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Bishop dedicates new St. Paul's Church in Madison Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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A look inside the new St. Paul Church on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus prior to its dedication Mass November 12. The church opened after a nearly two-year building project, replacing the old structure in the same location. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON -- It’s a time of celebration and a new era at St. Paul Church on the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison campus.

After being without “a real home” for nearly two years, the new church opened its doors on November 12, and the parish continues its mission to serve the UW-Madison community.

Opening the doors

As students and benefactors gathered in the new church awaiting the dedication Mass, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison and others in the procession -- including guest priests and members of the Knights of Columbus -- stood in the narthex outside the closed doors.

Pastor Fr. Eric Nielsen handed Bishop Morlino a gold envelope containing the access key code for the front door of the center and a key to the church doors.

Bishop Morlino called for Father Nielsen to open the doors, saying, “Go within His gates, giving thanks; enter his courts with songs of praise.”

The Mass began as the procession went toward and entered the sanctuary.

Bishop Morlino then blessed the altar and tabernacle with holy water.

St. Paul Parochial Vicars Frs. Mark Miller and Luke Syse blessed the walls and interior of the church with holy water and also sprinkled it over the people inside.

As Mass continued, St. Paul students Michelle Fernandez and Ethan Brochtrup read the first and second readings. Andrew Wenman led the singing of the responsorial psalm. Father Nielsen read the Gospel.

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Catholic Charities Faith in Action Celebration Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MIDDLETON -- Catholic Charities (CC) in the Diocese of Madison held its 22nd annual Faith in Action Celebration on November 9 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

“This annual event touches my heart,” said Toni Prestigiacomo, Catholic Charities Board chair and co-chair of the event, in welcoming the guests. “This event is a reminder of why we choose to support Catholic Charities. It truly makes me proud.”

 

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Woman’s Club opens hearts to children in need Print E-mail
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Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Madison Catholic Woman's Club (MCWC) opens their hearts to children at their annual Christmas luncheon by bringing gifts of toys and clothing to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Little Drummer program.

This year's luncheon is at Rex's Innkeeper, 301 Century Ave., Waunakee, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 12 noon.

Al Anderson, retired music educator, professional trombonist, and music historian will present "Sounds of the Season: Holiday Songs Like You've Never Heard Them."

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Local woman reflects on Fr. Solanus Casey Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Audrey Lukes from Sun Prairie prays at the tomb of Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap,  at his final resting place in Detroit. The Capuchin priest and Wisconsin native will be beatified on Saturday, Nov. 18, at a Mass at Ford Field in Detroit. (Contributed photo/Audrey Lukes)

SUN PRAIRIE -- If you mention the name “Shorty” to anyone who has lived in Sun Prairie for the past several decades, they’ll probably know exactly who you are talking about.

His wife, Audrey, will talk about the man who was more than six feet tall, “very athletic,” worked for the county, was a war veteran, went dancing with her all the time, and ran to work every day.

He and his young family met a big challenge when in 1955, at age 31, he was stricken with polio and was paralyzed from the chest down.

Audrey said they had to “change our whole lifestyle”.

This world lost Shorty, also known as Norman Lukes, nearly six years ago at the age of 87.

At the time of his passing, his life, and that of his family, served as an example of faith in God and walking with the Lord, facing life’s challenges.

More than 300 miles away, on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Detroit’s Ford Field, another man, who lived to roughly the same age of 86, will be taking the next step toward canonized sainthood.

More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the beatification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap, in a venue more commonly known as the home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

What is the connection between Shorty and Father Casey?

The connection is faith in the Lord and a brief encounter with each other toward the end of Venerable Father Casey’s life.

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