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The Cross as part of our faith Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 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,

This past Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

This Feast Day takes place each year on the 14th of September and so, while it is a major feast day for the Church, it is often missed by those who do not attend daily Mass, or at least Mass on major feasts.

This year, however, we were particularly blessed to have the feast fall on a Sunday, and so important is the feast that it actually “trumps” the typical Sunday readings.

It is indeed an important day -- so much so that it used to be followed by three Ember Days of prayer and fasting.

Why is it so important? It is not the feast of the Crucifixion of our Lord; obviously we mark that on Good Friday. And, in fact, each time we approach the altar for Mass, we represent the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, we recall His suffering, death, and resurrection; why have a special day just for the exaltation of the Holy Cross?

Because, in our Catholic faith symbols matter! We are a physical people, whose very bodies are destined to be glorified, and so the physical, tangible things of this world matter.

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino's schedule Print E-mail
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: Attend St. Thérèse Lecture “Who is Pope Francis? What is his mind?” Bishop O’Connor Pastoral Center, Madison

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 11 a.m.: Preside and preach at Stational Mass, St. Patrick Church, Madison; 12 noon: 15th Episcopal Anniversary Reception, St. Patrick Church, Madison

Sunday, Sept. 21, to Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014: Presbyteral Assembly, Wisconsin Dells

 
Appointment (September 1, 2014) Print E-mail
Appointments
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, announces the following priest appointment made by Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, effective Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Rev. Thomas Gillespie, to pastor, St. Isidore Parish, Hollandale, comprised of St. Patrick Parish, Hollandale; Immaculate Conception Parish, Blanchardville; St. Joseph Parish, Argyle; and St. Michael Parish, Yellowstone, per canon 522, from pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Hollandale; Immaculate Conception Parish, Blanchardville; St. Joseph Parish, Argyle; and St. Michael Parish, Yellowstone, with a term equal to the remaining term of the original appointments of Father Gillespie to St. Patrick Parish, Hollandale; Immaculate Conception Parish, Blanchardville; St. Joseph Parish, Argyle; and St. Michael Parish, Yellowstone.

 

Rev. Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General

 
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