Bishop to celebrate Mass of 1962 Missal on Sept. 14
MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate the first anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum with a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at Holy Redeemer Church, 120 W. Johnson St., on Sunday, Sept. 14.
Last year, Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic letter, Summorum Pontificum, on the celebration of Mass of the Roman Rite according to the 1962 Missal, also known as the Tridentine Mass.
Following the issuance of Summorum Pontificum, on Gaudete Sunday, 2007, Bishop Morlino celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne. Since then, the Tridentine Mass has been celebrated every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the first anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical High Mass at the Throne. The Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church with the polyphonic music by the Holy Redeemer Mass choir and Gregorian chant by the Holy Redeemer Schola Gregoriana.
All are welcome to attend and participate in this ancient Pontifical liturgy.
MADISON -- Following are the fall deanery meetings for the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women:
September 11 (a.m.) -- Rock Deanery: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Beloit
September 17 (p.m.) -- Marquette/Green Lake Deanery: St. James Parish, Neshkoro
September 18 (p.m.) -- Columbia Deanery: St. Mary Parish, Portage
October 7 (a.m.) -- Sauk Deanery: Holy Family Parish, LaValle
October 14 (p.m.) -- Jefferson Deanery: St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson
October 21 (p.m.) -- Grant Deanery: St. Francis de Sales Parish, Hazel Green
October 28 (p.m.) -- Lafayette Deanery: St. Philomena Parish, Belmont
October 29 (a.m.) -- West Dane Deanery: St. Barnabas Parish, Mazomanie
BELOIT -- The Rock Deanery Council of Catholic Women fall meeting will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish here Thursday, Sept. 11.
Registration is at 9 a.m. followed by business meeting, concelebrated Mass with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt as homilist, luncheon, and program. Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl, host pastor, will speak on "Priest Shortage: What Does It Mean?" The Ruth Boerner trophy will be presented followed by a mini raffle.
Those attending are asked to bring a $15 mini raffle gift. Send reservations to Meg Collins, 17 Highland Ave., Edgerton 53534 by September 5. The cost is $8.
Marquette/Green Lake Deanery
NESHKORO -- Celebrating 30 years as a deanery, the Marquette/Green Lake Deanery will meet at St. James Church here Wednesday, Sept. 17. Theme is "Mary's Garden."
Registration is at 3 p.m. followed by the business meeting, concelebrated Mass with Fr. Lorin Bowens as homilist, and dinner. The program will feature Mary Pentony and Jeanine Bucher speaking on "Memories of Medjugorje."
Those attending are asked to bring a $15 raffle gift. The meeting's charity is for the food pantries of Marquette and Green Lake. Reservations are due September 8 to Betty Lou Rolerat, P.O. Box 250, Neshkoro 54960. The cost is $9.
PORTAGE -- St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish here will host the Columbia Deanery fall meeting Thursday, Sept. 18. Theme is "Our Legacy, Our Future."
Registration is at 4:15 p.m. followed by concelebrated Mass at 5 with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt as homilist, dinner, and program with Sr. Mary Paynter, a Sinsinawa Dominican, talking on "The Path to Sainthood: Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli." The Portage parish is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and traces its origin back to 1831 when Father
Mazzuchelli arrived to work with the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Indians. The business meeting will follow.
Those attending may bring diapers, deodorant, or shampoo for the River Haven Homeless Shelter. Reservations are due September 8 to Karen Camilleri, 311 E. Marion St., Portage 53901. Cost is $11.50.
Adult Catholic Spirit Club begins fifth season
JANESVILLE -- The Adult Catholic Spirit Club begins its fifth season Wednesday, Sept. 10, when author Clark Kidder will discuss his most recent book, Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. Emily was Clark's grandmother.
A complete 2008 to 2009 Spirit season list of programs is published below. Each program is held at St. John Vianney's Marion Hall, 1245 Clark St.
A potluck lunch starts at 12 noon. Those coming are asked to bring a dish to pass as well as their own table service. The program then begins at 1 p.m.
Over the years the Spirit Club has managed to present a rich variety of programs. Many are entertaining, helpful, or educational. Some of the programs feed a curious nature.
Each year the club takes a day trip. This year's trip is planned for October to the National Shrine of Saint Therese, Society of the Little Flower at Darien, Ill. The exact date has yet to be selected.
The following are more of the Adult Catholic Spirit Club programs in the 2008-2009 season. All gatherings start with a 12 noon potluck at St. John Vianney Parish Marion Hall, 1245 Clark St., Janesville, followed with these programs at 1 p.m.:
October 8: Bill Hollingsworth, professional counselor, on "Anger Management"
November 12: Kevin Apfel and Barbara Schneider on "What You Should Know about Planning a Funeral." A collection of paper products and toiletries for the House of Mercy will be held.
December 10: The Senior Center's "Dancing Divas" directed by Janet McLean
January 14: Don Heiliger, decorated Vietnam POW for six years, on "Reflections of a POW"
February 11: Janesville Police Department Sergeant Donhaue, "Threat Assessment and Safety Tips"
March 11: Fr. Randy Timmerman, pastor for two years at St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville, on "The Lenten Season"
April 8: Brad Harnisch, owner of Floral Expressions
May 13: Freida and Ron Nowlund on "The Inside Story on Outhouses," a nostalgic look back at a little building familiar to previous generations
MADISON -- The next training opportunity for new and existing FOCCUS marriage preparation facilitators will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Bishop O'Connor Center, Madison.
The two-night session will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Contact Andy Galvin at 608-821-4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Health and Wellness Forum
MT. HOREB -- A Health and Wellness Forum hosted by St. Ignatius Parish in Mt. Horeb will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the parish basement.
Diocesan Family Planning Coordinator Jessica Smith will talk on "Freedom in Your Family Planning: Why Natural Family Planning Is Best." She'll cover fertility basics, the history and medical development of natural methods of family planning, and moral issues.
For more information, contact parish nurse Mary Williams at 608-437-5195 or Jessica Smith at 608-821-3134 or email@example.com
Opening All Saints Assisted Living
MADISON -- All Saints Assisted Living and Memory Care Center held a grand opening ceremony and blessing by Bishop Robert C. Morlino on August 20 to celebrate the newest addition to the All Saints Neighborhood.
The facility, which has already started to move in residents, provides 24-hour nurse access and direct care, medication assistance, life-enrichment activities, food service, housekeeping, and transportation services. ElderSpan Management is managing the employment needs for the building, which at full capacity means between 50 and 60 employees.
The 43,000 square-foot building will include 40 units of assisted living and 18 units of memory care, which will have trained staff to address the needs of seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. The assisted living center is not a nursing home, but rather combines the need for independence with the need for assistance in a "home-like atmosphere."
Catholic Charities of Madison began working with Horizon Development Group in 1996 on this senior housing community, which offers different levels of independence and need. The project began with the 144-unit All Saints Retirement center apartments, completed in 2004, followed by the Hillside Estates (multi-family condominiums) and Cottages (duplex-style homes).
The new two-story building adds to the All Saints Neighborhood's concept of "aging in place" and Catholic Charities' commitment to seniors and their families.
For more information regarding All Saints, contact ElderSpan Management at 608-243-8800 or visit www.elderspan.com
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Focusing on families and faith
By Kat Wagner
Addressing the teachings of Humanae Vitae
Catholic Herald Staff
MADISON -- In his talk at the recent Diocesan Family Picnic, held on the back lawn of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison, Bishop Robert C. Morlino addressed parents and teens attending on the topic of Humanae Vitae, the controversial papal encyclical celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
"It seems it's not an unfamiliar topic in the Madison area," the bishop said, referencing the column in the Wisconsin State Journal by Bill Wineke and the many letters it recently inspired.
The point of his talk was to address the issues of conscience and the teachings presented in this life-affirming work of Pope Paul VI, which still cause many struggles today as it did in 1968.
"It's true that everyone has to follow his or her conscience," said Bishop Morlino. This is true even if that conscience is in error.
"But they have also an obligation to correct a conscience that is in error - and that's the piece of the puzzle that's frequently left out," he said.
When the pope teaches in a solemn way that contraception is intrinsically evil and against the natural law, that is meant to correct the conscience, the bishop said. He explained that God is the author of the truth and the Holy Spirit is the teacher through the teachings of the Church, the pope, and the bishops.
"Even though the conscience has to be followed by the individual, the conscience is not the author of the moral truth," he said.
In Humanae Vitae and the Church's stance on contraception, the teachings are following the natural law.
God created the intimate space between husband and wife for his own use to create new life, the bishop said. That space must always be available to God if he should want to create new life - even if it is not his will to do so every time a husband and wife are in that intimate space.
"Contraception means expelling God from the space that he created," Bishop Morlino said. "I know couples don't mean this . . . but that's an act of atheism.
"There is no way any pope can allow this, because he's always accountable to the truth," he said. "When something is very clear from the natural law, from the way God created husband and wife, there's no authority for the Church to change that."
Our task, therefore, is to say with love, "Don't leave the Church over this teaching," the bishop said. "Use the sacrament of penance to get mercy and grace and go on in the Church."
At the same time, however, he said, with equal love we have to tell people, "don't stay in the Church only because you're convinced this teaching can change, because it can't."
"That's the story, as we celebrate 40 years of Humanae Vitae - a real treasure of the Church and still a sign of contradiction, a sign that causes a lot of trouble, especially when the teaching is confused," the bishop said.
For a video of the bishop's complete and unedited talk at the Diocesan Family Picnic, including the question-and-answer session that followed, go to www.madisondiocese.org and click on the drop-down menu under the banner "Audio and Video."
General directives: Working with
By Grant Emmel
The days of summer draw to a close, hopefully a time of rest and relaxation for many of you before the hustle of the fall season.
Many others have been diligently working on Trusting in the Spirit, both from a planning view and from the implementation side of things. This work is driven by the directives put forth from the bishop, including specific directives for each cluster and general directives that apply to all clusters and parishes.
In recent issues of the Catholic Herald (July 31 and August 14), Mike Lancaster, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Madison, has spoken on the bishop's general directives concerning the universal support Catholic schools require of us and the upcoming comprehensive school study.
This week we'll discuss the directives concerning the software that has been chosen to be the common tools used by the diocese and parishes for administration of specific areas.
The general directives that we'll discuss are:
- Support the implementation of QuickBooks in all parishes of the diocese
- Support the implementation of ParishSOFT in all parishes of the diocese
- Support the implementation of ChurchWerks School Information System in all schools of the diocese
To anyone who has been involved with technology or software and is presently working in those affected areas, namely parish and school administration, these should be words that bring both encouragement and apprehension by the immense scope of what they imply.
Encouragement, because the implementation of this software will bring a uniformity of action among parishes and thus the diocese can deliver the support that is so desperately needed throughout our parishes. Apprehension, because the implementation of this software will require changing systems, that by all appearances are working, sometimes very well.
We'll talk a little bit about each software package and how the implementation of each is part of the whole Trusting in the Spirit process.
The financial administration of the parish, school, and cemetery is important from an operational and legal point of view. Over the last years, parishes have been slowly converting to QuickBooks (Intuit, Inc., quickbooks.intuit.com) because of its ease of use, flexibility, excellent online help, and its relatively low cost.
With nearly 75 parishes using it in some fashion the actual implementation is more about ensuring uniformity of its use through common financial policy, internal controls or checks and balances, standard operating procedures, and training.
An example of this is the use of a common chart of accounts. This chart defines all of the "buckets" where the different expenses and incomes go, allowing for budgeting (before activities happen) and accountability (after activities happen) of the financial assets of the parish, school, and cemetery, something good stewardship requires of us.
As part of the Trusting in the Spirit implementation process, there are many parishes that will be able to take advantage of the inevitable changes that are occurring and implement QuickBooks as a natural part of their implementation. For example, as parishes merge together, each parish must close their financial books and together implement a new financial system for the new parish.
This is not a trivial event by any means, but adding the conversion to QuickBooks does not add an undue hardship to the situation.
The life of a parish hinges upon the involvement of the parishioners in all of the activities that occur every day in the parish, be it worship, catechesis, or stewardship; that is, the returning to God of our time, talent, and treasure for all that He has done for us.
There are numerous ways and software programs used for the tracking of the information that is involved in all of these areas. All of the items that one would think important such as ease of use, flexibility, and the ability to be extended and customized, need to be considered in the selection of software for this purpose.
In addition, the program's ability to be integrated with other information systems is an important factor for its long-term use. Also, the increased level of accountability for everyone, from bishop to parishioner, is becoming a reality that must be addressed and this is most simply addressed through the use of software that is configured for the controlled, shared access of all information.
After much investigation and the weighing of all the issues, ParishSOFT (ParishSOFT LLC, www.parishsoft.com) was chosen and has been implemented in 12 pilot parishes in the diocese.
Some of these parishes converted from their existing software and some have come online after having little or no system in place to track parishioners. Besides the demonstrated ease of use this family-based system offers, the level of support that ParishSOFT has been providing to the diocese to assist in the conversion, rollout, and especially training of the parishes gives confidence that this is the solution for the long term.
Similarly to the implementation of QuickBooks, it is believed that this conversion can often be done as a matter of course as part of the Trusting in the Spirit process. The work done to date has shown that the process, even for parishes that aren't merging, is now well understood and controlled to minimize the disruption to parish operations. This is due, in no small part, to the pilot parishes who volunteered to be a part of this implementation, and they deserve our thanks.
The administration of all the activities of a school is a daunting task, spanning many different areas of concern including attendance, class rosters, assignments, and grades. Technology has made these tasks "easier" while allowing for the addition of other tasks, including parental communication, reporting, and analysis. This technology area is very competitive, with vendors offering products that address these issues, as well as customer support, with varying levels of success.
Also important is the vendor's willingness to develop a training methodology that works with customer's situation and to ensure that the vendor's database can be integrated with an information system. Because of the commitment of the diocese to support Catholic schools and after much evaluation, ChurchWerks (ImageTrend, Inc., www.imagetrend.com) was chosen and has begun to be implemented in several schools in the diocese.
A Web-based system, ChurchWerks offers a modular approach to bringing each of the administrative areas online, allowing each school to only "bite-off" as much as they can "chew" at any one time. From the diocesan point of view this provides an opportunity to standardize many areas of operation and to simplify the work needed to comply with the various reporting requirements of the diocese and the government.
Assistance is available
Change is always difficult, especially when things seem to be going "okay". One thing that our trust in the Holy Spirit should bring is a peace that things will work out. There has been much good work done in our parishes and in the diocese to give us every opportunity to succeed and make our church stronger and more alive to do the work we are called to do.
Know that people are available to assist you in this time of transition and will be contacting parishes soon to schedule conversions. If you have further questions about QuickBooks or ParishSOFT, contact Vicky Skilondz at 608-821-3023 or email@example.com If you have further questions about ChurchWerks, contact Lynn Koresh at 608-821-4542, or firstname.lastname@example.org Both of them are your main point of contact for these programs as they are coordinating all of the conversions and doing training for all parishes and schools.
While a lot of work has been done to date, much more needs to be accomplished, and will be, as long as we continue to be people who are . . . Trusting in the Spirit.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at email@example.com or mail us at Trusting in the Spirit, 702 S. High Point Road, Madison, WI 53719.
Pregnancy loss and unresolved grief
By Susanna Herro
Clinical training day for health care professionals and others
For the Catholic Herald
Living means facing loss. Some losses, such as losing an item with sentimental value, cause pangs of regret even years later. Other more serious losses, such as losing a friendship, can be a cause of grief for a very long time, even for life.
and Unresolved Grief
Registration information, course description, and schedule available at:
www.madisondiocese.org (Choose "Justice and Pastoral Outreach" from the "Outreach" menu at the top of the page. PDFs are available in the middle of the right-hand side of the resulting page.)
Register by September 15, 2008
Questions? Contact Mary Mead at 608-221-9593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When the loss is related to pregnancy, often the grief issues remain unresolved. This is the subject of the training day being offered on Friday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Pregnancy Loss and Unresolved Grief" will be led by Theresa Burke, PhD, LPC, NCP, and Kevin Burke, MSS, LSW, founders of Rachel's Vineyard, a post-abortion healing ministry. All sessions will be held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison.
The clinical training day is designed for psychologists, counselors, therapists, clergy, social workers, nurses, and pastoral care ministers. However, the interested public is welcome. (See the box for information on registration.)
Workshop topics begin with "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," especially relating to pregnancy losses from abortion. Symptoms such as amnesia, panic, anxiety, and depression will be discussed. Additional workshops will focus on recreating the original loss and "Repetition of Trauma." Men are largely unrecognized as having grief issues relating to pregnancy losses, but recent research will be presented to examine men's reactions.
"Cultivating the Seeds of Trust" has a learning objective of healing relational wounds, among other objectives. The remaining workshops and descriptions can be found by accessing the information online, but include "Probing the Mysteries of the Mind" and "Sharing the Heart of Christ: Safe and Effective Post Abortion Ministry for Clergy and Counselors."
Bringing hidden grief issues to light
Theresa and Kevin Burke have authored several books, including Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion and Redeeming a Father's Heart. They have given presentations across the United States and the world. They are leaders in bringing to light the hidden grief issues following abortions.
This clinical day is not designed to help individuals through the grief process. The Burkes have designed Rachel's Vineyard Retreats to help individuals begin the healing process.
The Diocese of Madison, through the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach has scheduled the next Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend for November 14 to 16, 2008. Registration information can be found on the Web site at the same location in the inset box or by calling 608-821-3086. All calls are confidential, scholarships are available, and the trained volunteers provide a warm, supportive presence throughout this time of healing.
For those readers who know someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or a variety of other issues, you can bring up the subject of healing after an abortion simply by talking about this article. It is said that with more than 40 million abortions in the United States, each person probably knows one person who has had an abortion.
You can let your friends and family know that it is possible to be forgiven and to forgive oneself after an abortion. You can also share that the Catholic Church not only welcomes people back, but provides retreat weekends and one on one counseling with priests to help people find their way home.
Susanna Herro is director of the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach for the Diocese of Madison.