Love Begins Here middle school missionary Ella Mueller from Madison visits with Don Stiegert, a resident at Sylvan Crossings in Fitchburg. To view or purchase photos, go to madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)
MADISON -- “We boldly take initiative to bring love to our neighbors, evangelizing with patience and joy . . . No task is too small in the eyes of the Lord when filled with great love.”
These words are part of the Love Begins Here (LBH) mission statement.
Nowhere were these words more exemplified than during a recent week spent in Madison by the LBH missionaries.
From visiting the elderly to packing potatoes for the hungry to making meals for their peers on the mission, the time spent by these 60 middle schoolers was simply “awesome,” as shared by eighth grader Julia Sullivan, a member of St. Albert the Great Parish in Sun Prairie.
“I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces, how happy they are, and it makes me feel really good to go out and help people -- it’s so easy to do,” said Sullivan.
MADISON -- LeAnna and Brendan Wall, owners of Hatch Building Supply in Madison, have a special new monthly “date night” as members of Legatus.
This “date night” includes a Mass, followed by food, fellowship, and a presentation on some aspect of their Catholic faith. “We both have enjoyed doing more with our faith, having a date night out, and making business connections,” said Brendan Wall. The Walls are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison.
MADISON -- When the Annual Catholic Appeal began in 2009, the Diocese of Madison had hopes of being able to give back to diocesan parishes and parish schools through grants of funds received over the goal amount. The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal was the first year this reality came to fruition.
Any money collected over the 2015 $3 million goal was set aside and earmarked for grant requests. The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal went over goal by $112,218.