See also past columns and past letters by Bishop Donald J. Hying.

From the Bishop
Bishop encourages faithful to continue to support parishes Print
Bishop Hying's Letter
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

In these challenging times, I want to thank everyone -- our priests, deacons, Religious, lay leaders, and faithful for your trust in the Lord, understanding of this unique situation in the life of the Church, your fidelity to prayer, and loving perseverance in the face of adversity.

I am very grateful for everyone who continues to be generous in their support of our diocese and parishes.

As you can imagine, parish donations have dropped off significantly since the health restrictions have begun.

Parishioners who donate through envelopes or cash in the offertory at Mass can no longer do so in the same way.

Holy Week: Celebrating the strangest things Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

With the coronavirus, this year's Holy Week will be strange and different.

We will not be gathering in churches in large numbers. We will not receive the Eucharist. We will not be joining family and friends for Easter.

We all feel the vulnerability and struggle of this painful moment, wondering what the future holds for us, especially the elderly, ill, and unemployed.

Holy Week: why 'strange'?

But even in a normal year, Holy Week is the strangest thing.

Bishop Donald J. Hying schedule Print
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Daily, 6:30 p.m.: Rosary with Bishop Hying. Livestream available on Diocese of Madison YouTube channel

Thursday, April 2, 2020: Digital Regional Gathering on Evangelization

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 11 a.m.: *Celebrate Mass for Palm Sunday, St. Patrick Church, Cathedral Parish, Madison. Livestream Available:

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 10 a.m.: *Celebrate Chrism Mass, St. Peter Church, Ashton. Livestream available:; 6:30 p.m.: *Celebrate Mass of the Lord's Supper, St. Bernard Church, Madison. Livestream available: or

Friday, April 10, 2020, 12 noon: *Good Friday service, St. John Vianney Church, Janesville. Livestream available:

Saturday, April 1, 2020, 8 p.m.: *Celebrate Easter Vigil Mass, St. Patrick Church, Cathedral Parish, Madison. Livestream available:

Sunday, April 12, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: *Celebrate Mass for Easter Sunday, St. Peter Church, Ashton. Livestream available:

*Note that the churches where bishop is present will not be physically open to the public for the celebration of these liturgies.