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March 13, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 10   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...
Mark third anniversary of cathedral fire quietly with prayer; have great hope for the future

-- Posted: 3/14/2008, 6:25 p.m. Central Time

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison will quietly mark the third anniversary of the arson fire that destroyed St. Raphael Cathedral in downtown Madison on March 14, 2005. In a memo distributed to the diocese's 133 area churches earlier this week, parishioners have been asked to "pray for the continued healing of the wounds caused by this destructive act; wisdom for the bishop and those charged with making important decisions regarding the future of the Cathedral Church; and for an increased spirit of generosity in the diocese, that all may see and support the Diocese of Madison's need for a Mother Church, for the greater glory of God and for the service to His people." Full story ...

Breaking News ...

Fr. James Mattucci dies

-- Posted: 3/17/2008, 5:58 p.m. Central Time

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Fr. James J. Mattucci

UTICA, Mich. -- Fr. James J. Mattucci, 91, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison, died on Saturday, March 15.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 19, at 12 noon at St. Lawrence Church, 44633 Utica Rd., Utica, Mich., with Fr. Robert J. Fisher as main celebrant. The visitation will be at William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Rd., Utica, Mich., on Tuesday, March 18, from 1 until 9 p.m. Deacon Tony Morici will celebrate the Vigil Service at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, March 19, visitation will be held at St. Lawrence Parish from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Father Mattucci will be interred in St. Lawrence Cemetery immediately following the Mass. A funeral luncheon will proceed in the Social Hall of St. Lawrence Parish.

Father Mattucci was born on September 24, 1916 in Somerset City, Pa., to Cajetan and Philomena Mattucci. He attended S. J. Miller Grade School and Meyersdale High School, both in Meyersdale, Pa. He attended college at St. Joseph Seminary, Elgin, Ill., where he continued his studies in philosophy and theology.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., on March 16, 1946 by Bishop J. J. Boylan of Rockford. He served as associate pastor of St. Phillips Benizi Parish, Chicago; pastor of Assumption Parish, Chicago; pastor and superior of St. Donatus Parish, Blue Island, and Seven Holy Founders Parish, Calumet Park, Ill.

He then served as pastor and prior of Our Lady of Mt. Caramel Parish, Denver, Colo. Upon returning to the Midwest, Father Mattucci served as associate pastor of St. Donatus Parish, Blue Island, and St. Dominic Parish, Chicago, and chaplain of St. Luke Hospital, Chicago.

After incardination into the Diocese of Madison in 1970, he served as associate pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Madison, and St. Jerome Parish, Columbus; chaplain of St. Mary Hospital, Columbus; pastor of SS. Anthony and Philip Parish, Highland, St. Olaf Parish, De Forest, and St. Patrick Parish, Benton, from where he retired in 1991.

Holy Week

Check with your parish for local Holy Week Mass times and see the Arts Page and next week's Easter special section for information on televised coverage of Holy Week Masses.

Palm Sunday, March 16
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Palm Sunday (also called Passion Sunday) is the sixth and last Sunday during the season of Lent, marking the beginning of Holy Week. Several traditions for this day include the blessing of palm branches and a procession (a reminder of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem), as well as the Passion reading according to St. Matthew.

  • Diocese of Madison: 11 a.m., St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St., Madison. Bishop Robert C. Morlino presides.

  • Rome: 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. CST), blessing of palms, procession, Mass. Pope Benedict XVI celebrates.

In the Diocese of Madison, the Chrism Mass is celebrated on Holy Tuesday. At the Mass, the oils that will be used during the coming year are blessed. These oils include the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Oil of Chrism. Chrism is a mixture of oil of olives and balsam specially blessed by the bishop, to be used in Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders, as well as the consecration of churches and particular items and vessels. Also at the Mass, the priests renew their bonds of service to the Church.   Full story ...

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Christian presence in Holy Land is endangered
Israeli-Palestinian conflict has impacted Christian minority, Church shrines

MADISON -- "If nothing is done, within 60 years Christianity will disappear in the Holy Land," a Franciscan priest working in the Holy Land told a Madison audience recently.

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"We are the Church and that Church is dying," Fr. Peter F. Vasko emphasized in his talk here. "Today more than ever peace is needed in the Holy Land."

The Franciscan priest has served in the Holy Land for 23 years. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was ordained to the priesthood in 1987 after a 10-year career in marketing and public relations.

He is currently president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, whose primary goal is to safeguard the Christian presence in the Holy Land. The foundation provides a worldwide voice for Christians living in the Holy Land and to ensure the continued Christian presence in the area.   Full story ...

Giving Camp Gray new direction

Former director
accepts new challenges

Former Camp Gray director Phil DeLong, who had for a decade invested time, effort, and love into the camp, said that he is leaving the camp in capable hands.

"It was time for a new challenge," DeLong said. "Camp was our family and life, and we invested a lot in it - we still do. But it was time for me to step aside and allow someone else" to lead, he said.

On the staff at Camp Gray for 14 years, and director for 10 of those, DeLong had announced his resignation in May 2007, effective at the end of that year. He has since accepted a position with a private boarding high school in Land O Lakes, Wis.

After a nationwide search for a replacement director, the board selected Rebecca and Jeff Hoeben. DeLong had known the couple some years through the camp. The Hoebens will bring a lot to the camp in their positions as co-directors, he said.

"What I really like is that Jeff and Rebecca are very connected to what makes Camp Gray what it is," said DeLong. "Yet, at the same time, I think they'll bring new vision and energy to the ministry at Camp Gray that we need to be rooted in."

DeLong said that he will miss the camp, especially the people and the relationships as well as the atmosphere and vitality. "For me and for my family - and this will sound somewhat clichéd - it truly wasn't just a job; it was a vocation," he said.

BARABOO -- For Rebecca and Jeff Hoeben, becoming co-directors at Camp Gray was a perfect fit.

The two, former Camp Gray staff members and volunteers, are huge nature lovers, strong in their faith, and love working in the family atmosphere at the camp, which is owned and operated by the Diocese of Madison.

Special place

They even were married in the camp's newly built St. Francis of Assisi chapel after meeting at the camp on a trip into the Porcupine Mountains.

"Camp Gray is a special place for both of us, and it's a place where we had grown a lot in our faith lives, together and separately," said Rebecca. "It's common ground for us."

"It's the place that feels most like home for either one of us," Jeff agreed.

So now together they head up the Catholic camp located in Lake Delton, which offers summer sessions for youth and many other programs year-round. They replaced former camp director Phil De Long (see right), with whom they had worked for years.

Camping experience

The Hoebens are both outdoors-types, enjoying backpacking, kayaking, camping, and other activities. Jeff holds the rank of Eagle Scout and once volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rebecca once spent time building a cabin in Denali National Park in Alaska.   Full story ...

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