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More than 120 take next steps to becoming Catholic Print
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Brandi Jo Peña, a catechumen from St. William Parish in Janesville, signs the Book of the Elect during the  Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee on March 10. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

WAUNAKEE -- “It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m very excited,” said catechumen Brandi Jo Peña from St. William Parish in Janesville, with her husband and sponsor, Steven, at her side.

He said he felt, “extreme joy . . . my heart is full and, this part of the journey, it’s magnificent.”

The Peñas were one of more than 120 pairs of catechumens, candidates, and their sponsors at the annual Diocese of Madison Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion held at St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee on March 10.

Declaring their intent

More than 30 catechumens, those who will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation on Easter Vigil, declared their intent to become full members of the Catholic Church.

They signed their names to the Book of the Elect and presented themselves to Diocesan Administrator Msgr. James Bartylla.

Nearly 100 candidates, those who will be confirmed in the Church on the Easter Vigil, also declared their intent to be in full communion with the Church and presented themselves to Monsignor Bartylla.

“This is part of a long journey,” said candidate Tom Heikkinen from Cathedral Parish in Madison.

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Movie' Unplanned': Bold, with mercy and redemption Print
Around the Diocese
Written by John Mulderig, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Faith, forgiveness, and healing were some of the central topics that emerged during a recent panel discussion about the forthcoming abortion-themed film Unplanned at New York City’s Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

The three participants were former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, on whose 2011 memoir the picture is based; actress Ashley Bratcher, who portrays Johnson on screen; and producer Chris Jones.

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Adoration to be held at Cross Plains church Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

CROSS PLAINS -- St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cross Plains will be holding 32 hours of Adoration at the church, 2947 Thinnes St., as a special time of prayer for the reparation of sins of the entire Church and worldwide peace.

Prayers will also be offered for the new bishop of the Diocese of Madison, along with prayers for national leaders, that they will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in making decisions that honor the sanctity of life from natural conception to the end of life, freedom of religion, and marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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Sisters of Mary Morning Star addition blessed Print
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, blesses the new addition at the Sisters of Mary Morning Star convent in Monona on March 3, while Sisters and guests look on To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MONONA -- It’s called “New Jerusalem”.

It’s the new addition to the convent of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star in Monona, located at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.

The addition, which took only six months to build, includes guest rooms, cells for Sisters, a library, and a workroom.

On March 3, the Sisters held an open house of the new addition for supporters and community members that wanted to take a tour and see the building.

A blessing ceremony was held later and performed by Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator.

A look at the addition

The ground level of the addition, located on the spot where a garage used to be, is mostly made up of guest rooms for people who attend retreats at the convent.

Recently, the rooms housed members of St. Paul University Catholic Center in Madison, with whom the Sisters have a spiritual relationship.

The rooms contain a bed, chair, and desk.

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