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Make this Christmas a ‘silent night’ Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Dear Friends,

The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 18, verse 14 says, “For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, Your all powerful word leapt from heaven, from the royal throne.”

It is a beautiful prophecy of the night of our Lord’s Birth. That’s why it’s the introit from the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas and it is a biblical reference, along with others, which give context to the beautiful Christmas hymn, “Silent Night.” Silence is part of the essential clothing, if you will, of Christmas.

The power of silence

Robert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect for Divine Worship, has written a beautiful new book about the power of silence. Unfortunately, it is only available in French for now.

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Appointments (December 17) Print E-mail
Appointments
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 -- 5:42 PM

Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, announces the following from Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, effective as indicated below:

• Rev. Fr. John Silva, incardinated into the Diocese of Madison with concurrent ipso facto excardination from the Diocese of Evansville, per canon 267, effective on the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Also, concurrent with incardination into the Diocese of Madison, Rev. Fr. John Silva, to pastor, St. Luke Parish, Plain, and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Spring Green, per canon 522, for a term of six years with the possibility of renewal, from parochial administrator, St. Luke Parish, Plain, and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Spring Green.

• Deacon Steven Hayes, excardination from the Diocese of Madison, ipso facto conditional upon and concurrent with the incardination of Deacon Steven Hayes into the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, per canon 267, effective on the Feast of St. Stephen, The First Martyr, Monday, December 26, 2016.

 

 
Enter Christmas season with joy, patience, and love Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Dear Friends,

I greet you all, and hope and pray that your times of preparation for Christmas have been filled with blessings.

The Church continues to challenge us -- a challenge given by our Lord, Himself -- to grow and to change as we prepare once again to renew our welcoming of the Lord into our lives.

In the Gospel of this past Sunday we hear Jesus say, “. . . the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed . . . and blessed is the one who takes no offense at me (MT 11:5-6)!”

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