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  • TH2 New Priests Bless the Bishop
  • TH2 Laying of Hands (Ordination)
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  • TH2 Concelebrating Mass with Bishop Robert Morlino
  • TH2 Handing over of the bread and wine

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing


A close friend of mine and my Pastor, Fr. Richard Heilman, brings us our guest post for today on the questionable origins of communion in the hand. This was Father’s homily today which he adapted into a post for NLM. He compiled most of this from various articles and sources. Fr. Heilman is a priest of the Diocese of Madison, WI.

rec commIn my efforts to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, I have often been accused of being “pre-Vatican II.” I usually correct them by saying I am exactly Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council called for few changes in the liturgy, understanding that there had been a great many changes to the Roman liturgy over the centuries, to be sure, but they had been gradual and organic, and typically imperceptible. However, in all of church history, there was never anything like what happened in the years following this Council, in respect to the liturgy.

This weekend we had our first Masses with the new Communion rail. After one of these Masses I was talking with one of the old guard parishioners (great guy), and he loved the rails. He told me that “years ago” (I love that expression), they had a Parish Council meeting, and Fr. X wanted to remove the side altars (along with many other alterations), in this beautiful church. The old guard parishioner said, “It was a hard fought battle that night, but we wore him down and he did only minor alterations.” I said, “My … how times have changed … that priest got criticized for trying to remove sacredness … now I’m getting criticized for trying to bring it back.”

Since we were celebrating our new Communion rails, and the Gospel saw Peter, James and John fall prostrate before the presence of God – I deemed it a perfect time to shed some light on one of those post-Vatican II innovations – Communion in the hand while standing. We began with a little history lesson …

An Indult Born Out of Disobedience

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May is the Month of Mary

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

May has traditionally been considered and observed as the Month of Mary.  In his encyclical, Month of May, Pope Paul VI says May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

The practice of special devotion to Mary during this month has been recommended by Popes through the years. In May 2002, Pope St. John Paul II said, “Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady, a favorite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a ‘Marian’ month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!”

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First Communion, April 26, 2014

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 Congratulations to our children who received their First Communion on Saturday, April 26, 2014!

Front Row: Gavin Voights, Emma Brunton, Trista Curran, Garrison Tashner

Middle Row: John Baxter, Riley Donahoe, Carsen Udelhofen

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Confession/Spiritual Direction Thursday Mornings


Every Thursday morning after the 8:00 Mass, Father will be available for confession or spiritual direction until 9:30 am.

If you are unable to come to Confession during the scheduled times, you may schedule a personal appointment for Confession by calling the parish secretary any weekday between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm at 608-348-9735. 

First Fridays & First Saturdays

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Have you ever wondered why, when we say the Hail Mary, our last request to the Blessed Mother is to “pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death“? It should serve as a clear reminder to us of the importance of the final moments of our life on earth, and our need for the grace of final repentance.  The purpose of this letter is to talk about two devotions based on promises from Jesus and Mary, which we can practice and that may prove to be of great comfort to us in this final hour of need.

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Seat of Wisdom: The Creed

PARTS 1, 2 and 3

Parts 4, 5 and 6