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February 14, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 6   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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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

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Breaking News ...
Weather cancellation: St. James dinner rescheduled

-- Posted: 2/17/2008, 10:13 a.m. Central Time

MADISON -- Due to the inclement weather, St. James Parish in Madison has canceled its pork hock n' kraut dinner on Sunday, Feb. 17. The dinner has been rescheduled for Sunday Feb. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. James Parish, 1128 St. James Ct.

People are advised to check whether other parish events scheduled for Sunday or Monday, Feb. 17 or 18, might be canceled due to the weather.

Implementation Committee Meeting in Baraboo rescheduled

The Tuesday, Feb. 5, Diocesan Implementation Committee Meeting at St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo, which was cancelled because of the weather, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Previous update (2/7 Web issue)

Calling all
Catholic educators!

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino invites all those involved in the ministry of catechesis - including all Catholic parents - to join him at one of six regional catechetical workshops.

"Anyone and everyone who is involved in parish or school education programs are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to be with Bishop Morlino," said Patrick Delaney, associate director of the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.

"The bishop wishes to show his gratitude, support, and encouragement of their efforts and sacrifices, along with discussing the nature of catechesis in the Church today," said Delaney. "In addition, he simply desires to be present to them for any questions or concerns regarding the Catholic faith or the process of imparting it to others as a participation of Christ's continuing mission through his Church."

All are invited, whether volunteer or paid, full or part time. It is hoped that parish directors and coordinators of religious education, youth ministers, and principals will be joined by teachers in Catholic schools, volunteer catechists, and interested adults. All priests are also welcome to attend.

The workshops will be held in Madison, Fort Atkinson, Platteville, Montello, and Janesville starting February 13. Register at

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Catechetical workshops schedule

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News & Features:

Special section: Retirement Living

Diocesan priests
celebrate jubilees

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2008

Papal trip to U.S. to include visits to New York and D.C.


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Christ's presence in Scripture
and Eucharist

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Lent: Time of conversion,
spiritual renewal

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Weddings: Mar. 6, 2008

Church/Building Renovation: Mar. 13, 2008

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photo of Kyle Dziubla, a candidate with St. Andrew Parish, Verona, presented by his sponsor Les Werner, shaking hands with Bishop Robert C. Morlino

Kyle Dziubla, a candidate with St. Andrew Parish, Verona, presented by his sponsor Les Werner, shakes hands with Bishop Robert C. Morlino. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

Called to become Catholic
Diocese welcomes candidates, elect in annual rite

SUN PRAIRIE -- Despite slick roads and temperatures that refused to budge above zero, many of the catechumens and candidates from around the diocese were present at St. Albert the Great Church to declare their intention of joining the Roman Catholic Church in the combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion.

"It was a little bit of a challenge, with the snow and the ice, to gather in the Lord's presence," Bishop Robert C. Morlino acknowledged at the opening rite. He especially thanked Msgr. Terry Connors and his staff at St. Albert the Great, as well as Dr. Pat Gorman and members of the Diocesan Choir who came out "at great sacrifice and a certain amount of risk" to help pray through song at the rite.

"But even though it's very, very cold out there, there is one place that's hotter than it is cold out. And we're here, too, because we want to stay out of that," he quipped.

Many parishes from the farther reaches of the diocese were not able to attend because of slippery conditions that had officials requesting people to stay off the roads. But parishes close to Sun Prairie - and a few from farther away - sent their candidates, catechumens, and sponsors to be called forth in preparation for reception into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, March 22.

The annual rite, which combines the Rite of Election of Catechumens and Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, occurs in the diocese on the first Sunday of Lent, which this year was February 10.

During the rite, the catechumen - those who are as yet unbaptized - are presented and affirmed by the sponsors and assembly and come forward to write their names in the Book of the Elect. Through this action the catechumen, now known as the elect, acknowledge their intent to receive the sacraments of initiation.   Full story ...

St. Cecilia Parish raises money
for new church

WISCONSIN DELLS -- For many years, St. Cecilia Church in Wisconsin Dells has been too small to handle increasing numbers of worshippers, including tourists and larger numbers of local residents.

After many listening sessions to gather input from parishioners, St. Cecilia Parish has designed a church to accommodate more people. The parish hired architect Valentine J. Schute, Jr., of River Architects in La Crosse to design the church of the parishioners' dreams. The plans call for tripling the size of the church while keeping many features from the existing church.

In an effort to raise money for the new facility, St. Cecilia Parish is sponsoring a raffle. Prizes include $250,000 cash, $10,000 cash, $5,000 cash, and 10 $1,000 cash prizes. The raffle prizes also include 20 exclusive two-night getaways to the Wilderness resort, complete with a round of golf and two admissions to Noah's Art Waterpark; 20 two-night getaways at Chula Vista resort and a round of golf plus two admissions to the Original Boat or Duck Tours; 15 one-night getaways at the Kalahari Resort and one round of golf plus two admissions to the Army Ducks or Wild Thing Jet Boats; and other Dells prizes.   Full story ...

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