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Saint Dennis is an active parish on Madison’s East Side with more than 2,300 families, a 285-student school and a Dominican convent. Saint Dennis Parish is a Catholic community that invites and encourages all to live a faith-filled journey with Jesus Christ. Join us at one of our weekend Masses or look to this website for areas of interest to you and your family.

Announcements

Announcements

Upcoming Events

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Dec
6
Tue
6:30 pm 6:30 pm Women of St. Dennis Meet... @ Fellowship Hall
6:30 pm Women of St. Dennis Meet... @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A short business meeting and Christmas party begins at 6:30 pm. Bring three dozen cookies to share and a $5 wrapped consumable gift (candle, lotion, food item, stationery, etc.) for our gift exchange. Hope to see you there!
Dec
7
Wed
6:30 pm 6:30 pm Bishop Barron’s “Untold ... @ Parish Center
6:30 pm Bishop Barron’s “Untold ... @ Parish Center
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator. Bishop Robert Barron’s Untold Blessings will be shown at Saint Dennis. Bishop Barron lays out three intriguing paths to holiness and also shares practical approaches to enhance the journey along these three paths. The video will be shown on November 30, December 7 and December 14, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Center. Registration not necessary but helpful to let us know if you are attending. Contact Sister Mary Therese at (608) 246-5124.
Dec
8
Thu
8:45 am 8:45 am Mass for the Feast of th... @ Church
8:45 am Mass for the Feast of th... @ Church
Dec 8 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am
Thursday, December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation. The evening Mass will be at 7:00 pm.
7:00 pm 7:00 pm Mass for the Feast of th... @ Church
7:00 pm Mass for the Feast of th... @ Church
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Thursday, December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Dec
10
Sat
4:15 pm 4:15 pm Community of the Good Sh... @ Parish Center & Gym
4:15 pm Community of the Good Sh... @ Parish Center & Gym
Dec 10 @ 4:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Community of the Good Shepherd celebrates “Strong Faith, Strong Families”. The group meets for praise and worship music, testimonies, and potluck. Family focused – bring the kids! Gather in the Parish Center to begin the evening.
Dec
14
Wed
6:30 pm 6:30 pm Bishop Barron’s “Untold ... @ Parish Center
6:30 pm Bishop Barron’s “Untold ... @ Parish Center
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator. Bishop Robert Barron’s Untold Blessings will be shown at Saint Dennis. Bishop Barron lays out three intriguing paths to holiness and also shares practical approaches to enhance the journey along these three paths. The video will be shown on November 30, December 7 and December 14, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Center. Registration not necessary but helpful to let us know if you are attending. Contact Sister Mary Therese at (608) 246-5124.
Dec
17
Sat
9:00 am 9:00 am Practice for Christmas P... @ Church
9:00 am Practice for Christmas P... @ Church
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Practice for Christmas Pageant (December 19, 6:30 pm).
3:45 pm 3:45 pm Scrip Cards Available fo... @ Fellowship Hall
3:45 pm Scrip Cards Available fo... @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 17 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Scrip is sold in Fellowship Hall before and after the 4:00 pm Mass on the third Saturday of the month (and on the third Sunday before and after Masses). Scrip is also available in the parish office on Wednesdays from 8:45 am-4:00 pm and in the school office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday when school is in session. The rebate amounts will generate revenue for the school and parish. Please see the Scrip page for more information.
Dec
18
Sun
8:30 am Scrip Cards for Sale @ Fellowship Hall
Scrip Cards for Sale @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Scrip is sold in Fellowship Hall on the third Sunday of each month after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Masses.  Scrip is also available for purchase in the Parish Office on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The rebate amounts will generate revenue for the school and parish. Please see the Scrip page for more information.
Dec
19
Mon
6:30 pm 6:30 pm Christmas Pageant @ Church
6:30 pm Christmas Pageant @ Church
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The 2016 Christmas Pageant will be held on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm with angels, shepherds, singers, readers and the “Holy Family”.
Dec
22
Thu
all-day Parish Office Closed @ Parish Office
Parish Office Closed @ Parish Office
Dec 22 all-day
The parish office will be closed.
Dec
23
Fri
all-day Parish Office Closed @ Parish Office
Parish Office Closed @ Parish Office
Dec 23 all-day
The parish office will be closed.

Daily Readings

Monday of the Second Week in Advent

Reading 1 Is 35:1-10

The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
The abode where jackals lurk
will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
A highway will be there,
called the holy way;
No one unclean may pass over it,
nor fools go astray on it.
No lion will be there,
nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it.
It is for those with a journey to make,
and on it the redeemed will walk.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us!
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Our God will come to save us!
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Our God will come to save us!
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. Our God will come to save us!

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold the king will come, the Lord of the earth,
and he himself will lift the yoke of our captivity.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 5:17-26

One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”
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