Mass, Eucharistic Procession during solemnity, pandemic
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Eucharistic Procession
Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison carries the Blessed Sacrament during a Eucharistic Procession around Holy Name Heights in Madison on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Earlier, the bishop celebrated a private Mass that was livestreamed.
(Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- In a nearly empty oratory at Holy Name Heights in Madison, Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison celebrated Mass on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

With concelebrant Vicar General Msgr. James Bartylla, seminarian Luis Reyes as server, and Office of Worship Director Dr. Patrick Gorman as cantor, the Mass was livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube and viewable to the public, unable to attend Masses during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, the Diocese of Madison posted a worship aid on its Facebook page, allowing the faithful viewing the Mass at home to be able to participate in the celebration.

"In the midst of Lent and in the midst of this difficult situation we find ourselves in, we celebrate the joy of the Annunciation," Bishop Hying said during his homily.

"No matter what else is going on in our life, God's order of salvation and mercy and truth continue to unfold according to his plan," the bishop added.

Following the Mass, Bishop Hying, with monstrance in hands, led a Eucharistic Procession around Holy Name Heights.

The livestream followed the bishop and those who were assisting him during the procession.



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Bishop encourages faithful to continue to support parishes
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

In these challenging times, I want to thank everyone -- our priests, deacons, Religious, lay leaders, and faithful for your trust in the Lord, understanding of this unique situation in the life of the Church, your fidelity to prayer, and loving perseverance in the face of adversity.

I am very grateful for everyone who continues to be generous in their support of our diocese and parishes.

As you can imagine, parish donations have dropped off significantly since the health restrictions have begun.

Parishioners who donate through envelopes or cash in the offertory at Mass can no longer do so in the same way.

St. Ambrose Academy shifts to distance learning
Written by Carolyn Averill, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- St. Ambrose Academy (SAA), along with schools around the world, has, practically overnight, become a distance learning school.

The academy closed its doors on March 13 as students hunkered down with their families in the safety of their homes against the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, said Executive Director Joan Carey, "thanks to a heroic, all-hands-on-deck effort, St. Ambrose Academy reopened its door the following week over the Internet, where we continue to provide the best in education and classical learning for families."


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