JANESVILLE -- The five Janesville parishes collected money for flood victims in Rock County and turned it over to a joint effort between two agencies: the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities of the Madison Diocese.
Generally speaking, the Red Cross provides short-term disaster relief, while Catholic Charities is more long-term. The assistance is in the form of voucher assistance for immediate needs, providing information on available assistance for victims, and a mobile foot pantry. The recent programs were at a number of sites in southern Wisconsin between August 13 and August 23. Volunteers handled most of the heavy work of food distribution under the direction of Red Cross and Catholic Charities supervision.
Items distributed included food, school kits, and flood clean-up buckets. Tom Nelson, Rural Life Coordinator of the Diocese of Madison, indicated that "Monique Larson Hicks will continue through Catholic Charities to manage and organize long term recovery case management and serve as lead case manager for those clients indicating a need for follow-up."
Correction regarding cathedral stones
MADISON -- There has been a change in the days when members or former members of the St. Raphael Cathedral parish can take cathedral stone fragments as keepsakes. The parish will be distributing stone pieces Saturday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 am to 12 noon at the cathedral site. They will NOT be distributing them on the last two Saturdays of August, as previously reported.
For those who would like one or more full stones, a donation is requested to cover cost of the removal. For more information, contact the parish office at 608-257-5000.
Pilgrimage to shrine
MCFARLAND -- Christ the King Parish here is planning a day pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse and invites those interested to join them.
Fr. Steve Smith, pastor of the parish, will lead the group and concelebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at the shrine. This will be followed by lunch at the shrine and time to explore its sacred spaces, including a votive chapel and outdoor Stations of the Cross. The group will then visit St. Rose Convent's chapel, an exquisite example of Baroque sacred art, and St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, known for its stained glass windows.
The group will depart via motor coach from the Christ the King parking lot at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, the feast of our Lady of Sorrows, and return around 6:30 p.m.
Cost of the trip is $35 which includes transportation, lunch, and snacks on the bus. To register or for more information, call Kathie at the parish office at 608-838-9797, ext. 107. Registration deadline is 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 8.
WAUNAKEE -- Confused about the Bible? The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Seminar is your answer!
Join other Catholics at St. John the Baptist Church, Waunakee, on September 26 to 27 for a seminar explaining Scripture as a "adventure" though salvation.
The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Seminar is presented across the United States, but only about 20 times each year. It is a rare opportunity to have the seminar presented in our area.
For information or registration, visit www.greatadventureonline.com or www.stjb.org or contact Tom Foster at 608-849-7961 or e-mail email@example.com
Musicians to present workshop and concert
OREGON -- "Change Our Hearts," a fall workshop and concert for parish musicians and liturgical ministers, will be held at Holy Mother of Consolation Church, Oregon, and presented by Rory Cooney and Theresa Donohoo.
A concert will be presented on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. and a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs.
Rory Cooney is the director of liturgy and music at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington, Ill., and composer of a dozen recorded collections of liturgical music.
Recently, he collaborated with his daughter Claire on an album entitled Keep Awake (World Library). His "Mass of St. Aidan," part of the World Library collection Christ the Icon, won the 2006 UCMVA Unity award for Best Liturgical Song.
Rory is married to Theresa Donohoo. His latest CD with his wife and daughter Claire is entitled Today, released in May 2007.
For 15 years the distinctive voice that brings the music of Rory Cooney to life on 11 recordings, Theresa Donohoo is also a featured soloist in churches throughout the Chicago area.
Those attending the concert or workshop are asked to RSVP by September 1 at 608-835-5763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights of Divine Mercy to meet on September 5
PINE BLUFF -- The Knights of Divine Mercy invite men to their Friday, Sept. 5, meeting at St. Mary of Pine Bluff Church, 3673 Cty. Rd. P, Cross Plains. Adoration is at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m. The Knights empower men to be strong husbands, dads, parishioners, and citizens. For more information, call 608-798-4644.
courses at Blessed Sacrament Parish
MADISON -- Blessed Sacrament Parish, 2116 Hollister Ave., will be starting three Bible studies in September. Individuals can register for the following courses by contacting Tom Claridge at email@example.com or 608-238-3979. The deadline for registration is September 7.
Adventures in Acts
Looking for a way to celebrate the year of St. Paul? The Adventures in Acts: the Spread of the Kingdom Bible study provides a historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament.
This 20-week course by Jeff Cavins will be held on Monday mornings after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Center, Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Friary, and Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the Parish Center.
The format includes Scripture reading, home study questions, small group discussion, a video, and prayer and will begin Monday, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Power of the Holy Spirit
Looking for real change you can count on? Then you'll elect to participate in the Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit Bible study written by Rich Cleveland.
This 10-week Bible study is designed to help Catholics grow in their appreciation of the Holy Spirit and His power to transform their lives in Christ. The many relevant Scripture passages, combined with wisdom from the saints, the Catechism, and Church tradition, make this a truly inspired Bible study.
The format includes Scripture reading, home study questions, small group discussion, and prayer. The meeting day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) and time will depend upon the participants. The course will begin near the middle of September.
The Bible Timeline course by Jeff Cavins provides a "big picture" approach to Scripture through a 24-week study of the 14 historical books of the Bible. This is the fifth year Blessed Sacrament Parish is offering this popular course which includes Scripture reading, home study questions, small group discussion, a video, and prayer. The meeting day and time will depend upon the participants and will begin mid to late September.
St. Cecilia raffle raises money for new church
WISCONSIN DELLS -- St. Cecilia Parish is raising money for a new church by offering a raffle with a grand prize of a new 2008 Chevy Malibu, courtesy of Schulz Automotive, or $15,000 cash.
Prizes 2 through 15 include: Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Grand Marquis Hotel, American World Hotel, River Walk Hotel, Kalahari Resort, Crystal Grand Music Theater, Noah's Ark, Mt. Olympus, Buffalo Phil's, Crabby's Restaurant, Del Bar, MooseJaw, and Trappers Turn. Thank you to all our community sponsors including: Baraboo Tent & Awning, Del Prairie Printers, and Johnson Litho Graphics.
Tickets for the raffle are: one for $20; three for $50; or seven for $100. Find an order form at www.dellscatholic.com Tickets can be purchased at St. Cecilia Church, 603 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. Make checks payable to: St. Cecilia Church.
The drawing will be held Wo-Zha-Wa weekend, Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
Winners will be notified by phone and posted on the Web site at www.dellscatholic.com Net proceeds will benefit St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Call 608-254-6991 with questions.
Father "Pat" Golf Event
MIDDLETON -- The Middleton Knights of Columbus will again be sponsoring its annual Father "Pat" Golf Event on Monday, Sept. 15, at Pleasant View Golf Course.
In addition to being the KC charities fund raiser, it also serves as a tribute to Monsignor Higgins for his many years of service to St. Bernard Parish and the community.
Registration deadline is September 10. Forms are available at: M&I Bank, Community Bank, Anchor Bank, State Bank of Cross Plains, Middleton Cycle, Sport Bowl, Fitzgerald's Restaurant, Bavaria Café, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Pleasant View Golf Course, and the entrances to St. Bernard Church.
Golfers or anyone wishing to be a donor or sponsor can call Doug at 608-238-5675 or Wayne at 608-836-3902 or the Middleton Times Tribune at 608-836-1601.
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Cause for sainthood moves forward
By Mary C. Uhler
Miracle attributed to Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli goes to Rome
Catholic Herald Staff
SINSINAWA -- Will we eventually have a saint who lived and worked in the Diocese of Madison?
Venerable Fr. Samuel
Prayer for the Beatification of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.
LORD JESUS, you called your servant, Samuel, even in early youth, to leave home and all for a Dominican life of charity in preaching your holy gospel. You gave him abundant graces of Eucharistic love, devotion to your holy Mother of Sorrows, and a consuming zeal for souls. Grant, we beseech you, that his fervent love and labors for you may become more widely known, to a fruitful increase of your Mystical Body, to his exaltation and to our own constant growth in devoted love of you Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign one God, world without end. Amen.
That possibility seems more likely now that a diocesan Tribunal has concluded an official inquiry into a "presumed miraculous cure" attributed to Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino issued a decree constituting a diocesan Board of Inquiry on February 20, 2007. He named now Msgr. Kevin D. Holmes to be judge delegate in charge of the proceedings. He also appointed five other people to serve on the Tribunal: Msgr. Michael E.
Hippee, promoter of justice; Dr. Richard M. Carr, a medical doctor for the inquiry; Grant R. Emmel, notary; Carolyn J. Fangmeier, first vice-notary; and David R. J. Stiennon, second vice-notary.
Closing session of inquiry
Over 400 people gathered in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at the Dominican Motherhouse in Sinsinawa on August 21 for the closing session of the inquiry. They were to discover whether testimony would be sent to Rome in support of the cure.
Bells rang as members of the Tribunal walked up the aisle of the chapel. On his way, Bishop Morlino stopped to shake hands with Robert Uselmann of Monona, the man who believes himself to have been miraculously cured of lung cancer through the intercession of Venerable Mazzuchelli.
In his welcoming remarks, Bishop Morlino thanked all the priests, Sisters, and lay people in attendance. He also greeted Robert Uselmann and his family. "We give very special thanks for the graces he has received," said the bishop.
He also expressed gratitude for the work of Sr. Mary Paynter, a Sinsinawa Dominican who serves as vice-postulator of the Cause of Venerable Mazzuchelli, along with Fr. David Wright, a Dominican priest. The bishop thanked the members of the Tribunal headed by Monsignor Holmes.
Life of Venerable Mazzuchelli
The bishop read a summary of the life of Venerable Mazzuchelli, noting that he left his native Italy in 1828 at the age of 21 years, a Dominican friar but not yet a priest. "Not even knowing how to speak English, he came in response to an appeal from the first Bishop of Cincinnati, Edward Fenwick, also a Dominican."
After a year of service and study around Cincinnati, Mazzuchelli was ordained a deacon and on September 5, 1830, a priest. Father Mazzuchelli was sent by Bishop Fenwick to Mackinac Island as the only priest to serve an area larger than Italy.
After five years in Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin, Father Mazzuchelli spent the remaining 30 years of his life working tirelessly to build up the Church in southwestern Wisconsin and the adjacent parts of Iowa and Illinois. He established more than 30 parishes and designed and built more than 20 church buildings along with a number of civic buildings. Father Mazzuchelli also founded the congregation of Dominican Sisters.
The outstanding virtues and heroic labors of Father Samuel were never forgotten by the people nor by the Sisters. His cause for canonization was formally opened in 1964. Father Mazzuchelli was honored with the title "Venerable" on July 6, 1993, by Pope John Paul II.
Process for beatification
Bishop Morlino explained that according to the practice of the Church, before he can be beatified, his sanctity must be definitively proven by "testimony from heaven" in the form of miraculous favors granted through his intercession. After the occurrence of one miracle has been convincingly shown, he can be beatified. After a second miracle is authenticated, he can be canonized and honored with the title "Saint."
In the summer of 2006, Bishop Morlino received official notice from Fr. Vito Gomez, a Dominican priest who serves as the Postulator (or "Promoter") of all Dominican Causes being examined by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, that a man in the Diocese of Madison, Robert Uselmann of Monona, believed himself to have been miraculously cured of lung cancer after visiting the mementos of Father Samuel preserved at the Sinsinawa Mound and praying for his intercession.
Father Gomez asked Bishop Morlino to convene a tribunal in the Diocese of Madison to take extensive testimony - under oath and in a formal manner stipulated by the Sacred Congregation - concerning the alleged miracle. No judgment as to the miraculous nature of the case is made in the Diocese of Madison. The responsibility of the Tribunal is to assemble the facts and to
transmit all relevant information to Rome.
At the last session of the Tribunal on August 21, the original record of the sessions of the Tribunal, along with two copies, were formally accepted and sent to their destinations. Two copies of all the evidence gathered by the Tribunal is being sent to Rome. Having submitted this evidence, the diocese will await the judgment of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints as to whether the recovery of Uselmann can be said to be miraculous.
"If the judgment on this question is positive, it would be expected that Father Samuel would be beatified shortly thereafter," said Bishop Morlino. He encouraged everyone to pray every day for the beatification of Venerable Mazzuchelli.
Sisters are excited
The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters have already been praying for the beatification of their founder. Sr. Miguel Hearty, 93, is celebrating her 75th year as a Sister this year. "I feel so blessed," she said. "This tops my 75 years. It's something the world needs to hear - some good news," she added.
Our Lady of Hope Clinic
By David Stiennon
Pro-life clinic to open in Madison
For the Catholic Herald
MADISON -- A natural family planning (NFP)-only family practice clinic is scheduled to begin operation in Madison in 2009.
Staffing Our Lady of Hope Clinic will be Dr. Michael Kloess and Dr. Anne Johnson, board-certified physicians and members of the Academy of Family Physicians.
All the clinic's doctors affirm the positive pro-life message of the Catholic Church: caring for the needy, supporting marital chastity, encouraging the use of natural family planning, and providing compassionate hospice care at the end of natural life. The doctors will not provide or refer for contraception, abortion, sterilization, or euthanasia.
The clinic is organized as a non-profit corporation, which will provide charitable care to the needy, as well as primary care to benefactors and their families. Family physicians see individuals of all ages from newborn to elderly.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kloess have a special interest in women's health care and will offer services based on training in the Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System. To receive the services of the clinic, benefactors must make a commitment at the beginning of each year.
Drs. Kloess and Johnson will be making presentations to provide details on the clinic at the following parishes and dates:
- St. Peter Parish, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3
- St. Aloysius Parish, 115 Madison St., Sauk City - 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7
- St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison - 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18
For more information go to www.OurLadyofHopeClinic.org
By Andy Galvin
the wedding date
For the Catholic Herald
For most newly engaged couples, the most exciting thing to look forward to is their wedding day. So many things to plan and do. The day is made special by a beautiful church and liturgy, the presence of family and friends, perhaps young flower girls or a ring bearer. After the wedding ceremony, the party is just beginning! The celebration, music, and food. All of these things converge to create a day of very special memories that will last for a lifetime.
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And it should. The wedding day is a very special moment in the life of a marrying couple. I was reminded of this fact as I talked to couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with Bishop Robert C. Morlino on August 7. After 50 years, many could take you right back to their wedding day and the friends, family, and special times they experienced.
But all of them would then immediately turn to the stories that made up the rest of their lives. The families they created, the struggles they experienced, and the wonderful lives that God had blessed them with. No matter how big or small a couple's wedding plans, the day after their wedding starts the rest of their life together.
The Diocese of Madison desires to assist all couples marrying in the Catholic Church to be fully prepared for a lifetime of joy. Yet, one only has to look at the state of marriage today to reveal the immense challenges successful marriages face. The lifetime of love and joy sought after by each and every engaged couple must be worked for, and that starts well before the wedding day through marriage preparation.
The marriage preparation process
The following is a brief summary of the process that couples within the Diocese of Madison typically follow to prepare themselves for marriage. More detailed information is available at www.madisondiocese.org/mp
An engaged couple's journey for marriage preparation starts at their local parish. No later than six months before their marriage, and preferably up to a year before, the couple should notify and meet with the parish priest to discuss specific requirements and finalize a date. Typically, the priest will introduce the couple to the rite of marriage and deepen their understanding of Christian doctrine on marriage and family.
For most parishes, the next step for couples is to participate in the FOCCUS Inventory. The tool is designed to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship and areas where growth may be needed. This is typically led by a married couple in their home - a very comfortable atmosphere for private conversation.
Engaged couples also take two marriage preparation seminars offered by the Diocese of Madison throughout the year. Sessions are offered on Saturdays or as two-evening sessions. Registration for the classes is available at www.madisondiocese.org/mp
First, the "Real Life, Real Love" seminar is a sort of practicum - a day of private couple dialogue and reflection from experienced married couples on fundamental issues to the day to day living of marriage: family, communication, intimacy, and faith.
Second, "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage" lays out God's plan for married life that is stamped within each of us, within our very soul. Using Theology of the Body, couples are presented with a compelling vision of life and love - the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Lastly, the couple will conclude their formal preparation with one or more meetings with the priest to prepare the wedding liturgy and ensure that all necessary documents are in order.
Prayer and sacraments
Most importantly, we must acknowledge and impress upon engaged couples the importance of their spiritual journey. The engagement period is an opportunity to reaffirm their faith, to become more active in the sacraments and life of the Church and renew their commitment to Christian marriage. So many couples are blessed tremendously by praying together (even if for the first time!), going to Mass regularly, and taking advantage of the sacrament of Reconciliation during their engagement.
God willing, at the end of our lifetime of love and sacrifice, we will come to Christ fully prepared to be with him for eternity. In a similar way, we want to enter a lifetime of marriage fully prepared with the skills necessary for the daily challenges of life and fully blessed with the graces God will pour out on us through prayer and the sacraments. In this way, we ensure that the wonder and excitement of the wedding day will indeed last a lifetime.
Andy Galvin is the coordinator of marriage preparation with the Diocese of Madison.