Apostolate hosts annual Advent/Christmas Party in Monroe
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Attendees at the annual Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities Advent/Christmas Party bring up the gifts during Mass to Apostolate Director Msgr. Larry Bakke and Associate Director Deacon Jim Hoegemeier. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MONROE -- It’s a scene familiar in many Decembers. A Christmas tree, Christmas music, Christmas cookies, old friends getting reacquainted, new friendships forged, and even a visit from Santa.

Throw in a Mass, lunch, and gifts to that mix and you’ve got the sights and sounds of the annual Advent/Christmas Party presented by the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities-Diocese of Madison.

This year’s event took place at Monroe High School in Monroe on December 7.

More than 500 people attended.

Gathering together

As cars and buses pulled in near the school, guests were greeted by Apostolate volunteers and members of Monroe Fire and EMS, who also gave of their time to the event.

After the guests checked in and got their name tags, they went into the Monroe High School gym to begin the celebration.

There, they enjoyed Christmas cookies, and were entertained by the music of Hugo, playing Christmas songs and other popular standards.

Mary Cragg from Cuba City has been coming to the event for several years.

“I like everything,” she said. The “good friendship, good food, and nice Mass.”


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Latinos celebrate Christ the King with Bishop Hying
Written by Lorianne Aubut, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Latino community of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison and from nearby parishes came together to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Most Reverend Donald Hying, bishop of Madison, celebrated their 6:30 p.m. Spanish Mass with Fr. Bart Timmerman, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

At the Mass, Bishop Hying was welcomed by 275 people, mostly Latinos, who lit up in excitement with the message he had to share. He started his homily with the Spanish phrase, ¡Viva Cristo Rey! to which the congregation replied loudly, ¡Qué Viva! These phrases mean, “Long Live Christ the King! . . . Long Live!”

This Advent, invite the Lord to enter in
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

In my columns during the season of Advent, I am reflecting on the Kerygma, the basic proclamation of the Gospel in its essence.

Last week, I pondered the first part of this Good News, which is the radical, unconditional, and eternal love of God for us, a love that we cannot even begin to grasp! Our experience of the Lord’s saving mercy is the basis of our spiritual response to God’s remarkable initiative, as Jesus breaks into our lives in all joy and promise.


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