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December 20, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, 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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• Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Third Place, 2005

Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition

Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

• First place for best general news photo

photo of nativity scene at Christ the King Parish in McFarland, Wisconsin

Mary and Joseph adore the Christ Child in the nativity scene at Christ the King Parish in McFarland during the Christmas season. The nativity set, which also includes shepherds, wise men, and sheep and stable animals, is a hand-painted work from the Demetz Art Studio, located in Ortisei, a small village in the north of Italy. (Photo courtesy of Fr. D. Stephen Smith, pastor at Christ the King Parish, McFarland)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Christmas is a very special time to look into the face of Jesus Christ and place all of our other hopes in perspective and under the burning glow of His own light. Let us gaze into the face of Christ at Christmas - the one who is the anchor of all of our hopes, the one who alone fulfills our deepest hopes, the one who defines our humanity.

May you have a truly blessed Christmas and a New Year of health, safety, and above all deeper faith in the Lord who alone is our Hope!

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

2007 Madison Seminarian Christmas Caroling Tour
Saturday, Dec. 22
8 a.m.Sinsinawa Main House, Sinsinawa
8:30 a.m. Sinsinawa St. Dominic Villa
10 a.m.Bloomfield Manor, Dodgeville
1:45 p.m.Greenway Manor, Spring Green
2:30 p.m. Greenway Terrace, Spring Green
6 p.m.Cistercian Monastery, Prairie du Sac

Sunday, Dec. 23
9 a.m. Nazareth House, Stoughton
2 p.m.Central Wisconsin Center, Madison

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News & Features:

Picture Hope: Highlights Catholic Multicultural Center

Special Christmas Section

Parishes celebrate:
Advent and Christmas

Look who's in the kitchen:
Bishop Morlino cooks
for St. Ambrose Academy


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Marriage according to Church law

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Saint Paulinus, Bishop of Nola

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Safe Driving: Dec. 27, 2007

Vocations: Jan. 10, 2008

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Come down under!
Spots available for pilgrimage
to World Youth Day in Australia

MADISON -- Exciting. Awesome. Inspiring.

World Youth Day 2008 logo

That's how young people have described their involvement in previous World Youth Days (WYD).

These events - held about every three years - are opportunities for young Catholics to gather with the Holy Father to pray, worship, learn, serve, and mingle.

Hundreds of thousands of young Catholics from around the world will be traveling "down under" for the celebration of World Youth Day in Australia in the summer of 2008.

Diocesan pilgrimage

Joining them will be a delegation from the Diocese of Madison. "We're all excited. The diocesan plan is going well," said Fr. Paul Arinze, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Dodgeville and chairman of the diocesan pilgrimage planning committee.

You can still go

Seven slots are still available for the Diocese of Madison's pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Australia in July of 2008. The openings will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information call Fr. Paul Arinze at 608-930-3392 or e-mail

He explained that 63 people are registered for the diocesan group. These include almost all of the diocesan seminarians as well as some high school and college-age students and young adults.

Father Arinze said there is still an opportunity for young people from the Diocese of Madison to attend World Youth Day. "We have about seven openings for young people aged 16 to 35," he said.   Full story ...

Celebrating feast
of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Hispanics make Jesus and devotion to His mother a priority

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino welcomed the Hispanic community to the diocesan celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was doubly meaningful because it was celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Patrick Church in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Many people came in the colorful costumes of their country, bringing flowers in remembrance of the roses Mary gave to Blessed Juan Diego to show the bishop.

The Diocesan Hispanic Choir filled the church with traditional music while the parents and children created a garden of beautiful flowers to surround the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Bishop Morlino celebrated Mass with Msgr. Kevin Holmes, pastor, and a number of other priests.   Full story ...

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