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NOTE: There will be no Catholic Herald issue published on August 7, 2008. The next issue will be
August 14, 2008.

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July 31, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 27   •   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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Web edition:
• Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Third Place, 2005

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

• First place for best general news photo

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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

Diocesan-wide assistance

Approximately $81,000
has been given to assist flood victims through the Diocese of Madison and its parishes, as reported July 28. Total also includes private donations, including $2,000 from the Catholic Daughters of America and $25,000 from the Operation Rice Bowl collection to assist in emergency food distribution.

Further donations can be made to:
    Diocese of Madison
    c/o Flood Relief
    702 S. High Point Rd.
    Madison, WI  53719

Only in the print edition ...
News & Features:

Area woman produces film

Church volunteers to serve athletes at Olympics


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Ringing of bells at the consecration

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
The joy of cousins

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Retreat Centers, Senior Focus: August 21, 2008

Weddings: August 28, 2008

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Bishop Morlino reflects on five years in Madison

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For complete audio of the interview with Bishop Robert C. Morlino, go to the diocesan Web site at and click on the appropriate link under Audio and Video section on the home page.

MADISON -- In a recent interview, Bishop Robert C. Morlino reflected on his five years in the Diocese of Madison.

He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Madison on August 1, 2003. While he is known for emphasizing three points in his preaching and teaching, in this interview he talked about eight points.

Gratitude to predecessors

"I'm so grateful for what I've found here," said Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison.

He pointed to Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, and Bishop George O. Wirz, retired auxiliary bishop. "Bishop Bullock I've called many times a dream predecessor, in that he accomplished so many things in so many spheres, especially in the administrative sphere.

"He left a house that was very much in order. He's always been a good friend and a strong support, as has Bishop Wirz. I am very grateful to them."   Full story ...

Msgr. Ganshert settling in
as vicar general

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Msgr. Daniel T. Ganshert

MADISON -- Msgr. Daniel T. Ganshert is settling into his new role as vicar general of the Diocese of Madison.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino appointed him to the Office of Vicar General on June 25. In doing so, the bishop extended thanks to Msgr. Donn Heiar for his service as vicar general. Monsignor Heiar continues as pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison.

Bishop Morlino said he is "deeply grateful" to Monsignor Ganshert "for his willingness to take up this challenging ministry at a challenging time."

Monsignor Ganshert is transitioning from his work as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Lodi, and St. Michael, Dane, and in the future will be available for liturgical assistance in parishes in the diocese. Fr. Francisco Higuera will take up duties as administrator of the Lodi and Dane parishes.   Full story ...

Sharing the faith
Connections program resumes, facilitator training offered

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Facilitator training will be held for new Connections facilitators from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in four locations on four separate dates:

• Thursday, Aug. 21 - St. John the Baptist Parish, Montello

• Wednesday, Aug. 27 - St. Maria Goretti Parish, Madison

• Thursday, Aug. 28 - Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison

• Tuesday, Sept. 2 - St. John the Baptist Parish, Jefferson

MADISON -- Over 1,000 people from the Diocese of Madison met weekly as part of the diocesan-sponsored Connections program during the past year.

These men and women did not rent out the Kohl Center, but rather met in small groups in their local communities with their friends, family, co-workers, and fellow parishioners. Over nine out of 10 participants said that the Connections group they attended brought them significantly closer to Jesus and to the Church.

Opportunity for parishes

The Diocese of Madison, in partnership with the Evangelical Catholic, is again offering Connections this fall. This is a great opportunity for parishes to offer small groups to their parish, led by their parishioners, with the training and support needed to ensure positive faith-filled experiences.

Many times these groups are a very welcoming place for parishioners to invite their friends and co-workers to check out the Catholic faith. The first step is to find potential facilitators and ask them to attend the following brief training sessions.

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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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