|The Catholic Herald
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.
After 50 years, their work is not finished
Joyce and Rollie Budnar, parishioners of Christ the King Parish, McFarland, and parents of six children, including Fr. Randy Budnar, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Darlington, receive a certificate from Bishop Robert C. Morlino in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated on July 13 this year. The Budnars were attending the Golden Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the Diocese of Madison's Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. From left, Andy Galvin, coordinator of marriage preparation; Gloria Brockman, administrative assistant; and Eric Schiedermayer, executive secretary, read names and hold certificates. (Catholic Herald photo by Joseph Ptak)
MADISON -- It doesn't look like World Youth Day, but it feels like World Youth Day.
That's what Bishop Robert C. Morlino told couples celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries at a Mass of Thanksgiving held on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center chapel.
In welcoming the couples, Bishop Morlino thanked them for the "service and witness you have given to the Church as married couples for so many years."
About 120 couples from parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison attended the anniversary Mass, along with family members and friends. A reception with wedding cake followed the Mass.
In his homily, Bishop Morlino talked about Matthew's Gospel (13: 22-30) which warns that the entrance way to heaven is narrow. The bishop discussed Pope Benedict XI's explanation of this passage.
The Holy Father said it wasn't that only a few were invited to be saved. "It was not a few elite. Everybody is invited to the Kingdom," the bishop quoted Pope Benedict as saying. "But the entrance way is narrow. So we've got to choose whether or not to enter by the narrow gate."
Lord strengthens you
In order to enter that gate, Bishop Morlino said, "We've got to be strong." Full story ...
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Not just for Hispanics: Diocesan Hispanic Choir welcomes new singers
MADISON -- The Diocesan Hispanic Choir directed by Toni Kellor (María Antonia Alaniz) is beginning its seventh year with its first rehearsal scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the center's choir room.
"We welcome new singers," said Kellor. "They don't have to know how to speak Spanish, just how to pronounce it. We have bi-lingual rehearsals."
Instrumentalists are also very welcome to join the choir. The choir presently has two guitars, mandolin, violin, and percussion instruments. The group especially needs a bass/bass
guitar this year.
Currently the choir consists of about 20 members from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and the United States. "Because of the diversity, our repertory consists of favorite hymns or liturgical music in Spanish from many Hispanic countries," said Kellor. "Mariachi" and other styles of accompaniment are used.
Begun in 2001, the choir has sung at about 15 parishes in the diocese including the annual Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe; with the Madison Diocesan Choir; at Songfest in Watertown with 12 other groups; at First Communion for Centro Guadalupano; and at Fiesta Hispana. It has also sung bilingual or Spanish Masses at St. Peter, St. Joseph, Holy Redeemer, St. Raphael, and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison and has sung in Jefferson, Sauk City, Oregon, McFarland, Watertown, Janesville, Markesan, and Monroe.
"Our fourth annual Christmas Concert of favorite Spanish carols will be presented this year," says Kellor. It usually includes special songs Hispanics remember from their own country and this year will invite Hispanics from the community to be part of the evening. Full story ...