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September 1, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 30   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop Morlino authorizes special collection for Hurricane Katrina victims

-- Posted: 9/1/2005, 5:00 p.m. Central Time


-- Posted: 9/6/2005, 3:04 p.m. Central Time

Bishop Robert C. Morlino has authorized the Diocese of Madison to forward $100,000 to Catholic Charities USA in anticipation of the funds that will be collected from the parishes to support the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison has authorized that a special collection be taken at each of the 134 parishes in the diocese at Masses this Labor Day weekend, September 3-4, to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Proceeds from the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA, who will see that donations are sent to areas where they can accomplish the most good as quickly as possible. He said proceeds from the weekend collection can also be earmarked to help relief efforts for tornado victims in Stoughton who suffered through storms last month.

"With Catholic Charities we know that the administrative costs will be kept to a minimum and that the funds will be used in ways that truly help those in need,'' Bishop Morlino said in a letter to pastors. "If your parishioners want to earmark monies particularly for Stoughton, please note that when forwarding your collections.

"Please keep the tornado and hurricane victims and the relief workers at Catholic Charities in your prayers as they work to relieve the suffering of men, women, and especially the children who have lost and suffered so much."

If people want to send donations directly, they may be sent to: 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund, Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 25168, Alexandria, Va. 22313.

photo of St. Joseph Parish's new church and school in Fort Atkinson

The St. Joseph Parish complex includes a new $8.5 million church and school. (Photo by Jim Lewicki)

New church and school:
To be dedicated in Fort Atkinson

FORT ATKINSON -- Parishioners and visitors alike will be on hand to "Rejoice and Be Glad" at the celebration of the dedication of the new $8.5 million St. Joseph Church and School.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will perform the dedication ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, at the 10 a.m. Mass. Master of Ceremonies will be Fr. James Bartylla.

Concelebrating the Mass will be Pastor Fr. Bill Nolan and other visiting priests. Deacon Dr. Greg Gehred will assist. Parish Council Chairperson Gene Bohn will give the welcome. Readers will be Vicki Keogh, Audrey Fixmer, and Bethann Handzlik. Three choirs will sing.  Full story ...

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Special Section: Retreat Centers

Labor Day: Recognizing challenges to living 'Gospel of work'

In Niger: Catholic Relief Services provides food relief in drought

Walk for Life: Benefits Elizabeth House maternity home


• Question Corner
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• The Pope Speaks
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Holy Communion: Sisters in Prairie du Sac make altar breads for many parishes

PRAIRIE DU SAC -- The cloistered Cistercian Nuns at Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Prairie du Sac, live a hidden life of sacrifice and prayer.

They support themselves by making altar breads that will become the body of Christ - Corpus Christi - on altars throughout the Diocese of Madison and the nation.

Every year they prepare over 12 million altar breads.

All nuns involved

The baking, packing, and shipping of the breads requires the participation of all the nuns in some capacity.

Three Sisters work together on a shift to bake the altar breads. One Sister mixes the batter, another operates the baker, and another catches and stacks the breads.

Other nuns work at the cutter and operate the packaging machine. The packing area grows larger every year as the business increases.   Full story ...

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