Adult Catholic Spirit Club
JANESVILLE -- The first meeting of The Adult Catholic Spirit Club will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, Sept. 15, at St. John Vianney Parish's Marion Center in Janesville.
Anyone interested is invited to attend. Invitations have also been printed in the four parish bulletins as well as St. Mary Parish, Milton.
The meeting will include a potluck luncheon. Fr. John Auby, pastor of St. William Parish and club spiritual moderator, will be the speaker at the event. The title of his talk is "Strengthening Family Life and Supportive Relationships."
The goals and objectives of the new club are given in its statement of purpose: "The Adult Catholic Spirit Club acts through its members from area parishes to prayerfully support, empower, and educate in spirituality, friendship, and service."
For more information call Joan Pastula at 608-752-0055.
MADISON -- Help is available for those who struggle from the emotional and spiritual turmoil that can follow an abortion.
Whole Heart, a post-abortion ministry, will offer a 14-week support group for women beginning Monday, Sept. 13. Facilitators will walk as companions with participants on the journey to healing.
A compassionate, safe, and confidential setting is offered. The support group uses a workbook, which offers Scripture reflections and journal exercises.
Register by Sept. 7 by calling Cassie at 608-259-1605 or e-mail email@example.com
Whole Heart is a ministry of the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Madison. Individual help is also offered. Facilitators are trained by PACE (Post-Abortion Counseling Education) and Project Rachel. All services are free and confidential.
Peer support groups
MADISON -- Peer support groups for those hurting from separation, divorce, or loss of a relationship are open to all ages/faiths.
New Directions will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd., top floor. For information, call 608-821-3170.
Friends on a Journey will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Our Lady Queen of Peace nursery, 401 S. Owen Dr. For information, call Paul at 608-862-3613.
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Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at All Saints Retirement Center are, from left, front: Veronica Tisserand and Ruth Tormey, All Saints residents, and Willie Swenson, Madison, Tormey's grandson; back: Antonio Riley, executive director of WHEDA; Phil Galassie, president, Catholic Charities Board; Brian Cain, executive director, Catholic Charities; Bishop Robert C. Morlino; and Chuck Heath, Horizon Development Group. Also present (not pictured) was Gerry Ring of the All Saints Board. (Catholic Herald photo by Pam Payne)
All Saints: Come marching in at new Retirement Center
MADISON -- As Charlie Mears and the Strollers played a lively rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In," the ribbon was cut on All Saints Retirement Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
The facility houses 144 apartment homes for seniors. It is owned by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Madison and is being developed, built, and managed by Horizon Development Group.
The first residents moved into their brand new apartment homes the previous week. One of those residents is Lee Tvedten of Madison. Tvedten said it seemed providential to live there because he was born on All Saints Day.
Tvedten is very pleased with his new home. "I'm real happy. It's got everything you'd want. It's affiliated with Catholic Charities and the location is great - right next to the O'Connor Center."
Started with a vision
Chuck Heath of Horizon emceed the grand opening ceremony. He noted that the apartment homes is the first of four planned phases for the All Saints community. The next two phases include building of cottages and condominiums. An assisted living facility may be added based on need.
Heath said a project like All Saints "starts with a vision." Then "you need commitment, time, money, planning, patience, perseverance, and faith."
The vision started over eight years ago with Brian Cain, executive director of Catholic Charities (CC), and the CC Board.
Phil Galassie, president of the board, said, "Brian Cain had the vision of a senior center. It would have an 'aging in place' philosophy in a Catholic setting."
Put vision into action
Galassie said the vision was put into action by Horizons Development Group with funding by WHEDA to provide "quality affordable housing for seniors."
Appreciation was expressed to Gerry Ring, Joe Tisserand, and Tom Hanley of the CC Board as well as to Bishop Robert C. Morlino and his predecessor, Bishop William H. Bullock.
Thanks to everyone's commitment, All Saints will provide "a wonderful continuum of care for our seniors," said Galassie.
Brian Cain said that "giving other people the opportunity to put their faith into action to help others is a cornerstone of Catholic Charities' mission.
"This project's incredibly challenging eight-year journey provided to all of us Catholics and non-Catholics an opportunity to watch an amazing accomplishment of the power of faith and a small group of dedicated people who felt this was an idea that was just too good to let go," said Cain.
"Before you is the result of that effort, the All Saints Retirement Center Apartments, which is the first phase of the All Saints Neighborhood Retirement Community - a place where we want our values reflected in everything we do from the physical plant to how we treat each other."
Seniors are special
Cain stressed, "You seniors are very special, valued members of our community. You have
given so much of yourselves to the church, to families, to the community, and to us - we thank you. This is our gift back to you. You deserve it!"
In his remarks, Bishop Morlino said All Saints is indeed "a great gift. It's a joy that as Catholics in the Diocese we can work with the larger community to serve the larger community. I could not be happier or more proud."
He thanked Brian Cain as well as the All Saints residents. "You are what this building is all about," he told the residents. "As beautiful as this building is, you are more beautiful still."
The bishop noted that Pope John Paul II has said the elderly need to be understood and helped. Senior citizens are "never to think of themselves as a burden," the pope said. It is necessary to raise awareness that the elderly represent a resource to be valued.
Emphasized Bishop Morlino, "You are a valuable resource. This building is here so that you
can be the best. Let's ask the Lord's blessing on this building."
Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general of the Diocese of Madison, also offered grace.
Lunch and tours followed a ribbon cutting ceremony.
For more information on All Saints Retirement Center, contact Katie Roellig, housing counselor, at 608-827-2222.
Five new seminarians
As director of vocations for the Diocese of Madison, I'm very pleased to announce five new seminarians for the Diocese of Madison will begin their studies towards priesthood this fall. In conjunction with our six existing seminarians, we currently have 11 men studying for the priesthood at the college and major seminaries.
Our new men come from a variety of backgrounds. Two men, Patrick Wendler and David Greenfield, are "later vocations" with significant life experience. They will begin their seminary studies at Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass.
John Gordon, who has already taken a number of graduate theology courses, will be attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. David Carrano, a recent graduate of UW-Madison in Spanish, will begin his pre-theology coursework at St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Mitch Knutson will be starting his college coursework at the Emmaus House of Discernment connected with St. Mary University in Winona, Minn.
We are deeply grateful to all of these men for answering God's call and moving into discernment and study at the seminary.
We also extend our prayerful support to Michael Radowicz and Eric Sternberg, who will be ordained transitional deacons Aug. 27, and all of our fine seminarians as they embark on another year in preparation for the priesthood.
Continuing seminarians include: Brian Dulli and Lance Schneider at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.; Greg Ihm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minn.; and Ben Kessler at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
If you or someone you know is interested in priesthood or religious life, contact Fr. Jim Bartylla, director of vocations, at 800-833-8452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two to be ordained transitional deacons
MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will ordain Michael Radowicz and Eric Sternberg to the transitional diaconate during a Mass in the Bishop O'Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.
Both men will be entering their fifth and final year of theological studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., this fall.
Michael Radowicz is the son of Arnold and Elsie Radowicz. He was born and raised in Milwaukee.
Michael was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in St. Francis. He graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary in 1996. At UW-Whitewater he received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies and Level II certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in public library administration in 2000. His home parish is St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.
His internship was at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Sun Prairie. He recently completed his clinical pastoral education at NCH Healthcare System, Inc., in Naples, Fla.
Eric Sternberg is the eldest son of Roy and Pamela Sternberg. His home parish is St. Aloysius in Sauk City, where he attended grade school.
He graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in 1996 and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from UW-Stevens Point in 2000.
Eric entered seminary immediately after college, attending the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. His internship was at St. John the Baptist