Madison Catholic Herald
Edgerton hospital affiliates with SSM Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

EDGERTON -- Edgerton Hospital and Health Services (EHHS) and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin (SSMHC/WI) have signed a limited affiliation agreement. The agreement expands the current relationship and provides the legal framework to allow the two organizations to work together to enhance health care in south-central Wisconsin.

Edgerton Hospital and Health Services will remain under local control. This new affiliation will enable both Edgerton Hospital and the new St. Mary's Janesville Hospital to work together offering complementary and accessible services to area residents.

Edgerton Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving Edgerton, Milton, and surrounding communities. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, SSM Health Care is based in St. Louis, Mo. For additional information, visit www.ssmhc.com

 
 
Helping and praying for others in time of need Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- Though a half hour late, Bishop Robert C. Morlino made it through the snowstorm on December 16 to pray with the people of Janesville and the surrounding community for faith, support, and hope during the current economic and employment turmoil.

"It was good to come together to pray, to come together to reach out," said Fr. Randy Timmerman, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville, who with Fr. John Auby of St. William Parish, Janesville, had organized the event held at St. William Church.

"Certainly, he [Bishop Morlino] is the symbol of unity within the diocese," Father Timmerman said. "The gesture, especially on a wintry night like that, made visible in a way the concern of the whole Church."

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Parish celebrates 25th anniversary of sister parishes Print
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

OREGON -- Catarina in San Marcos, Guatemala, has been a sister parish to Holy Mother of Consolation Parish (HMC) in Oregon for the past 25 years. Recently, St. Ann Parish in Stoughton has been clustered with HMC and has become another sister parish.

Recently, parishioners from both parishes traveled to Catarina. Trying to capture the experiences of that trip was a difficult task, but below are the highlights.

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Tractors sought for southern farmers Print
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Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison's Rural Life Office has received a request from Family Farm Defenders President John Kinsman of Holy Family Parish, La Valle, to share the following message for Catholic farm families across the diocese.

Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana farmers who are members of the Pointe Coupee Farmers Association. In September of this year Hurricane Gustav hit them hard -- again. These farmers cannot afford to buy some badly needed tractors because of the losses they suffered in the storms.

Family Farm Defenders has been contacted several times by Lester Williams, farmer president of Pointe Coupee Association, asking for help.  The organization has also had several conversations with Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Walker, who are farmer members of that cooperative. They are in desperate need of a minimum of three older tractors in good working order. Allis Chalmers WC, WD, or International, Massey Ferguson, etc., of like age are tractors they can repair themselves. These tractors would become the property of the co-op where a number of farmer members would use them.

Consider helping with a donation of one of these tractors or a donation towards purchasing one. A local farmer has offered his time and his semi-tractor and trailer to transport the donated tractors to Louisiana. Fuel for the trip will also require a donation. Donations are tax-deductible through Family Farm Defenders.

For additional information, call Tom Nelson at the Rural Life Office at 608-821-3093 or John Peck of Family Farm Defenders at 608-260-0900 or 608-986-3815.

 
Premiere performance is tribute to choir director Print
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- At its Lessons and Carols concert Sunday, Dec. 21, the Madison Diocesan Choir will give a premiere performance of "Blessed Are You," a setting of the Beatitudes the choir commissioned in tribute to Dr. Patrick Gorman's 15 years as its director.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside as Gorman and the choir continue their festival of Lessons and Carols in the chapel of the Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd. The free concert begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

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