St. Cecilia community makes way for new church building
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
St. Cecilia Parish in Wisconsin Dells held its final Mass in the church building pictured above on Sunday, May 17. The “Roots in Faith” banners signify the celebration that took place on that day. The more than 113-year-old building is set to be deconstructed to make way for a new church building. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

WISCONSIN DELLS -- Much like Jesus’ Ascension into heaven -- celebrated on Sunday, May 17 -- the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Cecilia Church on that day was more than an ending, it was the beginning of a new journey.

After more than 113 years of Sunday Masses; daily Masses; First Communion, wedding, and funeral Masses; and other Masses in between, Pastor Fr. Eric Sternberg celebrated the final Mass at the soon-to-be deconstructed St. Cecilia Church, making the way for a new church building -- a project more than a decade in the making.

The new church will hold more than 1,000 people and will be built on the same site as the old church building at 603 Oak St.

The current church, built in 1902, can accommodate 350 people.

On busy summer weekends in Wisconsin Dells, St. Cecilia has up to 1,000 people attending Mass.

To accommodate the increased numbers, the parish offers three weekend services, including holding Mass in the former school gym across the street which was converted to a summer chapel.

All services will continue in the Parish Center chapel during construction.

‘Roots in Faith’

The final Mass and celebration that followed was called “Roots in Faith,” signifying the close Catholic community that has been formed in the past century-plus in Wisconsin Dells.

The church began filling up more than an hour before Mass, as many in the community wanted to be a part of the event.

Many people who came early took photos to remember how the “old place” looked.


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Bishop Morlino announces priest appointments
Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, announces the following priest appointments made by Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, effective Saturday, July 11, 2015, unless otherwise specifically stated, and announced at weekend Masses of Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2015.

Rev. Msgr. Douglas Dushack, resignation from pastor, St. Bernard Parish, Middleton, in accordance with canon 538 §1, to pastor emeritus.

Rev. Fr. James Kuhn, resignation from pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Janesville, in accordance with canon 538 §1, to pastor emeritus.

Chief of Police Koval: Bringing the Bill of Rights to life
Written by Susanna Herro, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Mike Koval, with one year as the City of Madison Police Department’s (MPD) Chief of Police under his belt, spoke to a rapt audience of the St. Thomas More Society recently. His topic was “Law Enforcement and the Law.”

With a quick sense of humor and an openness about his Catholic faith, he gave a synopsis of how the police force ensures that citizen rights under the Constitution are protected.


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