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March 2, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 8   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Diocesan Services Appeal:
Changes implemented this year

MADISON -- Changes have been implemented in the annual Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA), which began on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and will continue through Palm Sunday, April 9, with a goal of $3 million.

The DSA is the primary funding source for diocesan-sponsored ministries that assist parishes. In his letter to parishioners, Bishop Robert C. Morlino noted that Catholics in the Diocese of Madison have responded with generosity to help those affected by natural disasters in local communities, the country, and the world. "I am grateful to each of you for your generous support of so many worthy causes," he said.

Living out our faith

Each year, people of the diocese are called upon to support diocesan programs, too. "The Diocesan Services Appeal provides us with an exceptional opportunity to live out our faith in a very real sense," said Bishop Morlino. "Supporting your parish in meeting the goals of our appeal establishes a firm, united base where we may more effectively feed the poor, shelter the homeless, and assist the suffering and afflicted."

He pointed out that the administrative offices of the diocese provide services which many individual parishes could not support on their own. "Consider what generosity God has shared with each of us when answering this call to support the diocese and the good works we seek to provide," urged Bishop Morlino.

Parish assessments

This year's DSA goal reflects a five percent increase over the 2005 goal. The Diocesan Finance Office determines the dollar amounts assessed to each parish to support the appeal. "This total assessment amount is proportionally distributed among the parishes based on the financial condition of the parish," said Gregory J. Keller, director of the Finance Office.   Full story ...

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Rites for catechumens, candidates: To be held March 5

SUN PRAIRIE -- The Rite of Election of catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion for candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church will be celebrated by the parishes of the Diocese of Madison on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Parish in Sun Prairie.

Over 50 parishes from the diocese will send over 200 people who will celebrate the sacraments of initiation this Easter, as well as their sponsors, families, and friends. About 1,000 people are expected. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside.

Ancient practice

The celebration comes from an ancient Christian practice in which those who were to celebrate the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) come forward at the beginning of Lent to show their intent. The people of the church, in turn, promise their support, guidance, and prayers.

The celebration is one part of a long process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which encompasses many facets of initiation.

Three parts

The service includes three distinct parts.   Full story ...

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