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Bishop calls for greater reverence in the liturgy
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison blows into the Sacred Chrism while mixing in fragrant mixture and consecrating it during the annual Chrism Mass at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison during Holy Week on April 11. Assisting him on the right is seminarian Grant Thies. To view or purchase photos, go to madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- In response to what he called a “crisis” in the Catholic Church, Bishop Robert C. Morlino called for greater reverence in the liturgy during his homily at the annual Chrism Mass celebrated on April 11 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison.

The bishop encouraged diocesan priests, starting in the fall, to emphasize the importance of people receiving Communion on the tongue while kneeling.

At the start of Mass, he thanked everyone for coming to the annual “great and unique celebration of our Chrism Mass . . . thanks to all of you from the heart.”

To read Bishop Robert C. Morlino's Chrism Mass homily, click here.

The annual Mass marks the occasion when oils to be used in sacraments during the coming year are blessed, including the Oils of the Sick, of Catechumens, and of Chrism.

Also at the Mass, priests of the diocese renew their vows of service to the Church.

Transitional Deacon Jared Holzhuter was Deacon of the Word. Katherine Walsh, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Madison, and Craig Wood, St. Bernard Parish in Middleton, were readers.

Diocesan seminarians were servers for the Mass.

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Promoting beauty, reverence in the liturgy
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Below is the full text of Bishop Robert C. Morlino’s Homily at the Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 11, 2017:

What a wonderful day to be together, preparing to celebrate the great mysteries of our redemption and actually initiating those mysteries in our celebration on Sunday, Palm Sunday, and again tonight.

It’s very interesting that recently a talk was given by Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is the Prefect, the head of the Office of Divine Worship in Rome. And in the name of the Holy Father, he is to give the rest of us guidance in our prayer and worship.

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Bishop blesses care center expansion
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison was on hand as SSM Health St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison celebrated its expanded care opportunities for its long-term residents and the greater community.

The bishop told staff members at an April 7 dedication and blessing ceremony that he is “pleased with all the healing and all of the love that are communicated in such a way that patients are healed outwardly and inwardly by the wonderful care that they receive” at the care center.

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