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Rural Life Day: Annual celebration of agriculture will include Mass, meal, seed blessing, speaker

A press release on the Green Bay Diocese website:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (March 16, 2011) -- The rural community in Northeastern Wisconsin will celebrate its two annual Rural Life Day events March 24 and March 31, beginning with Mass at 10:30 a.m. both days, followed by dinner at 11:45 a.m.

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau will preside on March 24 at the Mass at St. Clare Parish in Wrightstown.

Bishop David Ricken will preside on March 31 at the Mass at St. Francis Solanus Church in Gresham.

Blessings, prayers, meal, speaker
The bishops will bless seeds and farm equipment and offer special prayers for a fruitful growing season.

Mike Austin, agriculture reporter on WTAQ radio in Green Bay and WFRV-TV in Green Bay will speak after the meal. Austin, who has been reporting farm news for 33 years, also co-hosts Mornings with Mike and Matt on WTAQ.

Tickets for the Rural Life Days dinner are $7.50 and must be purchased in advance. Dinner tickets will not be sold at the door. No tickets are needed to attend either Mass.

To order tickets call the parishes directly:
St. Clare: (920) 468-5718
St. Francis: (715) 787-3250


Who we are
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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