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February 23, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 7   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Breaking News ...
2006 Parish Leadership Day canceled

-- Posted: 2/23/2006, 2:25 p.m. Central Time

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison's Parish Leadership Day has been canceled because of problems rescheduling the keynote speaker.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, but was postponed because of snow.

Diocesan Lenten regulations

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Lenten regulations from the Diocese of Madison are as follows:

1. Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.

2. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

These minimal penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

Special liturgical notes

1. Ritual Masses are prohibited on Ash Wednesday, during Holy Week, and on Sundays in Lent.

2. Funeral Masses may not be celebrated on Holy Thursday, during the Easter Triduum, or on Sundays in Lent.

3. When a marriage is celebrated during Lent, it is to reflect the special nature of the season.

Special dispensation

Bishop Robert C. Morlino has approved the following:

Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Madison are dispensed from the Lenten regulation to abstain from meat on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17, 2006. Those who avail themselves of this dispensation are asked to perform another form of penance such as acts of charity, prayer, or almsgiving on or near the date of March 17.

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Lent: March 2, 2006

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Operation Rice Bowl:
Lenten solidarity program supports new mobile food pantry

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MADISON -- This Lent, Catholics in the Diocese of Madison will be joining millions of other Catholics throughout the United States in participating in Operation Rice Bowl.

Operation Rice Bowl is the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Lenten solidarity program. Through the program, Catholics reach out to assist their brothers and sisters around the world through traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and giving alms while learning about global issues affecting people.

Seventy-five percent of the money collected by Operation Rice Bowl goes to CRS development projects overseas and education activities in the U.S. Twenty-five percent remains in the local dioceses to fund local hunger and poverty alleviation programs.   Full story ...

Drumroll: Diocesan Vocation Office announces new Web site

MADISON -- Where do people go for information today? One of the important resources - especially for young people - is the Internet.

Many people may "surf the Net" for information on careers. It's important that church vocations be part of the mix available on the Web.

New Web site

That's why the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Madison has launched a new Web site - - as one way to provide information on the priesthood and consecrated life and to promote church vocations.

"We think it's important to incorporate new media in promoting vocations," said Fr. Jim Bartylla, diocesan vocation director.   Full story ...

Bishop Morlino:
To speak at national event

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be the keynote speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast to be held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 7.

Bishop Morlino's address is entitled "On the Dictatorship of Relativism." Catholic theologian Scott Hahn will also give a talk following the breakfast.

This is the third annual Catholic Prayer Breakfast. The event was created in 2004 in response to Pope John Paul II's appeal for a "New Evangelization."

Catholics from across the country are invited to gather together in worship and fellowship at the event, to reaffirm their faith, and to renew their dedication to the nation and to serving God. "The breakfast provides us with an opportunity to thank Our Lord for His abundant blessings and to commit our country to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, while helping those that are less fortunate," said Joseph J. Cella, president of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast organization.   Full story ...

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