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'Mattresses from Madison': Drive to help evacuees
(posted 9/22/2005)

September 29, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 34   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of members of delegation from Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana with Bishop Robert C. Morlino and Ben Weisse

Members of the delegation from the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana pose for a photo with Bishop Robert C. Morlino and Ben Weisse of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach after a welcome Mass at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison September 23. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

Ghana delegation: In Diocese of Madison

Fair trade: For Ghanaians

MADISON -- The 13 delegates from the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana joined people of the Diocese of Madison at the launch of Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Fair Trade Chocolate Program featuring Divine Chocolate - the first farmer-owned chocolate brand in the world.

The CRS Fair Trade Chocolate Program helps farmers in Ghana by distributing fair trade chocolate through A Greater Gift in Madison and throughout the U.S.

The event was held at the Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison September 23.   Full story ...

MADISON -- Thirteen members of a delegation from the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana are visiting the Diocese of Madison until October 5.

Participating in the Global Solidarity Partnership between the two dioceses that began in 2002, the delegates are being hosted by 18 parishes in the Diocese of Madison.

On September 23, the day after their arrival in the United States, the delegates learned about Diocese of Madison offices at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison and had a chance to meet diocesan staff.   Full story ...

Hurricane relief donations

MADISON -- As of September 23, Catholics in the Diocese of Madison contributed $383,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, according to Gregory Keller, director of the Office of Finance.

The Diocese of Madison and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul also sponsored a "Mattresses from Madison" drive September 22-24.

Monetary donations in this drive purchased new mattress sets that were driven down to hurricane evacuees settling in Baton Rouge, La. For the complete story, see the September 22 issue of the Catholic Herald Online.

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St. Joseph Church: Sustains fire one week
after dedication

FORT ATKINSON -- Just one week following Bishop Robert C. Morlino's dedication of the new St. Joseph Church and School, a fire broke out in the church, which stunned the community and tested the members as well as the newly installed emergency system. Both proved they were able to handle emergency setbacks.

Pastor Fr. Bill Nolan and his hearty team of volunteers, under the direction of Steve Holz, are thankful for the Fort Atkinson Fire Department for their swift response to the smoke alarm. Although they are saddened by the setback, they are counting this as just one more hurdle to mount.

At 9:48 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, the Fort Atkinson Fire Department traced a smoke alarm to the new St. Joseph Church on Endl Blvd. At this point no dollar amount has been estimated on the damage, which is mostly caused by smoke and water.

The organ console will have to be replaced, as well as a smaller electronic piano ruined by water. The sanctuary floor, which was elevated three steps, and thus leaked water into the insulation below, had to be dismantled and replaced. The flooding of the church floor also caused damage to the legs of the pews. They were made of laminated wood which blistered from the flooding. Dry wall will also need to be replaced in some areas.

Services as usual

Although it is estimated that restoring the entire worship space to its full function may take as long as a month, services will go on in the parts of the building that were unaffected. Sunday Mass will be celebrated in the parish dining room, which can seat 400 people, with additional seating available in the Gathering Space, and daily Mass will be held in one of the conference rooms. The school and offices were unaffected and continue to function as usual.

Since none of the worship space can be used until repairs are complete, funerals and weddings will be held at St. Coletta's Chapel in Jefferson, or in other alternative places.

Efficient response

The fire, which started sometime after Father Nolan left the church at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.18, was confined to the console of the newly remodeled pipe organ, moved from the old site.   Full story ...

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