Madison Catholic Herald
On the Year of Mercy Print
Bishop Morlino's Letter
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Dec. 03, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop's Letter

“I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!” -- Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 5

“We serve to ensure that all individuals throughout the 11-county diocese are graciously invited every day to meet the person of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, face to face and be changed by Him.” – Mission Statement of the Diocese of Madison

To the faithful of the Diocese of Madison,

In calling for an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued a call meant not only to urge a return to the Almighty, but also to reinvigorate and inspire those of us who try to live lives as followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, the Holy Father has also unintentionally, but not surprisingly, endorsed our own diocesan “mission.”

The Holy Father begins his Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus, with the following words: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.” In carrying out our diocesan mission of “inviting others to meet the person of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, face to face, and be changed by Him,” we are inviting them to meet the face of the Father’s mercy -- to meet mercy incarnate. This invitation is one which is tied up in a challenging realization with regard to who God is and who “I” am, and it should be a profound and even startling invitation for each woman and man who lives in, and grapples with, a world that is nearly completely lacking in mercy.

Our world and our culture offer a great deal of lip-service to certain notions of tolerance and license, but these notions are grounded in a premise that truth is what you make it, and is subject to change, if public opinion is swayed to agree on the matter. Absent a grounding in the Truth and a foundation in humanity’s authentic encounter with mercy itself, all attempts at justice and mercy are mere shadows, structures built on sand. To experience mercy and to grant mercy, individuals and cultures must be anchored in the Truth and in a recognition of sin and repentance.

Wisconsin bishops respond to termination of DACA Print
State News
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Catholic bishops of Wisconsin have issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announced termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months from now:

“The bishops of Wisconsin affirm their support for the continued protection of youth under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Most of the nearly 8,000 DACA Wisconsinites, who are among almost 800,000 DACA young adults nationwide, know no other home than the U.S., having been brought here in their youth through no choice of their own.

Working in an imperfect world Print
Guest column
Written by Fr. Joseph Baker, PhL, STL, Diocesan Ethicist   
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

No one disputes that the world is an imperfect place. Don’t get me wrong: there are so many good and beautiful things in this world. And those good and beautiful things far outweigh anything that’s bad or ugly.

But the reality is we live in a fallen world, a world affected by sin, yet redeemed by Christ. We encounter this reality, this duality, in so many places -- in ourselves, in others, in our families, in the Church, and, yes, in our places of work. On the one hand, the work we do is often one of the most rewarding aspects of our lives. On the other hand, it can also be a source of stress and struggle.

Dedication of altar at St. Michael Church, Dane Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Following is the homily given by Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, at the dedication of the altar at St. Michael Church, Dane, in Blessed Trinity Parish.

Thank you to Fr. Scott Jablonski and all the members of Blessed Trinity Parish who worked so diligently on this beautiful sanctuary renovation as we dedicate this new altar today at St. Michael Church in Dane.

This morning, I ask you to put on your theological thinking caps as we ponder the new altar, and particularly the Sacrifice of the Mass at the altar.

Does the following statement sound pious to you? At the Sacrifice of the Mass we place ourselves at the foot of Calvary by going back to Calvary, the one unique sacrifice, in a kind of mystical transportation in time that transcends human understanding.

Heart of Our Faith retreat at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Heart of Our Faith retreat will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, 602 Everglade Dr.

How often have we heard the beautiful message of the Gospel . . . the good news of God's love, Jesus' gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit's power?


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