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December 20, 2001 Edition   •   Volume 131, No. 47   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Holiday Masses, messages in Diocese of Madison

photo of Christmas Mass taping

The Christmas Mass, to air on WISC-TV, Channel 3, sponsored by the Apostolate to the Handicapped, was taped in the Bishop O'Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison. (Julianne Nornberg photo)

Cathedral Masses

MADISON -- All people in the Diocese of Madison are invited to attend the Christmas Masses at St. Raphael Cathedral here.

Msgr. Daniel Ganshert, rector of St. Raphael Cathedral, will preside at the Christmas Eve Mass that begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.

Bishop William H. Bullock will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 12 midnight on Monday, Dec. 24. Prelude music, which begins at 11:30 p.m., is provided by the St. Raphael Cathedral Choir with brass quintet and tympani. The choir is directed by Dr. Patrick Gorman.

Starboard Broadcasting, Inc., is planning to air the midnight Mass at St. Raphael Cathedral, beginning with the 11:30 p.m. prelude music, on WHFA (1240 AM).   Full Story ...

Diocese of Madison delegation:

Attends national youth conference

By Nicole Mellert

On Thursday morning, Dec. 6, about 70 youth and adults boarded buses to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, Ind.

This year's theme, "Hope at the Crossroads," reminds us that we are a sign of God's hope. Being this sign of hope means that we should be willing to share our gifts and talents to build the reign of God in all areas of our lives.

Sharing faith

Between Dec. 6 and Dec. 9, over 24,000 youth from across the country gathered to share God's love and praise God's name. This was shown in many different ways. There were gatherings of music, praise, workshops, speakers, and there was even a place where you could donate books and build bookshelves.

"I thought it was very good. I enjoyed the interactive areas, the music, and watching the unity of the the youth as they worked together to build a bookshelf together," stated Peg Miller, coordinator of youth ministry at St. Peter Parish, Madison, and first time attendee of NCYC.

Inspiring speakers

At the morning and evening gathering, there were speakers who told of their life experiences, including a local news reporter who told of her experience of interviewing Mother Teresa, the former Miss America telling of her Catholic upbringing, and Renee Bondi, who shared of her experience of becoming paralyzed.   Full Story ...

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News & Features:

Celebrating Christmas -- A light
of hope in a time of darkness:

A special holiday section

Pope promotes prayer, fasting, forgiveness:
As means to true peace

Profiles from the pew: Lila Lee,
St. Maria Goretti Parish, Madison

Treating Alzheimer's disease:
Research moves forward


• Young Adult Viewpoint
by John Rosengren --
In a season marked by fear: Seeing Christmas through Alison's eyes

• Looking Around
by Fr. William J. Byron --
Christmas time: The ultimate 'Ground Zero' time

• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick -- Fasting:
A form of surrendering to God

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Celiac disease: Those who suffer seek alternative solution

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Canticle: biblical passage sings
of praise for God

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