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‘Holy Rollers’ come back year after year Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Jane Lepeska Grinde, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
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Karen and Rick Grosse continue to volunteer in the kitchen at St. James Church in Madison, baking pfeffernuesse cookies. Their children and grandchildren, as did Rick, attended or are attending St. James School. Many parishioners and volunteers return each year to make the German cookies. (Jane Lepeska Grinde photo)

MADISON -- What goes on behind the scenes to produce a bag of what has become the world-famous pfeffernuesse, the little German cookies sold at the Good Shepherd Family Festival at St. James Church the second Sunday in November?

Year after year, parishioners and friends come back to the St. James Church basement, starting the week before Labor Day and continuing through the last week of October.

They come on Monday and Wednesday nights, and Tuesday afternoons, to roll little pieces of dough that has been mixed together in the kitchen, put through a specially rigged sausage maker, and then pushed through a special wire grating for rolling.

The “Holy Rollers” place the pieces in 21 by 14 rows on cookie sheets that are placed in the convection ovens, then cooled, packaged, and stored for sale at the festival.

Something unique

Dorothy Dittman, who proposed the idea for the pfeffernuesse 43 years ago and is now a member of Our Lady of Queen of Peace Parish in Madison, regularly comes to roll the cookies.

She was on the St. James Parish Council when Fr. William DeBock, then the pastor, wanted St. James to have something unique to sell at the festival.

Dittman knew about St. Mary of the Lake Parish in nearby Westport selling fruitcakes. Considering the German heritage of the parish, she suggested pfeffernuesse to Father DeBock, who told her to visit homebound Mary Gherman who would have a recipe.

She recruited Emmett Schuchardt, a former restaurant owner and lifelong parishioner who was in charge of the parish kitchen, to go with her; the rest is history.

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Bishop Hying encourages young adults to commit themselves to Jesus Christ Print
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Written by Marc Laudonio, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Lo-Fi beats fill the room with energy. People begin to pour libations into glasses and grab an app to bring to their tables.

Anticipation builds in the nightclub at The Brink Lounge in the heart of downtown Madison as roughly 140 young adults prepare to welcome the one they’ve been waiting for tonight — Bishop Donald J. Hying.

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Two from diocese ordained as transitional deacons Print
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Written by From the Pontifical North American College, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

ROME -- On October 3, 31 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College were ordained to the transitional diaconate during a celebration of the Eucharist.

Among them were two seminarians from the Diocese of Madison: Timothy Mergen, son of Denise and Greg Mergen of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Monona, and Enan Zelinski, son of Mary and Todd Zelinski of St. Henry Parish in Watertown.

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‘Our Faith Stories ‘ Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

STOUGHTON -- Two parishioners will share their journey to Christ during "Our Faith Stories" on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Healy Hall at St. Ann Parish.

Lindsay Snyder will speak about how her faith was broken and then restored by God. Bob Grady will share a life of God-given miracles and love in the midst of trials.

Treats and fellowship follow the talks. All are invited. For more information, call Shaun Kleitsch at 608-873-7633.

 
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