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There will be no Catholic Herald issue published on January 3, 2002. The next issue will be January 10, 2002.

December 27, 2001 Edition   •   Volume 131, No. 48   •   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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Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe:

'You are called to become leaders'

photo of children bringing flowers and flags to lay at the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe statue

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was celebrated with a recent Mass at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison. Here, children in traditional dress and costumes bring up flowers and flags to lay at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe placed near the altar. (Patrick Scullion photo)

By Julianne Nornberg

MADISON -- "You are called to become leaders in this nation," said Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz, who presided at a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 15 at St. Raphael Cathedral here.

People from all over the Diocese of Madison gathered for the celebration, which began with a procession of a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the altar. Children of the Hispanic community, many of whom were dressed in regional outfits, placed flowers before the statue.

Eleven priests of the Diocese of Madison concelebrated the Mass. Providing music for the Mass during their first public appearance was a new Hispanic choir for the Diocese of Madison.   Full Story ...

Prayer for peace:

People invited to join Bishop Bullock Dec. 31

MADISON -- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated Jan. 1, 2002 (the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God) as a National Day of Prayer for Peace.

Bishop William H. Bullock has encouraged parishes to include prayers for peace on Jan. 1 or the vigil of Dec. 31. The bishop himself will celebrate a Mass at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison, at 5 p.m. on the Dec. 31 vigil. All in the diocese are invited to attend.

The bishop encourages parishioners to spend some of New Year's Day "praying for peace with their families in their own homes. We know that prayer is powerful, and it is clear that our world is in great need of peace and justice," he said.

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News & Features:

Top stories in 2002:
Terrorism attacks, peace efforts, human cloning, stem cell research, religious persecution

Pope's message:
Believers must bring signs of Christ's love to all they meet

Christmas miracles: Birth of quadruplets unites community


• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
Ray Romano-inspired New Year's resolution: No more 'worry waiting'

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Christians: Should proclaim Christ's message of peace

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