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February 28, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 8   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...
Mass of Christian Burial March 4 for Msgr. William Stack

-- Posted: 3/2/2008, 11:07 p.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 3/3/2008, 4:33 p.m. Central Time to add photo

photo of Msgr. William E. Stack
Msgr. William E. Stack

ROXBURY -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Norbert Church, Roxbury, for Msgr. William E. Stack, 86, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, who died on February 28.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the Mass and Msgr. William A. DeBock will be the homilist. Rosary and visitation will be at St. Norbert Parish on Monday, March 3, with Rosary recited at 3:45 p.m. and visitation from 4 until 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, March 4, from 10 a.m. until the Mass.

Burial will take place immediately after Mass in the St. Norbert cemetery. Following the burial, lunch will be served in the church basement.

Monsignor Stack was born on March 20, 1921, in Stoughton to Alma and William Stack. He attended St. Patrick, St. Bernard, and St. Raphael Grade Schools and Edgewood High School in Madison. He attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison by Bishop William P. O'Connor on May 29, 1948. He was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000.

He served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Janesville, and St. Aloysius, Sauk City. He served as pastor of St. Joseph, Markesan, linked with St. Mary, Kingston; Immaculate Conception, Truman, linked with St. Michael, Calamine, and St. Philomena, Belmont; St. Rose of Lima, Cuba City; and St. Norbert, Roxbury.

He also served as chaplain of Knights of Columbus Council 3099 and Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac. He retired in 1996.

His parents and two brothers, John and Tom, preceded him in death. His sister-in-law, Marona Stack, Oregon, and nieces and nephews survive him.

It's been 10 years since death
of Fr. Alfred Kunz
Sheriff still hopeful case will be solved

MADISON -- After almost 10 years, the Dane County Sheriff's Office is still actively investigating the murder of Fr. Alfred J. Kunz.

How to help

If you have information on the death of Fr. Alfred Kunz, call the Dane County Sheriff's Office at 608-284-6871 and ask for Detective Kevin Hughes.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Father Kunz, who was found murdered on March 4, 1998, at St. Michael Church in Dane. The diocesan priest had been pastor of St. Michael Parish in the small village of Dane for 31 years.

His body was discovered by a teacher who came to open the school. Father Kunz had living quarters adjoining the school.

The Dane County Coroner's Office reported that Father Kunz died as the result of loss of blood after his throat was cut.   Full story ...

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• Question Corner
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• The Pope Speaks
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St. Augustine of Hippo's works

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Easter, Senior Focus: Mar. 20, 2008

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Reaching out
to the mobile Catholic
Catholic CDs offer a way to learn faith on the go

MADISON -- In several churches around the Diocese of Madison (and several thousand around the country) large stands offering Catholic teaching on compact discs have been popping up.

In a twist on the pamphlet rack that for many years has been a staple in most churches, Lighthouse Catholic Media has since 2005 been offering a way for Catholics to learn more about their own faith in as simple a way as sliding a disc into a car's CD player.

Various topics

The hour-long audios range from talks on understanding the Eucharist or the Mass to conversion stories to Catholic parenting or family advice. Speakers on the discs include Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr. Larry Richards, and others.   Full story ...

Promoting an understanding of culture
Teacher from Japan brings 'sunshine' to Watertown school

WATERTOWN -- Armed with a poster detailing the history of her country and masks from Setsubun, a February holiday in which handfuls of roasted soybeans are thrown to ward off demons, Nimiya Misako, the English teacher from Yokohama, Japan, made her way through the halls at St. Henry School to the sixth grade class to bring a foreign culture to central Wisconsin.

In the halls she was greeted with bows and "Misako sensei," and when she stood at the front of the classroom, ready to begin, the students rose to greet her in proper Japanese fashion.

The day the Catholic Herald visited she was teaching the sixth-grade students about Japanese New Year and nengajo (New Year's cards), St. Paul Miki and his companions, and Japan's history, including the dropping of the atomic bomb. The next class time was to be tea ceremony and traditional Japanese cooking.   Full story ...

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