|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.
Celebrating the spring of rural life
By Ben Emmel
Diocesan ministry marks beginning of agricultural season
Catholic Herald Intern
KIELER -- On a sunny morning, the community of Immaculate Conception Parish celebrated the spring season with an outdoor Mass and blessing of the soil.
The event, held in partnership with the Rural Life Ministry of the Diocese of Madison, marked the beginning of the agricultural season by honoring labor and the natural world.
With the coming of summer making itself known in the agreeable weather, Fr. Bernard Rott, pastor of Immaculate Conception and rural life director for the diocese, presided over Mass outdoors for the students of Holy Ghost-Immaculate Conception School. About 25 parishioners also attended, setting up benches and lawn chairs on the church grass for the celebration.
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Create an Implementation Team
By Grant Emmel
MADISON -- The Implementation Commission composed of 20 priests and laypersons from around the diocese will meet June 3 and 4 to go over each of the 41 clusters' implementation plans due May 15.
The commission will give feedback to each cluster on their plan, either accepting it as is, asking for minor corrections, or sending it back for rework. Once the plan is accepted, the Commission will forward the plan on to the bishop for his approval.
Facilitators are standing by to assist parishes in meetings, planning, or discussions; contact them, if needed. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; Trusting in the Spirit, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719; or
Vice-Chancellor, Diocese of Madison
Most parishes in the Diocese of Madison have been diligently working on their Trusting in the Spirit Implementation Plans in anticipation of the Implementation Commission meeting the first week of June.
These plans give a concrete methodology for how the parishes within each cluster will work together to achieve the directives that the bishop placed before them last October. These are the relationship "direction" that the bishop sees each cluster moving in, be it a partnership, linkage, or in some cases, merger.
The key point is that each cluster has directives that have been derived from and are relative to their specific cluster, not any other cluster. However, there was a set of directives, the General Directives, that applied to all clusters, thus all parishes, in the diocese (see General Directives), without exception. As there have been a number of questions with regard to these directives, we will try to address them in the next couple of articles.
First general directive
The first General Directive that we'll discuss is:
"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." Full story ...
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Becoming a Marian family
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Roadmap for a 'journey of hope'
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Reincarnation; banns
The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Christian poetry in hymn format
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Forty Days for Life gearing up for next vigil
By Steven Karlen
For the Catholic Herald
MADISON -- Madison-area Christians will join communities around the country again this fall to partake in a 40-day, around-the-clock prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood. Madison's 40 Days for Life is seeking volunteers and participants interested in helping bring an end to abortion.
Participants sign up for shifts of one to four hours. They can sign up for a single time or on a weekly basis, fasting and peacefully praying outside Planned Parenthood. The 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week prayer vigil begins September 24 and runs through November 2.
Last year's 40 Days for Life participants reported many moving experiences.
"I had two young ladies approach and say, 'I want to know where I can obtain an adoption,'" said Don, who partook in last year's vigil. "They change[d] their minds [about getting an abortion] because they had supporters. Someone who [could] help them do what was right."
Kathy, another vigil participant, said 40 Days for Life is an important way to provide a voice for the voiceless. Full story ...
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