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New video from the Diocese of Madison: Priests for Our Future - The Church Is Alive!  To confront our new “vocations crisis” (having 33 seminarians - up six-fold in past 11 years) head-on, Priests For Our Future seeks $30million to endow seminarian education/formation. Please watch and share this video, as we look to the future of the Church in Madison. 

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The Perils of 'Wannabe Cool' Christianity If we are interested in Christianity in any sort of serious way, it is not because it's easy or trendy or popular. A 
Five Things The Church Must Do ... ... to make Catholics as zealous as Jehovah's Witnesses ...
Pope Benedict XVI on Sacred Music "The mystery of infinite beauty is there and enables us to ex­perience the presence of God more truly and vividly than in many sermons."
Thanks to the Young, the Tide is Still Turning Toward Catholicism All too often I hear the familiar refrain; “how can the tide be turning if the world seems to be increasingly at odds with the Church?” ...

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Training in Holiness

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Our Calling

The Lord Jesus calls us, by our Baptism, to share His glory and live in the perfect happiness of the saints, and this is the blessed state of life called beatitude. "God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve Him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us 'partakers of the divine nature' and of eternal life. With beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the Trinitarian life." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1721) This happiness is possible only through...

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Becoming Disciples

Baptism, although essential for salvation, is only the beginning of our life in Christ. In response to God's free and unmerited gift of grace poured out upon us in our Baptism, we are called by the Lord Jesus to become His disciples. A Christian disciple is a student who learns a complete, coherent, comprehensive Way of Life from the Lord Jesus. According to the Second Vatican Council, The followers of Christ are called by God, not because of their works, but according to His own purpose and grace....

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Path to Holiness

Through God's grace, disciples grow into "the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13), and when we cooperate with God's grace to grow in holiness, we are brought into a union of heart and mind with the Lord Jesus. "This union is called 'mystical' because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the Sacraments — 'the holy mysteries' — and, in Him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with Him…" (Catechism...

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Concrete Steps

While the surrender to Christ will take many different forms, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition suggest certain virtues, dispositions, and customs that help define a life of Christian discipleship. Taken together, these "marks" constitute a Christian Way of Life — a disciplined pattern of living designed to help every baptized Catholic move from Church member by convention to Christian disciple by conviction and respond promptly, joyfully, and easily to Christ's call to holiness. This...

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Daily Rule of Life

Surrendering myself every day to the grace and mercy of God the Father and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, I resolve to be a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus who Prays every day.
The Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, and a quiet time of meditation are all splendid ways of entering each day into prayer. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle or exposed for adoration is especially fruitful. Worships at least once each week in the Most Holy Eucharist....

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School of Prayer

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Holy Eucharist

Our parishes have as our core the celebration of Holy Eucharist. As Pope John Paul II wrote in Ecclesia de Eucharistia, “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” And it was the Holy Father’s hope that this Encyclical Letter would help to “rekindle a Eucharistic Amazement.” In that spirit, every effort is made in our parishes, through prayer, planning and practice to make available an environment of reverent worship. We continue to discern the will of Holy Mother...

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Adoration

"In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration … Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that...

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Regular Confession

Confessions are heard immediately after weekday 7:30 AM Masses on Tuesday and Saturday (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at St. Ignatius in Mt. Horeb).  Or you may contact contact Fr. Rick at any time 608-798-4644. Or just ask him just before weekend Masses. Fr. Rick is VERY accommodating.

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Liturgy of the Hours

The Liturgy of the Hours is the official public prayer of the Church. Composed of hymns, Psalms, Scripture readings and prayers, it is a prayer of thanksgiving, reparation, and adoration of God and asks for the grace to continue Christ's work on earth. The Divine Office has been a part of our Church tradition since the first century and Vatican II reaffirmed its importance in the prayer life of the Church. Vatican II encouraged the use of the Divine Office in both the public and private prayer...

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (pronounced "Lec-tsee-oh Di-vee-nah") means "Divine Reading" and refers specifically to a method of Scripture reading practiced by monastics since the beginning of the Church.

The early centrality of reading of Sacred Scripture, and then meditating and praying over its meaning, is evident in the 48th chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict (A.D. 480-453), a book written by the Great Saint to guide monastic life.

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Faith Formation

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Lectio Divina Prayer Group

Lectio Divina (pronounced "Lec-tsee-oh Di-vee-nah") means "Divine Reading" and refers specifically to a method of Scripture reading practiced by monastics since the beginning of the Church.

The early centrality of reading of Sacred Scripture, and then meditating and praying over its meaning, is evident in the 48th chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict (A.D. 480-453), a book written by the Great Saint to guide monastic life.

But it was an 11th...

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ENDOW

ENDOW is a Catholic educational program that brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society.  ENDOW utilizes small study groups, conferences and retreats to cultivate faith, fellowship and formation.  

ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. ENDOW provides women...

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Knights of Divine Mercy

The Knights of Divine Mercy apostolate seeks to awaken in men the eager desire for a knight’s true calling: The quest for holiness and an awakening to a profound sense of the sacred.  The First Crusade was launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II with the primary goal of the Christian reconquest of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. So great was the pope’s speech in Clermont, France on that day that the crowd was inspired to cry out: “It is the will of God!” “It...

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Epic Church History Series

Do you know your family history?  The history of the Church is the story of our family. It is the epic story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world.  Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics.  Just as we would uncover exciting and interesting stories of our ancestors through the study of our family genealogy, we can uncover our Catholic past through the study of Church history. ...

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Footprints of God Series

Introducing the most original and dynamic video series in Catholic Church history! The Footprints Of God: The Story Of Salvation From Abraham to Augustine will take you on a journey of discovery through the sweeping saga of salvation.

In this exciting 10-volume series, you'll meet the key people and places of Scripture and Church history as they come to life in a fresh and powerful way! Embark on your journey with popular...

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Great Adventure Bible Series

Our parishes are providing a very exciting and well done bible series called, The Great Adventure.  This is a Catholic Bible learning system that makes the complex simple by teaching the story (the narrative) of the Bible. Jeff Cavins developed The Great Adventure in 1984 when he realized that most people, despite their strong faith, did not grasp the “big picture” of the Bible. Though they knew selected stories, they were not able to connect them into a full narrative. His answer...

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Marian Catechists

The Marian Catechists was originally developed, at the request of the Vatican, by Fr. John Hardon for Mother Teresa’s order. It was so well done that Archbishop Burke partnered with Fr. Hardon to bring this comprehensive catechesis to the world. These teachings are centered on the love of the Holy Eucharist, and marked by both a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and an unswerving loyalty to the Holy Father as Successor of Saint Peter in the office of Roman Pontiff....

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Lord, Teach Me To Pray Inc. What is "Lord, Teach Me To Pray"? "Lord, Teach Me To Pray" is a series on prayer developed to meet the desire of Catholic Women for an ongoing spiritual growth in their response to the call to holiness and a deeper commitment to Jesus as Lord.  It was developed as an outreach program for  women of LTMTP to bring the Holy Spirit into their surrounding communities through the facilitating of faith-sharing prayer communities enabling Catholic women the opportunity...

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Saint of the Day

  • St. Columbanus

    An originator of Ireland's unique monastic tradition, who went on to serve as a missionary to continental Europe during the early Middle Ages, the abbot Saint Columbanus – also known as St. Columban – is honored by the Catholic Church on Nov. 23. Despite their similar names and biographies, St. Columbanus is not the same person as Saint Columba of Iona, another monk from Ireland who spread the faith abroad and lived during the same time period. In a June…

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