My Dear Brothers and Sisters, All in the Lord,
All of you are welcome, and I would be pleased for you to join me at the Respect Life Mass, Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., at St. Patrick Parish, 404 E. Main St., Madison.
At this Mass, we open a month-long dialogue, and serious prayer, on the importance of life issues. Recently, I was privileged to dedicate the Garden of Innocence at Mt. Thabor Cemetery in Beloit, where unborn children can be buried or memorialized. Bringing comfort and healing, to those who have lost a baby, builds the Culture of Life.
In some of our parishes, Elizabeth Ministries bring parishioners together to help with difficulties such as miscarriages, challenging births, and other areas surrounding parenting. This life-affirming ministry builds the Culture of Life, home by home.
In some of our communities crisis pregnancy centers bring people together to help others through challenges related to pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, and raising children.
Elizabeth House, in Madison also provides free ultrasounds, so that women and men can see their unborn child as they are helped to choose life and create a plan for the baby's health and future. These centers depend greatly on volunteers and voluntary contributions. These centers build Communities of Life.
Within our diocese we train and support people through Project Rachel and Rachel's Vineyard to help with the healing process for people who have been hurt by abortion. With so many women and men hurting from this scourge, it is my hope that we can expand our efforts and show many more the healing presence of Christ. This healing has been a powerful force for life efforts as some who are healed also courageously speak the truth about abortion, giving witness to the Culture of Life.
There are many more challenges in building the Culture of Life. We will continue to teach the truth about embryonic stem cell research, about ending pain, not a person's life, about the dignity of life and the indignity of the death penalty, about true compassion for disabled people, not indifference.
As you consider how you can be part of the Culture of Life, first I ask you to search your heart to see if you can become part of one of these important ministries? Next, I ask you to give generously to the Respect Life collection so that all these ministries, throughout the diocese, will grow!
Praised Be Jesus Christ!
Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, wishes to announce the following appointments generally to take effect Wednesday, Nov. 8:
Father Donald J. Heiar, Jr., recently appointed Vicar General, as Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison.
As announced previously, Father Kevin D. Holmes, as Rector of St. Raphael Cathedral and Pastor of Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick Parish, Madison.
Monsignor Douglas L. Dushack, as Vicar for Priests, while continuing as Pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Middleton.
Father Tait C. Schroeder will receive the title "Vicar for Permanent Deacons" rather than "Director for the Permanent Diaconate," as he continues his current parochial ministries.
Monsignor Terrence L. Connors, as Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Sun Prairie.
Father Eric H. Nielsen, as Pastor of St. Paul University Center, Madison.
Father Michael C. Richel, as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Montello and Good Shepherd Parish, Westfield.
Father Randy J. Timmerman, as Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville.
Father Miguel Galvez, as Administrator of St. Aloysius Parish, Sauk City, and Father Faustino Ruiz, as Parochial Vicar of St. Aloysius Parish, Sauk City. The priest(s) at St. Aloysius, Sauk City, will continue to provide parochial care to St. Mary Parish, Merrimac.
Father Anthony Swamy Aakula, as Administrator of St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, Sullivan, and St. Mary Parish in Palmyra.
Diocese of Madison, The Catholic Herald
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