Fr. Mazzuchelli: Mass
BENTON -- The public is invited to attend a Mass commemorating the 142nd anniversary of the death of Venerable Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, the Dominican missionary priest.
The Mass is being organized by the Father Mazzuchelli General Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. It will be held at St. Patrick Parish, 237 E. Main St., Benton, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. Fr. Richard Leffler, pastor of SS. Andrew and Thomas Parish in Potosi, will preach.
Father Mazzuchelli's life and work throughout the tri-state area will be celebrated. A reception will follow in the church hall.
Father Mazzuchelli, born in 1806, is known in the tri-state area for establishing more than 35 parish communities, designing and building more than 24 churches, and founding the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.
St. Patrick Church in Benton was built by Father Mazzuchelli in 1852 and still serves the parish today. Father Mazzuchelli is buried in the cemetery there.
For more information on Father Mazzuchelli, call 608-748-4411 or visit www.sinsinawa.org
Mothers of Preschoolers meet in Stoughton
STOUGHTON -- St. Ann's MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) At Night will meet at St. Ann Church, 323 N. Van Buren, on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the gathering area. All mothers of children birth through kindergarten are invited to attend.
The topic is "What's Important in the Long Run: What Memories Matter Most" with speakers MOPS mom Jennifer Gille, and her mother Rita Farris. The meeting is also "Spa Night." Wear slippers and pajamas.
Childcare is not provided; however babies birth through three months are welcome. There is a $2 fee per meeting and scholarships are available. For more information, call Laura Trotter at 608-877-8968.
MADISON -- Catholics with Disabilities' fifth birthday will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2:15 p.m. in St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St. All are invited to enjoy birthday refreshments, door prizes, and a Bible study group.
The group adjourns for the 5 p.m. Mass. Family and friends are welcome.
LAMP training class
MADISON -- The second Latin American Mission program (LAMP) training class will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St. Topic will be "Spiritual Preparation of the LAMP Volunteer" by Msgr. George Hastrich.
For information call 608-845-7028, 608-255-5284, or 608-868-7816.
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Global Solidarity Week:
Observed Feb. 18-26
MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison will celebrate Global Solidarity Week from the weekend of February 18 and 19 through the weekend of February 25 and 26.
The observance is spearheaded by the diocesan Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach. "The goal of this celebration is to open the eyes of people in the Diocese of Madison to our brothers and sisters throughout the whole world," said Susanna Herro, office director.
The Diocese of Madison is involved in the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Global Solidarity Partnership program with the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in northern Ghana.
Members of the diocesan Global Solidarity Partnership Committee created free resource packets to help parishes educate people on how they can commit themselves to the common good for people around the world.
This packet includes: a two-sided bulletin insert; prayers to start meetings and within liturgy; information packet for families; information packet for schools, religious education, and youth ministry; and information packet for parishes.
To order a resource packet, contact Ben Weisse in the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, phone 608-821-3164 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker shares experiences
MCFARLAND/MADISON -- A senior staff member from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ghana will speak in McFarland and Madison during Global Solidarity Week.
Hippolyt Pul will talk about "Building Hope and Faith: Transforming African Communities Affected by the Curse of Poverty." He will speak on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Parish, 5306 Main St., McFarland, and Friday, Feb. 24, at 12:05 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd. (bring your own lunch or purchase lunch for $7 at the door).
Pul has worked with CRS for 15 years, but his first contact with the agency came years earlier. After his father died when Pul was in fourth grade, the family lost its primary bread-winner. Pul received meals in school provided by CRS.
"The salvation for our people in that part of the country was education, so people took education very seriously," said Pul, who is now part of an international network of "alumni" from his area that work to help the next generations of students.
Pul graduated from the University of Ghana and received a Master's Degree in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He has worked with CRS since 1990 and is currently with its West Africa Regional Office in Ghana.
In his talks, he will discuss how such issues as governance, conflict, education, and food security interact with poverty. He will also share his own experience as a young recipient of a CRS-supported school program.