgence, so don’t do it,” whatever “it” may be?

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Russell Shaw’s clerical quartet

The past 40 years have been a troubled era for the church in America.

Catholic commentator Russell Shaw knows all about that. Indeed, few people have been more intimately acquainted with the ups and downs of these turbulent times than Shaw, a former spokesman for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

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“Confessing ‘round the clock”

Two clients have reports today about the planned “24 Hours of Confession” March 6-7 in New York City. Here’s the National Catholic Register’s item, and here’s Our Sunday Visitor’s.

Barbie turns 50, but looks no worse for wear

This story about Barbie turning 50 in The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is just plain fun.

Then on top of it, another staffer at the Review decided to get in on the action by blogging about the story, the event and comparing herself to the curvaceous-plastic bombshell.

Lenten page-turners: Out-of-the-box reading for penitential season

During Lent, we welcome extra disciplines into our lives for the sake of growing deeper in our faith and in our love for God and neighbor. One of these disciplines includes spiritual reading.

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Daniel Medinger reflects on 24 years at The Catholic Review

Daniel Medinger broke into the news business at age 10.

Reporting on stolen bicycles and the introduction of pumpkin-flavored ice cream at the neighborhood ice cream parlor, he posted handwritten articles on telephone poles and in the windows of local businesses in La Crosse, Wis.

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