Madison Catholic Herald
October observed as Month of the Rosary Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7 in the Catholic Church.

Also, in 1917, three Portuguese children were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, over a period of six months. The final visit was on October 13, when about 70,000 people witnessed the dancing sun, performed by Our Lady.

As a result, many people were converted, while non-practicing Catholics returned to the faith. Hence, praying in a public arena has the potential of converting people and making Catholics stronger in their belief.

Pope says peace is impossible without fraternity based on Christ Print
National-World News
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 7, 2013. The pope recently issued his first annual message for the January 1 World Day of Peace.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first annual message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God -- a relationship fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The nearly 5,000-word message, entitled "Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace," was released by the Vatican for the World Day of Peace January 1.

Fraternity needed for lasting peace

"Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace," the pope writes. "At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure. True brotherhood among peoples presupposes and demands a transcendent Fatherhood."

The pope adds that, "in a particular way, human fraternity is regenerated in and by Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection. The cross is the definitive foundational locus of that fraternity which human beings are not capable of generating themselves."

Pope Francis surveys contemporary attacks on human dignity -- including war, economic exploitation, crime, environmental pollution and violations of religious freedom -- he says require awareness and practice of humanity's brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ.

He decries a widespread "poverty of relationships as a result of the lack of solid family and community relationships," and writes that "fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother."

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.

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.

Dedication of altar at St. Michael Church, Dane Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Written by Msgr. James Bartylla   
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.


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