Madison Catholic Herald
Driving through the night — A faithful co-worker of the Lord Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Following is a homily given by Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, for the fifth Sunday of Lent.

The Gospel account of the woman caught in the sin of adultery is one of our favorite Gospel passages -- one of the passages most people remember best.

It has the drama of Our Lord Jesus Christ turning the tide of retribution of the scribes and Pharisees by pricking their consciences, and then tenderly forgiving the adulterous woman.

The most loving part of the account is Jesus' admonition to the adulterous woman not to sin again, since adultery always involves another often unseen victim -- for example her husband, or maybe the wife of the man who joined in the adultery. Our Lord is concerned for all of the souls in the account. His concern and mercy is full and true and not mere momentary, superficial sentiment.

Hospital chaplain reaches out to those who feel forgotten Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Angela Curio, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- "One of the things right now, in terms of COVID, is people say to me something along the lines of 'I think God has forgotten me.'" This is the observation of Fr. Pat Norris, OP, chaplain and ethicist at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Father Norris wears many hats. He is the prior of the Dominican Community at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, where he was pastor for nine years prior to taking on the chaplaincy eight years ago. Before starting his priestly ministry, he was a chemist working for the University of New Mexico.

Cardinal George dies after long fight with cancer Print
National-World News
Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Cardinal Francis E. George, then archbishop of Chicago, gives a silk rose and medal of St. Gerard to a mother and daughter during a special Mass on Mother’s Day at Holy Name Cathedral. Cardinal George, 78, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died Friday, April 17, at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George “a man of peace, tenacity, and courage” in a statement he read at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death.

Overcame obstacles

Archbishop Cupich singled out Cardinal George for overcoming many obstacles to become a priest, and “not letting his physical limitations moderate his zeal for bringing the promise of Christ’s love where it was needed most.”

A childhood bout with polio had left the prelate with a weakened leg and a pronounced limp throughout his life.

With the cardinal’s death, the College of Cardinals has 223 members, of whom 121 are under 80 and thus eligible to vote for a pope.

Read Bishop Robert C. Morlino’s statement on the death of
Cardinal Francis E. George.
Funeral, visitation

Cardinal George’s funeral Mass is to be celebrated at noon Thursday, April 23, at Holy Name Cathedral, followed by a committal service at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. The cardinal wished to be buried in the George family plot.

Prior to the funeral, Cardinal George’s body was received at Holy Name Cathedral the afternoon of April 21. The rite of reception was followed by a four-hour visitation period for the public, a prayer vigil for priests and seminarians, with visitation again open to the public until the cathedral closed.

An interfaith service was held on Wednesday, April 22, with visitation and a vigil conducted by lay ecclesial movements for the public through the night at the cathedral.

Virtual pilgrimage Print
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

WAUNAKEE -- All area Catholics are invited to encounter Our Lady and St. Bernadette through a "Virtual Pilgrimage of Lourdes" which will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 209 South St., on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

Call 608-849-5121 for more information.

A plenary indulgence can be attained by all those who attend the Virtual Pilgrimage, under the usual conditions.

The event is sponsored by North American Lourdes Volunteers,

Proclaim Good News to the spiritually poor Print
Bishop Morlino's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

A very happy Easter to you all!

On Tuesday of Holy Week, we celebrated our Diocesan Chrism Mass. This Mass, in which I bless and consecrate all of the Holy Oils that are used throughout the diocese for the year and distribute them to each of our parishes, is also the Mass wherein the priests renew the promises they made on the day of their ordination.


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