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December 26, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 48   •   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.

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Wearing a sombrero at the end of Mass, Bishop William H. Bullock greets Manuel Antonio Cuamani Abrajan, held by his mother. (Catholic Herald photo by Abigail Hansen)

Mass for Our Lady
of Guadalupe:
Brings special joy this year

MADISON -- "We have been made heirs of the kingdom of heaven, and as heirs, we are to proclaim the greatness of God as well as be close to our Mary, to Our Lady of Guadalupe," said Bishop William H. Bullock in his homily at a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 14 at St. Raphael Cathedral here.

Gathering for the celebration were people from all over the Diocese of Madison. Preceding Mass was a procession featuring a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. People placed flowers at the foot of the statue.

Ten priests of the Diocese of Madison concelebrated the Mass, including Msgrs. Daniel T. Ganshert and Paul J. Swain and Frs. Casimir E. Chimeziri, Francis Xavier Ekwugha, George W. Fox, Lawrence J. Kieffer, Michael (Mick) E. Moon, Nicholas S. Okere, John G. Stillmank, and Todd R. Van Natta. Estudiantina, the Hispanic choir for the Diocese of Madison, provided music. The choir is directed by Toni Kellor.   Full Story ...

Young adults:
Learn holiday rituals, symbols

MADISON -- "Advent is an opportunity for us to make our souls a fitting realm for the rebirth of the Lord," director of family faith formation Mary Lestina told participants at a special young adult Advent event held recently at St. Raphael Cathedral here.

The event was sponsored by the Diocese of Madison's Office of Religious Education.

Preparing for a guest

"Imagine that a guest was coming to stay with you for Christmas. Imagine that guest is God. How would you prepare for him? How are you inside? That coming of Jesus is a reminder we need to clean ourselves out," she said.   Full Story ...

No issue January 2
There will be no Catholic Herald next week (Jan. 2). We resume our regular publication schedule Jan. 9. Happy New Year!

Breaking News ...
Priest placed
on leave

MADISON -- Fr. Robert DeCock, a priest from the Schoenstatt Order who was working in the Diocese of Madison, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by church and civil authorities regarding an allegation against him, Bishop William H. Bullock said Dec. 30.

DeCock was parochial vicar at St. Paul University Catholic Center, Madison. An announcement was read at weekend Masses at St. Paul's that DeCock was placed on leave. The allegation was received by diocesan officials last week and information was turned over to the Dane County District attorney's office and the Schoenstatt Order.

The diocese plans no further comment until the investigation has been completed.

Bullock also revealed that the diocese has received an allegation of sexual abuse with a male minor against former diocesan priest Michael Trainor.

This alleged incident occurred in 1980 when Trainor served at St. Henry Parish in Watertown. Trainor resigned from the priesthood in 1991.

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News & Features:

Pope's peace message:
Seeks new initiatives for Holy Land

Ernie Johnson:
Receives first St. Andrew Apostolic Service Award in Verona

Top stories in 2002: Clergy sexual abuse, possible war in Iraq, terrorism violence in Holy Land


• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
The battle must begin in our hearts and minds

• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
End of horrible year: Bravo to those who earned trust, thanks

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Words of Isaiah: Be strong, do not fear! God will come and save you

• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
Prayer of St. Francis: Becoming instruments of Christ's peace

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