Madison Catholic Herald
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.

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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.

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Bishop Hying visits Hazel Green school Print
News
Written by Barbara Wills. Principal, St. Joseph School, Hazel Green   
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

HAZEL GREEN -- After a snowy drive to the southwest corner of the state, Bishop Donald Hying traveled to St. Joseph School, Hazel Green, to celebrate Mass and visit with the students and staff.

Bishop Hying, Fr. Ken Frisch, and Deacon Larry Tranel celebrated 8:15 a.m. Mass with the students as well as a full church of family members, parishioners, and friends.

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Dedication of altar at St. Michael Church, Dane Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
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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Make this the best Lent of your life Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Ash Wednesday, St. Bernard, Middleton
Fr. Brian Wilk, pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Middleton, distributes ashes to a parishioner during an Ash Wednesday Mass last year. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

Every Lent, the whole Church goes on a retreat together with Jesus in the desert for 40 days. Through increased attention to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we grow in virtue and holiness, more attentive to the grace and love of the Lord, more dynamic in the practice of our faith, more spiritually ready to celebrate the great Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Christ.

The etymology of "religion" is "relationship," so we deepen the relationships in our lives this Lent. Through prayer, we grow in our experience and attention to the Lord; through almsgiving, we serve and love others by sharing our time and treasure, especially with the needy and suffering; through fasting, we empty ourselves out, so the Lord can more truly reign on the throne of our hearts.

More Jesus. Less me. If I am especially faithful to fasting, there will literally be less of me, come Easter!

More about subtraction than addition

In a sense, Lent is more about subtraction than it is addition. By removing the noisy demands of my selfishness and the distracting clutter of my heart, God has greater freedom and capacity to live, move, and act within me.

This path of self-emptying is imitative of Jesus, who followed a trajectory of remarkable humility, in order to reach, heal, forgive, love, and save us. Jesus Christ was laser-focused on doing the will of the Father, radically directing every aspect of His life and personality to His mission.

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