Madison Catholic Herald
Praising God for teen's safe return Print
State News
Written by Anita Draper, Superior Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

CAMERON, Wis. -- Faith runs deep in Barron County. The story of Jayme Closs’ abduction and escape is one of hope and courage, but it is also a story of faith, prayer, and triumph over evil.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Cameron, family, friends, parish members, and the wider community gathered to praise God for Jayme’s safe return.

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.

Answering God’s invitation Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Donald J. Hying's column

Needless to say, this global pandemic is unprecedented in our history, especially in terms of its impact on our daily lives. The consequences of our essential shutdown as a nation are far reaching and disturbing.

We are all praying for the victims worldwide -- those who have died, those who are ill and suffering the effects of this corona virus. We pray for health care workers, first responders, and government leaders who must feel overwhelmed. I pray for our elderly and vulnerable populations, including the poor and the homeless. I pray for those who have lost income already and are economically struggling. We think of families who have their children home all the time. All of this equates to tremendous stress, anxiety, suffering, and fear.

God is inviting us

In the face of all of this, God is inviting us to a deeper, radical trust in Him. In some ways, with our normal routines disrupted and many of our securities stripped away, we are faced with a profound existential moment -- do I truly believe in God and confide my life to His mercy or not?

Our whole life of faith and practice of our religion has prepared us for this trial. Now is the time for us to truly let our faith in the Lord shine forth for others to see and draw strength from our witness. In some ways, with the suspension of public Masses, this time reminds me of the Babylonian captivity in the Old Testament.

Focusing on forgiveness this Lent Print
Everyday Faith
Written by Julianne Nornberg, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Mar. 05, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

"Say ‘I’m sorry,’" I remember telling my children when they were toddlers squabbling over toys.

"I’m sorry," parroted the perpetrator, who sometimes had to repeat it a few times before exhibiting the requisite tone of remorse.

"Now say ‘I forgive you,’" I would tell the victim, who also parroted the phrase without completely understanding its meaning.

For years we have done this in our household, trying to explain to the children the importance of forgiveness. And yet, I myself was an adult before I understood its full meaning.

Around the Diocese
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

The Page 1 story in the March 26 issue of the Catholic Herald stated that "Liturgies for weddings, funerals, and Baptisms will still be celebrated, but priests will need to work with families to limit attendance at these events to fewer than 50 people and to take other necessary health precautions."

This is information that was not updated, prior to print, to conform to current Wisconsin DHS guidelines. That number is now less than 10 people.

The Catholic Herald apologizes for any confusion.


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