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November 9, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 41   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Fr. Donald Wiecki dies

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Fr. Donald Joseph Wiecki

BERLIN -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Church at All Saints Parish, 320 S.W. Franklin St. in Berlin, for Fr. Donald Joseph Wiecki, a retired priest of the Diocese of Madison who died on November 7.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be the main celebrant and Fr. Tony Klink, a retired priest classmate from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will be the homilist.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Wiecki Funeral Home, corner of Main St. (Hwy. 49) and Adams St., and on Friday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to the time of Mass at St. Michael Church at All Saints Parish. Burial will be in the St. Stanislaus Parish Cemetery, Berlin.

Father Wiecki, 74, was born on August 29, 1932 in Berlin to Clara and John Wiecki. He attended St. Stanislaus School in Berlin and St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, for high school and college studies. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Francis Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1958 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison, by Bishop William P. O'Connor.

He served as associate pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish (pro tempore), Berlin; St. Patrick Parish, Janesville; and St. James Parish, Madison. He served as pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, Belleville; St. Albert the Great Parish, Sun Prairie; St. John Vianney Parish, Janesville; Sacred Heart Parish, Reedsburg; and St. Patrick Parish, Doylestown, linked with St. Joseph Parish, Rio. He retired in 2002.

He also served on the diocesan Board of Conciliation & Arbitration, Priest Senate, and Priest Personnel Board and was dean of Sauk Deanery.

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Bishops' meeting:
Topics include Communion, contraception, pastoral care

Papal trip to Turkey: Vatican officials downplay new tensions


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• The Pope Speaks
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Saints: Source of inspiration, friends, and role models of life

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Senior Focus: Nov. 16, 2006

Thanksgiving: Nov. 23, 2006

Adult Education: Dec. 7, 2006

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Bishop Swain thanksgiving Mass November 19

MADISON -- Bishop Paul J. Swain, newly consecrated Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D., will return to Madison to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m., at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. All are welcome to attend.

All Souls Day: A Catholic perspective on purgatory

MADISON -- Surrounded by tombs and reminders of loved ones past, Massgoers raised their prayers for the souls of the dead at an All Souls Day Mass at Resurrection Cemetery.

The Mass was celebrated in the Madison cemetery's chapel and mausoleum November 2 by Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus. He was joined by Msgr. Michael L. Burke, pastor at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Madison, and Fr. Jay Poster, parochial vicar; Fr. Roger G. Nilles, St. Peter Parish, Madison; as well as Master of Ceremonies Deacon Jack Fernan.

Traditionally, All Souls Day falls on November 2, the day after All Saints Day. The basis for the feast is that the souls of some of the dead are in purgatory to cleanse them of venial sin before being received into the fullness of heaven, and the faithful on earth help them through prayer and the sacrifice of the Mass.

The celebration of All Souls Day is a time for the faithful to remember loved ones who have gone before, said Tom Hanlon, director of the Diocesan Cemeteries. Having this Mass at a cemetery, where the physical bodies of the dead repose, is important.   Full story ...

Memorial Garden: Invites quiet prayer and meditation
at Fort Atkinson parish

FT. ATKINSON -- Every day is All Souls Day at St. Joseph Parish when the new parish Memorial Garden is viewed at the left side entrance to the new church.

The Memorial Garden, so named because it is a living memorial to the loved ones of the parish family who have gone on to their eternal rewards, invites quiet prayer and meditation and remembrance.

The bricks that form the path in the shape of a cross are carry-overs from the old St. Joseph Church location on Main St. It was a labor of love performed entirely by volunteers.

At this point 110 of the bricks are engraved with the name of the loved one being memorialized. A donation of $500 by living members of the families purchases an engraved brick; twice a year the newly purchased bricks are set in place by volunteers.   Full story ...

Apostolate to Handicapped:
To hold Christmas party Dec. 2

MONROE -- "Jesus saw the crowd, and cared for them" is the theme of the Christmas party sponsored by the Apostolate to the Handicapped to be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Monroe Senior High School in Monroe.

This is always a big and beautiful event and all disabled and elderly persons are invited to this significant day. "True, it is not even Advent yet, but it still gives us a chance to celebrate the joy and good news of our Christian faith. We always need 'a little Christmas' to help keep us going," said Msgr. Thomas Campion, Apostolate director.

The day's events will begin at 9:15 a.m. with Hugh and Heidi, entertaining in their unique way. At 10:45 a.m. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside and preach at a concelebrated Mass with several other priests of the Madison Diocese.   Full story ...

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