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Mass, Eucharistic Procession during solemnity, pandemic Print
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Eucharistic Procession
Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison carries the Blessed Sacrament during a Eucharistic Procession around Holy Name Heights in Madison on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Earlier, the bishop celebrated a private Mass that was livestreamed.
(Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- In a nearly empty oratory at Holy Name Heights in Madison, Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison celebrated Mass on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

With concelebrant Vicar General Msgr. James Bartylla, seminarian Luis Reyes as server, and Office of Worship Director Dr. Patrick Gorman as cantor, the Mass was livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube and viewable to the public, unable to attend Masses during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, the Diocese of Madison posted a worship aid on its Facebook page, allowing the faithful viewing the Mass at home to be able to participate in the celebration.

"In the midst of Lent and in the midst of this difficult situation we find ourselves in, we celebrate the joy of the Annunciation," Bishop Hying said during his homily.

"No matter what else is going on in our life, God's order of salvation and mercy and truth continue to unfold according to his plan," the bishop added.

Following the Mass, Bishop Hying, with monstrance in hands, led a Eucharistic Procession around Holy Name Heights.

The livestream followed the bishop and those who were assisting him during the procession.

 

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St. Ambrose Academy shifts to distance learning Print
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Written by Carolyn Averill, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- St. Ambrose Academy (SAA), along with schools around the world, has, practically overnight, become a distance learning school.

The academy closed its doors on March 13 as students hunkered down with their families in the safety of their homes against the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, said Executive Director Joan Carey, "thanks to a heroic, all-hands-on-deck effort, St. Ambrose Academy reopened its door the following week over the Internet, where we continue to provide the best in education and classical learning for families."

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CMC keeps programming running Print
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Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) is continuing to operate Dane County's only daily free community meal program, its food pantry, and comprehensive low-cost immigration legal services program to safely serve the most vulnerable among us during this time of heightened need.

Ever since COVID-19 precautions became necessary, CMC staff have been preparing fresh, hot meals every weekday served as a grab-and-go meal distributed from the parking lot to encourage social distancing practices.

On weekends, a sandwich sack lunch is provided.

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Edgewood Spring Fling canceled Print
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Thursday, Apr. 02, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- As public health, state, and federal authorities have mandated, Edgewood High School has decided that in order to protect its supporters and the entire community, it will not be able to hold the Spring Fling event at Garver Feed Mill, scheduled for Friday, April 24.

In a statement, the school said, "Our prayers are with every member of our Edgewood community in this unprecedented and difficult time. Our blessings to you, your families, our sponsors, donors, and our entire Edgewood Community.

"We are grateful to our sponsors and all who support Edgewood Crusaders during these uncertain times."

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