Annual Blue Mass offers prayers for law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency workers
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 23, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Area law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders gather at the annual Blue Mass at St. Bernard Church in Madison on May 9. Pictured from left, are: Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, Madison Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Popovich, and Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madison (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- Real.

That is the word to describe the annual Blue Mass celebrated at St. Bernard Church in Madison on May 9.

Real, as in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Real, as in the job for the police, fire, and emergency personnel prayed for at this Mass is never done, as a few of them ran out during the “Our Father” to tend to someone who needed help in the church building.

Real, as in the comments spoke by the agency chiefs following Mass, asking everyone to reflect on the challenges these men and women go through.

Reflecting on service

University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman spoke about the mental issues law enforcement deal with and how it can affect them permanently.

“True courage is recognizing our humanity, our vulnerability, and speaking our true experience,” she said.

“We need to break the silence again and again.”


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St. Thérèse Lecture shares message of mercy and love
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 23, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- “The solution to an unwanted child is not to get rid of them. The solution to a supposed unwanted child is to love them, to want them, to change ourselves, to change our society,” said abortion survivor Melissa Ohden.

Ohden spoke on May 16 at Holy Name Heights in Madison as part of the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Series.

Ohden is a speaker and author, sharing her story of mercy and love.

Her book entitled You Carried Me is an intimate look at her search for her story and birth parents along with her journey to healing and forgiveness.

Let us remember those who gave their lives
Written by Fr. Donald Lange   
Thursday, May. 23, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day. In 1868, Major General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed the first official Memorial Day.

On May 30, 1868, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Historian David Hacker writes that an estimated 620,00 died in the Civil War. He added that in 1860 there were about 31 million people in our country, about one-tenth the size it is today.


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