Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities holds annual Advent/Christmas Party
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Merry Sommers and Lillian Rood from Monroe enjoy their time at the Advent/Christmas Party held by the Diocese of Madison Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities. The annual event took place at Monroe High School on December 2, celebrating 50 years of the Apostolate. To view or purchase photos, go to
(Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MONROE -- On December 3, 1967, station WISC-TV in Madison aired the first-ever Sunday Mass for the Apostolate to the Handicapped.

It was celebrated by Fr. (later Msgr.) Thomas “T.C.” Campion, who, along with then Diocese of Madison Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell, founded the apostolate more than a month prior.

On December 2, 2017, the Apostolate, now known as the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities, celebrated the past 50 years of ministry at its annual Advent/Christmas Party now held at Monroe High School.

The yearly tradition was first held on January 6, 1968, at Holy Name Seminary in Madison when it was called “Little Christmas with the Bishop” and soon grew from there to the Mass, lunch, and holiday party it st today, welcoming more than 500 guests this year.

A yearly tradition

Many of the guests were repeat visitors, coming back year after a year for many reasons.

“We like the people,” said Lillian Rood from Monroe. “There’s a feeling I have here.”

“We enjoy it,” said Martha Sillman from Waterloo.

“It’s an outing,” said her husband, Paul, adding with a smile, “It doesn’t take much to amuse old people.”

As the guests began to arrive on a warmer than average day for the party, they were immediately greeted at the door by volunteers and welcomed into the school gym, that was transformed into a party hall from a basketball venue in a matter of an hour the night before.

As familiar faces sat next to each other and said hello, the holiday atmosphere appealed to another sense as “Hugo” -- the dressed in festive red, guitar playing, musician -- serenaded the guests with their favorite Christmas songs.


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Restored pipe organ has uplifting sound
Written by Dick Jones, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Enter the quiet chapel at Holy Name Heights, walk down the aisle, then turn and look to the balcony. The pews are gone, and an organ console is visible. That’s different. Otherwise, not much to see, nothing all that remarkable.

Yet, there is now something truly noteworthy in the choir loft. Behind a wall of organ swell shades are the pipes and inner workings of a superb instrument, an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, old and used, but newly restored and installed in the chapel.

Deaf priest to preside on TV Mass
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Fr. Christopher Klusman, associate director of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Apostolate for the Deaf who is deaf himself, will preside on the weekly TV Mass airing on Sunday, Dec. 17, in Madison.

Father Klusman verbally will recite the Mass and interpret it in American Sign Language at the same time.

The Mass is broadcast at 6 a.m. on WISC-TV and at 7 a.m. on TVW and Direct TV 14.


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