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July 17, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 25   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition

Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

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World Youth Day 2008 coverage

The Catholic Herald will be covering World Youth Day 2008 on location in Sydney, Australia. From our WYD page, get more information and read updated coverage at our blog.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses." -- the World Youth Day 2008 theme, Acts 1:8

Breaking News ... Breaking News
Breaking News

Ceiling collapses at church; none are injured

-- Posted: 7/22/2008, 4:30 p.m. Central Time

-- Updated: 7/31/2008, 8:30 a.m. Central Time

Slideshow of photos taken of the damage, courtesy Marge Carr:

Darlington collapse (PDF document, 1.1MB)

DARLINGTON -- A portion of the ceiling at Holy Rosary Church collapsed in the afternoon on July 21, creating minor damage and hours of cleanup.

"There were a few people in the church, but they were in a different part at the time," said Fr. Randy Budnar, pastor of the parish. "They were just surprised."

About 60 volunteers from the parish organized at 6 p.m. that evening, only four and a half hours after the collapse, to clean up the dust, insulation, and pieces of ceiling that had fallen around the sanctuary and nave. The church was clean by 10:30 p.m., though more dust is expected to settle. Daily Mass was celebrated as usual on Tuesday.

Among the damages noted were: significant damage to the altar and the cross, a few marks on the lectern, a few small holes in one stained-glass window, and some damage to the floor.

“This is an easy one; this is simple,” said Robert O’Hara of Catholic Mutual Group, comparing the extent of the damage with the recent collapse at St. Patrick School, Janesville, due to rain. Catholic Mutual Group is the self-insurance arm of Catholic Church of North America, providing self-insurance programs to 120 of the 180 dioceses in the United States, as well as risk-management services.

Though no investigation into the cause of the collapse has yet been done, with years of experience with events such as this O’Hara said it appears that a leak at one time might have led to a weakened structure.

Holy Rosary Church, which was built in 1868, had been significantly renovated in 2000. During the renovation of the church, a new altar, tabernacle tower, cross, and ambo were built, and the Stations of the Cross were repainted. The plaster walls behind the altar were taken down, exposing two stained-glass windows and Darlington-area “blue rock” stone walls. Much of the work had been done by parishioners and local businesses.


Funeral for father of deacon to be held July 18

-- Posted: 7/17/2008, 9:25 a.m. Central Time

BELOIT -- The father of Deacon Jim Davis, Oliver J. Davis, died Monday, July 14.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 18, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Beloit. Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl will be officiating.

Interment will be at the Mt. Thabor Mausoleum in Beloit. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, with a Scripture service at 5 p.m.

Cards can be sent to: Deacon Jim and Judy Davis, 728 E. Waterford Dr., Beloit, WI 53511


Spiritual gift for Bishop Morlino's anniversary

August 1 marks the fifth anniversary of Bishop Robert C. Morlino's installation as Bishop of Madison.

People in the diocese are invited to sign the message below. Accompanying this message will be a gift presented to the bishop in the name of all the signers.

Dear Bishop Morlino:
Congratulations on your fifth anniversary as our Bishop! Thank you for answering the Holy Father's call to come to Madison. We want you to know of our esteem, affection, and support.

People interested in signing this message should send their name, parish, and city by e-mail to: or by mail to: St. Patrick Church, ATTN: Bishop's Anniversary, 404 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703.

If they wish, people may add a personal message and/or a spiritual gift such as prayers, Masses, Rosaries, Communions, or charitable works.

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Special Section: Vacation Guide

Madison parish celebrates
50 years

Catholic Charities Aging Services leads the vanguard


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Respond generously to those in need

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- Saint Paul

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Diocese responds
to flood victims
Catholic Charities experts lend a hand

MADISON -- Two experts from Catholic Charities USA are visiting the Diocese of Madison to work with the diocesan Disaster Response Committee to assess and address the needs of many suffering from the effects of recent floods.

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from 7/17/2008 Web edition:
• Sidebar: Diocese responds to flood disaster
• Column: FEMA, state officials seeking solutions
• Audrey Fixmer Column: Looking for the rainbow
• Editorial: Dig deep to help flood victims
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Ten of the 11 counties of the diocese have been designated federal disaster areas by the federal government, noted Tom Nelson, chairman of the diocesan Disaster Response Committee.

"Columbia, Sauk, Jefferson, and Rock Counties are the areas most heavily hit by the flooding," Nelson said. "We are working with the experts from Catholic Charities to help provide disaster relief."

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Diocese answers charges made in lawsuit

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison has answered the charges made in a lawsuit filed June 6 in the Circuit Court of Dane County by Phoenix Fundraising Counsel, LTD, a firm retained by the diocese to conduct a "Feasibility Study" to help determine the ways and means of funding various diocesan projects, including the building of a cathedral to replace St. Raphael Cathedral, which was destroyed by an arson fire in 2005.

Both the lawsuit filed by Phoenix Fundraising by its attorney, Axley Byrnelson, and the response by the diocese through its attorney, Lathrop & Clark, are matters of public record. The Wisconsin State Journal and other local media have reported on the lawsuit and the response.

Signed contract for Feasibility Study

The diocese said it signed a contract with Phoenix Fundraising, based in Madison, on August 23, 2007, to conduct the study. Phoenix Fundraising alleged that the diocese requested that Phoenix Fundraising and Dr. John H. Richert, Phoenix president and CEO, provide "exclusive service" to the diocese during the Feasibility Study. The diocese has denied that it requested this exclusivity "or that Dr. Richert agreed to such a request and alleges instead that two members of the Diocesan Finance Council made it clear that John Richert would have to commit to personal involvement in the capital campaign."   Full story ...

Apostolate to hold day in Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS -- The Summer Day for the Handicapped will be held in Wisconsin Dells again this year on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show site.

"We all know that our good friends at the Dells have suffered a great deal of damage due to the flooding waters. And this year, more than ever, we should show our love, compassion, and solidarity with them and be with them as support and strength," said Msgr. Tom Campion, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped.

"They will put on a great show for us," he promised. "Tom Diehl and his wonderful staff have put together a great, entertaining show. It will be different, as it will not be the 'water show,' but it will be thrilling and exciting and a thing of beauty and fun for us."   Full story ...

St. Jude Parish centennial
Parish highlights century of faith with a two-day celebration

BELOIT -- A grand historic event of joy, proud memories, and prayers of thanksgiving to God for 100 years of faith and service highlighted the recent two-day centennial celebration at St. Jude Parish.

By a proclamation from the City of Beloit, June 22, 2008, was declared "St. Jude Recognition Day." The commendation, presented by City Councilman Chad Murry, acknowledged the century of commitment at St. Jude Parish and its important role in the educational and spiritual life in the Greater Beloit area.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino was principal celebrant at the Sunday afternoon Mass followed by a gala banquet and program at the Eclipse Center. A day earlier, on Saturday, parish history and the 81st anniversary of Brother Dutton Grade School took place with an open house and all school reunion.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, the Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for four issues. The remaining issue to be skipped is August 7. At right is the deadline for the issue prior to the week skipped.

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
July 31 First two weeks of Aug. July 23 August 7

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