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December 18, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 47   •   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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Bishop Morlino's Christmas Card

Dear Friends in Christ:

Please be assured of my prayerful best wishes for Advent and the wonderful time of Christmas. Christmas is a time for families to be together in Christ and this is especially true of our diocesan family. Each one of you has a special place in my heart, my prayers, and the Masses that I will celebrate on Christmas Day.

Christ, appearing in the flesh, is the absolute guarantee of God's love for all of us. That is the love we treasure most. At Christmastime I want to repeat very genuinely that I love each one of you and that I count on your love so that together we might in Christ, through the intercession of His mother, do whatever He tells us.

God love you, Merry Christmas, and every blessing for the New Year.

Cordially yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison

No issue January 1

The Catholic Herald will not publish an issue the week of New Year's Day, Jan. 1.

We will resume our regular publication schedule Jan. 8, 2004.

Happy holidays to all our readers!

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Holiday events:
Scheduled in Diocese of Madison

MADISON -- All people in the Diocese of Madison are invited to attend the holiday Masses at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison.

Msgr. Paul J. Swain, rector of St. Raphael Cathedral, will preside at the Christmas Eve Mass that begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 12 midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 24. Prelude music, which begins at 11:30 p.m., is provided by the St. Raphael Cathedral Choir with brass quintet and tympani. The choir is directed by Dr. Patrick Gorman. (The midnight Mass will be broadcast on WHFA, 1240 AM.)

Monsignor Swain will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, at the cathedral. The Cathedral Choir with brass will provide music.

Bishop Morlino will preside at a 5 p.m. Mass at the cathedral on Friday, Dec. 26. Seminarians for the Diocese of Madison will attend the Mass and gather with the bishop afterward.

St. Raphael Cathedral is located at 222 W. Main St. in downtown Madison. Parking is available in the ramp across from the cathedral; parking is free on holidays.

Television Mass

Bishop George O. Wirz will preside and preach at a Christmas Mass to air at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, and at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, on WISC-TV, Channel 3.   Full story ...

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