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October 7, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 37   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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St. Raphael Cathedral:
Marks 150th anniversary of cornerstone

photo of Bishop Bullock, bishop emeritus, blessing St. Raphael Cathedral time capsule

Bishop William H. Bullock, left, bishop emeritus, blesses a time capsule to be placed in a stone at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. Also shown are Reverend Mr. Michael Radowicz, master of ceremonies, and Msgr. Paul J. Swain, cathedral rector. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- Christ wants to use each of us, Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, said in his homily Oct. 3 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

He presided at a Mass marking the close of a weeklong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the blessing and laying of the cornerstone of the cathedral. Msgr. Paul J. Swain, cathedral rector, concelebrated.

The weeklong celebration included Mass, Vespers, historical exhibits, concerts by the St. Raphael Cathedral Choir and the Chamber Choir of the Academy of Music Franz Liszt from Germany, and the semi-annual Rosary March.

"I'm delighted to be here and present in spirit is Bishop Morlino" who is recovering after heart surgery, said Bishop Bullock.

Reflect God's love

In his homily, Bishop Bullock asked, "What is the message Jesus wants you to receive in this, the 150th anniversary of the cathedral?"

He noted the thousands of people who have been baptized, made their First Communion, went to school, and were confirmed at the cathedral, as well as all the priests who were ordained at the cathedral.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Faithful Citizenship 2004:
Pursuing social justice

October: Month of the rosary: Special feature

Year of the Eucharist:
Pope begins renewed focus

Hospice Center:
Celebrate beginning of construction at St. Clare, Baraboo


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Mass: Priest washing his hands; significance of water into wine

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Christ's beauty: Includes thirst
for holiness, justice

• Guest Column
by Douglas W. Kmiec --
Same-sex marriage: Would be inviting national suicide

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Rachel's Vineyard: Offering help
to post-abortive people

MADISON -- Susan (not her real name) had an abortion in 1993 at the insistence of the baby's father.

For years afterward she harbored "a tremendous sense of guilt," feeling that she didn't deserve anything good in life. At the age of 35, realizing her life had become nothing like she had hoped, Susan succumbed to depression.

See sidebar: Upcoming retreat in November

Eventually she was led to Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat offering healing after abortion. She attended such a retreat in Madison in the spring of 2004. That is where her healing process began.

"I cannot take back what happened so many years ago, but Rachel's Vineyard has given me coping skills to go on with my life and move forward," said Susan.

A traumatic secret

Susan is not alone.

According to Leslie Graves, a retreat facilitator for Rachel's Vineyard, 43 percent of American women have had one or more abortions by the time they reach age 45.

"This is an experience that has had a painful impact on many," she said. Graves herself is among those statistics.   Full story ...

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