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This is a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live out the Good News. Our doors are wide open so that all may enter. These same doors are also wide open so we can go out and share that good news with others.

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Vacation Bible School

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Ready to ROAR?

At Roar VBS, kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good! Roar is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun GizmosTM, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings®. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

So mark these dates on your calendar: Monday August 5th-Friday August 9th. The fun starts at 8:30AM and will end at 11:30AM. Open to all kids ages 4 years through 6th grade. (7th grade or higher can participate as volunteers)

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The Lifelong Faith Formation program is inviting the whole parish to come to the Potluck and prayer on

Wednesday September 11 at 6 pm in the school Gym.

Click on the link below to sign up!

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Scrip News

 

Effective June 1, 2019, the parish office will  be selling Scrip out of the office ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  If you need to purchase Scrip any other day of the week, you can call the office to place an order or place the order online and we will have it available for you to pick up on either Tuesday or Thursday.

We will also only be placing orders for non-inventory Scrip once per month to cut back on shipping costs.

Please notify all family and friends who purchase Scrip on your behalf of this new policy.

The school will be working on a plan to sell Scrip at weekend Masses.  We will let you know when that process is in place.

Video of the Month

The Diocese of Madison is happy to announce that

Bishop Donald Hying has been named as

5th Bishop of Madison

 

 

Article of the Month

Getting to know our new Bishop better

(Compiled by) Karen M. Mahoney and Maryangela Layman Román | 

Excessive snoring can nearly drive Bishop Hying to the brink  One wall in Bishop Donald J. Hying’s office at Saint Francis Seminary, St. Francis, is dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux, a saint to whome he has a special devotion. (Catholic Herald photo by Maryangela Layman Román)

When Sue Healey accompanied Fr. Hying on one of her many mission trips to Haiti, a number of them shared a small room separated by a thin, cardboard wall.

“Basically, we had a couple of people in our group that snored really bad,” explained Healey. “It woke a few of us up during the night and it was hard to fall back asleep.”

When morning arrived, Healey admitted that a few of the noisy culprits endured a bit of ribbing, especially from a bleary-eyed Fr. Hying.

“He came out and said, ‘For the first time in my life, I contemplated murder and suicide at the same time,’” she laughed, adding, “He always has had such a great sense of humor and can find the joy in just about anything.”

A photographic memory

Although he triple majored in college, Fr. Hying kept just one notebook throughout all four years at Marquette University. According to Mike Wick, despite his superior intelligence, Fr. Hying’s humility was such that no one knew the extent of his giftedness.

“He has this phenomenal memory and carried a very high GPA, but kept all of his notes in only one notebook,” he said. “He had this incredible photographic memory, and while he studied and hit the books, he never gave you the air that he was cramming for a test. He just assimilated information quickly, and articulated everything profoundly.”

He cannot turn a somersault

While he exhibited nearly superhero ability in achieving three majors in college in just four years, according to good friend, Jeff Bloechl, Fr. Hying is still is unable to do a somersault, despite frequent encouragement to try.

He’s a closet crooner

In addition to Fr. Hying’s inexhaustible source of knowledge about things as diverse as English history, Christian mysticism, and the entire Kennedy family, he is known to croon when he thinks no one is listening. 

“When he thinks he is alone, he often sings Kemper Krabb songs (Kemper Krabb mixes contemporary folk music with medieval themes), aloud to himself, said Wick. “I imagine that Don will squirm when he reads this, but it seems to be a good thing to let people in Milwaukee know that they are getting someone truly extraordinary.”

Country music buff and more!

The Rolling Stones and other rock and roll groups didn’t hold a candle to Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Tanya Tucker; according to childhood friend, Mike O’Loughlin. Fr. Hying is an “old school” country music lover, through and through.

“He also enjoyed watching the old Errol Flynn swashbuckler movies, and is a lover of American history. He was a voracious reader of the ‘Signature Series,’ autobiographies published in the 1950s,” said O’Loughlin. “I don’t know if he read them all, but he read all the copies that were in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and New Berlin public libraries.”

If he looks nervous, play along

In his eagerness to visit his friend, Larry Davis was in a giddy mood while watching a few armed men speaking in Spanish with Bishop Hying near the rectory at Sagrada Familia. An excited visitor, Davis, armed only with a camera thought it might be a great opportunity to snap some pictures.

“So I went up to these guys with the automatic weapons and began joking around with them, and moving them around so I could take their pictures,” explained Davis, unaware that the armed men had been sent by the government to intimidate Bishop Hying and prevent him from working for land ownership rights for the people. “It wasn’t until later, that I learned Bishop Hying was talking them out of arresting him. Here I was, joking around and didn’t understand the gravity of the situation and there Don was, sweating bullets. They finally left, and he didn’t say too much after that, other than he was thankful they left.”

Fr. Hying’s shoelaces once sold for $75 each!

As Bishop Hying prepared to leave St. Anthony for his ministry to the Dominican Republic, he boxed up things to give to charity, some to give away and some to keep. According to Terry Baudhuin, a parishioner decided to have a bit of fun at Fr. Hying’s expense at his farewell party in the church hall.

“This one guy was an auctioneer and held up a statue and got one lady to bid $300 on it,” said Baudhuin. “Then he held up Fr. Don’s old tennis shoes and someone was going to bid, but this dentist from our church said he would bid $75 for one shoelace. Then someone else bid on the other shoelace. By the end of the party, we had raised $1,200 to send with him to the Dominican Republic. It shows you the impact he had on people in just a few years.”

Bishop Hying enjoys a good movie … again and again!

The 1963 movie, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” is one of Bishop Hying’s favorites, according to Don Lawinger, who sat through the epic length flick with him on a couple of occasions.

“He can probably quote every single line in it,” he said. “I’ve watched it with him twice, and each time he nearly rolls on the floor with laughter throughout the whole movie.”

He could sell paddles without a raft better than anyone!

Summer festivals at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish were always fun, but Bishop Don managed to make the events a greater success with the annual paddle raffles.

“A paddle raffle is where Fr. Don would sell 10 paddles at $1 each for different prizes, and after every 10 paddles sold, a number would be drawn,” explained Lil Roohana. “He would sell them until there were no more prizes. The prizes were sometimes just a six-pack of beer, but it was fun. It’s been a while since we have done this – but it was always a huge success.”

He has an affinity for ‘sporty’ cars

“He had this little red Volkswagen that he just loved,” said Dorothy Whittle

He would give you the shoes off his feet

Mary Ann Poole remembers Fr. Don sitting in her garage, sipping a beer with her mother, Bess. Her mother would sit in the chaise lounge and he would sit, legs crossed in the camp chair. It was then, that Poole noticed the shoes.

“He always used to look like he was wearing someone else’s shoes,” she said. “But it was because he always gave his shoes away because someone poor needed them. He did this all the time.”

Bishop Hying makes a great warmup catcher

About a year ago, Bishop Hying told your Catholic Herald that he was invited to a meeting with Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki at the archbishop’s residence, the Brothers’ House, on seminary grounds. The two discussed issues related to Saint Francis Seminary, but after the discussion, Archbishop Listecki asked Bishop Hying if he’d go outside with him and play catch. Somewhat bewildered, Bishop Hying agreed.

The two went into the backyard and tossed a 16-inch softball back and forth. After several throws, a confused Bishop Hying, wondering if Archbishop Listecki had reverted to his childhood, finally asked, “Why are we doing this?”

Matter-of-factly Archbishop Listecki responded that he had been asked to throw out the first pitch at an upcoming Milwaukee Brewers game, and he needed to practice.

Special devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux (can run with stthereseshrine photos in symbols photo folder)

Bishop Hying has a special devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower. Bishop Hying read a biography of the 19th-century saint when he was in his mid-teens and strongly considering priesthood. As he explained, she is an unlikely person to be elevated to sainthood, as she died at age 24 after becoming a nun at age 15. While her accomplishments were not huge, she did “little things with great love,” said Bishop Hying, who has a small shrine to her on the wall of his seminary office.

“She’s also a powerful intercessor,” said Bishop Hying. “Never have I prayed to her where I didn’t receive an answer almost sometimes an abrupt, unbelievable answer,” he said, describing how the saint is called the Little Flower as shortly after her death roses unexpectedly appeared. Bishop Hying noted that on the day of his announcement as bishop, he received four dozen roses from various people.

An odd couple?

Two years into his priesthood, Bishop Hying was involved with two organizations not often discussed in the same sentence: Casa Maria (the Catholic Worker movement) and Opus Dei. He volunteered weekly with Casa Maria and attended formation events at Opus Dei. Looking back on that time, Bishop Hying said “both movements have something to say to the broader church and maybe if there’s a gap that needs to be healed in the church today, it’s that gap that maybe has been called traditional and liberal, where working with the poor should not be seen as liberal and going to Eucharistic adoration shouldn’t be seen as conservative, it should just be that both of those are Catholic extensions of the faith. It seems to me that that’s the divide that should be healed in the church today.”

Parish Newsletter

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Mass Times

St. Mary, Briggsville
Weekend Mass Schedule

Sunday, 8:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Wednesday, 8:15 am

St. Mary, Portage
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday, 4:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 & 11:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Tuesday, 5:00 pm
Thursday, 8:15 am
Friday, 7:00 am
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Catholic News from the USCCB

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Awarded Grants to Promote Catholic Biblical Literacy and Interpretation

WASHINGTON--This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $68,266.50 for five projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants, accepting applications only from the CBA, including the organization itself, its designees, and its full and associate members. In fidelity to Dei Verbum, the CBA's purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.

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Religious Communities Receive $28 Million Toward Retirement Needs

WASHINGTON—In June, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $28 million in financial assistance to 360 U.S. religious communities to help underwrite the care of aging members. The funding is made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious collection, an annual, parish-based appeal benefiting some 30,000 senior religious and their communities.  

The latest appeal was held in most U.S. Catholic parishes in December 2018 and raised $27.7 million.

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen of Migration and Domestic Justice Express Opposition to Proposed Rule that Would Lead to Family Separation and Housing Instability

WASHINGTON— Today, bishops from two committees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed their opposition to a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would lead to separation or housing instability for many families. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice, FL, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, offered the following statements.

“The proposed rule would have terrible consequences for thousands of mixed-status families,” said Bishop Vásquez. “It would force these families to make a heartbreaking choice - endure family separation so that eligible members can continue to receive critical housing assistance or stay together and forfeit any such assistance. This choice between unity and stability is one no family should have to make. We urge HUD to withdraw this deeply concerning proposed rule.”

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Portage, WI 53901

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