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Hearing loop system installed at St. James Church in Madison Print
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Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Bruce Best, left, Good Shepherd parishioner, spearheaded the effort to get a hearing loop system installed at St. James Church in Madison. His hearing aid works with the system, while Michael Schultz (next to Best) without a hearing aid uses a receiver with the system. The loop is visible on the floor inside the pew. (Jane Lepeska Grinde photo)

MADISON -- Thanks to a grant from the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities of the Diocese of Madison, Good Shepherd Parish was able to have a hearing loop installed at its St. James Church this summer.

Located near Regent and Mills Sts., St. James is one of the oldest churches in Madison.

Taking the initiative to get funding for the project, parishioner Bruce Best said he did it for a selfish reason, “I could only hear about 25 percent of what was said at Mass.”

His audiologist, Veronica Heide, gave Best the idea for pursuing the system.

How it works

At a recent meeting at the church, parishioners heard from Mike Mair, Platteville, owner of My Hearing Loop LLC, the company chosen to install the system. Mair, who has been in business 42 years, explained and demonstrated how the system works.

Hearing loop systems provide a magnetic wireless audio signal that is picked up by hearing aids set to the “T-coil” (short for telecoil) setting. Most hearing aids have this setting.

Special wires have been installed in the floor at St. James Church, which comprises the hearing loop that broadcasts audio signals from microphones directly to hearing aids or cochlear implants.

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News about the permanent diaconate Print
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Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Men from the Diocese of Madison Permanent Diaconate Program gathered with Bishop Donald J. Hying and sponsoring pastors to celebrate the reception of the Ministry of Acolyte and Admission into Candidacy on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Chapel of the Holy Name, Holy Name Heights.

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Regarding the criminal acquittal of Fr. William Nolan Print
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Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Following is a statement released by the Diocese of Madison.

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison received word September 13 that Fr. William Nolan, a retired priest of the diocese, was found not guilty by a jury of all counts against him stemming from charges that he had sexually abused a minor.

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World-famous statue of Mary to visit Monroe in October Print
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Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MONROE -- The World Apostolate of Fatima will bring its United Nations Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to St. Victor Church, 1760 14th St., Monroe, on Saturday, Oct. 5, to Monday, Oct. 7.

This statue of Mary is based in Rhode Island and is owned by the Fatima Sanctuary in Portugal. One of the four International Pilgrim Virgin statues, it was blessed by Pope Pius XII, and shortly thereafter it began being taken on a continuous worldwide pilgrimage on May 13, 1947, the 30th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary at Fatima.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared several times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The Catholic Church venerates Mary's appearances there by giving her the title of "Our Lady of Fatima."

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