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December 7, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 45   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

• First place for best general news photo

• Third place for best editorial page or editorial section

• Honorable mention for best single ad - black and white

Bless Our Priests:
New collection on December 16-17

MADISON -- The opportunity to give back to people who have served us with dedicated service is indeed a special gift. This year in the Diocese of Madison, just such an opportunity is available.

The Bless Our Priests collection for the retired priests of our diocese has been established and will continue as an annual collection for the benefit of all diocesan retired priests.

This special collection is requested by Bishop Robert C. Morlino to ensure a solid financial base capable of providing health care, long-term care, and a funding source for rising medical expenses for our retired priests who have served in the Diocese of Madison.

On the weekend of December 16 and 17, we invite our entire diocese to join in supporting this collection. Envelopes will be available in every parish.

Our support of the priests who have served within the Diocese of Madison reflects our gratitude for the countless hours of sacrifice they have provided and that many continue to provide in their retirement. Your participation is without a doubt a blessing for these faithful men.

How will my gift help?

The St. Raphael Fund is a restricted investment account for our retired priests' welfare. This account provides for the funding of their monthly retirement benefit, medical, and long-term care insurance.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Special report: Coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Turkey

St. Aloysius:
Renovation beautifies church

Port St. Vincent:
Thirty years of providing a home


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Penance for the handicapped; baptizing babies

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Future special sections:

Christmas Greetings/ Senior Focus: Dec. 21, 2006

Safe Driving: Dec. 28, 2006

Vocations: Jan. 11, 2007

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Lessons and Carols: Tops extraordinary year
for Diocesan Choir

First in a two-part series on the Madison Diocesan Choir

MADISON -- The Madison Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman, caps an extraordinary year with its Christmas holiday concert, Lessons and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

More than 20 choir members returned recently from a Carnegie Hall performance, the world premiere of Stephen Edwards' Requiem. The Midwest composer began writing the requiem upon the death of Pope John Paul II.

Nearly 300 children and adults from choirs across the country performed it and other works with the New England Symphonic Ensemble on November 20 in Isaac Stern Auditorium.

Newly released CD

Besides the Carnegie Hall performance by a third of its members, the Diocesan Choir highlights of the year include the choir's first professional, compact disk recording, Hail to the Lord's Anointed: Music for a Cathedral, released in time for Christmas holiday season.   Full story ...

Review Board on Sexual Abuse:
Justice Day retires as chair, successor named

MADISON -- Justice Roland B. Day has retired as chairman of the Diocese of Madison's Review Board on Sexual Abuse. Bishop Robert C. Morlino has named Madison attorney Daniel W. Hildebrand as the new chairman.

"Justice Day assisted us tremendously in establishing credibility, at a time in our local church's history when it was very much needed," commented Bishop Morlino.

"His kindness and generosity in this regard proved exceedingly invaluable, as few others could have supplied the credibility which Justice Day brought. He was there for us in our need, and for that we owe him a great debt of gratitude."

Appointed in 2002

Bishop William H. Bullock, now bishop emeritus, appointed Day to chair the newly created Review Board in 2002. The board was established in response to the U.S. Bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."

Don Heaney, diocesan attorney with the firm Lathrop & Clark, recalled when Bishop Bullock was considering Day for the position. "I immediately recognized that Bishop Bullock had found the perfect candidate for the position," recalled Heaney.

"Chief Justice Day was a distinguished practitioner in Madison when I first began to practice law. He was appointed to the Supreme Court and subsequently elected and re-elected to that position. He distinguished himself in his written opinions in many areas of law, not the least of which was the relationship between church and state and the constitutional considerations that are always at play in that relationship."   Full story ...

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