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Historic Beloit church is renovated Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Casucci, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, May. 24, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Beloit recently completed a renovation of its historic church, which was dedicated in 1886. The renovation included cleaning and painting of all church walls and repainting of statues and the corpus on the crucifix (above). A stylized tree of life design was created as a background for the crucifix. The tabernacle, formerly on a side altar, was moved to the center of the altar area and placed on a custom-made table. (Catholic Herald photo/Pat Casucci)

BELOIT -- The rejoicing, joy, and peace of Easter Sunday was enhanced for St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners.

After a major $335,000 renovation of the church interior, it was the first time in almost three months that a Mass was celebrated by Pastor Fr. John Hedrick in the historic church built in 1885.

The church had been closed since January 8, 2018.

The regularly scheduled weekend Masses for St. Thomas were held at St. Jude Church. Father Hedrick is pastor of both parishes.

In a recent interview, Father Hedrick said, “We have had lots of positive comments about the renovation. On Easter Sunday, there was a sense of awe as parishioners looked around the church, seeing how beautiful it is.”

Necessary renovation

Father Hedrick said the renovation was necessary after significant plaster repair was needed on a church wall and part of the ceiling. “The church walls also looked in need of cleaning, and it was decided to not just paint them,” he said.

“After a couple pieces of plaster fell, we knew we had to take care of this 133-year-old building, not let it deteriorate,” he explained. The last time the walls were painted was in 1975.

Extensive planning for the project included a fund drive with parishioners contributing about $175,000. In addition, Father Hedrick said two memorial bequests and parish funds made the extensive renovation possible.

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Memorial Day Masses in the Diocese of Madison Print E-mail
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Thursday, May. 24, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Memorial Day Masses will be held in the Diocese of Madison. Besides the Masses indicated here, check with local parishes for Masses being celebrated on Monday, May 28.

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Madison Memorial Day Mass change
Please note: Because of the heat, the Memorial Day Mass will be held in the chapel at Holy Name Heights, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, at 10 a.m., not at Resurrection Cemetery.

In Madison, because of the heat, the Memorial Day Mass will be held at the chapel at Holy Name Heights at 10 a.m., and not at Resurrection Cemetery.  Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Area priests will serve as concelebrants. Knights of Columbus will serve as an honor guard. In case of rain, Mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 405 S. Owen Dr. Refreshments will follow Mass.

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Blue Mass Celebrated in honor of first responders Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 17, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Madison Fire Department Chief Steven Davis, left, and UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman light memorial candles at the annual Blue Mass for first responders on May 10 at St. Bernard Church in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- For the second straight year, St. Bernard Parish in Madison hosted the annual Blue Mass in honor of all first responders.

Fr. Michael Radowicz, pastor of St. Bernard, celebrated the Mass, along with several other priests from the Diocese of Madison.

In attendance were Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, Madison Fire Department Chief Steven Davis, UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, members of their departments, and members of surrounding police, fire, and emergency worker agencies in Dane County.

Thanks for service

During his homily, Father Radowicz told those in attendance to “know there are a great many who appreciate the good work that you do, and we see that love and faithfulness in which you serve us every single day” and “the lord has endowed each of you with special gifts that allow you to be Christ for people in some of the most difficult moments of their lives”.

Later in the Mass, Chiefs Davis and Roman lit memorial candles in honor of those who have died in service to community.

Of special remembrance was Rick Garner, Jr., a 29-year-old Madison firefighter who recently died, shortly after finishing his shift.

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Two will be ordained deacons on May 25 Print E-mail
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Thursday, May. 17, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MONONA -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will ordain two seminarians of the Diocese of Madison as transitional deacons on Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona.

Following is information on Stephen Brunner and Lawrence Oparaji:

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