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Easter week services
SINSINAWA -- The public is invited to join the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and celebrate Easter week in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound. Events include:
Wednesday, April 7: Living Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m. Performance by the Young Christian Players.
Holy Thursday, April 8: Mass of the Lord's Supper, 6:15 p.m.
Good Friday, April 9: Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 2 p.m.; Evening Prayer, 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 10: The Paschal Vigil, 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Morning Prayer, 10 a.m.; Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass), 10:30 a.m. (music by the Sisters' Choir and Bell Choir); Solemn Easter Vespers, 4:45 p.m.
For more information, call Sheila Heim at 608-748-4411, ext. 869, or visit the Web site at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter
Adult CPR course
MADISON -- Heartsaver: First Aid Course with Adult CPR will be held Saturday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for individuals who respond to emergencies at home, in the community, or at their worksite.
The course will be held at the Dean West Clinic, lower level Health Works, 752 N. High Point
Rd. Course fee is $55. Pre-registration is required by calling 608-824-4400 or 1-800-368-5596.
Peer support groups
MADISON -- Peer support groups for those hurting from separation, divorce, or loss of a significant relationship are open to all ages/faiths.
Friends on a Journey will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Our Lady Queen of Peace nursery, 401 S. Owen Dr. For information, call Paul at 608-862-3613.
New Directions will not meet April 8 but will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd., top floor. For information, call 608-821-3170.
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Catholic women: Schedule spring deanery meetings
Deaneries of the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) have scheduled the following spring meetings:
April 14 - Lafayette Deanery, p.m., at St. Joseph Parish, Gratiot
April 15 - Grant Deanery, a.m., at St. Mary Parish, Bloomington
April 15 - Marquette/Green Lake Deanery, p.m., at St. John the Baptist Parish, Montello
April 20 - Jefferson Deanery, p.m., at St. Bernard Parish, Watertown
April 21 - Sauk Deanery, a.m., at St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo
April 22 - Columbia Deanery, p.m., at St. Mary Parish, Portage
April 29 - East Dane Deanery, p.m., at St. Joseph Parish, East Bristol
April 30 - West Dane Deanery, a.m., at St. Ignatius Parish, Mt. Horeb
May 4 - Rock Deanery, p.m., at St. Paul Parish, Evansville
May 12 - Iowa Deanery, p.m., at Immaculate Conception Parish, Barneveld
May 18 - Madison Deanery, p.m., at St. Dennis Parish, Madison
GRATIOT -- St. Joseph Parish here will host the Lafayette Deanery meeting Wednesday, April 14. Theme is "Together We Can Make It." Registration is at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist. Newly elected officers will be installed. Dinner will be followed by business meeting. Carmen McDonald, Gratiot, registered nurse at the Monroe Clinic, will speak on "Para Natal Grief." Benediction will follow. Deanery project is the food pantry in the Blackhawk School District. Reservations are to be called to Carmen McDonald at 608-922-3367. Cost is $6.
BLOOMINGTON -- Thursday, April 15, is the date of the Grant Deanery meeting. St. Mary Parish here will host. Theme is "Sharing the Gifts We Are Given." Registration is at 9 a.m. followed by business meeting. Mass will be offered at 11 with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt,
Sun Prairie, diocesan moderator, as homilist, followed by luncheon and Fr. Mike Bihuniak talking on modern day sanctity and life of Mother Teresa. Reservations are due to Janet Rueter, 213 Pleasant St., Bloomington, WI 53804. Cost is $7.
Marquette/Green Lake Deanery
MONTELLO -- "Opening to the Lord" is the theme of the Marquette/Green Lake Deanery meeting Thursday, April 15. St. John the Baptist Parish here will host. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. followed by business meeting. Mass will be offered at 5 with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist, followed by dinner and program with Madrigal Singers and talk on the theme by Fr. Rick Heilman, host pastor. Those attending are asked to bring personal items for Fr. Carr's Place to Be. Reservations are due to Rita Graf, W4288 Cty. Rd. K, Montello, WI 53949. Cost is $7.50.
WATERTOWN -- "Catholic Women Catching the Spirit" is the theme of the Jefferson Deanery meeting Tuesday, April 20. St. Bernard Parish here will host. Registration is at 4:45 p.m. followed by rosary and Mass with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist; dinner; and speaker Dorene Shuda, Jefferson, on the theme. Collection will be for Water for Life. Reservations are due April 13 to Denise Sherry, 111 S. Montgomery St., Watertown, WI 53094. Cost is $9.
BARABOO -- St. Joseph Parish here will host the Sauk Deanery meeting Wednesday, April 21. Theme is "Journey Through the Rosary." Registration is at 8:30 a.m. followed by business meeting; speaker Jim Carney, author of Mystery Stories - A Journey Through the Rosary; Mass with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist; and luncheon. Bring food and personal care items for the Food Pantry. Reservations are due April 14 to Kathy Koenecke, 312 Krista Ct., Baraboo, WI 53913. Cost is $8.
'Back home again':
Giving thanks for refurbished Barneveld church
BARNEVELD -- It was apparent that members of Immaculate Conception Parish here were glad to be "back home" as they gathered March 28 for the first Mass celebrated in the church since it was damaged in a fire Dec. 23, 2003.
The refurbished interior of the church, which suffered smoke and water damage, includes replaced walls, ceiling, floor, and carpeting. A new sound system was installed as well. Additionally, the meeting room in the basement was renewed and the ceiling replaced.
Much of the work involved was done by volunteer craftsmen and other parish volunteers.
"My emotions today are mainly relief and happiness: relief that our efforts have been rewarded and we are back in our church according to our timetable, and happiness for the people in the parish and the volunteers who made it happen," said Parish Council President Mike Ashmore.
Ashmore remarked that although it was a little early in the Easter season, he could truly feel the joy of the Resurrection in the renewed church.
"Many people contributed to this project," he said, mentioning how Pastor Fr. Donald Lange divides his time between Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway. "He is a strong presence, instrumental in doing whatever it took to get us back into our church."
He said gratitude is also owed to St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway, which allowed Immaculate Conception parishioners to continue to worship together and use their facilities while Immaculate Conception Church was being repaired.
"As I sat in Mass today, I thought back over our hectic journey the past three months and what it took to get the church back in shape, so we could use it again. It was also a spiritual journey," Ashmore said.
"Another group of people who deserve mention and our gratitude are our religious education coordinators Sue Hellenbrand and Michelle Lancaster, who, with other teachers of CCD, made sure that our children continued to be educated in spite of being without their usual meeting place."
'Life is good'
Parish Treasurer Harold Zander was heavily involved with the hiring and almost daily interaction with the general contractor and volunteer coordination.
When asked for his comments on the first Mass celebrated in the rebuilt church, Zander smiled broadly and replied: "Life is good."
"This was a very emotional time for many of us today, to come back to our church," he added. "Much credit goes to our general contractor (Duane Elfering), who kept us on the timeline for the project, and for the many volunteers who gave their time and skills to rebuild the church in such a short time."
'Back home' again
Parishioner Gordon Lehner said, "By the efforts of our parish leadership and Father Lange
and the other churches, especially St. Bridget's, who stepped up in our time of need, and with the flexibility of all parties, the religious needs of our parish were met in the past three months. But it sure is good to be 'back home' again."
And being "back home" again was exactly what Father Lange emphasized in a poem he read during the Mass.