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St. Cecilia community makes way for new church building Print E-mail
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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 madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (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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Chief of Police Koval: Bringing the Bill of Rights to life Print E-mail
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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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‘Our Faith Stories’ at St. Ann Parish Print E-mail
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Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

STOUGHTON -- St. Ann Parish will host the next segment of "Our Faith Stories" on Sunday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., in Healy Hall, 323 N. Van Buren St.

The featured speakers will be Tony Langenohl and Stephanie Schipper, two parishioners who will witness to how important faith in God is to their lives.

Those who attend "give up" one hour, and gain great inspiration and hope.

 
Facilitator training retreat for Lord Teach Me to Pray series Print E-mail
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Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

BARABOO -- The Midwest Facilitator Training Retreat for the Lord Teach Me to Pray (LTMTP) Series will be held Friday to Sunday, May 29 to 31, at Durward's Glen Retreat and Conference Center.

Training for part one of LTMTP, Praying the Christian Virtues, will begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Mass and end Saturday at 3 p.m.

Training for part two of LTMTP, "My 19th Annotation," will begin Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and end Sunday at 12 noon. There will be Mass on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 8 a.m. during the retreat.

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