Help Support Young Adult Ministry at Cathedral Parish
Dear Young Adults and friends of Young Adult Ministry at the Cathedral Parish,
For the past 15 years, the Cathedral Parish in downtown Madison has created a welcoming and vibrant environment for young Catholics and inquirers from all backgrounds.
The parish has done this through a variety of very successful programs – Theology on Tap, young adult brunches, Spirit & Truth, Discipleship Small Groups, and Coffee & Catholicism. We have also facilitated participation in Venite Adoremus, the Young Adult Sports League and retreats for young adults. Some of the fruits which come from these programs are marriages, friendships, vocations, mentorships and spiritual growth.
The COVID-19 crisis has required us to modify or suspend most of these programs for the time being, and has caused a significant shortfall in parish income that threatens our ability to maintain our parish programming.
We would like to humbly ask for your support in this difficult time to help ensure that we can continue to serve the young adult community. It is our hope to use the money raised from this campaign to continue the vital service our parish provides to the young adult community in downtown Madison.
We appeal to your generosity for any help you can provide to this campaign so that our young adulty ministry can continue to operate to its fullest potential during the pandemic and in the future. Thank you to everyone who has shown support for our young adult ministry and allowed us to become a treasured part of life on the isthmus.
Thanks to our friends at Karben4!
Karben4 Brewing will be matching all donations up to $2500 and offering a free igloo reservation, one each, to the two top donors to this campaign!
(Karben 4 has furnished igloos at the taproom (just off Stoughton Road, near MATC) so they can have customers throughout the winter).
Some quotations from Young Adults about how the Cathedral Parish ministry has impacted them:
"I feel so blessed to be a part of Cathedral Parish. My husband and I first started going to this parish when we were engaged and had signed up for pre Cana marriage prep with the intention of being married in the church. We were both cradle Catholics but at the time were not practicing regularly. however through the grace of God, during our marriage prep our faith was reignited.
We have made so many wonderful friends at this parish through community service programs (St. Vincent de Paul) as well as small groups. It had been so fulfilling opening our hearts to Jesus and learning His way as well as receiving the sacraments."
“I am very appreciative of the Cathedral Parish for having and maintaining 24/7 Adoration… I get off of work late, so sometimes on Fridays, after a tough week, I like to come to Adoration to spend time with the One who can truly comfort and refresh me.”
I’ll never forget my first interaction with Cathedral Parish. I literally Googled, “Downtown Madison Catholic Church” and St. Patrick’s is what popped up. At that time, I had just recently started going back to Mass after a 10-year hiatus. I was going to church exclusively by myself and mostly out of habit. I felt no deep connection to the church at that time.
That first Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s happened to be a day they were announcing Small Group sign up. Now, I had never joined a small group before nor understood the concept of what a small group was- but for some reason, I decided to sign up that day. Little did I know, that women’s small group would become some of my closest friends in Madison- not to mention the first group of Catholic/Christian friend’s I had in my life. We still meet every Monday to talk about life and Jesus.
Meanwhile that fall I really started diving into Young Adult (YA) events. I would show up to these things alone whether I knew anyone there or not and it was at events like YA Brunch and Theology on Tap that I started to familiarize myself with my peers, the community, and the Church. So while I was starting to develop a relationship with Christ, I was building this support system that would ultimately help me in the next step of my faith journey- attending RCIA class and becoming a confirmed Catholic.
It was at RCIA where I started to realize that growing in Christ is a struggle- it’s a battle, and God wants you to have people in your corner for that -- because it’s so much harder to fight the enemy and grapple with our fallen nature by yourself. So, it’s the Mass that brought me back to the church, but it’s the people and friendships that I formed through Cathedral Parish that kept me there. And once I started working on relationships with people alongside my relationship with Christ- that is when I just started to receive grace upon grace.