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December 27, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 48   •   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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• 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 Patrick Gorman, director of the Madison Diocesan Choir, being presented with a choral anthem based on the Beatitudes, in honor of his 15 years as director

Patrick Gorman, director of the Madison Diocesan Choir, is presented after the concert with a choral anthem based on the Beatitudes, written by William Beckstrand and commissioned by the choir in honor of Gorman's 15 years as director. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

Choir's Lessons
and Carols

MADISON -- Interspersed with songs telling of the joy of Christmas, the readings at the Madison Diocesan Choir's Lessons and Carols detailed the story from the fall of humankind to the birth of the one who would save us from sin.

Joined by the rich arias of soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and the stirring motets performed by cellist Karl Knapp, both guest performers, the choir reminded the congregation of the sacredness of the season through its solemnly celebratory songs.

With such pieces as "People Look East" and "An Advent Carol," following readings that respectively told from Genesis of the eating of the apple in Eden and from Isaiah of the prophecy "there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse," the choir called on Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.

The Madison Diocesan Choir will encore its Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Parish, Mt. Horeb.

The choir's annual Spring Concert, featuring selections from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, will be held at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.

And in such traditional hymns as "As With Gladness Men of Old" and "What Child is This," joined by the congregation, as well as Guarrine's moving "Rejoice Greatly" from Handel's work Messiah, the choir's call to "come let us adore" in "Gesu Bambino," and a collection of Christmas hymns, they rejoiced over Christ's birth.

Before the blessing and dismissal, Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, who hosted the Lessons and Carols, reminded the congregation that at the beginning of the celebration, he had addressed them as people of God - "And that's exactly who we are," he said.   Full story ...

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Implementation assumptions and goals

Much has been written about our diocese's recent history as it relates to the restructuring of parishes, and even more has been accomplished in preparation for the Trusting in the Spirit implementation.

This article will remind us of the assumptions that we are all operating under as well as the goals that we should be working toward. As in Guided by the Spirit, there is a natural relationship between these assumptions and our goals and everyone in the diocese needs to refer back to them periodically to ensure that we remain on-track, going in the direction that Bishop Morlino has given us. It is also important to realize that these goals are long-term in nature while being universal in application.

Invited to meet Jesus Christ, strengthen ministry in all areas

The most important goal is stated as, "To insure that all individuals throughout our 11 counties are graciously invited everyday, in one way or another, to meet Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, and be changed by Him."

Related is the goal, "To strengthen the presence of ministry of the Church in urban, rural, and suburban areas."   Full story ...

Pontifical Mass at the Throne
Bishop Morlino celebrates 'extraordinary form' of Mass at Holy Redeemer Church

MADISON -- The beautiful Latin hymns and prayers brought back memories to many of the hundreds of people attending the Pontifical Mass at the Throne celebrated according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed John XXIII at Holy Redeemer Church in Madison on Gautete Sunday, Dec. 16.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino was principal celebrant of the Latin Mass. Priests of the Institute of Christ the King assisted, along with diocesan priests and servers. Music was provided by the Schola Cantorum with members from Holy Redeemer Parish and Choir.

In his homily, Bishop Morlino thanked members of the Institute of Christ the King and the local society which sponsored the Mass.

Bishop Morlino emphasized that the Mass is the "extraordinary form" of the Mass, whose use Pope Benedict XVI authorized this year. This is the first time this Mass has been celebrated in the Diocese of Madison, since Madison was the only diocese in the state where it was not authorized before this time.   Full story ...

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