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Fort Atkinson teacher retires after 42 years Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
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Pat Bries, fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Fort Atkinson, hands out Turkish Delights to some of her students. Bries is retiring after 42 years at the school. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

FORT ATKINSON -- As Pat Bries completed her fourth, and final, decade teaching fifth graders -- bringing the total to more than 600 -- her classroom displayed her career, both the past and the present.

A Smartboard has long replaced the chalkboard, but signs with the cursive alphabet still adorned the classroom.

Bries said the handwriting style is still needed in the real world, “I don’t think it’s on the way out yet.”

Her desk displayed small school pictures of every student she taught since the school started having the photos taken more than 20 years ago, while her current students listened to her read to them from an eBook reader.

The book was Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, a book she has read to all of her classes toward the end of the school year.

Bries reads it because one of the book’s main characters has a “strong sense of right and wrong” and her soon-to-be-departing fifth graders are “going into middle school now and they realize that life is not all black and white -- there are a lot of shades of gray.”

Despite the school year and a teaching career of 42 years coming to an end, it was just a normal day in Pat Bries’ classroom located at the end of the hallway at St. Joseph School in Fort Atkinson.

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Death of Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer marks end of era Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

VERONA -- The death of Msgr. Delbert L. Schmelzer, P.A., V.G., marks in a sense the “end of an era,” said Bishop Robert C. Morlino in his homily at the Mass of Christian Burial held on July 8 at St. Christopher Parish (St. Andrew Church) in Verona.

A priest of the diocese for 60 years, “Monsignor Del remembered what happened in the diocese and communicated with so many,” said the bishop.

He thanked Monsignor Schmelzer’s family for their “wonderful gift to the diocese.”

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‘Month’s Mind’ Mass for Monsignor Schmelzer Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The diocesan community continues to pray for the soul of the late Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer. Bishop Robert C. Morlino requested that the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison organize a "Month's Mind" Mass for Monsignor Del.

The "Month's Mind" tradition involves celebration of a Requiem Mass one month after a person's death. The Roman Missal always included Mass texts for the day of death and of burial as well as for the third, seventh, 30th, day and one-year marks thereafter.

The date for the Requiem Mass is Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Heights/Bishop O'Connor Center Chapel. Bishop Morlino will be the celebrant. The music will be the Missa Defunctorum for four voices by Tomás Luis de Victoria as well as Gregorian Chant.

Many lay people and priests were not able to attend Monsignor Schmelzer's daytime funeral Mass on July 8. The Requiem Mass in the evening is an opportunity to pray in a special way for the repose of the soul of a beloved priest who touched so many people in his 60 years of priesthood.

All are welcome. Clerics are invited to participate in choir dress. For more information, contact Fr. John Zuhlsdorf at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Blessed Sacrament Parish hosts mission featuring relic of St. Jude Print E-mail
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Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Blessed Sacrament Parish will host a three-day mission featuring veneration of the arm relic of St. Jude, believed to be the largest relic of an Apostle outside of Rome, Italy.

Fr. Michail Ford, OP, director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago, will lead the St. Jude Mission of Mercy and Hope from Monday to Wednesday, July 25, 26, and 27, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2116 Hollister Ave.

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