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August 2, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 28   •   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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• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

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• First place for best editorial on a local issue

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Breaking News ...

Busing for Catholic school students
will continue in Madison

-- Posted: 8/14/2007, 5:03 p.m. Central Time

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison and the Office of Catholic Schools were informed August 14 that the Madison Metropolitan School District will continue to provide a safe ride to school for students attending the area's five Catholic schools (busing over 400 children) for the coming school year.

The diocese will continue to work with the Madison Public School Board to ensure that all school children, public or private, are granted their constitutionally guaranteed right to safe busing for the 2008 to 2009 school year and for many years to come, taking cost and routes into consideration.

Upon learning of today's news, Michael Lancaster, superintendent of Catholic schools, stated,  "We look forward to working closely with the Madison Metropolitan School District on this, and on every other important issue about which we dialogue, in the coming months and well into the future. The balanced education, safety, and overall well-being of children are our priority, as well as that of the district. Because of this, we need to ensure that children always benefit from the decisions we make. We believe that today's announcement regarding busing is an example of such a decision."

Seminarian Gathering:
Delivers a week of fellowship

photo of Diocese of Madison seminarians with Bishop Robert C. Morlino and Msgr. James Bartylla

JOY IN THE HARVEST -- Twenty-six of the Diocese of Madison's 29 seminarians pose with Bishop Robert C. Morlino during their annual seminarian gathering at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison. From left, first row: Tristan Gardner, new seminarian Ben Emmel, Bishop Morlino, new seminarian Mario Antonetti, John Breunig, Erik Duhn; second row: Garret Kau, Matthew Wittlin, new seminarians Joe Johnson, Scott Jablonski, and John Paul Mitchell, Mitch Knutson, and Msgr. James Bartylla, director of vocations; third row: Chad Droessler, Jason Studnicka, James Leeser, Matthew Nicolai, Jorge Miramontes Medina, Justin Hall, David Johannes; fourth row: Mark Miller, David Carrano, Deacon Brian Dulli, Deacon Patrick Wendler, Deacon David Greenfield, Gregory Ihm, John Putzer, and Tim Renz. Not pictured are Deacon Lance Schneider, Tafadzwa Kushamba, and Alex Wolf. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

MADISON -- Forgiveness, faith, and fraternity. These three ideas were the focus of the annual Diocese of Madison Summer Seminarian Gathering.

Held at the Bishop O'Connor Center, the week-long gathering provided an opportunity for the 29 men studying for the priesthood to come together as a community, and take a needed break from school and parish assignments.

Building fraternity

Msgr. Jim Bartylla, director of vocations for the diocese, explained that the summer gathering is an integral component of the seminarians' studies and formation. "It's very important to bring them back, so they can have a fraternity and bond with each other."

Answer to peace
in the heart

MADISON -- While at the Summer Seminarian Gathering, men studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Madison attended a three-part presentation on "The Gift of Forgiveness."   Full story ...

Because the diocese does not have its own seminary, men studying to become priests are sent to several different schools throughout the United States and Europe. As a result, the seminarians are away from each other during the school year, Monsignor Bartylla noted.

But calling them back in July allows them to build fraternity. "Everyone gets to know each other both socially, fraternally, [and] as brother seminarians. They leave with a great connection to the diocese," said Monsignor Bartylla.

The week provided time for prayer in the morning, with the seminarians attending Mass each day, and also praying at the daily Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations in the Bishop O'Donnell Memorial Chapel, sponsored by the Serra Club of Madison. Afternoons brought a formation conference for the seminarians.   Full story ...

Only in the print edition ...
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St. Bernard class still keeps in touch

Connections: Nurturing adult small groups in parishes

Death penalty: Questions, state use, controversy surround issue

Holy Redeemer Parish: Has seen many changes in 150 years

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Weddings: Sept. 6, 2007

Retreat Center: Sept. 6, 2007

Vocations: Sept. 13, 2007

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Three in one: All Saints dedicates new church


July 1, 2001: All Saints Parish was formed from the parishes of St. Joseph, St. Stanislaus, and St. Michael (linked in 1998)

January-February 2002: After a feasibility study was conducted, and 69 percent of respondents supported a new church, a Core Building Committee was formed

October 20, 2002: St. Joseph Church is closed due to a cracked boiler

Full timeline ...

BERLIN -- The tower, with its three bells, one each from the former churches, stands tall over the countryside, marking the place the youngest parish in the diocese now calls its home.

All Saints Parish in Berlin, a small city in the northeasternmost part of the Diocese of Madison, recently dedicated their new church, which looks over the city of Berlin from one of the highest point in Green Lake County. The church is the most solid reminder yet of the merger of the three Berlin parishes of St. Joseph, St. Michael, and St. Stanislaus into one, united parish.

It was only fitting that Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the diocese, should have been present to dedicate the new church July 22. All Saints Parish had come into being under his tenure as bishop, and it was he who celebrated the votive Mass on July 8, 2001, to mark the beginning of the new parish.   Full story ...

After the flood: Comes the grace

BAGLEY -- Beatrice Boyer, 85, has lived for about 12 years in a three-story house in Bagley, a small village on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi river.

But in the course of a night, she lost everything when her house was flooded after about seven inches of rain and plugged drainage ditches caused a flash flood in the village.

"I don't know what'll happen yet," she said.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. The remaining issue to be skipped is August 9. At right is the deadline for the issue prior to the week skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
Aug. 2 first two weeks of Aug. July 26 August 9

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