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A Warm Welcome to New Faces

A Warm Welcome to New Faces

Great things are happening at St. Maria Goretti and in our diocese. This summer will be full of exciting transitions, new faces, and imporant parish celebrations.

On May 30, we wished the 8th grade class of St. Maria Goretti a happy graduation. God has their best future in mind. We pray that they say ‘yes’ to God each and every day as they continue to strive for academic excellence and grow in holiness.

Bishop Don Hying was named the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Madison on April 25. This marks a significant event for our diocese. It also marks a momentous event as it is the first time St. Maria Goretti will host the installation of a bishop. I’m grateful for all those who are involved in the planning and for the countless volunteers needed to host such a prestigious event.

We are excited that Simon Tipps, a seminarian of the Diocese of Madison, will be completing his summer internship at SMG. He recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. As I know all of you will do, please welcome Simon to our parish and please make sure that he has a place to eat every night of the week (except for Thursday nights, that is when the priests share a meal together). Simon will be assisting at all the Masses and working with staff members on various projects around the office, rectory, and school. At the end of summer, we will have to say goodbye and wish him good luck as he begins major seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Emittsburg, Maryland.

Also, with great excitement, we will welcome soon-to-be ordained Fr. Bill Van Wagner to our parish on July 13. (Fr.) Bill will be the third priest on staff and will greatly contribute to the work that SMG does in the community. Over the years, I have gotten to know (Fr.) Bill from our time together in seminary. It will be wonderful to share the priesthood of Jesus Christ with such a upstanding man. Continue to pray for (Fr.) Bill, as well as the two other transitional deacons of the Diocese of Madison, as they prepare for priesthood ordination on June 28 at St. Maria Goretti.

Even with all these events and welcoming new people, we pause to recognize our 60th Anniversary as a parish. On June 12, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church turns 60 years old. We look back to see where we have come from, celebrate the countless graces God has given us over these years as a family of faith, and look towards the future of bringing people to faith through the sacraments. Ad moltos annos!

Please know of my continued prayers for all of you.

In Christ,

Fr. Scott Emerson
Parochial Administrator

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