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December 5, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 45   •   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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• Web edition: Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition.

• Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association 2002 awards competition.

New Catholic Multicultural Center:
Staff getting settled after move

MADISON -- Having moved into the Diocese of Madison's new Catholic Multicultural Center last week, diocesan staff members are getting settled into the new building.

The new Catholic Multicultural Center is located at 1862 Beld St., which is off of S. Park St. a half mile north of U.S. Hwy. 12/18.

Centro Guadalupano:

St. Martin House:

The new building is now home to St. Martin House and Centro Guadalupano. St. Martin House serves 140 meals a night three nights a week and runs a children's summer program. Centro Guadalupano offers pastoral and legal services, computer classes, English language classes, Spanish classes, food pantry, job placement service and clothing for job interviews.

The new center will be an outreach to the Asian community as well.

Tour of new building

J. Mark Brinkmoeller, administrator of the Diocese of Madison's new Catholic Multicultural Center, recently took Catholic Herald staff on a tour of the building, constructed by J.H. Findorff and Son Construction Co.

Entering from the new parking lot or from the entrance facing the street, visitors enter a well-lit building with high ceilings. Satillo tile, brownish orange tiles from Mexico, covers the floor.

Three St. Martin House offices, including a nurse's room, occupy the front of the building on the first floor. With a wood ceiling and brightly colored striped (green, red, orange, brown) carpeting that lines the floor, the community room offers a welcoming space.

The chapel, which includes stained glass windows from the previous building, can seat up to 110 people when a partition opens up into the community room. Currently the altar and furniture is being built for the chapel, said Brinkmoeller.   Full Story ...

Feast of Our Lady
of Guadalupe

MADISON -- In the Diocese of Madison, a Mass will be celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Raphael Cathedral, 222 W. Main St.

Those attending are invited to wear traditional costumes and/or bring flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe or the flag of their native country.

Beginning at 11 a.m. will be a procession including a statue of Our Lady and children from religious education classes at Centro Guadalupano. People are welcome to bring up flowers to place before the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. Bishop William H. Bullock will preside and preach at the Mass. Estudiantina, the Diocese of Madison's Spanish choir under the direction of Toni Kellor, will lead the singing.

All are invited to enjoy a reception in the church hall afterward. A group of Hispanic women in their traditional dresses will perform folk dances. Everyone is welcome.

A few events leading up to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe include the following:   Full Story ...

Services Dec. 6
for Fr. Dowd

MADISON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1905 W. Beltline Hwy., for Fr. John Robert Dowd, 67, pastor, who died on Dec. 1.

photo of Fr. John Dowd

Fr. John Dowd

Bishop William H. Bullock will be main celebrant of the Mass. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and from 10 a.m. until the Mass on Friday, all at the church. Burial will be at Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Sun Prairie.

Dowd was born in Beaver Dam, Wis., on March 3, 1935, to Ambrose and Eleanor Sholes Dowd. He attended St. Jerome Grade School and Oconomowoc High School, both in Oconomowoc.

After attending Notre Dame University for a year, he completed college studies in philosophy and theology at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee. He was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1963, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison.

He served as associate pastor at St. William, Janesville; St. Mary, Portage; and St. Patrick, Janesville. He was pastor at St. Patrick, Doylestown, with the mission of St. Joseph, Rio; St. Francis Xavier, Lake Mills, with the mission of St. Mary Magdalene, Johnson Creek; SS. Anthony and Philip, Highland; St. John the Baptist, Jefferson; Our Lady of the Lake, Green Lake; and St. Joseph, Madison.

He had served as dean of Iowa Deanery; Diocesan Consultor; Procurator of the Diocesan Tribunal; Diocesan Pastoral Council member; and instructor at Beloit Catholic High School.

Survivors include his sisters, Helen (Rodney) Maasch, Madison; Sally (Richard) Lyons, Carlsbad, Calif.; sister-in-law Sue Dowd, Oconomowoc; and many nieces and nephews.

Only in the print edition ...
News & Features:

Pray for peace, rally against war

St. Vincent de Paul Society:
Faces increasing needs in society

Profiles from the pew:
Ellen Dargel of St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo


• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick --
Church's next steps in restoring trust: Strive for faith and unity

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Unsolicited cards; reception
of Communion; Mary's title

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Psalm 98 (99): Praises holiness
of God and his response
to man's needs

• Parish Diary
by Fr. Peter Daly -- Don't rush Advent: A time for preparation

• Your Aging Parent
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Spending holidays with the
Noting do's and don'ts

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