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March 16, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 10   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Celebration of election, call:
Catechumens and candidates gather

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Catechumens and candidates were called by name and with their sponsors greeted Bishop Robert C. Morlino. (Catholic Herald photo by Kathleen Bushman)

SUN PRAIRIE -- Catechumens and candidates from across the diocese gathered with sponsors, family, pastors, and friends for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Albert the Great Parish, Sun Prairie, March 5.

The soon-to-be Catholics came to be presented to the community and show their intent to celebrate the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). The celebration is one part of the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and always occurs at the beginning of Lent.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided over the event, which drew catechumen and candidates from more than 50 parishes in the diocese. During his homily, he spoke to the assembly about spiritual combat, especially during Lent. (For more of the homily, see Bishop Morlino's column.)

After the Liturgy of the Word, the Catechumen - those seeking all of the sacraments of initiation - were presented one by one by their sponsors and affirmed and supported by their sponsors and the assembly.

The catechumen then were invited to sign their names in the Book of the Elect, which was then taken to the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center in Madison.   Full story ...

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Spring Day set April 8

MONROE -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped announces the Spring Day for the Handicapped will be held on Saturday, April 8.

"He Died to Save Us - He Lives to Love Us" is the theme of this annual event to be held at Monroe Senior High School. The day's events begin at 9:45 a.m. with Hugo and Heidi entertaining with their music and singing.

Both retired bishops of Madison will attend. Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, will preside at the Mass at 11 a.m. and will deliver the homily. Bishop George Wirz, retired auxiliary bishop, will concelebrate and give some remarks after Communion. They will be joined by about 12 other priests.

Music for the Mass will be provided by cantors and musicians from Monroe High School. Lectors and acolytes will be from the television Mass on WISC-TV, which airs at 7 a.m. on Sundays.

Following the Mass will be a dinner, with entertainment by the New Orleans Revival Band.

All persons with a disability and elderly persons are invited to attend. To make a reservation, write to Msgr. Tom Campion at P. O. Box 443, Monroe, WI 53566.

Said Monsignor Campion, apostolate director, "Jesus talks about the new way that he wants to bring to us, and it is a way of Christian joy. If we try to appreciate people more, if we celebrate more with them, if we open our hearts more to them, then we will find that we are also closer to God."   Full story ...

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