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December 19, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, 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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The Catholic Herald awards:

• Web edition: Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition.

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

photo of Christmas Mass being videotaped at Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center

WISC-TV, channel 3, videotapes the Christmas Mass with Bishop William H. Bullock presiding in the chapel of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

Holiday events
in Diocese of Madison

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

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

Bishop William H. Bullock will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 12 midnight on Tuesday, 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. (The midnight Mass will be broadcast on WHFA, 1240 AM.)

Ganshert will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the cathedral. The Cathedral Choir with brass will provide music.

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Festival of Lessons
and Carols

MADISON -- The Madison Diocesan Choir will present its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols twice for this Christmas.

The first will be on Sunday, Dec. 22, in the chapel of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 4, the program will be repeated in Beloit at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 2222 Shopiere Rd. at 7 p.m.

Director Patrick Gorman will lead the choir in music commemorating of Advent and Christmas. Carols will include Victoria's "O Magnum Mysterium," "Sussex Carol," "Joys Seven," "Once as I Remember," and "Go Tell It On the Mountain." All will join in singing familiar carols.

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Please note
holiday deadlines
The Catholic Herald will not publish an issue the week of New Year's Day, Jan. 1.

Therefore, all parish and diocesan events dated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9 will be included in the Dec. 26 issue. The deadline for that issue is Dec. 18.

Happy holidays to all our readers!

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

Cardinal Law: Resignation follows year of growing scandal

Revised abuse norms:
Vatican grants formal approval

Celebrating Christmas: Finding hope in Christ -- special section


• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
Real miracle of Christmas:
God reaches out to love us

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Santa Claus:
Puts all in deeper touch
with 'peculiarly good will'

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Canticle:
Shows the Lord will never abandon his people, will always be there

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