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September 13, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 33   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Summer outing:
Cloudy skies, sunny smiles

photo of Monsignor Thomas Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, with Jacob Hawkinson and his mother Connie, at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in the Wisconsin Dells

Cloudy skies at the Apostolate to the Handicapped Summer Outing, held at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in the Wisconsin Dells, couldn't dim the smiles of the attendees and volunteers. Here Msgr. Thomas F. Campion, director of the Apostolate, lunches with Jacob Hawkinson and his mother Connie, both from Monroe. The event included Mass, lunch, and the Bartlett Water Show. (Catholic Herald photo by Bill and Jo Boyce)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- The Apostolate to the Handicapped held its annual summer outing in Wisconsin Dells Friday, Aug. 25, as guests of the Tommy Bartlett Water Show.

It has almost been a tradition over the years that sunny skies greet the approximately 1,400 guests for the annual outdoor event. However, this year cloudy skies yielded intermittent drizzle about noon.

Rain barely noticed

Not that it mattered much: with the covered grandstand for those without umbrellas and the joy and excitement of seeing the familiar faces of other "regulars" to the three annual gatherings of the Apostolate to the Handicapped, the rain was barely noticed.

In his welcoming remarks, Apostolate Director Msgr. Thomas Campion thanked the many caregivers and other volunteers who attended to the special needs of the guests at the event, which included a Mass, lunch, and the Bartlett Water Show.

He noted in addition to the usual medical personnel and the food preparation staff headed by long-time Monroe volunteer Mike Doyle, many of the orange-shirted Bartlett employee-volunteers would also later be putting on the water show, which they have done for the Apostolate on a gratis basis for many years.

Inspirational figure

For his message to the assembled group, Monsignor Campion drew upon the Mass readings and also a recent book by Jason Roberts ( which was a biography of Englishman James Holman (1786-1857).

Holman was the first blind person to travel around the world and was an inspirational figure in his day. His fame has faded over time and deserves to be rekindled, said Monsignor Campion.

He said Holman's biography contains many messages for us today. Holman's writing at the time emphasized the lessons learned from his adventure, especially dealing with the adversity of his handicap and the relative crudeness of travel at that time. (Holman made his trip unaccompanied by anyone, but hired help along the way as needed.)   Full story ...

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Diocesan workshops: Held for extraordinary ministers of Communion

MADISON -- The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Madison is hosting numerous workshops for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (often called Eucharistic Ministers) throughout the 11 counties of the diocese beginning this September.

Newly promulgated norms

The workshops are called for by the newly promulgated Norms for the Use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, which Bishop Robert C. Morlino sent to all pastors this past summer on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

At that time he also issued norms for the use of Communion under both species as well as norms for the purification of sacred vessels.

All three of these documents were composed at the request of the Holy See (the Vatican). The bishop is hopeful that the norms will be fully implemented in parishes over the course of the next 18 months.

Ministers commissioned

As part of the new norms, each Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is to be commissioned by the local pastor for a period of two years (these terms may be repeated). Prior to the initial commissioning, each minister is to attend a diocesan training session.

These sessions will include reflections on the spirituality of the ministry as well as practical material on the reverent manner of distributing Holy Communion. There will be information for those who take Communion to sick and homebound parishioners. There will also be time for questions and discussion.   Full story ...

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