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April 26, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 16   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Apostolate: Forty years and still going strong

MADISON -- For being 40 years old, the Apostolate to the Handicapped still looks pretty good.

But with generations of volunteers and with the joy that lights the faces of those who come to help out and those who come and are helped, it's not surprising that the Apostolate is still thriving. It continues to help the elderly and the disabled through its weekly television Masses and its large gatherings, such as the most recent Spring Day held at Monroe High School.

Though never quite as large as the Christmas gathering, the Apostolate's Spring Day still commanded a good-sized crowd of both attendees and volunteers on April 14. Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, who celebrated the Mass, was said to have questioned jokingly if there were enough servers. As well, the number of priests who concelebrated with the bishop was the largest the Spring Day has ever seen, said Msgr. Thomas Campion, head of the Apostolate.

Cast for a full net

"We've had a wonderful year in Monroe," he said, recognizing especially the young people in sports and FFA who come to help with the Apostolate. "Truly, we have so much to be proud of, of our young people in Monroe."

In the Gospel the day before, Christ told his disciples to cast out into the deep, Monsignor Campion said. "All of us in life look at it sometimes, our net is empty. Even if we see nothing in our lives, even if our nets seem empty, then we have that kind of faith that he is with us, that we are not afraid.   Full story ...

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In Wisconsin, bells ring and students pray

MADISON -- On Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m., bells around Wisconsin tolled in memory of the shootings at Virginia Tech University, in which 33 died and many more were injured.

The ringing of the bells and the accompanying moment of silence were called by Governor Jim Doyle as a sign of solidarity with the people of Virginia.

At colleges and universities around the area, campus ministries have offered resources for students to react beyond the moment of silence.

At Edgewood College in Madison, students joined in candlelight prayer on Tuesday night and throughout the week offered prayers and Masses for victims. They were also invited to write in a Book of Prayers that will be sent to the ecumenical-interfaith campus ministry center at Virginia Tech.

"My sense is, initially, the sadness and the shock of it," Mary Klink, director of campus ministry at the college, said of students' reactions. "I think they move between 'this is happening somewhere else' and the shock that it is happening."   Full story ...

Guided by the Spirit:
Cluster Committee questions/answers

As each cluster discusses the Planning Commission's Preliminary Recommendation in preparation for giving their cluster response by May 11, 2007, there are some questions that have arisen.

I felt it would be advantageous to list and answer these questions to all of those interested in the Guided by the Spirit Planning and Implementation process - which should minimally be all of the Catholics in the Madison Diocese.

In order to cover as many questions as possible I am going to be brief, so I encourage you to e-mail or call if you would like further discussion.

Can we have more direction on timelines? When should we start on the recommendations given? Who will give that direction?

Implementation is going to take time, very likely a number of years. Nobody should be concerned about putting together their Implementation Committee until later in the summer and only after they have been given direction from the Diocesan Office of Planning.   Full story ...

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