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June 26, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 23   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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parishes merge

MADISON -- As of July 1, the parishes of St. Raphael Cathedral, St. Patrick, and Holy Redeemer, each located within a three-block radius around the Capitol in downtown Madison, will merge into the Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael.

The churches, with the exception of the cathedral, will remain standing and will be referred to by their current name. Offices will be located at St. Patrick Church, 404 Main St., and the rectory will be at Holy Redeemer Church.

The "cathedral parish," as it will be more familiarly known, will not hold any special events to mark the occasion, but will unveil a new logo for the parish.

As well, Msgr. Kevin Holmes, pastor, said that the Corpus Christi Mass and procession, held on May 25 with Bishop Robert C. Morlino celebrating and leading, was the best expression of unity that they could have had. The procession drew a crowd that followed from St. Patrick Church and was met at the Capitol by a large group that had processed from Holy Redeemer Church. The procession then continued its path to Holy Redeemer Church, where it closed with Benediction.

"That was really the ideal ritual for the merging of the parishes," Monsignor Holmes said. "It is centered on Christ, there in the Blessed Sacrament, we are clearly led in that procession by the bishop, and we are manifesting the mission of the parish. Also, it is an expression of the unity of a historic parish."

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photo of the exterior of the new St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee

The exterior of the new St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee. The facility includes the main worship space, gathering space (narthex), Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, multi-purpose room, bride's room, kitchenette, reconciliation room, restrooms, sacristy, liturgical storage room, library, and pastor's conference room. (Catholic Herald photo by Joe Ptak)

Dedication of new Waunakee church
Parish honors past and builds for future

WAUNAKEE -- The people of the "only Waunakee in the world" celebrated Father's Day on June 15 in a special way with the dedication of their new church.

Pastor Msgr. Jim Gunn welcomed over 1,000 people gathered by saying, "This is the house that the people of Waunakee have built."

And build it they did. Not only by contributing money, but also by offering their gifts and talents to designing, constructing, and decorating the church itself.  Full story ...

Lake Delton
flood victims
Faith and good will help family cope with loss
of dream home

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Faith and the good will of many people have helped Liz and Tim Fromm cope with the tragic loss of their dream home in Lake Delton.

How to help
the Fromms

Here's how to give monetary donations:

• Make online donations at

• Give to a fund established at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells

• Send a contribution to the St. Cecilia Parish Lake Delton Fund, P.O. Box 356, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1531

• Send a contribution to Timothy Fromm, 341 Old Cty. A, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Flash floods in the normally serene lake ripped the Fromms' house off its foundation on June 9 and swept it away, along with most of the family's possessions. They've lost their house and land, but they still have to pay property taxes and make mortgage payments. And they were not eligible for flood insurance.

Focus on the positive

Yet, the Fromms are trying to "focus on the positive," said Tim in a telephone interview. "I keep reminding the kids and Liz that we have our lives. Everything happens for a reason. We have to stay close to the church and be as positive as possible."   Full story ...

Agriculture damage sustained

Relief collection to be held

The diocese released the following message concerning the floods and storms:

"Last week, the seldom-convened Diocesan Disaster Response Committee met.

"As part of that meeting it has been proposed, and approved, that parishes consider taking up second collections the Sundays of June 29th and/or July 6th, at the pastor's discretion, for assistance to area flood victims.

"The local efforts of Catholic Charities and area St. Vincent de Paul Societies, as well as other local first responders will receive the funds to attend to the immediate needs of those affected.

"If your parish takes up this second collection, please consider giving generously to the needs of those affected by this tragedy. If you would like to give to this relief effort directly, please send your donation to the Diocese of Madison, Flood Relief, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.

"Your donations will help provide the immediate food, clothing, bedding, and other physical, as well as some counseling, needs in the affected areas.

"Additional assessments are necessary to determine the short and long-term needs of victims. As these needs are assessed, additional resources will be made available.

"The Rural Life Office will continue to assess the situation, work closely with Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, and other charitable groups to assist as many people as possible. Likewise, the diocese's Rural Life Office will keep the bishop, his offices and you updated in this ongoing efforts. Our diocesan efforts to address the needs of those affected will not only attempt to meet the immediate needs, but also address the long-term devastation this tragedy will cause. If you have questions, concerns or helpful information please feel free to contact the Rural Life Office at 608-821-3093.

"Please keep all individuals, farms, and communities affected in your prayers."

The recent storms and floodwaters that have raged across the Midwest have left a path of destruction across much of southern Wisconsin. Rural towns and villages have been among the most damaged areas, including the destruction on the farms of the local communities.

Tom Nelson, rural life coordinator for the Diocese of Madison, said that farms in the flood plain have in particular sustained heavy damage, as low ground is especially rich in nutrients needed for agricultural use.

Corn and soybeans losses in particular have been heavy, he says. "Any corn or soybeans which is under water for more than 24 hours is drowned," Nelson remarked. Many fields that have standing water have sustained a total crop loss, and cannot be replaced due to the planting seasons.

Loss of livestock feed

Another concern is the loss of crop used for silage, the source of feed for livestock in the winter. Because of this, "all of our major meats will be threatened by lack of food, and early slaughter," Nelson reported.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, the Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for four issues. Remaining issues to be skipped include July 10 and August 7. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped.

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
July 3 First two weeks of July June 25 July 10
July 31 First two weeks of Aug. July 23 August 7

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