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'Mattresses from Madison':
Drive to help evacuees
-- Posted: 9/22/2005, 3:20 p.m. Central Time
MADISON -- To help Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are resettling in Baton Rouge, La., the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Diocese of Madison launched a "Mattresses from Madison" drive Thursday, Sept. 22, at the St. Vincent de Paul's Dig & Save Outlet in Madison.
The drive, which is being held September 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24, seeks donations of $65 from Madison-area residents for new mattress sets that will be delivered to Baton Rouge by Reynolds Transfer free of charge. As monetary donations come in, up to 100 new mattress sets - which include a mattress and a foundation - will be loaded from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. onto a Reynolds Transfer semi-trailer in the parking lot at the Dig & Save Outlet.
Used mattresses are not being collected for the drive. Ralph Middlecamp, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Madison, explained that the new mattress sets purchased for $65 are the same types of twin and double mattress sets St. Vincent de Paul buys each month to help people settle in their own homes after leaving Madison homeless shelters.
"Decent bedding is a crucial need for many hurricane evacuees as they are resettled and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Baton Rouge requested our assistance with obtaining mattresses," said Middlecamp.
St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Madison has a close relationship with the District Council in Baton Rouge, said Middlecamp. The thrift stores in Baton Rouge have used Madison's thrift stores as a model and the Center for Vincentian Charity being planned in Madison is based on the center in Baton Rouge.
At the drive's kick-off, Bishop Robert C. Morlino gave a donation for the first mattress set to be loaded onto the semi-trailer. Full story ...
At Apostolate to Handicapped summer outing
WISCONSIN DELLS -- Setting a record number of participants for all Apostolate to the Handicapped events, 1,405 people attended the recent annual summer outing at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in Wisconsin Dells.
On a perfect summer day, August 26, Msgr. Tom Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, welcomed the handicapped, caregivers, and volunteers at Mass, which was followed by a lunch and then a show by the Tommy Bartlett Water Show performers.
A record number of 23 priests from throughout the Diocese of Madison concelebrated the Mass.
In his tribute to the handicapped and volunteers, Monsignor Campion's homily was based on the first reading of the Mass. In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, St. Paul asks the Romans - whom he calls his "brothers and sisters" - to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice "wholly and completely" and to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus. Full story ...
New church and school
in Fort Atkinson
FORT ATKINSON -- With a brass ensemble and three choirs to set the triumphant mood, parishioners at St. Joseph Church welcomed Bishop Robert C. Morlino as he made his entrance into St. Joseph Church to bless and dedicate their new church and school on Sunday, Sept. 11.
'Rejoice and Be Glad'
Culminating eight years of planning and 15 months of grueling construction, it was a fitting time to "Rejoice and Be Glad."
More than 800 persons packed the church and flowed over into the daily chapel and the large gathering space at the entrance. Full story ...
to be held: On preventing sexual abuse
MADISON -- Kate Wiskus, director of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Safe Environment and a long time worker in the field of abuse prevention and education, will conduct sessions for parents across the diocese this fall and winter.
There is no cost for the session. Those attending a session will receive materials to assist them in their role as primary educator of their children and receive access to parent materials through the VIRTUS Web site.
Nearly everyone in the Diocese of Madison is familiar with the VIRTUS program, Protecting God's Children. Attendance at a Protecting God's Children for Adults session is required of every employee of the diocese, parish, and school as well as volunteers who work in programs with children. Full story ...