Bishop dedicates new St. Paul's Church in Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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A look inside the new St. Paul Church on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus prior to its dedication Mass November 12. The church opened after a nearly two-year building project, replacing the old structure in the same location. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- It’s a time of celebration and a new era at St. Paul Church on the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison campus.

After being without “a real home” for nearly two years, the new church opened its doors on November 12, and the parish continues its mission to serve the UW-Madison community.

Opening the doors

As students and benefactors gathered in the new church awaiting the dedication Mass, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison and others in the procession -- including guest priests and members of the Knights of Columbus -- stood in the narthex outside the closed doors.

Pastor Fr. Eric Nielsen handed Bishop Morlino a gold envelope containing the access key code for the front door of the center and a key to the church doors.

Bishop Morlino called for Father Nielsen to open the doors, saying, “Go within His gates, giving thanks; enter his courts with songs of praise.”

The Mass began as the procession went toward and entered the sanctuary.

Bishop Morlino then blessed the altar and tabernacle with holy water.

St. Paul Parochial Vicars Frs. Mark Miller and Luke Syse blessed the walls and interior of the church with holy water and also sprinkled it over the people inside.

As Mass continued, St. Paul students Michelle Fernandez and Ethan Brochtrup read the first and second readings. Andrew Wenman led the singing of the responsorial psalm. Father Nielsen read the Gospel.


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Catholic Charities Faith in Action Celebration
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MIDDLETON -- Catholic Charities (CC) in the Diocese of Madison held its 22nd annual Faith in Action Celebration on November 9 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

“This annual event touches my heart,” said Toni Prestigiacomo, Catholic Charities Board chair and co-chair of the event, in welcoming the guests. “This event is a reminder of why we choose to support Catholic Charities. It truly makes me proud.”


Knowing your faith: What does it mean to be a ‘practicing Catholic’?
Written by John Joy, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

You might run into the term “practicing Catholic” in various contexts: if you teach in a Catholic school, for example, or if you serve as a catechist in your parish, or as a Confirmation sponsor or a godparent, you are supposed to be a “practicing Catholic”. But what does that mean exactly?

According to the Wisconsin Catholic Conference’s Standards for Educators in Catholic Schools and Parishes, it means: “a Catholic in good standing who participates fully in the worship and life of the Church, and who understands and accepts the teachings of the Church and moral demands of the Gospel, as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”


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