Deanery meetings scheduled
SEYMOUR -- "Catching the Spirit" is the theme for the fall meeting of the Lafayette Deanery Council of Catholic Women (CCW) Thursday, Sept. 30, at Our Lady of Hope Parish here. Co-host is St. Peter's CCW at Elk Grove.
Registration is at 5:30 p.m. followed by concelebrated Mass at 6 with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist. Dinner will be served at 6:45 followed by business meeting. Guest speaker will be Dorene Shuda, Jefferson, former province director and diocesan
president, speaking on the theme. Offertory collection will be given to CRS for hurricane victims.
Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food for Lafayette Food Pantries. Reservations may be made by phoning Betty Wedig at 608-762-5684 by Sept. 24. Cost is $6.
West Dane Deanery
OREGON -- Thursday, Oct. 7, is the date for the fall meeting of West Dane Deanery Council of Catholic Women at Holy Mother of Consolation Parish here. Theme is "Recycling for Christ."
Registration is at 8:15 a.m. followed by business meeting and talk by Br. Regis Fust, New Holstein, on his work at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse for 41 years. Concelebrated Mass will be offered at 11 with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie, diocesan moderator, as homilist. Luncheon at noon is followed by closing prayer with Sr. Mary Frost.
Those attending are asked to bring sheets, towels, sewing material for clothing or quilts, sewing machines in working order, or money. Reservations are due Oct. 4 to Eileen Kohls, 230 S. Oak, #103, Oregon, WI. Cost is $8.
DICKEYVILLE -- Holy Ghost Parish here will host the Grant Deanery Council of Catholic Women fall meeting Friday, Oct. 8. Theme is "Walk by Faith."
Registration is at 9 a.m. followed by business meeting. Concelebrated Mass will be offered at 11 with Fr. Lorin Bowens, Lime Ridge, diocesan moderator, as homilist. Luncheon is at noon. Ann Nelson, Cambridge, diocesan president, will address the group at 1 p.m. A guided tour of the Grotto will follow along with a children's video.
Those attending are asked to bring canned food items for the Lancaster Food Pantry. Reservations are due Oct. 1 to Linda Melssen, P.O. Box 171, Dickeyville, WI 53808. Cost is $7.
MADISON -- Edgewood High School (EHS) Alumni and Friends Weekend will take place Friday, Sept. 24, to Sunday, Sept. 26. Those who have either attended EHS or supported the school's mission are invited to attend.
On Friday an Awards Dinner will be held in the Commons at 6 p.m. Alumni Awards, EAA Hall of Fame Awards, and Fine Arts Awards will be presented. An Edgefest-style beer tent on the front lawn will provide a gathering place from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Classes of 1964 and 1989 will be having their class reunion icebreaker.
On Saturday E Club will sponsor a post-game party at the Laurel Tavern after the Badgers game.
A Reunion Weekend Liturgy will be held in Wilke Gym on Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrant will be Fr. Mike Kolb with EHS "priest sons" as concelebrants. A brunch in the Commons will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Day of reflection
GREEN LAKE -- The Office of Worship is presenting a day of reflection on the sacrament of Baptism on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"Priest, Prophet and King: A Retreat on Our Baptism in Christ" will examine ways that Catholics live out their baptism in Christ Jesus through prayer, reflection, and solitude. Registration is free and lunch will be provided by the parish.
For more information, visit the Office of Worship Web page at www.madisondiocese.org/worship or call 608-821-3080. Register by Sept. 27.
Adult education series
MADISON -- An adult education series will begin with "Christian Moral Responsibility" at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Center, 401 S. Owen Dr., on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.
Featured speakers include John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, and J. Mark Brinkmoeller, director of the Diocese of Madison's Office for Justice and Peace. They will talk about making choices about civic and political responsibilities through the eyes of faith.
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Stone by stone:
Mason restores stones
on cathedral facade
MADISON -- Excavating, chiseling, and crafting stone is a part of the outside renovation occurring at St. Raphael Cathedral.
At the entrance of the building, about 110 stones are being replaced. Jacob Arndt, along with his partner Gayle Oglesbay of Northwestern Masonry and Stone in Lake Mills, has been working on this project since May and plans to finish in October.
Arndt explained that years ago stones deteriorating from water damage were pasted over with cement. The cement created more problems, however, and the stones deteriorated further.
"So, we're taking off the cement, excavating the stone that is not serviceable, and replacing the units with stone that matches the building," he said. They install the new stone with lime mortar, which - unlike cement - allows the stone to breathe.
Since the original stone to build the cathedral was quarried from Maple Bluff in the
1850s, the replacement stone comes from torn-down buildings with stone from the same area.
Arndt explained that he takes a replacement stone, saws it to the right dimension, chisels off the rough surfaces, and flattens it out with the chisel to look like the original stone. "Eventually it will all blend in," he said.
It takes about a day to complete one stone. Once a stone is finished, you have to be careful with the edges because they are delicate, he said. This can be a challenge when you are trying to squeeze the new stone into the place where the old stone was excavated.
Referring to the chisel marks on the original stone, Arndt said, "The marks reflect the
method. It shows a lot of hands worked on this."
Stone in the archways of the cathedral have to be completely smooth, so it's sculpturing, he said. He also pointed out grape motifs above the entryway that were cemented over and had to be completely recarved.
"It's gratifying to do work that involves doing art," said Arndt, who strives to promote traditional stoneworking methods, which include understanding the artistry in a building. "You feel uplifted in beautiful building of architecture and it has an impact."
A special project
Working on the cathedral is a special project for Arndt because he went to grade school
there. Originally from Mineral Point, he worked with his grandfather in masonry during the summers between attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After graduating as a student of the classics, he went to work in masonry. He has been in business with Northwestern Masonry and Stone for 25 years.
During the summer he works in the United States and in the winter he works in France and England, where there is a large market for stonework. For the past three years, he has held workshops each spring in Normandy on cutting stone and wood.
He pointed out that Germany, England, and France have apprentice programs in stonework.
"You create artists that way," he said.
Celebrates 100 years
JEFFERSON -- With joyful song, tambourines, and banners, the clients, staff, and guests of St. Coletta Wisconsin jubilantly greeted their second century on Sept. 10 in their newly remodeled chapel on the Jefferson campus.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino was presider at the concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving with Frs. Tom Coyle, pastor of St. John the Baptist and St. Lawrence Parishes, Jefferson; Bill Nolan, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson; and Roger Taylor, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Muscoda, and former chaplain at St. Coletta; and Jim Bartylla, master of ceremonies.
School for disabled
It was Sept. 10, 1904 when a handful of Sisters of St. Francis opened their hearts and their doors to the first disabled children, then referred to as "backward" or at best "slow."
The philosophy of the time was that children born with disabilities could not learn and must be hidden from the world in homes or institutions. The Franciscan Sisters, however, believed in the intrinsic value and dignity of all God's children, and determined to set about fulfilling every child's potential, regardless of their apparent disabilities. St. Coletta soon became world renowned for its pioneering and forward looking methods.
Today, although the school, which was the flagstone program of the organization, closed its doors in 1998, St. Coletta of Wisconsin continues to fight the battle of establishing group homes for people with developmental disabilities in other communities.
Work, people praised
Bishop Morlino's first words of greeting to the crowd, which filled the chapel to capacity, expressed his appreciation of the enthusiasm demonstrated by the clients, staff, and visitors. He told them that they personified the truth of the quotation that, "It's so hard by the yard, but by the inch it's a cinch." So much can be accomplished taking one day at a time.
"I am so proud of all of you and proud of this entire operation. The love of Jesus Christ shines forth in every one of you," he said.
Following the Mass, Anthony LoDuca, CEO of St. Coletta, addressed the congregation, expressing his gratitude to the Sisters of St. Francis and the thousands of individuals whose lives had touched St. Coletta in the last 100 years.
"St. Coletta has helped the world to see the dignity and self-worth of individuals with developmental disabilities . . . . I thank God for all the good that has been done and for all the good that is yet to come: the Sisters of St. Francis, the people of Jefferson, the staff, and the benefactors."
State Senator Scott Fitzgerald spoke in praise of the valuable work of St. Coletta as well. State Representative David Ward offered the congratulations and thanks of the governor, presenting a recognition for their service.
The celebration continued with the annual fall conference held Sept. 11 at Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc. The conference highlighted "Believing in People: a Historical Reflection." It included an evening celebration consisting of a dinner and dance and the announcement of the $5000 raffle winner.
Yearlong centennial events will take place as well. For a schedule of further events, go to the Web site: www.stcolettawi.org