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September 22, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 33   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...

'Mattresses from Madison':
Drive to help evacuees

-- Posted: 9/22/2005, 3:20 p.m. Central Time

photo of Bishop Morlino handing Ralph Middlecamp of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul a donation for a mattress set

Bishop Robert C. Morlino hands Ralph Middlecamp, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Madison, his donation for the first mattress set in the "Mattresses from Madison" drive. St. Vincent de Paul and the Diocese of Madison launched the three-day drive Thursday, Sept. 22. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

MADISON -- To help Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are resettling in Baton Rouge, La., the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Diocese of Madison launched a "Mattresses from Madison" drive Thursday, Sept. 22, at the St. Vincent de Paul's Dig & Save Outlet in Madison.

The drive, which is being held September 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24, seeks donations of $65 from Madison-area residents for new mattress sets that will be delivered to Baton Rouge by Reynolds Transfer free of charge. As monetary donations come in, up to 100 new mattress sets - which include a mattress and a foundation - will be loaded from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. onto a Reynolds Transfer semi-trailer in the parking lot at the Dig & Save Outlet.

Used mattresses are not being collected for the drive. Ralph Middlecamp, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Madison, explained that the new mattress sets purchased for $65 are the same types of twin and double mattress sets St. Vincent de Paul buys each month to help people settle in their own homes after leaving Madison homeless shelters.

"Decent bedding is a crucial need for many hurricane evacuees as they are resettled and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Baton Rouge requested our assistance with obtaining mattresses," said Middlecamp.

St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Madison has a close relationship with the District Council in Baton Rouge, said Middlecamp. The thrift stores in Baton Rouge have used Madison's thrift stores as a model and the Center for Vincentian Charity being planned in Madison is based on the center in Baton Rouge.

Helpful donations

At the drive's kick-off, Bishop Robert C. Morlino gave a donation for the first mattress set to be loaded onto the semi-trailer.   Full story ...

Record number:
At Apostolate to Handicapped summer outing

photo of Deloris Darier of Madison and Paul Wichmann of Madison waving as Lotta Hernesnemi of the Tommy Bartlett staff transports them

Deloris Darier of Madison and Paul Wichmann of Madison wave as Lotta Hernesnemi of the Tommy Bartlett staff transports them from the parking lot to the grandstand. (Catholic Herald photo by Bill and Jo Boyce)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Setting a record number of participants for all Apostolate to the Handicapped events, 1,405 people attended the recent annual summer outing at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in Wisconsin Dells.

On a perfect summer day, August 26, Msgr. Tom Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, welcomed the handicapped, caregivers, and volunteers at Mass, which was followed by a lunch and then a show by the Tommy Bartlett Water Show performers.

A record number of 23 priests from throughout the Diocese of Madison concelebrated the Mass.

Living sacrifice

In his tribute to the handicapped and volunteers, Monsignor Campion's homily was based on the first reading of the Mass. In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, St. Paul asks the Romans - whom he calls his "brothers and sisters" - to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice "wholly and completely" and to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus.   Full story ...

Hurricane Katrina relief donations

MADISON -- As of September 16, Catholics in the Diocese of Madison contributed $322,359.54 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, according to Gregory Keller, director of the Office of Finance. More donations are still coming in.

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News & Features:

Hurricane: U.S. grapples with poverty revealed by disaster

Pope John Paul II: 'Let me go
to the house of the Father'

Presbyteral Council: Elects officers, revises constitution

At All Saints: Residents celebrate first anniversary


• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick --
Disasters: Not God's punishment

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Baptism: History of the church's tradition in infant baptisms

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- Psalm 132:
Sign of God's presence during life

• Guest Commentary
by Bishop William Friend --
Hurricane aftermath: Spirit of the Gospel has been manifested

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Parish Events Calendar: Oct. 6, 2005

Retirement Living: Oct. 13, 2005

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Bishop dedicates:
New church and school
in Fort Atkinson

FORT ATKINSON -- With a brass ensemble and three choirs to set the triumphant mood, parishioners at St. Joseph Church welcomed Bishop Robert C. Morlino as he made his entrance into St. Joseph Church to bless and dedicate their new church and school on Sunday, Sept. 11.

'Rejoice and Be Glad'

Culminating eight years of planning and 15 months of grueling construction, it was a fitting time to "Rejoice and Be Glad."

More than 800 persons packed the church and flowed over into the daily chapel and the large gathering space at the entrance.   Full story ...

Parent sessions
to be held: On preventing sexual abuse

MADISON -- Kate Wiskus, director of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Safe Environment and a long time worker in the field of abuse prevention and education, will conduct sessions for parents across the diocese this fall and winter.

There is no cost for the session. Those attending a session will receive materials to assist them in their role as primary educator of their children and receive access to parent materials through the VIRTUS Web site.

Protecting children

Nearly everyone in the Diocese of Madison is familiar with the VIRTUS program, Protecting God's Children. Attendance at a Protecting God's Children for Adults session is required of every employee of the diocese, parish, and school as well as volunteers who work in programs with children.   Full story ...

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