St. Clare in Baraboo hosts blood drive
BARABOO -- St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo is hosting a Red Cross blood drive Friday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ringling Conference Room.
For convenience, call 608-356-1419 to make an appointment to give blood.
Across the country, the demand for blood is growing faster than the supply available. More procedures requiring blood are being performed.
New blood donors are needed and current blood donors are urged to give more often. A healthy blood donor can give blood as often as every 56 days.
Visit www.redcrossblood.com for more information.
St Henry Parish, Watertown, celebrates 150 years
WATERTOWN -- St. Henry Parish, 412 N. Fourth St., will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at a 2:30 p.m. Mass, with priests who served at St. Henry concelebrating. Religious with roots at St. Henry Parish will return for the celebration as well.
Following Mass a dinner and program will be held at Turner Hall. The meal will be served at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner are $20 each. A limited number of tickets are available at the rectory office 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the month of July.
In honor of the 150th anniversary, A Church Built on the Rock by Kenneth M. Riedl, a book on the history of St. Henry Parish, has been published. It is available for $30 at the parish rectory.
Also in honor of the anniversary, a special concert of sacred music featuring St. Henry Parish vocal groups and an orchestra will be held in the church at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Divine Savior Healthcare raises awareness of Safe Place for Newborns
PORTAGE -- Every year over 100 newborns are abandoned in the U.S. and it's estimated that anywhere from four to eight cases occur annually here in Wisconsin. Many of these children, and sometimes their mothers, die.
Raising public awareness of Wisconsin Act 2 and the Safe Place for Newborns program is high on the list of priorities at Divine Savior Healthcare.
The Safe Place for Newborns program is a legal safety net that treats reluctant mothers with as much compassion as their babies. It allows unharmed infants three days old or younger to be left with any hospital worker, police-person, or emergency medical technician, any time of day or night, without recrimination.
The brilliance of the Safe Place for Newborns program is that it's designed with the emotional and situational needs of the mother in mind during the critical time -- the first 72 hours of the baby's life.
A mother can place a newborn, literally, into the arms of any Divine Savior hospital, clinic, medical center, or nursing home staffer -- even a janitor -- and walk away. Legally and forever.
Maybe she'll take a moment for the staffer to give her a confidential informational packet. But just in case the packets are prominently located at the entrance of every Divine Savior facility and can be taken by the mother on her way out.
For more information on Safe Place for Newborns, call the toll free, 24-hour crisis line, 1-877-440-2229, or 612-317-2895, or go to www.safeplacefornewborns.com.
Driver safety program offered for senior citizens
MADISON -- The "55 Alive" Driver Safety Program sponsored by AARP is a refresher course for adults over 50 years of age. It is conducted by Helen Zander, a certified volunteer instructor.
The course covers the following topics: judging yourself, physical changes that affect driving skills, potential trouble spots, road rage, safety considerations, driver guidance, important features of your own vehicle, intersections, the freeway, and driving retirement.
Those interested in sponsoring the AARP "55 Alive" program in their parish may contact Helen Zander at 608-238-1979.
Sacred Hearts Parish, Sun Prairie, turns 140
SUN PRAIRIE -- Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish in Sun Prairie celebrated its 140th anniversary June 28-29.
The parish, founded in 1863, has more than 1,500 families today. The parish recently completed a major renovation, adding an elevator and refurbishing the lower level.
Msgr. Duane R. Moellenberndt, pastor, and Fr. Bart D. Timmerman, parochial vicar, concelebrated Masses and gave thanks for the dedication of the parish family in helping the parish to grow.
Monsignor Moellenberndt addressed the congregation during the homily.
"We give thanks to God for all of the blessings that have been given to this parish and for the wonderful people, past and present, that have helped this faith community to grow in love and service," he said.
"We go forward into the future and continue the work of our Lord and unite our parish community to the Body of Christ, the church throughout the world."
Summer outing: Apostolate to Handicapped
WISCONSIN DELLS -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped announces its annual summer outing at Wisconsin Dells to be held this year on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show site.
Tom Diehl and the staff of the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in their generosity invite the disabled and elderly to this day. The day's activities will begin with an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated in God's most beautiful cathedral, the great outdoors on the shore of Lake Delton. About 20 priests of the Diocese of Madison will concelebrate and help in the distribution of Communion.
This will be followed by a picnic box lunch and then the water show.
All handicapped and elderly persons are invited to this day. To make a reservation write to Msgr. Tom Campion, Box 443, Monroe, WI 53556. Transportation will be furnished to those who need a ride whenever possible.
It will be held rain or shine, on Aug. 22. There is no cost to anyone as expenses are paid by the Tommy Bartlett Water Show and friends of the Apostolate to the Handicapped.
Hundreds of volunteers and benefactors give their time and resources to make this happen for about 1,300 handicapped persons. The usual staff of volunteers -- drivers, nurses, lunch preparers, secretaries, persons to assist the disabled, make it a reality.
The Country Market of Lake Delton helps with the lunch preparation, which takes place partially in Monroe the night before. The staff of the Tommy Bartlett Water Show assist in moving of the disabled community.
Monsignor Campion commented, "We all need a day like this. Life for everyone gets difficult and serious at times. We all need a day just to have fun and a good time. This provides it in great portion.
"Just getting together as handicapped persons in large numbers tells us we are not alone. With the great number of volunteers and benefactors, we know we are loved, respected, and appreciated. We are the family of the disabled and we share life together. It is a terrific experience of joy, faith, courage, and generosity."