Madison Catholic Herald
Wesport tradition: Country Fair Fruitcakes Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2008 -- 11:30 AM

WESTPORT -- Delightfully nutty, moist, and “sinfully rich,” the world-famous Country Fare Fruitcakes made by the crew of volunteers at St. Mary of the Lake Parish are a community-building and parish-supporting tradition you can sink your teeth into.

Over the course of three days this year, volunteers gathered to measure, mix, bake, slice, and wrap several thousand pounds of fruitcake. Keeping with tradition, it’s the exact same recipe — heavy in fruits and nuts and lacking in the dreaded candied citron — that was used by Stephanie Toban when she first baked them for the parish in 1961.

“And it’s still a secret,” added Margie Blau, one of the fruitcake-baking volunteers and a parishioner at St. Mary Parish.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Workshop Print
Around the Diocese
Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2008 -- 11:30 AM

Editor's note: The following note was provided by the diocesan Office of Worship.

MADISON -- Many people were inadvertently turned away from the October 4 Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Workshop at the Bishop O'Connor Center. Because of an unknown miscommunication, some were told at the door that the workshop was canceled while in fact it was taking place as scheduled. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

If you registered and were turned away, please contact the Office of Worship by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 608-821-3080. We will send you a DVD presentation of a previous workshop and all of the materials. This will fulfill the requirement of the diocesan Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. You may, of course, come to a future presentation, but it is not required.

Please accept the sincere apologies of the Office of Worship and the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center for your inconvenience.

New name for Janesville hospital Print
Around the Diocese
Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2008 -- 3:09 PM

JANESVILLE -- SSM Health Care of Wisconsin announces that the new Janesville hospital to open in 2010 will be named St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital.

“We’ve heard from many area citizens about how happy they are to soon have a new hospital,” said Mary C. Starmann-Harrison, regional president/chief executive officer for SSMHC/WI. “And the support from Janesville area citizens has been heartwarming.”

“The Dean/St. Mary’s partnership has served southern Wisconsin families for nearly 100 years. Now Janesville area citizens will have that same level of teamwork closer to home,” said Craig E. Samitt, MD, president/chief executive officer for Dean Health System.

Dean Health System and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin also announced today that Erdman, a Cogdell Spencer Company, in a joint venture with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston and J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc. of Janesville, has been chosen to design and construct its new $140 million hospital and physician office campus in Janesville.

The Erdman Company, a health care design-build firm headquartered in Madison, is one of the nation’s leading providers of health care facilities. Shepley Bulfinch is internationally recognized for innovative hospital and health care design excellence. J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc. is a privately owned construction company based in Janesville employing over 450 people in the area, with approximately 200 of those employees residing in Rock County.

“We are so pleased with the combination of talent on this team,” said Starmann-Harrison.

“We made a promise in April to bring Janesville area residents a local health care choice,” said Samitt. “Today’s announcements bring us closer to making that choice a reality.”

The 50-acre site on Janesville’s southeast side will be home to the new 50-bed hospital and the physician office complex. Currently 50,000 patients are served by Dean in the Janesville area, including 20,000 Dean Health Plan members.

For more information on the project, or to leave comments and suggestions, visit the new hospital’s Web site at:

Dean Health System is a multi-physician specialty health care delivery system based in Madison, serving south-central Wisconsin. The Dean organization and the St. Mary’s Dean Venture physicians, includes approximately 500 physicians providing primary, specialty, and tertiary care at almost 60 locations throughout southern Wisconsin, including the Riverview, Northview, Milton, and Delavan Clinics.

SSM Health Care of Wisconsin (SSMHC/WI) owns and operates two hospitals and two nursing homes in Wisconsin. In addition to St. Mary’s Hospital (Madison) and St. Clare Hospital (Baraboo) and their nursing homes, SSMHC/WI affiliated hospitals include Columbus Community Hospital, Stoughton Hospital, Boscobel Area Health Care, and Upland Hills Health (Dodgeville). SSMHC/WI is part of St. Louis-based SSM Health Care, the nation’s first health care organization awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Faithful Citizenship presentations around the diocese Print
Around the Diocese
Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2008 -- 11:30 AM

MADISON -- John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC); Kim Wadas, associate director of the WCC; and Susanna Herro, diocesan director of Justice and Pastoral Outreach, will present "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" at the following locations. All are welcome to attend.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. -- John Huebscher at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 401 S. Owen Dr., Madison
  • Friday, Oct. 10, at 12:45 p.m. -- John Huebscher at Madison Serra Club, Bishop O'Connor Center, Madison; guests welcome
  • Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. -- Susanna Herro at St. Clement Church, 135 S. Washington, Lancaster
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. -- John Huebscher at St. John the Evangelist Church, 253 N. Washington, Spring Green
  • Wednesday, Oct 22, at 7 p.m. -- Susanna Herro at St. Augustine University Parish, 135 S. Hickory St., Platteville
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. -- Kim Wadas at St. Jude Parish Hall, 749 Hackett St., Beloit
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. -- John Huebscher at St. Bernard Church, 114 S. Church St., Watertown
From ashes to gladness: Dedication of new church in Highland Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2008 -- 3:02 AM

HIGHLAND -- After fire destroyed St. Anthony Church in Highland on April 17, 2002, the parish put a sign out front that said, "Church is people, not a building."

photo of dedication Mass for the new SS. Anthony and Philip Church in Highland on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, presides at the dedication Mass for the new SS. Anthony and Philip Church in Highland on Sunday, Sept. 28. On either side of the bishop are Fr. Kenneth J. Frisch, pastor, left and Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer, right, a priest-son of the parish. (Catholic Herald photo by Joe Ptak) More pictures

Fr. Kenneth J. Frisch, the pastor, said that is still true. However, he adds, "It is the people that have brought about a new building and it is people who will continue to make the journey of faith that Christ calls us to walk. We have built not only a structure to pray in, but we have also built a community that worships together."

From sadness to gladness

As the new SS. Anthony and Philip Church was dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 28, Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, also recalled the fire.


Page 591 of 593