Madison Catholic Herald
New evangelization initiative to be launched in the Diocese of Madison Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, May. 21, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

One of the Missal prayers in the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary expresses a beautiful aspiration: "In our mortal flesh may we show forth the life of Jesus." This simple hope expresses succinctly the nature and purpose of evangelization.

Through the urgency of the Great Commission and the power of Baptism, each Christian is sent forth to proclaim the saving Gospel of Christ, so that every person, created by God, comes to salvation by knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Three circles of influence

The task of evangelizing has three concentric circles of influence: Catholics already engaged in the life and mission of the Church, Catholics who are not, and the wider community.

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Amy Yanzer enjoys working for diocesan Office of Worship as associate director Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Amy Yanzer has been enjoying her work as associate director of the Office of Worship in the Diocese of Madison.

"I'm thrilled to be here," she said in an interview. "The working environment is positive, and the people are gracious.

Work in office

Patrick Gorman, director of the Office of Worship, said, "Amy has been a great colleague and helper here in the office. I can't imagine getting through this pandemic without her! She brings great ideas and looks at things from a different perspective than I do.

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Gaining strength in our pursuit of Christ Print
Bishop Morlino's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

This past Sunday, I was able to offer Mass and spend some time with our young people gathered for Frassati Fest, which is organized by our diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and put on for our high schoolers, with the help and cooperation of so many good people.

It was a terrific gathering. What I told them, I think, is a good message for all of us.

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In document, pope lays out vision for evangelical Church Print
National-World News
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

"Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

Response to Synod of Bishops

The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

Pope Francis' voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document's relatively relaxed style -- he writes that an "evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!" -- and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and "spiritual worldliness."

The Church's message "has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary," he writes. "In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead."

Inspired by Jesus' poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a "Church which is poor and for the poor."

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Dealing with the temptation to fear Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, gave the following homily at the Rite of Election held Sunday, March 10, at St. John the Baptist Church, Waunakee.

Greetings in Jesus Christ to the catechumens and candidates gathered here today at the Rite of Election!

In the Gospel today, Our Lord Jesus Christ enters the desert of temptation -- not in fear, but in a step of fulfillment of His Incarnation among us. We are still tempted today, often in fear, and currently it is in relation to fear associated with the Church.

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