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From the Diocesan Administrator
Written by Msgr. James Bartylla, Diocesan Administrator   
Thursday, May. 30, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla gave the following homily at the White Mass held on May 19 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison.

Greetings to our doctors, nurses, and all Catholic medical professionals, especially to those attending this “White Mass”, and thank you for your service and professional care to all of us who come to you in great need. Thank you too to the Catholic Medical Guild of the Diocese of Madison for arranging this “White Mass” and reception.

In the Gospel today for the fifth Sunday of Easter, we see moral evil confront Our Lord personally and directly. Judas leaves to do his “dirty work” and surprisingly Jesus exclaims at that moment, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.”

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Youth Conference to be livestreamed Print
News
Written by Angela Curio, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jun. 25, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Amid numerous Steubenville Youth Conferences cancellations throughout the country, Franciscan University of Steubenville has decided to host an interactive livestreamed youth conference on the weekend of July 17 to 18.

Livestreamed from Florida, teens, their families, and youth groups will have an opportunity to participate in the event titled "Steubenville Live" from anywhere in the country.

"We are going to try to put every element of a regular Steubenville conference into the livestream," said John Beaulieu, director of evangelization and engagement for the conference office at Franciscan University.

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Health reform: A victory and a challenge Print
Life Issues Forum
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

On November 7, Congress gave many observers a big surprise. On a vote of 240 to 194, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to maintain longstanding policies against federal abortion funding in proposed health care reform legislation.

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Three permanent deacons to be ordained Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MONONA -- Three men are set to be ordained to the permanent diaconate later this month.

Jeffrey Bond, Todd Burud, and Roger Scholbrock will be ordained on Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona.

This will be a ticketed event and not open to the public.

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Holy Year of Mercy will highlight Church's mission Print
National-World News
Written by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
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Pope Francis gestures as he preaches during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During the service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from December 8, 2015, until November 20, 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”

“No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“I frequently have thought about how the Church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy,” he said during his homily; that is why he decided to call a special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from December 8, 2015, until November 20, 2016.

Be merciful theme

The biblical theme of the year, he said, will be “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” an admonition that applies “especially to confessors,” the pope said with a smile.

Traditionally, every 25 years the popes proclaim a holy year, which features special celebrations and pilgrimages, strong calls for conversion and repentance, and the offer of special opportunities to experience God’s grace through the sacraments, especially Confession.

Extraordinary holy years, like the Holy Year of Mercy, are less frequent, but offer the same opportunities for spiritual growth.

Finding forgiveness

The doors of the Church “are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness,” Pope Francis said at the penance service, which featured individual confessions. It was part of a worldwide celebration of “24 Hours for the Lord,” in which Catholic churches were staying open for prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession.

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