Madison Catholic Herald
Priesthood Sunday prayer vigil October 26 Print
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Everyone is invited to join in a gathering to celebrate and offer prayers for Bishop Robert C. Morlino and his brother priests of the Diocese of Madison.

This prayer vigil will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 404 E. Main St. in Madison. It will be followed by a reception in the church gathering space.

Organizers of the vigil say it is an opportunity for Catholics to support the bishop and priests and give thanks for their service to the Church. People are also asked to invite their priests to attend the vigil.

Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. The nationwide event is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International, an organization of lay men and women whose mission is to foster and affirm Church vocations.

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Knights help citizens with disabilities Print
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Wisconsin State Council Knights of Columbus has released the final figures of its recent Tootsie Roll Drive to "Aid Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities."

The April-May 2008 weekend program raised in excess of $670,000 and local councils will distribute in their immediate area over $454,000 of these funds to local groups and organizations that assist the intellectually handicapped. The state committee will have available an additional $150,000 to distribute through their grant application process.

The Knights of Columbus encourage organizations that "Aid Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities" to submit applications for these state committee funds. Grant applications can be directed to: Wisconsin State Council Knights of Columbus, c/o Chuck Simmons, State Chairman, 63476 Lohman Ln., Eastman, WI 54626.

Fifteen (15) copies of the application are necessary and must be submitted by November 15, 2008. Applications must be written on the applying organization's letterhead and must contain the following information: an exact amount of money needed for the project or service, what the money will purchase or provide, and how many individuals will be directly served by the grant. Organizations will be notified during the month of January 2009 as to the status of their grant.


St. Thérèse lecture series Print
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Written by Jessica MH Smith, For the Catholic Herald   
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 -- 3:00 PM

photo of W. Bradford WilcoxMADISON -- Meet W. Bradford Wilcox. He’s one of the best sociologists you’ve never heard of, and he will be taking some time out of his fall teaching schedule at the University of Virginia to give two lectures in Madison October 23 and 24.

His first lecture at Edgewood College on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., titled “Suffer the Little Children: The Sexual Revolution, Child Well Being, and Poverty,” will explain not only how free love wasn’t free, but will explore how the unintended consequences of the sexual revolution have left the most vulnerable in society — children and the poor — suffering deeply in many ways.

Diocese hosts Rural Life Mass in Jefferson Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 -- 12:01 AM
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 Bishop Robert C. Morlino blesses various pieces of farm equipment after the Rural Life Mass, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Rural Life, at St. Lawrence Church in Jefferson on October 7. (Catholic Herald photo by Kat Wagner) More photos . . .

JEFFERSON -- The picturesque church of St. Lawrence Parish, which stands on a hill surrounded by golden fields ready to be harvested on the outskirts of the city here, recently hosted a diocesan Rural Life Mass with Bishop Robert C. Morlino to honor the farmers and the rural community and pray for the harvest after a troubled growing season.

The second Rural Life Mass in the diocese this year, held October 7, was hosted by the diocesan Rural Life Office and drew families, farmers, and students from nearby St. John the Baptist School, Jefferson. After the Mass, Bishop Morlino blessed farm machinery that had been brought to the church.

Marshall parish marks centennial Print
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Written by Eileen Bender, For the Catholic Herald   
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 -- 3:00 PM

MARSHALL -- From January 1908 to the present date, St. Mary of the Nativity Parish has been a very special place of worship and friendships for the 336 parish families who over the years have shared their time, talent, and love for our Lord with everyone who enters its doors.

Much credit for establishing our parish must be given to Fr. Francis X. Hess, who served as the pastor of St. Joseph Parish from 1891 until 1951.


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