Madison Catholic Herald
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.

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.

Praising God for teen's safe return Print
State News
Written by Anita Draper, Superior Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

CAMERON, Wis. -- Faith runs deep in Barron County. The story of Jayme Closs’ abduction and escape is one of hope and courage, but it is also a story of faith, prayer, and triumph over evil.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Cameron, family, friends, parish members, and the wider community gathered to praise God for Jayme’s safe return.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, 4th bishop of Madison, dies at 71 Print
Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 -- 6:55 PM

MADISON -- The Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, died Saturday, November 24th, at approximately 9:15 pm at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was 71 years old. Please pray for the repose of his soul, for his friends and coworkers, and for all of the faithful of the Diocese of Madison.

As Bishop of Madison, Bishop Morlino’s three expressed priorities were: to increase the number and quality of the men ordained to the diocesan priesthood; to instill a greater sense of reverence throughout the entire diocese, especially through our worship of God, celebrated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to challenge Catholic institutions in the diocese to live out their professed faith in Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, through their ministry in the secular community.

Priests appointments announced in the Diocese of Madison Print
Thursday, May. 21, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, announces the following priest appointments made by Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison, effective Saturday, July 11, 2020, unless otherwise specifically stated, and announced at weekend Masses of Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and May 17, 2020.

• Rev. Msgr. Thomas Baxter, resignation from pastor, Good Shepherd Parish, Madison, in accordance with canon 538 §1, to pastor emeritus.

• Rev. Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, V.F., resignation from pastor, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Sun Prairie, in accordance with canon 538 §1, to pastor emeritus, and resignation from parochial administrator, Saint Peter Parish, Madison, and from Vicar Forane of the East Dane Vicariate Forane, due to no longer holding an office for the care of souls in the East Dane Vicariate Forane, remaining as Spiritual Advisor, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.


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