MADISON -- All people in the Diocese of Madison are invited to attend the holiday Masses at St. Raphael Cathedral, 222 W. Main St., in Madison.
The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:
The Christmas Eve Mass begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 with Msgr. Paul J. Swain presiding. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the Christmas Mass that begins at 12 midnight Dec. 24. Prelude music, which begins at 11:30 p.m., is provided by the St. Raphael Cathedral Choir with brass quartet and tympani. The choir is directed by Dr. Patrick Gorman.
The Christmas Day Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25, with Msgr. Swain presiding. The St. Raphael Cathedral Choir with brass quartet and tympani will provide music.
Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. A harpist will provide music during the 10:30 a.m. Mass, beginning with prelude music at 10:15 a.m.
The New Year's Mass schedule is as follows:
The New Year's Eve Mass begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.
The New Year's Day Mass begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.
Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
Change in Mass time
MADISON -- St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 602 Everglade Dr., will celebrate Mass on New Year's Eve at 6:30 p.m. (not 6 p.m. as originally announced). Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the Mass and continue until 12:30 a.m. New Year's Day.
Adults in scouting invited
to join committee
MADISON -- Adult Catholics involved in Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting programs are invited to join the Diocese of Madison Catholic Committee on Scouting, a church committee of concerned Catholic laity and clergy created under the authority of the bishop of the Diocese of Madison.
The Catholic Committee on Scouting sees as their vision the constructive use of the Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs as a viable form of youth ministry within the diocese. Their mission is to serve members of Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs in the growth of their Catholic faith.
For more information about the Catholic Committee on Scouting and how to become a member, contact on weekdays during the day: Ben Weisse, executive secretary, 608-821-3160; nights and weekends: Mike Kleckner, membership committee chair, 608-275-3344. Or write to: Diocese of Madison Catholic Committee on Scouting, c/o Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, P.O. Box 44983, Madison, WI 53744-4983.
for farm couples
MADISON -- Enriching and upbeat learning experiences are offered at Farm Couples Weekend Getaways scheduled in February and March, 2005:
Feb. 12-13, Camp 28 Resort, Rib Lake
Feb. 18-20, Cedar Valley Center, West Bend
Feb. 26-27, The Comfort Suites, Shawano
March 5-6, House on the Rock Inn, Dodgeville
March 12-13, Holiday Inn Express, Black River Falls
The weekend getaways are designed to help farm couples: deal more effectively with stress, communicate more effectively with spouses and children, make critical decisions and plan for the future, learn about helpful resources, and enjoy a much-needed mini-vacation away from the farm and farm work.
There is no cost to attend this program. The cost of meals and refreshments, lodging, materials, and instruction are covered by grants and contributions. The getaways are sponsored by the Sowing The Seeds of Hope Project, a collaborative effort among 14 local and state organizations in Wisconsin.
For a brochure or further information, contact: Roger T. Williams, UW-Madison, 610 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703-1195; phone 608-263-4432; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy Labor Luncheon
MADISON -- The annual Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin (ICWJ) Clergy Labor Luncheon will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave.
Guest speakers are Roberta Gassman, secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, and organizers and janitors from the Justice for Janitors campaign. The meeting will also include a year in review of the ICWJ.
Parking is available in the lot across the street. Cost of the event is $15 for the meal or $35 for the meal and a one-year membership to the ICWJ. RSVP by Jan. 14 to: email@example.com or 608-255-0376.
Fire at parish kills two
Exact cause may never be known
An exact cause may never be determined for the Dec. 23 fire that killed Sr. Marlene Greatens and Sr. Joleen Van Dyke of St. Joseph Parish in the Northeastern Wisconsin community of Kellnersville, a Manitowoc County Sheriff's Dept. official said.
As of Dec. 28, there had been no determination as to the cause of the fire, which occurred at the residence connected to St. Joseph Church, but it appears to have been accidental, said Robert Hermann, a Sheriff's Dept. inspector. The fire started in the living room area, where there were Christmas decorations, lights and candles, he said. But Hermann said he does not anticipate there will be a final determination as to the cause.
Sr. Greatens, 68, had been parish director at St. Joseph Parish, while Sr. Van Dyke, 68, had been parish liturgist. A Funeral Mass for the two was held Dec. 27 at the parish, with Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Green Bay presiding.
Sr. Greatens, a member of A New Genesis community, was revived for a short time after the fire, but was pronounced dead at the scene from thermal, soot and smoke inhalation injuries, said Mark Busse, Manitowoc County Deputy Coroner.
Sr. Van Dyke, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, was taken to Holy Family Medical Center in Manitowoc and later transferred to Appleton Medical Center, said Busse. She was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. on Dec. 23, he said, from smoke and soot inhalation.
Sr. Van Dyke's body will be brought to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration motherhouse at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse on Dec. 29, with visitation at 3:15 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 that evening in the Maria Angelorum Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel.
Sr. Greatens and Sr. Van Dyke were also remembered at both the Funeral Mass in Kellnersville and at a Christmas Day Mass there at which Bishop Zubik also presided.
Offers continuing education sessions
MADISON -- This past summer the first phase of the Diocesan Institute for Lay and Diaconate Formation was completed with the commissioning of lay ministers and the ordination of permanent deacons.
Until the next four-year program begins sometime in 2006, the Institute will be offering regular sessions for continuing education credits in theology, spirituality, liturgy, and Scripture. All sessions are open to the public.
Year of Eucharist
The first of these days will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison titled "Focus: The Year of the Eucharist" This mini-course will treat the theology of Eucharist in the morning and offer two break-out sessions in the afternoon that will apply the knowledge to life.
Fr. James Bartylla, director of vocations for the Diocese of Madison, will speak in the morning on "The Essential Components of the Holy Eucharist: Their Origin and Significance." One afternoon session for deacons only will be "Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction: A Practicum" taught by Father Bartylla.
Lay participants will pursue the topic "From the Sanctuary to the Sidewalk - Implications of Eucharist for Social Justice" facilitated by J. Mark Brinkmoeller, director of the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace
This day will begin with community gathering at 8:30 to 9 a.m. and end by 2:30 p.m. and will offer a total of three and a half hours of continuing education units. Cost for the day is $20 including lunch or $12 for the two sessions only.
The second offering will be a weekend retreat March 12 to 13, 2005 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. Fr. Edward T. Oakes will offer a traditional preached retreat with time for quiet reflection. Each day includes a Eucharistic celebration.
Father Oakes is presently the Chester and Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill. He is a renowned expert on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and will build the retreat around Balthasar's theology of prayer, a personal relationship, and dialogue with God which open one's heart and mind to "being with God" so as to be moved by and respond to the Divine.
This is an opportunity to "retreat" from the demands of ministry and life, to renew the mind and spirit, and to find spiritual direction for the future journey. For information or to register, contact the Office of Pastoral Services, P.O. Box 44983, Madison, WI 53744-4983; 608-821-3083; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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