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Getting into the Christmas spirit at Apostolate event
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Kevin Harris, left, from St. Coletta in Jefferson, and his sister, Linda Harris, from Madison, attend the annual Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities Advent/Christmas Party on December 1 at Monroe High School in Monroe. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madison catholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photos/Kevin Wondrash)

MONROE -- A big part of the 2018 story of the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities-Diocese of Madison has been rain.

Heavy rains and flooding prevented the annual Day at the Dells from taking place in August of this year, and wet weather caused some concerns over travel to the annual Advent/Christmas Party at Monroe High School.

While snow might have made things look like a winter wonderland, the temperatures stayed warm enough to keep it to just rain that came from the skies, and the party went on, as scheduled, on December 1.

For longtime attendees like Kevin Harris, from St. Coletta in Jefferson, and his sister Linda Harris, who drove him to Monroe, it’s a “great way to get in the Christmas spirit.”

“I like the music and the Mass,” said Linda, adding Kevin likes “the meal and the cookies.”

“It’s just a great venue,” she added. “This is really nice and relaxing.”

Another longtime attendee, Tasha from Janesville, also appreciates the Christmas Spirit.

She reflected on how the late longtime director of the Apostolate, Msgr. Thomas Campion, would talk about, “Jesus being born on Christmas Day” and for her, “Christmas is not about gifts, it’s about people coming together and people enjoying dinner and enjoying company with each other.”

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Funeral homily for Bishop Robert C. Morlino
Written by Msgr. James Bartylla, Diocesan Administrator   
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Following are excerpts from the funeral homily for Bishop Robert C. Morlino given at his funeral Mass on December 4, 2018. The entire homily can be seen here.

Your Excellency Archbishop Listecki, visiting archbishops, bishops, distinguished civil leaders, my brother priests coming from near and far, deacons, those in consecrated life, seminarians, and our beloved lay faithful, we appreciate your attendance today at the Funeral Mass for Bishop Morlino.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul honors volunteers
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Recently, nearly 400 people gathered at the Alliant Energy Center to celebrate and honor the service of the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers who improve life for neighbors in need in Dane County.

The following individuals, along with National Guardian Life Insurance Company, were honored in 2018:

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