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Answering God’s invitation Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Donald J. Hying's column

Needless to say, this global pandemic is unprecedented in our history, especially in terms of its impact on our daily lives. The consequences of our essential shutdown as a nation are far reaching and disturbing.

We are all praying for the victims worldwide -- those who have died, those who are ill and suffering the effects of this corona virus. We pray for health care workers, first responders, and government leaders who must feel overwhelmed. I pray for our elderly and vulnerable populations, including the poor and the homeless. I pray for those who have lost income already and are economically struggling. We think of families who have their children home all the time. All of this equates to tremendous stress, anxiety, suffering, and fear.

God is inviting us

In the face of all of this, God is inviting us to a deeper, radical trust in Him. In some ways, with our normal routines disrupted and many of our securities stripped away, we are faced with a profound existential moment -- do I truly believe in God and confide my life to His mercy or not?

Our whole life of faith and practice of our religion has prepared us for this trial. Now is the time for us to truly let our faith in the Lord shine forth for others to see and draw strength from our witness. In some ways, with the suspension of public Masses, this time reminds me of the Babylonian captivity in the Old Testament.

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CMC keeps programming running Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) is continuing to operate Dane County's only daily free community meal program, its food pantry, and comprehensive low-cost immigration legal services program to safely serve the most vulnerable among us during this time of heightened need.

Ever since COVID-19 precautions became necessary, CMC staff have been preparing fresh, hot meals every weekday served as a grab-and-go meal distributed from the parking lot to encourage social distancing practices.

On weekends, a sandwich sack lunch is provided.

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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
pope holy year
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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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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Governor signs abortion insurance ban into law Print
State News
Written by Pam Payne   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 128 into law as 2017 Wisconsin Act 91.

The act bans abortion coverage in public employee insurance policies by prohibiting Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board from entering into any contract with respect to a group health insurance plan or providing a group health insurance plan on a self-insured basis if, with certain exceptions, the plan provides abortion services to state employees under the Wisconsin Retirement System.

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