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Eucharistic Day at Sacred Hearts
SUN PRAIRIE -- A Eucharistic Day is scheduled at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 221 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, on Sunday, March 19. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins at the end of the 11 a.m. Mass and there is opportunity for private prayer and adoration until 3 p.m. Evening prayer will be celebrated at 3 p.m., followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Eucharistic Day is open to the public. Sacred Hearts Church is handicapped accessible. For more information contact Naomi Matthees, 608-837-2488.
Latin Mass held at Holy Redeemer
MADISON -- The 5:15 p.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Parish in Madison on Monday, March 20, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, will be celebrated in Latin according to the current rite (Missale Romanum tertia ed.). Missal booklets will be provided. A collection will probably be taken to offset costs.
Members of the parish will also be serving a chili dinner after the Mass, to which those attending are invited. The church is located at 120 W. Johnson St. Additional parking may be found in the city ramp across the street (enter from Carroll), the county ramp across from the cathedral (Main and Fairchild), and the city ramp north of University Ave. between Lake and Frances Sts.
LAMP training class
MADISON -- The third Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) training class will be held Sunday, March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., Madison. The topic will be "Religion in Mexico and the History of Mexico" by Fr. George Fox, LAMP executive vice-president.
For further information write LAMP, P.O. Box 85, Madison, WI 53701-0085, or call 608-845-7028, 608-255-5284, or 608-868-7816.
Talk on moral and ethical conflicts
SUN PRAIRIE -- St. Albert the Great Parish announces that Richard Kyte will present a talk on "Ethical Conflict in American Society" at St. Albert the Great chapel from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Kyte is director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and associate professor of philosophy at Viterbo University in La Crosse. He has written and lectures widely on topics related to justice, forgiveness, virtue, and ethics in society. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
This presentation will examine some of the moral and ethical conflicts that are most divisive in contemporary society, such as abortion, capital punishment, military intervention, gay marriage, and public expression of religion. An attempt will be made to understand the value
commitments underlying the positions on each side of the conflicts and to see how those values are deeply rooted in American tradition.
There is no admission charge and all are welcome. This talk is a program of the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
Schedule of deanery meetings
Following is the schedule of spring deanery meetings for the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women:
March 25 - Lafayette Deanery, St. Matthew Parish, Shullsburg
April 25 - East Dane Deanery, St. Pius X Parish, Cambridge
April 26 - Marquette Green Lake Deanery, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Green Lake
April 27 - Jefferson Deanery, St. Henry Parish, Watertown
May 2 - West Dane Deanery, St. Andrew Parish, Verona
May 9 - Grant Deanery, St. Mary Parish, Platteville
May 10 - Rock Deanery, St. Jude Parish, Beloit
May 16 - Iowa Deanery, St. Mary/St. Paul Parish, Mineral Point
May 17 - Sauk Deanery, St. Patrick Parish, Loretto
Capuchin preaches mission renewal in Fort Atkinson
FORT ATKINSON -- Parishioners of St. Joseph Parish are preparing to host a mission renewal from March 19 to 23, the first in more than 10 years.
Fr. Richard Hart, a Franciscan Capuchin from Milwaukee, will be the guest preacher. He will begin the week by speaking at all of the weekend Masses. On Sunday evening, March 19, he will officially open the mission's theme "Sharing the Good News." The sermon is entitled, "What is the Treasure We Share?"
On this feast of St. Joseph, women from the parish Council of Catholic Women are serving a "St. Joseph Table" in the Italian tradition. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. in the church hall, prior to the 7 p.m. service.
Monday, March 20, the topic will be "Why Share the Good News?" This will be followed by a social gathering, a short video, and discussion in the church hall.
On Tuesday, March 21, Father Hart will speak on "How and Where to Share the Good News." This will again conclude with a social hour, video, and refreshments.
On Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. the topic will be "Are Forgiving?" With the help of other visiting priests, he will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Father Hart will bring the mission to an end by celebrating a Mass and preaching on the "Source of Our Strength." This will be followed by a social in the church hall.
Father Hart is known for his lively preaching and sense of humor. He leaves space in his schedule to visit school children and shut-ins. He encourages children from middle school age to teens to attend all services.
The public is welcome to take part in all of the services. Anyone needing transportation may call the parish office at 608-563-3029. Baby-sitting will be provided for children under eight years of age. Father Hart will also visit shut-ins who make their request through the parish office by calling Olive at 608-563-3029.
There is no charge for any mission activities, but a free will offering can be made for the meal and the visiting priest.
Celebration of election, call: Catechumens and candidates gather
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.
After the catechumens, the candidates - those who have been baptized in other denominations and now seek to become members of the Catholic Church through Confirmation and Eucharist - were presented by their sponsors, and then affirmed and supported by their sponsors and the assembly.
Afterward, the Bishop and assembly prayed over the elect and the candidates.
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."
Monroe High School is handicapped accessible. Volunteers will be available to assist all the guests.
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