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Holy Family, La Valle, celebrates centennial Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison delivers the homily during the 100th anniversary Mass at Holy Family Church in La Valle on September 17. Bishop Morlino concelebrated the Mass with Pastor Fr. Sanctus Ibe and former parochial administrator Fr. Scott Emerson. To view or purchase photos, go to http://www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

LA VALLE -- Prior to exclaiming, “Wow!” Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison said, “What a joy and a privilege and an honor it is for me to be able to be with you this morning to celebrate 100 years,” at the start of Mass on September 17 at Holy Family Church in La Valle.

While the parish was formed in 1915, its first church building was completed in 1917 and still exists on the parish site, now serving as the parish hall, with a newer church building attached.

Bishop Morlino celebrated the anniversary Mass, along with Pastor Fr. Sanctus Ibe and Fr. Scott Emerson, who had recently served as parochial administrator following the death of longtime Pastor Fr. Lorin Bowens, who died in 2015.

“We remember Father Bowens today with affection,” said the bishop. “May he rest in peace.”

The bishop thanked Father Ibe and Father Emerson both for their service and work with the parish.

“We think of all the faith of our forefathers and our foremothers on whose shoulders we stand today,” said Bishop Morlino. “We think of the history of this parish community, the history of faith . . . what a wonderful gift. One hundred years of faith lived out -- 100 years of the power of the resurrection at work right here.”

The bishop also gave thanks for the priest son of the parish -- Fr. Bernie Rott -- who is pastor at Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville and Immaculate Conception Parish in Kieler.

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Eric Scheidler to speak at 40 Days for Life kick-off event Print E-mail
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Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Vigil for Life-Madison’s 2017 40 Days for Life Kick-off event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at Holy Name Heights (a.k.a. Bishop O’Connor Center).

Guest speaker will be Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. The league was founded in 1980 by his father, veteran pro-life leader Joe Scheidler, to fight abortion through non-violent direct action. Eric is the oldest of the seven Scheidler children.

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Drew Olson to be ordained in Rome Print E-mail
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Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

ROME -- Drew Olson, a seminarian of the Diocese of Madison, will be ordained as a transitional deacon on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, N.J., former rector of the Pontifical North American College, will ordain Olson and 30 other men from around the United States.

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National Novena to be held at shrine in Champion Print E-mail
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Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

CHAMPION -- A special line-up of speakers will be featured as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help celebrates its second National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help, October 1 to 9.

The National Novena offers nine days of reflection and prayer and brings hundreds of pilgrims to the National Shrine in Champion.

The National Novena begins on Sunday, Oct. 1, with the theme, "Mary Queen of Families." The guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Amore, executive director of Mayslake Ministries and a distinguished theologian, author, and blogger on Catholic teaching.

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