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November 22, 2001 Edition   •   Volume 131, No. 43   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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photo of singing 'Courage Under Fire' at diocesan high school rally

Gregg Gernetzke, left, coordinator of youth ministry at St. Albert the Great Parish in Sun Prairie, leads youth in singing the rally's theme song, "Courage Under Fire." Leading youth in actions during the song is Nicole Hankel of St. Albert the Great Parish, Sun Prairie. (Patrick Scullion photo)

'Courage under fire':

Stand up for beliefs and trust in God,
teens told at diocesan youth rally
By Julianne Nornberg

MADISON -- Have "courage under fire."

That was the theme of one of the largest high school rallies sponsored by the Diocese of Madison in recent years.

More than 450 high school youth gathered for the day-long rally Nov. 11 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center here.

Courage under fire

Nov. 11 is exactly two months after the tragedies of Sept. 11, noted Ben Weisse, associate director of the diocesan Office of Religious Education.

He told the story of a man on flight 81 who, upon learning of terrorists on the flight, spent his last moments praying the "Our Father" with a 9-1-1 operator and asking her to call his wife and family to tell them he loved them. His final words were "Let's roll," before the plane, heading for Washington, D.C., crashed in Pennsylvania.   Full Story ...

Bells are ringing again:

At Bishop O'Connor Center

By Mary C. Uhler

MADISON -- In July of 2001, an electrical storm damaged the controllers on the three operating bells at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center on Madison's far west side.

The beautiful bells were silenced. Those who were accustomed to hearing the bells chime every 15 minutes had to start checking their clocks and watches more often.

Bells no longer called people to 12 noon Mass in the center's chapel.

"One of the four bells had been out of use for about 15 years," noted Tom Murphy, director of engineering at the O'Connor Center, which houses offices for the Diocese of Madison and serves as a residence for active and retired priests.

Repaired by son of installer

To repair the bells, Murphy called upon the son of the original installer of the bells in 1964, Alex Masiarchin (the same name as his father). Masiarchin now works for the Verdin Bell Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, which includes personnel from the original company that installed the bells.

Murphy found it fascinating to climb up into the belfry. The entire mason tower and spire -- seen for many miles -- rise 142 feet from the ground to the top of the gold cross.

Imported from France

The four cast bronze bells were imported from the Paccard Bell Foundry of Annecy, France.   Full Story ...

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Profiles from the pew: Joan Slate of St. Joseph Parish in Markesan

Fran and Mike Hanus family
of Janesville:
Emphasizes good communication, strong faith

Veterans' Day:
Observed by students, faculty
at Madison Catholic school

Aiding Afghanistan:
Lack of church ties a big hurdle,
says Catholic Relief Services


• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
A look at 'the evil one' label: Remember, we are all
God's children

• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
Effect of anthrax: The fear factor

• Coming of Age by Amy Welborn --
"Do not be afraid": It's still
good advice

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Miracles: Extraordinary events
are not everyday occurrences

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Psalm reveals: That God is always near those who pray

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