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December 14, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 46   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Christmas: A time to care for all

photo of Berlyn Hicks, of Darlington, excitedly pointing to the baby Jesus at the annual Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas Party

Berlyn Hicks, of Darlington, excitedly points to the baby Jesus at the annual Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas Party held at Monroe High School. (Catholic Herald photo by Bill and Jo Boyce)

MONROE -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped Christmas party is always a joyous event. The gymnasium at Monroe High School is filled with red and green decorations, poinsettias, friends and family, and, of course, the baby Jesus. People laugh and clap and sing with the Diocesan Choir during Mass and with Hugo and Heidi when Santa's arrives.

But most of all, the Christmas party is an occasion to gather together in a spirit of love and celebrate the season. This year the party was held December 2, and the theme, "Jesus saw the crowd, and cared for them," illustrated the love of all who came - guests, volunteers, and caretakers.

"Every one of us today are like Jesus," said Msgr. Thomas F. Campion, director of the Apostolate. "We see the crowd and care for them. Not just a lot of people - we see individuals and we care for them."

Bishop Robert C. Morlino celebrated the Mass, joined by 13 other priests. He was greeted with smiles and handshakes and even, from one person, a hug.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Junior Saints: Saints Among Us contest winners

Spirit of Christmas: Catholics are generous with donations

Holy Hill: New basilica impacts community's faith


• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir -- Christianity:
Advent reminds us it's all about joy

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Apostles' Creed: Who was author, how many revisions?

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Pope's trip to Turkey: Urges rediscovering of God; Christians, Muslims to work jointly

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Future special sections:

Christmas Greetings/ Senior Focus: Dec. 21, 2006

Safe Driving: Dec. 28, 2006

Vocations: Jan. 11, 2007

Senior Focus: Jan. 18, 2007

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Diocesan Choir: Busy year includes new CD, Carnegie Hall, and holiday concert

Second in a two-part series on the Madison Diocesan Choir [read part one]

MADISON -- The Madison Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman, caps an extraordinary year with its Christmas holiday concert, "Lessons and Carols," on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. in the chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

The event with reception to follow is free. Each person attending is encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to help stock the food pantry at the Catholic Multicultural Center. Donations to the choir are appreciated.

At Carnegie Hall

More than 20 choir members returned recently from a Carnegie Hall performance, the world premiere of Stephen Edwards' Requiem. The Midwest composer began writing the requiem upon the death of Pope John Paul II.

Nearly 300 children and adults from choirs across the country performed it and other works with the New England Symphonic Ensemble on November 20 in Isaac Stern Auditorium.

In an interview, Gorman talked about the choir's remarkably successful year. While he and many members could not make the Carnegie Hall trip, he was pleased the choir had the opportunity and that it was well represented. He compared it to the choir's performance of the Bach Magnificat with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus six years ago.   Full story ...

Gary Gaudreau:
New diocesan coordinator of youth ministry

MADISON -- Gary Gaudreau (pronounced Goodrow) has been named the new diocesan coordinator of youth ministry.

He will be working in the Diocese of Madison's Office of Evangelization and Catechesis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Gaudreau will be serving as director of resources for the National Office of the Dead Theologians Society (DTS) located in Black Earth.

Gaudreau has served in church ministry for over 20 years as a parish youth minister, high school religion teacher, and most recently, as director of religious education and youth ministry for over four years in the Diocese of Baker, Ore.

He has a bachelor's degree in history and teaching credentials from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., and two bachelor's degrees in theology and religious education from Carroll College in Helena, Mont.   Full story ...

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