Lift High the Cross: Bp. Callahan reflects on suffering and the cross. "Contemporary society has such a mixed relationship with suffering. As the secularism of our day gradually dehumanizes men and women, we see more mutilations and degradations of people in the arts and in real life."
Note: In 2014, they now have an actual blog! Wordpress! The website is still in painful disarray, (not to mention still using a theme literally from 2004 - you know, a decade ago. Seriously, "view source"), but perhaps that is on a list somewhere.
John Morales, co-founder and executive director of Pro-Life Champions, will give the keynote presentation at the Gospel of Life Celebration on Sept. 17 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Eau Claire. (no link)
Faculty and employees returning to Viterbo University campus for the start of school receive a first look at the newly renovated San Damiano Chapel on campus, Aug. 18. (no link) [This chapel has been one of the worst wreckovations perpetrated on the diocese. I'll try to stop by and get some pics]
In addition, La Crosse Tribune: $1.2 million Viterbo chapel renovation just in time for two milestones
If this computer rendition is true to form, believe it or not it's actually a substantial improvement.
This chapel originally looked like this:
Arcadia Polka Mass - Sept 7th
Menomonie Polka Mass - Sept 20th
Mondovi Polka Mass - Sept 21st
The Compass: Official observers of Synod of Bishops on family: Jeffrey and Alice Heinzen, respectively director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life and natural family planning coordinator for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Note: Jeff now left the office to take over as president of McDonell Area Catholic Schools (MACS) in Chippewa Falls.
Alice is a staunch opponent of the widely popular Creighton Model of family planning.
Around the Parishes and Schools
Westby Times: Bp. Callahan is set to visit two Cashton parishes September 15th. St. Mary's parish is the site that was previously the site of the ICKSP but now is diocesan run. An update from the parish Facebook page from May:
Restoration / Renovation Update: Choir Loft renovation in progress. Rebuilt organ is expected to arrive in another two weeks.