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Cistercian Sisters invite the public to view and venerate the relics
Written by By Sr. Mary Bede berg, O.Cist. Valley of Our Lady Monastery   
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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A Cistercian Sister is pictured above with one of the reliquaries holding relics of many saints  at Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac. (Contributed photo)

In the communion of saints,“a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory, and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things.” In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1475; quotation from Pope Paul VI’s Indulgentiarum Doctrina, 5

PRAIRIE DU SAC -- Our communion with the saints is a reality we too often forget. Throughout the history of the Church, the intercession and example of the saints have strengthened and inspired all the faithful, while their relics have been both objects of veneration and sources of miraculous graces.

Relics, from the Latin reliquiae, “remains, remnants,” are of three classes. First class relics are the material remains, in whole or in part, of a saint; second class relics are objects or fragments of objects that a saint owned or used; and third class relics are objects that have been touched to the remains or belongings of a saint.

Venerating relics

The practice of venerating the remains and possessions of holy men and women is an ancient tradition. Certain Old Testament stories provide glimpses of this custom already in the history of Israel.

These include: in the removal of Joseph’s bones from Egypt (Ex 13:19); in the power attributed to Elijah’s cloak after his ascension into heaven (2 Kg 2:13-14); and in the return to life of a dead man through contact with Elisha’s bones (2 Kg 13:21).

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Care Net’s new mobile clinic to bring services directly to women
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Imagine this: You’re a young woman who thinks you might be pregnant. You’re scared and alone and not sure where to turn for help.

And then you see it, right in your neighborhood: a mobile medical clinic that offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.

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Diocesan Prayer for a New Bishop
Written by the Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison   
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Even as we are mourning the death of Bishop Robert C. Morlino, all in the Diocese of Madison must now turn toward the Lord and earnestly ask that he send us a successor who will lead us in the faith. Following are some suggestions that were sent in a memo to parishes:

 

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