Teens attend annual Frassati Fest held in Wisconsin Dells
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Teens and leaders raise their hands in the air during an activity at the annual Frassati Fest at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, which happened from February 2 to 4. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- To the left of the main stage at Frassati Fest, there was a photo booth.

The more than 400 participants, leaders, and guests, could wear silly costume accessories, hold flags, or hold each other, and get their pictures taken for later memory and social media use.

The pictures provide but a split second reflection of what happened on the weekend of February 2 to 4 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells.

The annual fest is a chance for teens from all over the Diocese of Madison, and surrounding areas, to come together and grow together in Christ and community.

Full of memories

The weekend was full of various snapshots, from the aforementioned photo booth, to social media posts, to memories shared with friends at and outside the festival.

“I really wanted to connect with God better,” said first-time participant 15-year-old Faith Merz from Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish in Sun Prairie.

“Even if you don’t know much about God, it’s still nice to come and get, meet new people -- it’s a new environment,” she added.

Another first-time participant, 15-year-old Casey Cole, also from Sacred Hearts, said she liked getting to “see people from other parishes” that she already knew from time at Camp Gray and Love Begins Here.

She enjoyed being with Catholic peers who keep her “on track” while being “not too serious and having fun the whole time.”


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Dorothy Day's granddaughter visits Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- “If you’re admiring my grandmother, you’re not paying attention.”

Those were strong words said by the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, but perhaps true meaning one shouldn’t focus on the women herself, but the work that needs to be done, and what that means for you in your life.

Day is known for being a driving force behind the Catholic Worker Movement, which tackled issues of social justice. Day’s cause for sainthood is underway with her currently being designated as a “Servant of God”.

Rite of Election to be held on February 18
Written by Patrick Gorman   
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

WAUNAKEE -- The Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion for Candidates for Full Communion in the Catholic Church will be celebrated by the parishes of the Diocese of Madison on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee.

Parishes from throughout the diocese will send those who will celebrate the sacraments of initiation this Easter, as well as their sponsors, family, and friends. About 500 people are expected to attend, with Bishop Robert C. Morlino presiding.


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