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December 21, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 47   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

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• First place for best general news photo

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Dear Friends in Christ:

People yearn to receive the loving glance of Christ, especially at Christmas. Let that be our Christmas gift to all.

A Blessed Christmas and New Year to you and your loved ones,

Cordially yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison

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The Catholic Herald will not publish an issue on January 4, 2007.

Therefore, all parish and diocesan events dated from December 28 through January 11 will be included in the December 28 issue. The deadline for that issue is December 21.

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• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Communion of Saints: Understanding eternal life with God

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Saints Timothy and Titus: Collaborators in St. Paul's missionary journey

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Senior Focus: Jan. 18, 2007

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Gran celebracion: In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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MADISON -- St. Joseph Church was filled to overflowing December 9 for a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe with song, flowers, and costumes.

The 17th annual Diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, sponsored by the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, honors the Patroness of the Americas and unborn children, whose feast day is December 12.

The Mass was presided over by Bishop Robert C. Morlino and concelebrated by seven other priests. The Diocesan Hispanic Choir, directed by María Antonia Kellor and accompanied by Beatriz Aguilar, provided the festive music for the occasion.

At the beginning of the Mass, many children, dressed in their countries' traditional outfits, approached the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe bearing roses to lay at her feet. The roses symbolize her appearance to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531, which led to the Christian conversion of more than nine million indigenous people in 10 years.

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Andy Galvin: Named coordinator of diocesan Marriage Preparation Program

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Andy Galvin

MADISON -- Andy Galvin has been named diocesan coordinator of the Marriage Preparation Program. He replaces Beverly Hartberg, who retired recently.

Galvin will be working in the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Eric Schiedermayer, who heads that office, is excited to have Galvin on the staff. "There is great truth in the statement, 'As goes the family, so goes the world,'" said Schiedermayer. "Our work to build a culture of life founded upon the truth of Jesus Christ must begin with fostering strong marriages and families. God has revealed himself as a loving, life-giving communion of persons, and we most closely image this in the covenant of marriage."

"Marriage is foundational not only for our faith as a sacrament but also for our society," said Galvin. "I am excited to take this position to increase the awareness of the importance of marriage and support those couples that are responding to their vocational call. I'm looking forward to continuing the tradition of a strong Marriage Preparation Program that exists in the diocese."

Galvin has an undergraduate degree in urban planning and a master's degree in natural resource planning from the University of Michigan. For the last eight years he has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, primarily protecting rare species.

He said his experience and skills include coordination of state-wide training programs, policy development, and project management. "These skills will be very applicable to my new position with the diocese," he noted.

He and his wife, Chris, have five children: four boys ages four to nine and one girl who is seven months old. They homeschool their children.

They have also been involved in a variety of family and marriage-related volunteer activities. The Galvins have been a FOCCUS marriage preparation couple at St. James Parish in Madison. They are now members of St. Raphael Parish.

They are also both members of Regnum Christi, a lay apostolate movement that provides formation for members to go out to build the Kingdom of God in the world. The Galvins have led family-life teams for Regnum Christi.   Full story ...

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