Lessons and Carols: Diocesan Choir
MADISON -- Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, a rising star in the Minnesota Opera, and her husband, cellist Karl Knapp, are the featured artists when the Madison Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman, performs its Christmas holiday concert, Lessons and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.
Guarrine returns to Madison, where she earned her Master's of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and Knapp were members of the St. Raphael Cathedral Choir. She also sang with the Diocesan Choir at liturgical events.
Bishop William H. Bullock will preside over Lessons and Carols. Gorman has described the event as more prayer service than concert with nine Scripture readings, starting with Adam's temptation and ending with the birth of Christ. Following each reading, Gorman will direct the choir in song and at times invite all assembled to join in singing. The carols will include solo performances by Guarrine and Knapp.
The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel of the O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd. 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 also appreciated.
Gorman and the choir will have a repeat performance of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Ignatius Parish in Mt. Horeb. Both locations are wheelchair accessible.
Catholic Spirit Club
JANESVILLE -- A Christmas music program presented by the Janesville Senior Center Mountain Dulcimer Folks, directed by Pat Tubin, will enlighten the potluck gathering of the Adult Catholic Spirit Club at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in St. William Church's narthex.
All area adults are invited to come tap their feet, enjoy great food, and share the fellowship.
Trusting in the Spirit training
MADISON -- There was a successful training session for parishes to begin their implementation of the Bishop's Directives on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Bishop O'Connor Center.
Trusting in the Spirit Implementation Training will continue in January at four sites. All meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. Dates and sites include: January 16, 2008 - Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center; January 16, 2008 - St Clement Parish, Lancaster; January 17, 2008 - St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo; January 17, 2008 - St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville.
All parishes are expected to come to one of the five training sessions, preferably with parishes in your cluster. There is considerable information whether your cluster is working on a merger, linkage, or a partnership.
It is imperative that each parish communicate their member's contact information to the Office of Planning as soon as possible. Beginning December 7, the Office of Planning will assume that those people who worked on Guided by the Spirit are continuing with Trusting in the Spirit and the office will start sending out communications to them via e-mail and post. All information will also be posted on the Trusting in the Spirit Web site.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Trusting in the Spirit, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.
MILWAUKEE -- The five Wisconsin (arch)dioceses are co-sponsoring a Catholic Men's Retreat at St. Francis Seminary on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Milwaukee area. The retreat is from Friday evening, Jan. 18, through Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2008, and is for Catholic single men, aged 18 to 35, and focuses on Catholic identity, mission, and life discernment.
This winter retreat is conveniently timed between academic semesters for college men, but also draws men throughout their 20s and 30s. The retreat will include Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, Rosary, socializing, panel discussions, and quiet prayer time. Several presentations will be made on discernment, Catholic identity, and prayer. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard J. Sklba will be celebrating Mass. There will also be a visit to the famous Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.
For more information, contact Msgr. Jim Bartylla of the Diocese of Madison at 608-821-3095 or email@example.com Deadline for registration is Friday, Dec. 21. There is no cost for those attending from the Diocese of Madison.
BARABOO -- St. Clare Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ringling Conference Room.
For the convenience of donors, appointments can be made by calling 608-356-1462.
MADISON -- Two local parishes offer peer support groups to those hurting from separation, divorce, or loss of a significant relationship. For information, call 608-663-5011.
Friends on a Journey meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 and 20, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 401 S. Owen Dr.
New Directions meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 and 27, at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd.
Birth parent group
MADISON -- A Birth Parent Support Group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 5 Odana Ct. Sponsors are Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services. This ongoing support group for people who have placed their child/ren for adoption is free, safe, and confidential.
For registration, contact Alice at 608-270-6635 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Trish at 608-833-4800, ext. 109, or email@example.com
MADISON -- The Adoption Services program at Catholic Charities is hosting an upcoming information/education session on open adoption at the Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., on Monday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.
A panel of birth parent, adoptive parent, and adult adoptee will share their stories. RSVP to Trish Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-833-4800, ext. 109.
Southwest Wisconsin Young Adult 'Perspectives' starting in spring
PLATTEVILLE -- Young adults aged 25 to 40 from the southwestern part of the state are invited to be part of a group forming this spring to discuss questions and ideas on faith and spirituality.
Perspectives is open to anyone interested in learning more about their faith, regardless of experience or knowledge level.
The location of meetings has yet to be determined. For more information, contact Dee Bernhardt, 608-348-7530.
Theology on Tap in Madison
MADISON -- Start off Advent on the right foot with Theology on Tap, held at the Essen Haus, 508 E. Wilson St., Madison, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
Fr. Victor Mosele, Xavarian Missionary who is working with St. Paul's University Catholic Center at UW-Madison, will relate his experiences as a missionary in Sierra Leone. He is author of the book Running for My Life, which details his captures and escapes from the rebels during the African country's civil war.
All young adults in their 20s and 30s are welcome to attend the event.
Next month's Theology on Tap will be January 17 at 7 p.m., and feature Milwaukee Brewers catcher and Racine native Vinny Rottino.
NET to visit Diocese
MADISON -- The National Evangelization Teams (NET) are Catholic young adults from around the United States (and beyond) who travel across the country conducting retreats for Catholic young people. Here are the parishes and dates so far for the Madison Diocese:
January 9: St. Jerome Parish, Columbus
January 10: still open
January 11: still open
January 12: still open
January 13: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison
January 15: still open
January 16 - St. Bernard/St. Henry Parishes, Watertown
January 17: St. Bernard/St. Henry Parishes, Watertown
January 18: St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee
January 19: St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee
January 20: St. Joseph Parish, Dodgeville
January 22: still open
January 23: St. John the Evangelist/St. Luke Parishes, Spring Green/Plain
January 24: departure day
If you are interested in booking the NET Team for your parish, contact Gloria in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis at 608-821-3175 or email@example.com
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Bless Our Priests Endowment Collection
Extending support to the priests of our Diocese of Madison has become a tradition. Having an opportunity to give back to the men who have faithfully served and continue to serve provides a unique opportunity to support the priest right here in our diocese.
On the weekend of December 15 and 16, we invite our entire diocese to join in supporting the Bless Our Priests Endowment Fund. Support of the priests who have served within the Diocese of Madison reflects our gratitude for the countless hours of sacrifice they have provided and that many continue to provide in their retirement. Your participation is without a doubt a blessing for these faithful men.
How will my gift help?
The Bless Our Priests Endowment Fund is a restricted fund within the Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation. This fund provides for the ongoing support of retired priests' monthly retirement benefit, medical and long term care insurance.
The fund is supported by annual parish contributions, direct donations, and bequests. The collection will be used to supplement these revenue sources and ensure adequate funds are available to meet the rising costs of medical insurance and future benefit increases. Providing a solid base for funding these needs continues to be a priority for the diocese.
Through your parish or on-line
Please look for this envelope in your parish during the next few weeks or inserted into this week's Catholic Herald. If you prefer, you may visit the diocesan Web site at www.madisondiocese.org and click on the Stewardship tab. A link has been provided allowing you to make a secure gift on-line to this collection.
It is through your generosity this Christmas season that we can serve these priests who have so faithfully served each of us.
God bless you during this holy Advent Season!
For more information contact the Office of Stewardship and Development, Diocese of Madison, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719, 608-821-3039.
Pontifical Mass: Bishop celebrates Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 16
Holy Redeemer Church in Madison has been designated as the Tridentine Mass church for the Madison area. Following the bishop's celebration of the Pontifical Mass, weekly Masses are scheduled to begin at Holy Redeemer with a Missa Cantata on January 1, 2008, at 2 p.m.
In 2008, the Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. at Holy Redeemer. Schola Cantorum is practicing every Monday at 6 p.m. and server training for the Tridentine Mass is on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Holy Redeemer.
MADISON -- On Sunday, Dec. 16, Gaudete Sunday, Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be celebrating a Pontifical Mass at the Throne, according to the Roman Missal of 1962 or the Missal of Blessed John XXIII.
This Mass, commonly known as the Tridentine Mass, will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church in downtown Madison, at 2 p.m.
For many churchgoers such an announcement sounds unfamiliar, with a perplexing and "cryptic" message, bringing several questions to mind. What is Gaudete Sunday, what is a Pontifical Mass at the Throne, and what is the Roman Missal of 1962 or the Missal of Blessed John XXIII? We will briefly elaborate on these questions.
Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent. The word Gaudete, in Latin, comes from the Introit for the day, a prayer in the Mass, "Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico gaudete," which is rendered in English as "Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice."
Gaudete Sunday invites the faithful to rejoice "by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God" (from Epistle). This rejoicing is the reason why the purple vestments and the candles at the Advent wreath change color to rose on Gaudete Sunday.
A Pontifical Mass is a solemn Mass celebrated by a bishop or the pope. The bishop celebrates the Mass at the throne in his own cathedral church or may celebrate the Mass at the Faldstool, at a church in a different diocese.
Bishop Morlino will celebrate the Pontifical Mass at the Throne with assistance provided by deacons and priests from the Institute of Christ the King and several Holy Redeemer acolytes or servers.
The Holy Redeemer Choir and Schola Cantorum are expected to play an important musical role in this great liturgical celebration.
Missal of 1962
The development of the Roman Mass spans almost two millennia.
In antiquity, several books were used while celebrating Mass. At the time of the Council of Trent, liturgical practices of the Church varied considerably and uniformity and standardization were sought. Compatibility of the liturgy with Catholic orthodoxy was also desired in the wake of the Protestant Reformation.
At the direction of the Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V promulgated the 1570 edition of the Roman Missal imposing uniformity of liturgy by law by making this Missal mandatory throughout the Latin rite of the Catholic Church.
In the following millennia, the Missal of St. Pius V was revised several times. The last revision was made by Blessed John XXIII, who in 1962 issued a new Missal, referred to as the Missal of 1962 or the Missal of Blessed John XXIII.
Following Vatican II, in 1969-70, Pope Paul VI promulgated a different Missal, called the Missal of Paul VI, the current Missal used in celebrating the ordinary form of Mass, the so-called Novus Ordo.
In 1988, Pope John Paul II, issued a motu proprio titled "Ecclesia Dei," urging bishops to allow "a wide and generous" celebration of the Tridentine Mass in their dioceses.
In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio "Pontificum Summorum" restoring the Tridentine Mass, celebrated in churches until 1969, as the extraordinary form of the Roman Mass and as one of two approved forms of the Mass.
Next week: The differences between the Novus Ordo and the extraordinary form of the Mass.
St. Mary's hospital:
Ushers in new era while retaining old
MADISON -- The community open house December 1 at St. Mary's Hospital, with the glitz and glamour of its Hollywood-style theme, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the new building. It is set to completely open to patients in the New Year, ushering a new era for the health care facility which has been open since 1912.
The hospital highlighted the larger operating rooms, the new cardiac rehabilitation center, the helipad that will help bring heart attack patients to care faster, and the family-friendly inpatient rooms and nearby screened porch and rooftop garden.
But the hospital has not forgotten its heritage. Amid the new technology, equipment, and look, the hospital has retained many pieces of the old to celebrate its 95 years of healing while looking to the future.
The wood from oak trees that grew where the new building now stands were used as the mantle in the main lobby and wooden benches and artwork in the winter garden, and the leaves and branches were used in impressions in glass panels in the main lobby.
Red brick pillars were preserved from the balconies on each end of the 1912 building and now connect the existing hospital with the new inpatient building. They stand approximately where they had been 95 years ago.
A glass etching memorializing the founding Sisters marks the original hospital entrance from Brooks St. - where the main entrance will again be - and is part of the old wall of the 1812 building that forms one side of the winter garden. The cornerstone is now below it and a time capsule was to be placed in the wall below the etching.
And on the various floors of the new building, creating a marker in the same way as the statue of the Virgin Mary does in the 1912 building, four stained glass windows now hang backlit in small alcoves. The ornate windows were once a part of a previous St. Mary's Chapel until replaced in the 1960s.
The window panels were purchased by David Hanneman, and for four decades he and his wife Mary, parishioners at Sacred Hearts Parish in Sun Prairie, had planned on doing something with them. But while David was at St. Mary's Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer, he
made the decision to donate them back to the hospital.
"We've always been so impressed with the care of St. Mary's Hospital over the years," Mary said at the open house.
And not only that, she said, "it was one of those things - unfinished business. And I wasn't going to let them sit in the basement."
David had just started chemotherapy, his son Joe Hanneman said, and he started thinking about the windows. He eventually got into his wheelchair and wheeled down to talk with someone about bringing them back to St. Mary's.
"It was like a mission to him," Joe said. "It was an inspiration, clearly, because it was just out of the blue."
He wanted them to "come home to St. Mary's," he said.
And though he didn't live to see them in the new facility," he'd have been so proud," Mary said. "It's a nice legacy for our family."
Journey of faith in small groups
MADISON -- "Faith is a journey led by the Holy Spirit that can be summed up in two words: conversion and discipleship."
The CONNECTIONS Mass and reception with Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. Mass is at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. All participants, facilitators, and their spouses are invited to this evening of celebration. Childcare will be provided. Register at www.madisondiocese.org (click Ministry, Evangelization and Catechesis, Programs & Events, and then CONNECTIONS), or contact Michael Havercamp, 608-821-3166 or firstname.lastname@example.org
These words fell from the lips of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, earlier this year and now find resonance with Catholics all across the diocese who participated in CONNECTIONS, a small group initiative sponsored by the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis and run by The Evangelical Catholic.
CONNECTIONS participants and facilitators will gather for Mass and a reception with Bishop Robert C. Morlino on Friday, Dec. 14, to celebrate the journey of faith their small groups have taken during the six-week series this fall.
The reception will include food, competitive fun, and reflections from participants and facilitators about their CONNECTIONS experience (see box for details).
Beauty of small groups
"I think many folks weren't exactly sure what CONNECTIONS was about," one facilitator said. "Yet the beauty of the small group is that it gets us talking as a faith community about faith matters. That conversation and the presence of the Holy Spirit make such a positive difference.
"During the first session, I could see the faces of people 'lightening'; smiles began appearing. We left the session with our feet and hearts dancing rather than dragging, ready to move into the world strengthened in Christ - all because of 90 minutes of prayer, shared conversation and reflection, and the love and goodness of God!"
This is precisely what the CONNECTIONS initiative has done for nearly 1,000 area Catholics - strengthened them in Christ, gathered them in community, and inspired them to share the love of God with others.
Surprised by Christ
"Small groups offer a safe place where Catholics can be 'surprised' by the Gospel all over again," said Michael Havercamp, diocesan coordinator of CONNECTIONS. "And as Pope Benedict has said, 'There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the encounter with Christ and to share with others our friendship with Him.'"
For some, CONNECTIONS helped them to see God in an entirely new light. One local facilitator told this story: "One woman indicated that last week's discussion of God as 'Father' - as a personal, intimate God who longs to be in relationship with us, who longs to pour life and love into us - was 'life changing' for her."
For others, it fostered an intimacy amongst parishioners that they had never experienced before. "Despite the fact that people were getting to know each other, there was some serious sharing concerning our personal relationship with God and how that is integrated into our lives," said one participant.
"Over 25 parishes participated in this inaugural year for CONNECTIONS, a wonderful start, and one we hope to build on through our Lenten CONNECTIONS series," Havercamp said.
"We hope that every parish will incorporate CONNECTIONS small groups into their Lenten journey. The richness of this liturgical season is only heightened when we embrace it in the kind of deepening friendships that small groups provide."
The six-week Lenten series will launch the week of Ash Wednesday and conclude by Easter.
"It's so easy to become 'comfortable' in our faith," says Cindy Fischer, DRE at St. Patrick Parish of Lodi. "CONNECTIONS is proving to be a way for us to be challenged to continue to grow, to continue to reflect and examine our walk with Christ and how we live our faith."
Those interested in facilitating a CONNECTIONS small group in their parish this Lenten season should attend the Initial Training Session on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison.
CONNECTIONS facilitators who have already attended this training are encouraged to attend Enrichment for Returning Leaders on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Both returning and new leaders will gather together that day at 12:45 p.m. to pick up materials, pray, and be sent forth. These sessions will offer practical tools and strategies to help facilitate spiritual growth through small groups.