with Bishop Morlino
MADISON -- The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis invites the people of the Diocese of Madison to the fall "Doctrine and Dinner" with Bishop Robert C. Morlino on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd.
All are welcome, including those who just want to come for Bishop Morlino's talk at 6 p.m. This talk on "The Mysteries of the Rosary" promises to help attendees grow in their appreciation of the power and depth of this most ancient and venerable prayer as we celebrate the month of the rosary in October.
For those wishing to join Bishop Morlino for dinner, there is a cost of $20 per plate. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. Those staying for dinner must register by October 9. All those attending, regardless of whether they are staying for dinner, should register at www.madisoncatholic.org/OEC/
DocAndDinner or call 608-821-3168 or e-mail OEC@straphael.org
Memorial Mass for Sir Michael N. Arinze (KSJ)
DODGEVILLE -- A Mass of remembrance will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. for Sir Michael Arinze (KSJ), the father of Fr. Paul Ugo Arinze, the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Dodgeville.
Mass will be at St. Joseph Church, 310 Elwood St., Dodgeville. Priests are invited to concelebrate.
There will be a luncheon at St. Joseph School gym following the Mass. Sir Arinze died on August 9 at the age of 75 in Nigeria. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Arinze, seven children, and seven grandchildren.
Memorials in memory of Sir Arinze can be made payable to Amcore Bank. Write Father Paul in the memo. The address is Amcore Bank, Attn: Paul Lawinger, P.O. Box 108, Mount Horeb, WI 53572.
Catholic women schedule deanery meetings
PLAIN -- The Sauk Deanery meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at St. Luke Parish here. The theme is "Gospel Justice."
Registration is at 4 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 4:45. A concelebrated Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist.
A dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by speaker Tom Markle, house father with Elizabeth House ministry. Those attending are asked to bring two $10 items for the raffle.
Reservations are to be sent to Suzanne Ederer, E. 6420 Hwy. B, Spring Green, WI 53588. The cost is $9.
JEFFERSON -- "Women Enabling Women" is the theme of the Jefferson Deanery fall meeting to be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at St. John the Baptist Parish here.
Registration is at 4:45 p.m. followed by the rosary at 5:10. A concelebrated Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie, diocesan moderator, as homilist, followed by dinner.
The program at 7:30 p.m. will feature Denise and Dale Breuer, Jefferson. Their title is "Ghana Revisited." They were among the 2006 diocesan delegation to Ghana, where they learned firsthand how the donations from the Donkey Project and Divine Chocolate sale are being utilized. The special collection will be for the Donkey Project.
Reservations are due October 7 to Linda Rosiejka, W3399 Gruennert St., Helenville, WI 53137. The cost is $10.
for separated, divorced
MADISON -- Two local parishes offer peer support groups that provide support to those hurting from separation, divorce, or loss of a significant relationship. The groups are open to all ages and faiths. People interested in attending do not need to be a member of the parishes. For more information, call 608-824-0014.
"Friends on a Journey" meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 and 19, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 401 S. Owen Dr.
"New Directions" meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 and 26, at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd.
Drive-through flu shots
BARABOO -- Home Health United in cooperation with St. Clare Hospital will hold a drive-through flu and pneumonia shot clinic at Park Side Motors, 633 8th Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The drive-thru will be especially appreciated by persons with difficulty moving. Charge for the flu shot is $28 and $35 for the pneumonia shot. Shots are free for those with Medicare Part B or Medicaid. For information, contact Pat Harper, 608-276-7583.
New St. Thomas More Society
MADISON -- A new organization, the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Madison, devoted to fostering high ethical standards in government, the legal profession, and in the court system, will hold its inaugural meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St., Madison.
Members will hear Bishop Robert C. Morlino and Attorney Dean Strang speak on the death penalty referendum, followed by questions and answers and light refreshments.
For the past few years, Bishop Morlino has invited Supreme Court justices, judges, legislators, attorneys, government officials, and others to take part in the Red Mass, a Mass invoking God's blessing upon the legal profession and government officials.
From this Mass, interest gathered around creating a forum for discussing the interrelationship of theology, philosophy, and jurispurdence and the important issues of the day. Inspired by St. Thomas More - a scholar, lawyer, public servant, and martyr - the St. Thomas More Society will sponsor spiritual and educational events.
For more information on the Society or how to join, contact Susanna Herro, Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, 608-821-3087, or firstname.lastname@example.org
on Fr. Mazzuchelli
SINSINAWA -- On Sunday, Oct. 15, Sinsinawa Mound will be having a Heritage Retreat, "An Indian Church of Mats . . ."
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dominican Sister Mary Paynter will lead participants through a meditation on Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli's ministry among the Native Americans and its Sinsinawa Dominican heritage seen in the story of Mary We-Ha-Kee LaBatte, a Native American child adopted by the Sisters.
The day will also include liturgy with the congregation, dinner, and a performance of selections from Medicine for Wildcat, a new children's musical written by Dominican Sisters Carol Artery and Priscilla Wood. The musical recognizes the first years of Father Mazzuchelli's work in Mackinac and Green Bay. It is based on the book of the same name by Robert Riordan, originally published in the 1950s. Selected original songs and excerpts from different scenes will be performed by students from St. Rose School, Cuba City.
The registration deadline is October 6 and there is a fee. For more information, contact Sinsinawa Mound guest services at 608-748-4411 or visit www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter
Catholic library conference
WISCONSIN DELLS -- The Wisconsin Chapter of the Catholic Library Association (CLA) will hold its fall 2006 conference Friday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center, 60 Gasser Rd., in Wisconsin Dells.
Presentations will include discussions on developing a school Web site and on new books for children and young adults. There will be a discussion session with author Kashmira Sheth. Time will be provided for lunch and shopping. All members and non-members of the CLA are invited.
For information visit www.viterbo.edu/wcla.aspx?id=15576 for downloadable registration materials or call 608-845-9868, e-mail email@example.com, or write to Vikki Larson, WCLA, 809 Arbor Vitae Pl., Verona, WI 53593.
Conference center hotel reservations can be made by calling 800-648-4765 or 608-254-2285.
Young adult small groups
MADISON -- Young adult small groups are beginning in Madison at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Thursday, Oct. 19, and at St. Dennis Parish on Thursday, Oct. 26.
For more information or to learn about an upcoming training session for young adults, contact Brad Klingele, Diocese of Madison, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bereavement retreat to be held
MADISON -- "Beyond The Emptiness," a bereavement retreat for adults who have lost someone significant in their lives, will be held Friday, Nov. 10, from 7 p.m., through Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd.
It will be facilitated by Judy Koeppl, director of the Center For Life and Loss Integration, and Linda Colletti, director of the Bereavement Program, HospiceCare, Inc., Rock County.
Cost is $150. Registration deadline is November 1. Space is limited to 20 persons. Participants are encouraged to reserve a room and stay overnight if possible (but this is not required). Reservations for rooms can be made by calling the O'Connor Center at 608-821-3000. Room rates range from about $24 to $42.
To register or for a brochure, contact Linda Colletti at email@example.com, 608-755-1871, or 608-424-6803. Reservations can also be sent to Judy Koeppl at the Center For Life and Loss Integration, 4123 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716.
Perinatal loss service
MONROE -- The loss of an unborn child can be a devastating spiritual and emotional experience for parents and families.
To assist those families in the natural grieving process, Monroe Clinic will offer a Perinatal Loss Memorial Service on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. This fourth annual Service of Remembrance and Sharing will be held in Calvary Cemetery, located at 1907 29th Ave. in Monroe. All are welcome to attend.
The theme of this year's Memorial Service is "Always Precious in Our Memories." The staff and committee of the Perinatal Grief Program at Monroe Clinic will host the service.
For more information, contact Tom Chopp of Monroe Clinic's Pastoral Care Department at 608-324-1466.
For more information on Monroe Clinic, visit the Web site www.monroeclinic.org
Abortion recovery program
MADISON -- Hope is available for those who struggle from the emotional and spiritual turmoil that follows an abortion. Whole Heart, a post-abortion ministry, will offer a Bible study and support group for women beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24.
The facilitators of the group will walk as companions with participants on their journey to healing. Facilitators have been there; they understand the pain and anguish. A compassionate, safe, and confidential setting is offered. Women who come to the group often express relief in knowing they are no longer alone. The support group uses a workbook that offers Scripture reflections and journal exercises.
Register by calling Cassie at 608-259-1605 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by October 16. Whole Heart is a ministry of the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Madison. Care Net also offers individual help to women and men who are struggling with their past abortions. Facilitators have been trained by PACE (Post-Abortion Counseling Education) and Project Rachel. All services are free and confidential.
Respect Life Sunday: Massgoers, marchers pray for life
MADISON -- It was the beginning of Respect Life Month, and also the beginning of the month of the Rosary. Both fell on a day when the sky was blue and the weather perfect for marching.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, people filled the pews at St. Patrick Parish, Madison, for the Diocesan Respect Life Mass and walked the streets for the 60th International Rosary March, to pray for an end to all violence on innocent life and to serve as a reminder of the dignity of all human beings.
At the beginning of his homily at the Respect Life Mass, Bishop Robert C. Morlino said he was praying for the healing of Rep. Mark Foley, a congressman from Florida who has recently resigned under allegations of sexual misconduct.
"I want to be very clear that I am not rejoicing at anyone's misfortune," he said. But in the Catholic Church, the bishops have taken every sort of step to ensure a safe environment for children.
"I think it's time for American people to tell the congress of the United States and to tell the public schools to take advantage of what the bishops have done and get with it in terms of providing a safe environment," he said. "Don't let the opportunity slip away."
Secondly, the bishop said that in this matter of pro-life, as Jesus said in the Gospel, "'Anybody who is not against us is with us.' . . . So we forge alliances because it's for the good of all," he said.
But some politicians, he said, are causing confusion about the natural law. "And no Catholic, or anyone else who claims to be with us, should cause confusion, because people of good will are caused by confusion to fall into sin," he said.
Sources of confusion
There are three major sources of confusion, he said.
First, that everyone has a "right" to marry. "I am tired of reading that in the local newspapers," he said. "People have a right to marry. No one has a right to redefine marriage."
Secondly, capital punishment is necessary to protect people from heinous criminals. "That's simply not true," he said. "We have secure prisons where people can be kept for life without parole. And society is safe."
"When you kill people when you don't have to kill them, that increases the climate of violence and terrorism," he said.
And the area where there's the most confusion, he said, is stem cell therapy. He talked about people who bring up a four-year-old girl with juvenile diabetes and saying not doing embryonic stem cell research will kill her hope.
"That, too, is baloney; there's a lot around," he said. "People who like bologna are having a feast."
Rather than destroy human life to do research, which is not all that promising for curing disease or healing injuries, why not spend that money on adult stem cell research and umbilical cord stem cell research, the bishop asked.
"Why are we being pressured in Wisconsin to promote embryonic stem cell research? Because of the 'commercial interests' of our state," he said. "Well, you and I know what that means - there's big bucks in this for somebody."
Good year for life
This is a very special year for Wisconsin when it comes to respecting life, he said. "Not only should we do the right thing ourselves, but more importantly we should go out and explain to people what the right thing is."
Bishop Morlino was not able to stay for the Rosary March, but Bishop Paul J. Swain followed the statue of Our Lady of Fatima through the streets, with nearly a block-long train of marchers behind him. After the rosary, he gave a brief homily, in which he said to keep pro-life issues in mind while voting this November.
Planning: How did we get to where we are today?
MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison underwent a strategic planning process some years ago that sought to minimize the number of parish closures, maintaining a sacramental presence throughout all of the existing parishes.
This strategy, even with its limitations, was successfully applied to the extent that the diocese presently has 67 percent of its parishes linked with at least one other parish.
While this parish model is still valid and will likely be used in the future, it became clear at the start of 2005 that strategically this was no longer an effective method of conserving priestly resources.
Thus, in the spring of 2005, the diocese began a long term planning project by contracting with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to create a comprehensive demographic report on the Diocese of Madison. This report provided a statistically valid demographic profile for the 11 counties of the Diocese of Madison.
The next step involved querying all priests and parishioners using surveys designed by CARA. The priest survey was taken first in the fall of 2005, with the results discussed with Bishop Robert C. Morlino in the winter of 2005-06.
One result of these discussions was the decision to implement a grassroots or bottoms-up strategy at the parish level in the development of the parish restructuring plan that was imminent for the diocese. The in-pew survey of parishioners followed in November 2005, with the results released back to the parishes for their self-evaluation in the spring of 2006.
The in-pew survey and the parish self-evaluation results are a critical piece in each parish's effort to develop their future parish structure, providing key information on all of the issues concerning the future direction of the Diocese of Madison and the parishes.
The diocese contracted with the Reid Group in the summer of 2006 to lead the diocese through an eight-step planning process, aptly named "Guided by the Spirit." This will extend through May 2007.
Core committee training sessions
All parishes should have their core committees participate in one of the training sessions listed below. All training is from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
|Mon., Oct. 9||Bishop O'Connor Center||Madison
|Mon., Oct. 9||St. Mary Parish||Platteville
|Tues., Oct. 10||St. Joseph Parish||Baraboo
|Tues., Oct. 10||St. Joseph Parish||Dodgeville
|Tues., Oct. 10||St. John Vianney Parish||Janesville
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