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December 28, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 48   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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photo of the Madison Diocesan Choir singing at the annual 'Lessons and Carols' at the Bishop O'Connor Center

The Diocesan Choir, directed by Dr. Patrick Gorman and accompanied by Glenn Schuster on the organ, sings at the annual "Lessons and Carols" at the Bishop O'Connor Center. Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the event, which combined Scripture readings and songs. (Catholic Herald photo by Mary C. Uhler)

Lessons and Carols:
Christmas with Diocesan Choir

MADISON -- Attending the Madison Diocesan Choir's "Lessons and Carols" is a beautiful way to get into the real Christmas spirit. The choir, directed by Dr. Patrick Gorman, certainly provided an outstanding holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Bishop O'Connor Center.

Those who missed it will have another chance. The choir will present "Lessons and Carols" again on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 5001 N. Sherman Ave. on Madison's east side. There is no charge but donations to the choir are appreciated.

This is not a typical Christmas concert. Glenn Schuster, the organist, invited those attending to spend time in prayer and meditation as he played two preludes.

Then the choir processed in singing "Once in Royal David's City" with a soprano solo by Amy Treinen and a quartet solo by Pat Paska, Laura Zimmerman, Jerry Maly, and Ron Paska.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino greeted those attending, followed by praying of the "Lord's Prayer." Then followed the first of nine Scripture readings, beginning with Adam's temptation and ending with the birth of Christ.   Full story ...

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Vocations: Jan. 11, 2007

Senior Focus: Jan. 18, 2007

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Chad McEachern:
Named Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Madison

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Chad McEachern

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino has announced that Chad McEachern has been named Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Madison.

McEachern will officially begin his duties with the diocese in February 2007.

Bishop Morlino commented, "Chad has served with great distinction in the area of stewardship for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, where I presently chair the Board, as well as in several other diocesan contexts.

"I have every confidence that he will work well with my brother priests, our diocesan staff, and myself as we face so many challenges for serving our people, not the least of which is providing for a cathedral church. I know that he is eager to meet everyone here and to collaborate effectively with all in the days ahead," said Bishop Morlino.   Full story ...

Priests from Spain:
Serving at parishes in Sauk City, Merrimac

SAUK CITY -- Two priests from Spain have taken positions at St. Aloysius Parish in Sauk City, linked with St. Mary Parish in Merrimac. Fr. Miguel Galvez is administrator of the parishes while Fr. Faustino Ruiz is the parochial vicar. Their appointments officially took effect on November 8.

They replace Fr. Kevin Holmes, who was named pastor of the downtown Madison parishes after Bishop Swain's appointment as bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Father Ruiz was able to assume his position right away, but Father Galvez was delayed because of difficulties with his visa. Those matters were resolved and Father Galvez has now arrived.

In an interview, both priests revealed their happiness at serving in the Diocese of Madison and showed their sense of humor.   Full story ...

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