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Model of holiness: Celebrating Our Lady
MADISON -- St. Joseph Church was filled with people, colorful decorations, and festive music on Saturday, Dec. 10, for the 16th Diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, sponsored by the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas and the patron saint of the unborn child. The Diocesan Mass, presided over by Bishop Robert C. Morlino, was to celebrate her feast day of December 12, the day she came to bring faith, hope, and consolation to the oppressed.
The Mass began with a procession of children; many dressed in their countries' traditional outfits, setting roses at the feet of the Our Lady of Guadalupe statue. Roses symbolize the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, now Saint Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. As a result of her appearance, nine million indigenous people were converted within 10 years.
Estudiantina, the Diocesan Hispanic Choir, along with members from the group Sotavento, rang out with guitars, percussion, a bass, and an accordion playing traditional songs like Mañanitas a La Virgen de Guadalupe and O Santísima. Full story ...
Cathedral future: Bishop hears priests' views
MADISON -- Priests of the Diocese of Madison discussed options for the future of the diocesan cathedral at a meeting on December 15 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino asked members of the Presbyteral Council of the diocese to come prepared to discuss the cathedral issue. (St. Raphael Cathedral in downtown Madison suffered extensive damage from a fire in March.)
The bishop emphasized that he will be taking a "relaxed pace" in making a decision about the cathedral. He plans to hold town meetings and "give everyone a chance to voice their opinions."
The bishop also noted that people in the diocese responded generously to victims of the tsunami and hurricanes in the past year. "A lot of people maxed themselves out," he said, saying this is not an appropriate time to begin a capital campaign for a cathedral.
He asked the priests to respond to two questions: How do you see the relative worth of a downtown cathedral in Madison versus the value of a suburban cathedral? Where should the cathedral be? Full story ...