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October 12, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 37   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Fr. Joseph M. Brickl dies

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Fr. Joseph M. Brickl

PLAIN -- Fr. Joseph M. Brickl, 96, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, died on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke Church, 1240 Nachreiner Ave. in Plain, on Friday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. with Bishop Robert C. Morlino as main celebrant and Fr. Raymond Dischler as homilist. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the funeral Mass.

Father Brickl was born on June 18, 1910, in Plain to Rosanna and Joseph Brickl. He attended St. Luke School in Plain and St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, for high school and college studies. He studied theology at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of La Crosse on May 22, 1937 at St. Joseph Cathedral, La Crosse, by Bishop William Griffin. Father Brickl became a priest of the Diocese of Madison when the diocese was erected in 1946.

He served as associate pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Marathon; Sacred Heart Parish, Eau Claire; and St. Paul Parish, Bloomer. He served as administrator of St. Thomas Parish, Potosi, until being named to his first pastorate at St. Patrick Parish, Loreto, in 1945.

He also served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Sinsinawa; Immaculate Conception Parish, Kieler; Sacred Heart Parish, Reedsburg; St. Joseph Parish, Waterloo; and St. Mary Parish, Pine Bluff, from which he retired in 1973. Father Brickl also served as chaplain at the Dane County Hospital and Home, Verona, and the Dane County Jail in Madison.

Open house farewell for Bishop Swain

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino invites all to attend an open house honoring Bishop Paul J. Swain prior to his departure for Sioux Falls, S. D.

The open house will take place at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Light refreshments will be served.

Bishop Swain will be celebrating his final Masses at St. Patrick Parish, 404 E. Main St., Madison, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. and at Holy Redeemer Parish, 120 W. Johnson St., Madison, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Bishop Swain will also return to Madison to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at a future date.

Bishop Morlino reminds all to keep Bishop Swain in prayer as he makes the move and is raised to the order of the episcopate.

Previous articles:
Pope Benedict XVI Names Msgr. Paul J. Swain Eighth Bishop of Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (posted 8/31/2006)

Consecration scheduled October 26 (9/14/2006 edition)

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St. Victor School: Celebrates 90 years of building faith


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Occasions, inducements of sin: What are they?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Discovering Jesus: And making the great profession of faith

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Senior Focus/ World Mission Sunday: Oct. 19, 2006

All Souls Day - Grief and Hospice: Oct. 26, 2006

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Directory: Nov. 9, 2006

Senior Focus: Nov. 16, 2006

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Celebrating 150 years:
Of faith as a community

OREGON -- Holy Mother of Consolation Parish (HMC) is celebrating 150 years this year. On September 24, the parish continued its series of sesquicentennial events with a Mass and picnic. Bishop Robert C. Morlino celebrated the Mass, with pastor Fr. Bill Connell concelebrating.

Related articles:

September 21, 2006 edition:
Oregon parish: Celebrates 150th anniversary

January 12, 2006 edition:
Holy Mother of Consolation: Celebrates 150 years

July 22, 2004 edition:
• Oregon parish: Celebrates 20th anniversary with sister parish (print edition only)

Even HMC's sister parish in Guatemala was present - at least, by phone after Mass - to congratulate the parish on its 150 years of faith. And Governor Jim Doyle sent a proclamation to the parish, as did the state legislature, presented by HMC parishioner and State Assembly Rep. Brett Davis.

And HMC still has a few more events in its sesquicentennial celebration, including a history pageant put on by youth on November 11 and a time capsule on December 31.   Full story ...

Planning: Understanding the 'assumptions and goals'

MADISON -- The previous article reminded us of our diocese's recent history as it relates to the present linkages of parishes and gave us some idea of groundwork that has been done in preparation for the Guided by the Spirit planning process.

This article will outline the assumptions that each parish should be working under as well as the goals that they should be working toward. There is a natural relationship between the assumptions and goals as our diocese's ability to achieve these goals is only as good as the parish's understanding and following of the assumptions.

Most important goal

The most important goal is stated as "To insure that all individuals throughout our 11 counties are graciously invited everyday, in one way or another, to meet Jesus Christ 'Risen from the Dead,' and be changed by him."

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George Weigel:
To speak at St. Thérèse of Lisieux lecture

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George Weigel

MADISON -- George Weigel, a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will be speaking at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison as part of the St. Thérèse of Lisieux lecture series Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

Weigel's St. Thérèse of Lisieux lecture series talk is titled "The Benedict Project: The Catholic Church in the 21st Century." A sign language interpreter will be available for the lecture.

Weigel is a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America's leading commentators on issues of religion and public life. A native of Baltimore, he was educated at St. Mary Seminary College, Baltimore, and at the University of St. Michael College in Toronto.

Weigel is the author or editor of 18 books, including The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church; Letters to a Young Catholic; and God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church.   Full story ...

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