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April 12, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 14   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Finding hope, Eucharistic wonder

MADISON -- St. Maria Goretti Church was once again filled for the Chrism Mass April 3, traditionally held early in Holy Week to bless the oils used during the sacramental life of parishes during the Easter triduum and in sacraments throughout the coming year.

The Chrism Mass is not only an opportunity to bless and consecrate the different oils - the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of Chrism - which at the end of the Mass are distributed to representatives of the 135 parishes in the diocese. It is also an opportunity to recognize the ministry of priests, for them to renew their bond to service, and receive the prayers and support of the people of the diocese.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, bishop of the Diocese of Madison, was the principal celebrant of the Mass, joined by Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus; Bishop George O. Wirz, retired auxiliary bishop; and priests from around the diocese as concelebrants.   Full story ...

Bishop Bullock: 'It's great to be alive at age 80'

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Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 13.

Where to send birthday cards

People interested in sending 80th birthday cards may address them to: Bishop William H. Bullock, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.

More information about Bishop Emeritus Bullock

MADISON -- Bishop William H. Bullock has a smile on his face and a spring in his step.

As he prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday on April 13, he says, "It's great to be alive, mentally alert and well at age 80. I praise God for the gift of life, of priesthood, and the opportunity to live out my days and be buried here in Madison."

The bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Madison adds, "The next big thing I will do in my life is die and I want to do that well. As the Irish say, 'Eternity is too long and life is too short to risk losing everything you've worked toward.'"

Simple farm boy

He was born April 13, 1927, in Maple Lake, Minn. He was ordained a priest almost 55 years ago on June 7, 1952, and ordained a bishop on August 12, 1980.

He recalls mentioning his rural background in his first one-on-one meeting with Pope John Paul II. He said, "'Holy Father, I am quite nervous here today - I am a simple farm boy from Minnesota and here I am in the presence of the successor of Saint Peter.'   Full story ...

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• Question Corner
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• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
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• Making a Difference
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Capital punishment:
Jesus' death should inspire Christians to end support

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Future special sections:

Senior Focus: Apr. 19, 2007

Summer Vacation: Apr. 26, 2007

Parish Festival Guide: May 3, 2007

Retirement Living/Mother's Day:
May 10, 2007

Graduation/Senior Focus:
May 17, 2007

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Tom Nelson: Named associate director of Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach

MADISON -- Tom Nelson has been named associate director of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach.

Susanna Herro, office director, commented, "Tom's strong background in working with respect life, social justice, and peace issues at the parish level will bring great practical experience to the diocese."

She added, "Tom's experience in rural life, international outreach, and issues of poverty will strengthen our Pastoral Outreach programs. We will be working together to tap his talents for the varied programs within this office.

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Guided by the Spirit:
Understanding Preliminary Recommendation

As planned, many, if not all, of the core committees recently met with members of the Planning Commission, at six different locations around the diocese, to ask them questions after receiving their Preliminary Recommendations.

I was encouraged by the willingness of many to understand the Preliminary Recommendation and to work with one another toward the common diocesan good. As the Diocesan Planning Coordinator and not being a part of the Planning Commission, my main role is to see that the process is being followed and that any concerns or issues are addressed. Some items stuck out as I listened to people voice their concerns and questions.

Terminology important

The first point is that terminology is very important. We have to be continually working at communicating with one another and, with so much at stake, ignorance of terms is not really acceptable. So let's review some of the terms.   Full story ...

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