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April 13, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 14   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop Morlino addresses National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Coverage of Bishop Robert C. Morlino's keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, including links to the full text of his remarks. (posted in April 6 edition)

A l l e l u i a !

"Rejoice, heavenly powers!
Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!"

May these words of great joy, from the Easter Proclamation, resonate in your hearts for the Great Fifty Days of Easter. For even in the midst of struggle and sorrow, we know that the victory of eternal life has been won for us by our great Redeemer!

Please be assured of our prayers for you during these holy days; please remember us in your prayers, as well.

In the joy of Christ, risen and radiant,

Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison

Most Reverend William H. Bullock
Bishop Emeritus

Most Reverend George O. Wirz
Retired Auxiliary Bishop

Holy Week liturgies: Celebrated in downtown churches

All in the Diocese of Madison are welcome to celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week usually celebrated at St. Raphael Cathedral.

The Masses will be held instead at downtown Madison churches: St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St., and Holy Redeemer Church, 120 W. Johnson St. Both churches are wheelchair accessible and assistive-listening devices for those who are hard-of-hearing will be available from greeters upon request.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be the principal celebrant at all Holy Week Masses at St. Patrick. The Cathedral Choir will be providing the music at those Masses.

Holy Thursday, April 13, 2006
• 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick - Mass of the Lord's Supper
• 8 p.m., Holy Redeemer - Spanish Mass

Good Friday, April 14, 2006
• 12:15 p.m., Holy Redeemer - Celebration of the Lord's Passion
• 3 p.m., St. Patrick - Celebration of the Lord's Passion
• 6 p.m., Holy Redeemer - Living Stations
• 7 p.m., Holy Redeemer - Spanish service

Holy Saturday, April 15, 2006
• 8 p.m., St. Patrick - Easter Vigil Eucharist
• 8 p.m., Holy Redeemer - Bilingual Mass

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006
• 9 a.m., Holy Redeemer - Easter Mass
• 11 a.m., St. Patrick - Easter Mass
• 11:30 a.m., Holy Redeemer - Spanish Easter Mass

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Special section: Celebrating Easter

God or the Girl: Program follows four discerning men

Bishops urged: To become involved in national effort for federal marriage amendment

Seminary version of 'March Madness'


• Making a Difference by Tony Magliano --
Lessons from John Paul the Great

• Question Corner by Fr. John Dietzen --
Jesus' family: Extended family, 'brothers
and sisters' confusion

• The Pope Speaks by Pope Benedict XVI --
Holy Spirit: Unites Christ's disciples
with God, themselves

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Senior Focus: April 20, 2006

Summer Vacation Guide: April 27, 2006

Mother's Day / Festival Guide: May 4, 2006

Retirement Living: May 11, 2006

Graduation/Senior Focus: May 18, 2006

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Diocesan pilgrimage:
A 'relevant journey'
to Vatican Exhibit

MADISON -- Our life is a pilgrimage returning home to the Father from whom we came. This reality is symbolized in every pilgrimage to a holy destination that we make.

It was no different for the faithful who participated in the diocesan pilgrimage to the exhibit of Saint Peter and the Vatican at the Milwaukee Public Museum March 23.

On a pilgrimage

Over 100 persons met at Schoenstatt Heights in Madison for Mass to open this pilgrimage. Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer presided at the liturgy, which set the tone of asking God's blessing on our travels.

In his homily he spoke about the covenant of love between God and us that gives us the impetus to constantly seek God's presence. He asked a special blessing on the pilgrims before the buses were boarded.

The pilgrimage was led by a team from Relevant Journeys, Juan Landa and Brian Kelly, and a team from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, Eric Schiedermayer and Sr. M. Marcia Vinje. Each team had a little program of prayer and teaching, so that the trip truly took on a religious atmosphere.

Besides learning about other pilgrimage opportunities through Relevant Journeys and Mater Dei Tours, we learned about the spirituality of pilgrimage as an encounter with God, a personal transformation, and the desire to witness to the experience and share its fruits with other people.

Vatican Exhibit

Upon arriving at the museum in Milwaukee we had time for lunch and then began the "encounter" with the divine and the church in the exhibit itself. The exhibit is truly a sacramental, using tangible items and events of history to lead us to a deeper understanding of church, an appreciation of our heritage, but most importantly an opportunity for prayer and reflection.   Full story ...

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