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Apostolate to the Handicapped TV Mass is still going strong
Written by Sue Barry, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Fr. Larry Bakke, director of the Apostolate to the Handicapped of the Diocese of Madison, celebrates the weekly Mass which has aired on WISC-TV Channel 3 in Madison for almost 47 years. (Catholic Herald photo/Sue Barry)

MADISON -- Some people might say good things just can’t last, but thanks to a family-friendship bond created almost 47 years ago, the Apostolate to the Handicapped’s weekly TV Mass has remained on the air on WISC-TV Channel 3 in Madison for as many years.

It continues to serve thousands of disabled and homebound Catholics and non-Catholics alike in the Diocese of Madison.

Not only has the TV Mass survived station consolidations and the passing of its beloved Apostolate to the Handicapped director of 44 years — Msgr. Tom Campion — in 2010, the TV Mass production has not missed a beat under the direction of Fr. Larry Bakke, who was appointed Apostolate director in July 2011.

‘The smiling priest’

Father Bakke, who many call “the smiling priest,” quickly captured the hearts of his constituents in the Apostolate to the Handicapped ministry as well as in his new role as pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Monroe (which represents the merging of St. Victor Parish in Monroe and St. Rose of Lima in Brodhead).

His joyful and welcoming smile carries over to his TV Mass ministry. According to WISC-TV Channel 3 Station Manager Tom Bier, “It has been a seamless transition, and Father Larry has done a terrific job. He understands what needs to be done and is very able.

“It is great to have Father Larry and his team of volunteers in our building each week,” Bier said. “They are the cream of the crop, and everyone is so polite and friendly.”

Production of the Mass is a pretty low maintenance project, he explained, and it is fairly easy to produce, but it is a great credit to the people involved. They are top-notch, efficient, and reliable, said Bier.

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What is Natural Family Planning?
Written by Alison Hetue, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

NFP is not “Rhythm.” The Rhythm (or Calendar) method was developed in the 1930s. It was based on the scientific theory that ovulation could be predicted by calculating previous menstrual cycles. This method was often inaccurate because it did not take account of the unique nature of each woman’s menstrual cycles.

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Pro-life cross country walkers stop in Madison
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- A group of eight young adults attended 6:30 a.m. Mass on a recent Monday morning at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Madison.

They were noticeably distinctive, wearing neon green T-shirts saying “PRO LIFE” in big letters.

The young men and women were one of three groups of pilgrims in the United States with Crossroads -- an effort to walk across the country “To witness to the dignity and sanctity of every human life, especially the unborn,” according to its website.

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