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Madison clinic considers performing midterm abortions Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
 Curt Jacobson, a parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Madison, holds a sign at the corner of Park St. and Regent St., outside the Madison Surgery Center. The clinic, jointly operated by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, will perform second-trimester abortions if a plan currently requiring board approval is enacted. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner)

MADISON -- Pro-life groups gathered outside the Madison Surgery Center on January 8 for a peaceful prayer rally organized by Madison Vigil for Life to protest newly revealed plans by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) to begin performing late-second trimester abortions at its jointly operated clinic in Madison.

"We're at a critical juncture for this battle for life," said Steve Karlen, co-director of Madison Vigil for Life, which organized the protest after the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) alerted them to UWHC's plans. "We wanted to come out here to make a statement to the community that we don't want any abortions performed here, much less an abortion center.

"If they go forward with these plans, they can expect a constant presence from us," Karlen added. "We're not going away soon."

Last Updated on Tuesday, May. 26, 2009 -- 10:45 AM
Four parishes sponsor series on St. Paul Print
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Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

Last summer, Pope Benedict XVI announced a year of celebration in honor of St. Paul the Apostle to run from June 28, 2008 (feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul) to June 28, 2009. The Vatican has encouraged Catholics around the world to study St. Paul in Scripture to “revitalize our faith in the light of his teachings and life.”

In order to facilitate this study, four area parishes have joined forces to create a lecture series about St. Paul, one of our great saints and an early founder of the Church. St. Patrick Parish in Cottage Grove, St. Ann Parish in Stoughton, Holy Mother of Consolation Parish in Oregon, and Christ the King Parish in McFarland will each host a guest lecturer for this series to run January through March. Each program will be approximately 1.5 hours in length and will include time for discussion.

Protest scheduled Jan. 8 in response to late-abortion plan Print
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Tuesday, Jan. 06, 2009 -- 4:59 PM

MADISON -- In response to plans by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) to perform second-trimester abortions, all are invited to a prayer and protest rally outside the Madison Surgery Center, 1 S. Park St., Madison, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8.

breaking news logoThe demonstration, sponsored by Madison Vigil for Life, is scheduled to last one hour, but participants are invited to witness and pray for as long as desired. Unlike other Vigil for Life and 40 Days for Life endeavors, signs will be allowed. For parents intending to bring young children, be aware that it is possible some groups joining the demonstration may bring graphic signs with images of aborted babies.

According to a January 6 press release from the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the recently exposed UWHC plans would create a full-service second-trimester abortion practice at the Madison Surgery Center, a joint venture of UWHC, UW Medical Foundation, and Meriter Hospital.

St. Ambrose Christmas dinner Print
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Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
  St. Ambrose Dinner
 Bishop Robert C. Morlino and his “sous-chefs” show off the gourmet Italian meal they are preparing for the St. Ambrose dinner. With the bishop are, from left: William Yallaly and Brent King from the diocesan staff and Dan Bower from Queen Anne’s Catering. (Catholic Herald photo/Joe Ptak)
MADISON — Hundreds of staunch supporters of Catholic education and St. Ambrose Academy flocked, or rather, skated, to the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center on December 19 after a huge snowstorm for Christmas Dinner With the Bishop, the school’s major fundraiser of the year.

For the second year in a row, Bishop Robert C. Morlino donned a chef hat and apron and spent the day cooking with St. Ambrose students in preparation for the festive event.

Sold-out event

The evening included a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of time to browse through items donated to the silent auction, a gourmet Italian meal, and live Christmas music.

Bishop Morlino was delighted by the turnout of those who braved the weather to support the cause of St. Ambrose Academy: “I am overwhelmed by the attendance here, by the number of people!” he told those who packed the sold-out banquet hall.
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Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON -- The perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program at Holy Redeemer Parish in downtown Madison and the Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations program available weekday mornings at the Bishop O'Connor Center are both in need of regular "scheduled" adorers (a regular hour every week) and substitutes.

For the Holy Redeemer Adoration program contact Richard Blaney at 608-271-6539 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact Lorie Ballweg at the Office of Vocations at 608-821-3089 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to volunteer for Adoration at the Bishop O'Connor Center.


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