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September 11, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 32   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Services for mother of Fr. Michael Richel

-- Posted: 9/11/2008, 9:35 a.m. Central Time

GRATIOT — Vivian Richel, 82, the mother of Fr. Michael C. Richel, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Montello, linked with Good Shepherd Parish, Westfield, died on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Joseph Church, 5695 Main St., Gratiot, with Father Richel, Msgr. Daniel Ganshert, and Fr. David Wanish concelebrating. Interment will be at the Gratiot City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Cress Funeral Home, 1310 Emerald Ter., Sun Prairie, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until Mass begins.

Wisconsin bishops share resources
on Faithful Citizenship

MADISON -- In 2008, as in past election years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC), the public policy voice of Wisconsin's bishops, has prepared a series of resources to help Catholics reflect on their duties as faithful citizens.

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Series of materials

The materials consist of a nine-week series, which will be published in the Catholic Herald and can be used in parishes. The series opens with a joint letter from the bishops of Wisconsin and goes on to cover the main points found in the U.S. bishops' 2007 statement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States.

The bishops' letter is followed in the series by the latest edition of the WCC Guidelines for Church Involvement in Electoral Politics, and the next two inserts explain the importance of developing a well-formed conscience.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Special section: Vocations

New principals for the 2008-2009 school year

Economy seen as prominent factor in U.S. election

Seminarians keep busy this summer

St. Mary's Hospital breaks ground for Sun Prairie emergency center


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Interpretations of Bible passages

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
From sweatshops to classrooms

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI -- St. Paul

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Future special sections:

Church/Building Renovation, Senior Focus: Sept. 18, 2008

Respect Life: Sept. 25, 2008

Parish Events Calendar: Oct. 2, 2008

Retirement Living: Oct. 9, 2008

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Parish Leadership Day
to focus on forgiveness

MADISON -- Parish Leadership Day will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event will be a one-day exploration of forgiveness and reconciliation both as a sacrament of the Church and as a practical necessity in the post 9/11 world.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration. Both keynotes will include a question and answer session. The afternoon session will be a panel discussion with Bishop Robert C. Morlino, keynote speakers Bishop Paul J. Swain of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dr. Robert Enright, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, and others to discuss how the Sacrament of Reconciliation must lead individuals to examine themselves in light of the truth of the Gospel. The day ends at 3 p.m.

The cost for the full day of speakers, break, and lunch, is $10. More information about the day and speakers is available at Click on the Parish Leadership Day button located in the upper-left-hand corner. Individuals may also register for the day there.

Bishop Paul J. Swain

The keynote address given by Bishop Swain will reflect on the Sacrament of Reconciliation from the perspective of a convert, a priest, and a bishop. He will also share, in a personal way, the role of the sacrament in his own life and ministry.   Full story ...

One year of Summorum Pontificum:
Bishop to celebrate Pontifical High Mass at the Throne

MADISON -- On the first anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum, September 14, Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical High Mass at the Throne according to the 1962 Roman Missal at 2 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 120 W. Johnson St., Madison.

Last year Pope Benedict XVI issued an Apostolic letter, Summorum Pontificum, on the celebration of Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, also known as the Tridentine Mass.

Two-fold use of same rite

The letter stated that Mass celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal is now called the Extraordinary Form, while Mass celebrated according to the 1970 Missal, also known as the Novus Ordo, remains the Ordinary Form.   Full story ...

40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally

MADISON -- Photojournalist and pro-life advocate Michael Clancy will headline the 40 Days for Life Madison Kickoff Rally to be held at Reindahl Park on Madison's east side beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Clancy made headlines in 1999 when he photographed a groundbreaking in utero spina bifida surgery on a baby 21 weeks past conception. The picture depicts Samuel Armas's fully formed hand extending out of his mother's womb, a startling reminder of the humanity of pre-born life.

The moment so stunningly captured in the photograph proved to be a turning point in Clancy's life. In an interview with National Right to Life News, he said, "Before the picture, I felt that as a man I could never be pregnant and alone, so it wasn't for me to decide whether abortion was right or wrong. I was indifferent."   Full story ...

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