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July 15, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 26   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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St. Mary Parish, Pine Bluff:
Celebrates 150 years of faith

photo of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff 150th anniversary Mass

Members of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff fill the church for the 150th anniversary of the parish June 27. Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the Mass. Concelebrants included Frs. Jim Bartylla, Tom Coyle, and Rick Heilman. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

PINE BLUFF -- "It looks to me like the faith is alive and well here," Bishop Robert C. Morlino told the people of St. Mary Parish in Pine Bluff.

He visited the parish on Sunday, June 27, for the celebration of its 150th anniversary. "I want to congratulate you from the bottom of my heart on 150 years, symbolized by this beautiful church. You and your forefathers are the living stones," said Bishop Morlino.

Making people free

In his homily, the bishop said 150 years of faith means "150 years of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit at work in this lovely community of Pine Bluff making people free."

The bishop explained that freedom in our culture is "reduced to something pretty trivial." He cited a television commercial for a Humvee vehicle, which has a voice saying, "We'll make you free."

But Bishop Morlino said real freedom is not the freedom to do anything we want. It's not the freedom to "do wrong and violate the right order of things."   Full story ...

St. Joseph, Baraboo:
Celebrates church renovation/expansion

BARABOO -- A new electronic organ at St. Joseph Church here entoned the songs of the day on Sunday, July 4, as the sun flickered through the new stained glass portrait of the Holy Family and dozens of other Christian images in colored glass.

Bishop George O. Wirz, bishop emeritus, sprinkled holy water on the crowd and the old and new portions of the building, adding several prayers and a homily.

Pastor Fr. Larry Bakke extended his praise for the renovated facility along with thanks to the many people involved in the construction project completed in time for the Easter Saturday services.   Full story ...

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Portland: Archdiocese files
for bankruptcy

Chaplain: Serves troops in Iraq


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Forgiving but not telling; fees
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• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Pallium:
Sign of unity, communion with pope

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Eucharistic Adoration:
Pray for vocations

Today the world is wont to highlight for the Church the shortage of priests and a crisis of vocations.

We can turn at most any time to Dateline, 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Newsweek, etc., and see any number of talking heads, both within the Church and without, either speaking with various levels of hyperbole or spewing outright nonsense regarding what the Church ought to do.

It is a veritable storm that has always surrounded the Church of God. Thus we find a great lesson in the story of Peter walking on water (Matt. 14:28-33).   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. The remaining issue to be skipped is Aug. 12. Following is the deadline for the issue prior to the week skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
Aug. 5 first two weeks of Aug. July 28 Aug. 12

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