Cluster Suggestion Sheets due
MADISON -- The following parishes have not yet turned in their Cluster Suggestion Sheet that were due at the Core Committee Training:
St. Matthew Parish, Shullsburg; St. Patrick Parish, Benton; St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cuba City; Holy Redeemer Parish, Madison; St. Patrick Parish, Madison; St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison; St. John the Baptist Parish, Jefferson; St. Lawrence Parish, Jefferson; St. James Parish, Madison; St. Joseph Parish, Madison; St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, Glen Haven; St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cassville; St. James Parish, Dayton; St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, Belleville; St. William Parish, Paoli; St. Andrew Parish, Verona; St. Paul University Center, Madison; St. Mary Parish, Fennimore; St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish, Mount Hope; St. Peter Parish, Elk Grove; Our Lady of Hope Parish, Seymour.
A member of the Core Committee for any parish listed is asked to ensure that the form is filled out and sent to the Diocesan Office of Planning, c/o Grant Emmel, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.
Monroe Diabetes Clinic
MONROE -- On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Monroe Clinic Diabetes Clinic is hosting free community presentations to inform people about diabetes and kidney health. Dr. Ambreen Gul, nephrologist, will present "Diabetes and You: Making Sense of Diabetes and Kidney Health." Registration is required. To register call: 1-877-865-1462 or go to www.monroeclinic.org and click on "Classes & Events."
Rachel's Vineyard retreats for healing
MADISON -- Rachel's Vineyard is a weekend retreat offering a healing opportunity for any woman, man, couple, or others who have been affected by the emotional loss or spiritual pain of an abortion. The upcoming dates for Rachel's Vineyard retreats in the Diocese of Madison are November 17 to 19 and March 9 to 11, 2007.
The Rachel's Vineyard retreat registration brochure is available by contacting the Diocesan Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach at 608-821-3086 or contacting Emily Way at firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON -- Two local parishes offer peer support groups that provide support to those hurting from separation, divorce, or loss of a significant relationship. The groups are open to all ages and faiths. People interested in attending do not need to be a member of the parishes. For information, call 608-824-0014.
Friends on a Journey meets on the west side from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 and 16, at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 401 S. Owen Dr.
New Directions meets on the east side from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd.
Young adult highlights
The next Theology on Tap is Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at St. Dennis Parish, 413 Dempsey Rd., Madison. The topic is "'Saints Are the Sinners Who Keep on Going': The Art of Christian Perseverance" with speaker Barbara Sella, associate director of education and social concerns for the Wisconsin Catholic Conference.
Small groups for young adults are being held Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 2116 Hollister Ave., Madison, and at 7 p.m. at St. Dennis Parish. Groups last one hour.
Young adult activities at St. Dennis Parish include a raking leaves service project November 4 and laser tag December 10. For more information go to www.st-dennis.org/young/events.asp
Basics of the Faith at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison, meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Childcare is available. Call 608-833-2600 for more information.
On Sundays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., join other young adults and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., for Theology for Young Adults. Call 608-258-3140 for details.
Parishes are encouraged to send a delegate for diocesan young adult leadership core team. For questions, contact Brad Klingele at email@example.com
Adoration Nov. 7
at Pine Bluff
PINE BLUFF -- On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, starting at 8 a.m. adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at St. Mary Parish, 3673 Co. Trk. P, Pine Bluff, in imitation of Moses' prayer in Exodus 17:8-16. Prayer will continue all day; Benediction at 5 p.m., followed by Mass at 5:15. The church will then remain open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until the polls close at 8 p.m.
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Joyful day for the new bishop and his diocese
Bishop Paul J. Swain radiated joy on the day of his ordination as a bishop and consecration as the eighth bishop of Sioux Falls, S. D.
In his remarks at the end of the Mass on October 26 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, Bishop Swain said, "If you wonder whether I am happy to be Bishop of East River, I can say with joy and gratitude, 'You bet!'"
Solemn high Mass
About 975 people filled the cathedral for the solemn high Mass. The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir and guest organist Paul M. Weber provided music for the Mass.
The Knights of Columbus, Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, 20 visiting bishops, and dozens of priests, deacons, and seminarians joined religious and laity participating in the Mass.
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, read the apostolic letter from Pope Benedict XVI appointing Bishop Swain as the bishop of Sioux Falls.
In his homily, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis - the principal ordaining bishop - reminded those present that as successors to the apostles, bishops are
sent into the world to preach the Gospel and sanctify and govern their flock. "The title of bishop is one of service. It is not one of honor," emphasized Archbishop Flynn.
In the ordination rite, the ordaining bishops and other bishops present lay their hands on Bishop Swain. His head was anointed with holy chrism and he was presented with the Book of the Gospels, as well as his ring, crozier, and miter.
Bishop Swain's remarks
In his remarks, Bishop Swain expressed gratitude to the priests and people of Sioux Falls, especially to the ordination planning committee under the direction of Fr. Charles Cimpl and Chancellor Jerry Klein and Fr. Martin Lawrence and others involved in "the beautiful liturgies."
Bishop Swain was "delighted" that his 86-year-old mother attended with other family members.
He thanked Archbishop Flynn, Bishop Robert Carlson, and Bishop William Bullock for ordaining him. He said, "Bishop Carlson, the extraordinary leadership you provided here has left a solid legacy which I am blessed to inherit. I will do my best with the help of the priests and faithful of the Sioux Falls diocese to build on it.
"Bishop Bullock, Bishop Morlino, and Bishop Wirz, all from the Diocese of Madison, you know of my esteem, appreciation, and affection for you," he added.
Thanks people, priests
Bishop Swain thanked people from the Diocese of Madison, especially his brother priests, for coming to Sioux Falls. He also thanked the priests and people of the Diocese of Sioux Falls who have welcomed him so warmly, especially the Chancery staff who have made this transition one of ease.
He also thanked Fr. Peter Uglietta, rector of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary where he studied, for attending the Mass and for the good formation he received there.
Vision for diocese
"People ask me what is my vision for the diocese. I seek your help in defining it. Among my concerns for the future are that Christ crucified and risen be made known to all . . . that the life-giving fundamentals of the faith be taught with clarity, especially to the young; that all vocations be encouraged; that priests be supported and their physical and spiritual needs addressed."
He also noted that South Dakota has some of the poorest counties in the country. Therefore, the corporal works of mercy should be a priority at home and abroad.
Bishop Swain said the Catholic Church "must take stands on issues in the public sphere when they touch the core of what we know by reason to be true and affect the salvation of souls. Among those core values are the family and the sanctity of life."
He noted that a large bipartisan majority of legislators passed and the governor signed into law, the Woman's Health and Human Life Protection Act, which has become know as Referred Law 6.
"This law is not perfect legislation, but it will better respect and protect the vulnerable unborn and the vulnerable mother, and declare the core value of respect for all human life. I am proud to say that the first vote I will cast as a South Dakotan will be 'yes' for Referred Law 6," declared Bishop Swain.
He also encouraged people to join with him in voting "yes" on Constitutional Amendment C, which "will better assure that the legal definition of marriage will continue to reflect God's creative plan."
He concluded with his episcopal motto, "Give Praise to the Lord," and received a standing ovation.
Golden anniversary: Couples celebrate years
MADISON -- "What a joy it is for me to look out among you, who know what marriage really means," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino at the beginning of his homily at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass October 29.
The Mass was an opportunity for more than 115 diocesan couples to join with Bishop Morlino in celebrating the joy of 50 years of marriage.
Bishop Morlino thanked all of the couples for the great witness to marriage they have provided over so many years. He said that they are the "best medicine for a sick culture" that would try to redefine marriage.
But his homily was less about sickness in the culture than about the great things the grace of God has accomplished through married couples.
The Sunday Gospel reading was about Jesus' meeting with the blind man Bartimaeus outside Jericho. "The real blindness that was healed in Bartimaeus was the blindness of not knowing he should follow Jesus," the bishop said. "They both wanted the same thing."
All of you have had a similar experience in wanting to follow Jesus, the bishop said to the married couples. "Jesus Christ reached out to every one of you and said, come over here - I want you to follow me and I want you to follow me with and through your spouse," he said.
"For 50 years or more you have been receiving your sight having whatever blindness there might be to the truth of Jesus healed through one another," he said. "What a beautiful call that is."
The bishop also spoke about forgiveness in marriage. "There's an overwhelming amount of forgiveness and mercy that has been exchanged between wives and husbands right in this chapel," he said.
"We thank God today that you are such testimony, evidence of Christ's love for his church, and especially witnesses to Christ's mercy in a world that in so many ways is merciless," the bishop said.
The Mass and reception was a special celebration for many of the couples that attended.
Bernadine and Dr. Jim Jones, parishioners at St. Ignatius Parish, Mt. Horeb, said that the bishop's homily was wonderful. For them, marriage has been a lot of give and take. "We're happy we're still together," said Bernadine. "We never went to bed mad."
"It was wonderful," Pat Bakken, who with her husband Marvin, attended the Mass and reception, said of the Mass. The two parishioners of Holy Mother of Consolation Parish, Oregon, had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the weekend before.
Fifty years, she said, "zipped right on by. It's an accomplishment of learning, caring, and sharing."