Diocese of La Crosse employee weighs in on Notre Dame fire after summer visit

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The bells of the churches of the Diocese of La Crosse began tolling at 5:00 o’clock Monday evening to express solidarity with the people of France.

The Director of Sacred Worship at the Diocese, Christopher Carstens, visited Notre Dame this past summer.

“It was sadness and surprise and shock that something that has been around for so long is apparently not going to be there anymore, at least not in the same way. It was a very personal sort of loss seeing it in flames having just been able to see it so recently,” said Carstens.

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The Catholic Diocese is celebrating Chrism mass Tuesday, April 16. The Chrism consists of the consecrating of holy oils used throughout the year for mass, anointing and baptisms. Mass begins at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. To live stream the mass go to www.diolc.org/live.

Heather Armstrong

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