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December 29, 2005 Edition   •   Volume 135, No. 47   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Cathedral print
now available
photo of painting by Fr. Gary Wankerl composed of images of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI meeting with Bishop Morlino, and Madison firefighters rescuing the Blessed Sacrament from St. Raphael Cathedral after the March 2005 fire
Madison Assembly XXV painting

MADISON -- Because of the widespread demand for prints of the Madison Assembly XXV painting by Fr. Gary Wankerl (the original now hangs prominently in the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center), the Office of the Bishop has had prints made in a variety of sizes.

The intention is to make available the prints at cost (including shipping and postage) and provide an opportunity for people of good will to make a free will offering toward the rebuilding of the future cathedral in the Diocese of Madison.

There are three sizes:

• Print - 18 inches x 29 inches for $12.50

• Print - 9 inches x 14 inches for $7.50

• Prayercard - 3 inches x 5 inches which is free

Simply send in payment (made out to "Diocese of Madison") along with the mailing address to:

Cathedral Print
Office of the Bishop
P.O. Box 44983
Madison WI  53744-4983

Many thanks to Bishop Robert C. Morlino for making this print available to the public, Fr. Gary A. Wankerl for his artistic gift, and to the Chancery staff for making this distribution of a wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit to the Diocese of Madison possible.

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More articles about Cathedral
Prayer for St. Raphael Cathedral

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News & Features:

World Peace Day: Human rights must be respected

UW Knights: Earn Outstanding Council Award for Church Programs

Youth conference: Making friends in faith

2005 highlights:
Pope John Paul II's death, election of new pope, natural disasters,
clergy sexual abuse


• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
John Paul II: Virtue of trust

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- O Antiphon:
God is the light of the world

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Future special sections:

Vocations Issue: Jan. 12, 2006

Senior Focus: Jan. 19, 2006

Catholic Schools Week issue:
Jan. 26, 2006

Retirement Living issue:
Feb. 9, 2006

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Relevant Radio: Diocese enters into partnership to strengthen evangelization, catechesis, communications

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino announced that the Diocese of Madison has entered into a partnership with Relevant Radio to strengthen efforts at evangelization, catechesis, and communications within the diocese.

The relationship with Relevant Radio flows out of the bishop's role as director of the diocesan Office of Catechesis and Evangelization, which he assumed recently. Eric Schiedermayer serves as executive secretary of the office, working with Sr. Marcia Vinje and Jack McBride as associates.

"The primary office of the Bishop as indicated by the Second Vatican Council, and the documents which followed thereafter, is his office of teacher," noted Bishop Morlino. "In everything he does, including the celebration of the sacred liturgy, he is to teach to the people the saving truth of Jesus Christ."   Full story ...

Diocesan Choir:
Performs 'Lessons and Carols'

MADISON -- The voices of the nearly 60-member Diocesan Choir filled the chapel space with song at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center December 18 for the choir's annual Lessons and Carols Christmas program.

Director Dr. Patrick Gorman led the choir, accompanied by Glenn Schuster on the organ and special guest harpist Mary Ann Harr, in 14 hymns and carols, several of which the congregation was invited to sing, as well. Alternating with the songs were nine Scripture readings ranging from Genesis to the birth of Christ.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, bishop of Madison, presided over the program and read the ninth lesson of the evening. Afterward, he spoke to those gathered about the truth of Christmas.   Full story ...

Holy days of obligation in 2006

Notes on the Liturgical Calendar for 2006 were provided by the Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison. For more information go to

In 1992, the Holy See approved a general decree by the United States Bishops declaring days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States in conformity with canon 1246.

It was also determined that whenever January 1 (the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God), August 15 (the solemnity of the Assumption), or November 1 (the solemnity of All Saints) falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated (the faithful are not obliged to attend and participate in the Mass).

In 2006, no holy days of obligation are abrogated. The following are dates of holy days of obligation and other dates of note:   Full story ...

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