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October 25, 2007 Edition   •   Volume 137, No. 39   •   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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General Directives

1. Pray and do all you can to increase vocations to ordained, consecrated life, and lay ministry.

2. All parishes in the cluster support the Catholic schools within the cluster.

3. Create a Cluster Implementation Team to engage the staffs and pastoral councils in developing an implementation plan and provide regular updates to the parishes and to the Diocese.

4. Support the implementation of ParishSOFT in all parishes of the Diocese.

5. Support the implementation of Quickbooks in all parishes of the Diocese.

6. Support the implementation of Churchwerks School Information System in all schools of the Diocese.

7. All parishes, those with and those without schools, will actively participate in a diocesan wide comprehensive school study to promote and increase our diocesan commitment to Catholic education as outlined in the USCCB publication "Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium."

Bishop Morlino:
We've arrived at a plan of action

As you well know, many members of our diocese have put some considerable time, thought, and prayer into creating for us a workable plan for moving the Diocese of Madison forward into the future, taking into account the shortage of priests we are clearly experiencing, in addition to some recent shifts in population in our diocese.

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This work was challenging and, at times, seemingly impossible. But, as a result, we have arrived at a plan of action, guided, we pray, by the Spirit. This plan will call for a sacrificial attitude on the part of everyone in the diocese.

Over the past few weeks I have visited with some of the parishes who may face additional hardship with this new plan. I've listened, and spoken with the people of these parishes, and taken seriously their deep and valid concerns.

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Implementation Training

CLUSTER (20): St. Bridget, Ridgeway; Immaculate Conception, Barneveld
CLUSTER (60): St. Mary Help of Christians, Glen Haven; St. John, Patch Grove; St. Mary, Bloomington
CLUSTER (100): Immaculate Conception, Boscobel; St. John the Baptist, Muscoda; St. Joseph, Avoca; St. Malachy, Clyde
CLUSTER (150): St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison; St. Patrick, Madison; Holy Redeemer, Madison
CLUSTER (170): St. William, Paoli; St Andrew, Verona
CLUSTER (240): St. John the Baptist, Jefferson; St. Lawrence, Jefferson
CLUSTER (300): St. Aloysius, Sauk City; St Mary, Merrimac
CLUSTER (390): St. Joseph, Markesan; St. Mary, Kingston; St. Mary of the Most Holy Rosary, Pardeeville; St. Andrew, Buffalo
CLUSTER (410): St. James, Madison; St. Joseph, Madison

After many months of hard work on the part of hundreds of the faithful throughout the Diocese, Bishop Morlino has issued his Directives for all of the parishes in the Diocese of Madison.

These Directives set the "direction" for each cluster of parishes as the number of priests decline and the distribution of priests change in the Diocese. The Directives come from a "bottom-up" approach to addressing this problem in a comprehensive manner. It is inevitable that there are changes; the key is that we acknowledge change and that we are pro-active instead of reactive in coming up with solutions.

So we start off this time of renewal with the Diocesan - Parish Leadership Conference that is going on this week at the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center. The theme of the conference is "Trusting in the Spirit: Our Comforter, Our Counselor, Our Advocate." The Conference has many different talks, presentations, and panels (nearly 50 all told) having to do with both common and not-so-common topics related to parish management and change as part of Guided by the Spirit.   Full story ...

Offertory program:
Applying stewardship to parish giving

MADISON -- Catholic parishes in recent years have been strongly emphasizing the concept of stewardship and developing "time, talent, and treasure." But for most parishes, the latter of that trio - treasure - remains a challenge.

Parishes around the Diocese of Madison are addressing the topic on the spiritual level, starting a new parish offertory program designed to move parishioners away from the idea of "giving to need" and instill in its stead the philosophy of "needing to give."

The In Pew Parish Offertory program brings the issue, as its name suggests, into the sacred space. It combines homilies from the pastor examining the spirituality of financial stewardship, a step-by-step walk through of the process, and materials to help parishioners reflect on whether they are giving not enough, just the right amount, or even, in some cases, too much of their treasure.   Full story ...

Bella: Movie to change lives comes to Madison

-- Updated: 11/08/2007, 5:20 p.m. Central Time, to list both Point Cinema and Eastgate Cinemas as the Madison theaters where Bella will be opening on Nov. 9.

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MADISON -- Bella is a movie that has already changed lives. The story is heartwarming, life-affirming, and intertwines the stories of a waitress in New York who discovers she's pregnant with the life of a man who looks like he lost everything. A story of regaining faith and trusting the goodness of others, the movie showcases the talents of Eduardo Verastegui, a "sultry heartthrob" from Mexico who found his true calling in Bella, a movie with a purpose. Verastegui has learned of women who have chosen life for their child after seeing this movie.

Bella opens in Madison on November 9 at Point Cinema and Eastgate Cinemas (see list of showtimes) following the nationwide opening October 26. The Diocese of Madison and Relevant Radio are promoting this movie with Relevant Radio offering free tickets to those listening to 1240 AM or by going to their Web site, The diocese is also opening the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison to religious education, Confirmation, and youth groups for after-the-movie discussion. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Contact Susanna Herro at the Office of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, 608-821-3087 or to make arrangements.

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