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April 8, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 14   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The resurrected Christ leaves the tomb in this painting by Fr. Gary Wankerl, a priest of the Diocese of Madison. It hangs during the Easter season at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Cross Plains. The Resurrection will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 11. (Catholic Herald photo by Lorie Ballweg)


May the blessings, joy, and peace of Easter be with you and your loved ones during these holy days, throughout the Easter season, and indeed every day.

Please be assured of our prayers during these holy days; know that we count on yours very much as well.

Christ indeed is risen, alleluia!

+Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison

+William H. Bullock
Bishop Emeritus

+George O. Wirz
Bishop Emeritus

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'Back home again':
Giving thanks for refurbished Barneveld church

BARNEVELD -- It was apparent that members of Immaculate Conception Parish here were glad to be "back home" as they gathered March 28 for the first Mass celebrated in the church since it was damaged in a fire Dec. 23, 2003.

The refurbished interior of the church, which suffered smoke and water damage, includes replaced walls, ceiling, floor, and carpeting. A new sound system was installed as well. Additionally, the meeting room in the basement was renewed and the ceiling replaced.

Much of the work involved was done by volunteer craftsmen and other parish volunteers.

Relief, happiness

"My emotions today are mainly relief and happiness: relief that our efforts have been rewarded and we are back in our church according to our timetable, and happiness for the people in the parish and the volunteers who made it happen," said Parish Council President Mike Ashmore.

Ashmore remarked that although it was a little early in the Easter season, he could truly feel the joy of the Resurrection in the renewed church.

"Many people contributed to this project," he said, mentioning how Pastor Fr. Donald Lange divides his time between Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway. "He is a strong presence, instrumental in doing whatever it took to get us back into our church."

Expressing gratitude

He said gratitude is also owed to St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway, which allowed Immaculate Conception parishioners to continue to worship together and use their facilities while Immaculate Conception Church was being repaired.   Full story ...

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