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1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 St. John Gospel Choir recordings available By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor choir members came but they couldn't hard- stag along as they SOme of the music they at St. John the in Evansville. ane Nesmith and sev- met Dec. 18 a regular Wednesday practice session. The ,a.rt of their meeting, listening to a SOngs they had Weeks earlier. .group heard several Some of the not used in recording. Each Was greeted with a someone a particular moment in the recording ses- sion, or from a choir member who was obviously pleased at how good their music sounded. Sister Nesmith, a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacra- ment, has recorded two previous collections, the first while she was working in New OHeans, and the second during her recent assignment in Seattle. Sister Nesmith is currently the pastoral life coordinator at St. John, where the third recording was made. Orders are now being taken for Prayers of the Heart, Volume III. Sales of cassette tapes and compact discs will benefit the parish. Sister Nesmith said that 1,000 cassette tapes and 500 CDs were being produced. The new volume includes some traditional songs as well as some original music written by Sister Nesmith. Singers include the members of the choir, Sister Nesmith and Gre- gory Young -- who flew "home" to Evansville from New York for the recording session. Musicians included Judy Clements on the piano and Philco Jones on the electronic keyboard. All of the songs were recorded at the church, with the excep- tion of a solo rendition of"How Great Thou Art" performed by Sister Nesmith at the studio. Prayers of the Heart, Volume III, may be ordered from St. John the Apostle Church, 617 Bellemeade Ave., Evansville, IN 47713. Cassette tapes are avail- able for $10, CDs for $12, plus additional postage and han- dling. Listening, and singing along with a tape they helped record, are several members of the Gospel Choir at St. John Church, Evansville. They include, from left, front row, Cheryl Jones and Sandra Ashby, back row, Anne Wagner, Sister Jane Nesmith and Choir Director Shirley Henderson. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang rdinal Bernardin cited as model for holy life porting him, sustaining him, healing him. -- "The ability to "let go' com- pletely of control over his life and destiny and to place himself at the service of God's plan. -- "The desire to reach out to others who were ill, vulnerable, alone or otherwise troubled. --"The facility to look upon human death as a friend, not as an enemy, and to embrace that friend in an open and generous fashion." Drawing on a theme from the Christmas liturg, y, "A holy day has dawned upon us," Cardinal Mahony said, "I bring with me into 1997 both the holy life and the holy death of this great churchman, and now I see more clearly than ever before that, indeed, a holy day has dawned upon us ... that we are invited (CNS) __ In Year Catholics of Car- ardin of .odel for holiness ardinal of Los Ange- "hristmas rues- of Los Ange- said Car- ,,who died of taught us so s life and his late cardinal qualities h we are lerving faith in Promises. ]ng trust that resent to him day, sup- 00PPY New Year! ronl the staff of the Message 611 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor ., Phone: 486-3285 , Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City AmBank Princeton M.m,.,,, to,,- Patoka Member ED.I.C. rmuth J., Suite 104 47441 i ml FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee  (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg and called to enter into a new and vibrant relationship with our savior, Jesus of Nazareth." In another Christmas mes- sage Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland asked his people to look at Christmas as an invita- tion from God "to risk, to open ourselves to God, to God's world, to all God's children." "All too many Christians are afraid of God," he said. He asked people, if they think of God as a distant ruler, to "look down into a crib, look up at a cross. There is your God -- in swaddling clothes and bloody naked." Bishop Pilla, who is also pres- ident of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said too many Christians are ruled by fear instead of trusting com- pletely in God and taking the risk "to love as Jesus loved." "Jesus," he added, "made it clear: If I'm ceaselessly set on saving my lifb, I will lose it; only ifI risk losing my life will I save it. Only if I'm willing to sacrifice whatever God asks of me for love of God and my sisters and brothers, only then am I so free of fear that I can love as Jesus loved." "Christmas is not a cute little baby," he said. "Christmas is a fierce, passionate God .... God loving, God caring. So don't be afraid." Deanery decisions made By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Following the recommenda- tions of the members of the Future Parish Staffing Task Force, Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger has announced several changes in the composition and boundaries of the seven deaner- ies in the Diocese of Evansville. The decision followed consul- tation with the members of the Priests' Council and the Dioce- san Pastoral Council. The changes were promulgat- ed Dec. 18, and took effect Jan. 1, according to Judith A. Neff, chancellor. Five deaneries are affected. Please support Message advertisers I I Health care services ' for the enffrefamily, I conveniently close to home. B IIIICOUNTY mmmHOSPITAL 1314 Grand Avenue Whington, Ind/ana 47501 Four parishes which were formerly part of the Jasper Deanery were moved into the Newburgh Deanery. They are St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. Joseph, Dale; St. John Chrysos- tom, New Boston, and Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill. The four parishes are located south of Interstate 64, and are now part of a deanery which includes parishes in Warrick and Spencer counties. St. Theresa, Evansville was moved from the Evansville West Deanery to the Evansville East Deanery, which includes parish- es in the eastern portion of Evansville and Vanderburgh County. , st, F,-,,.., was moved from the Princeton :i Deanery to the Evansville West Deanery. The recommendation ' for the change was based in part on a staffing recommendation that the worshipping communi- ties in New Harmony and Poseyville continue to work in a cooperative fashion. In various areas of the dio- cese, the task force had recom- mended that some parishes be linked or clustered, sharing a pastor and parish staff. St. Francis Xavier and Holy Angels were among the parish- es to be linked together, according to the task force rec- ommendations. Carmelite priest sentenced Following is a statement from Carmelite Father Leo McCarthy provincial of the Order of Carmelites in Darien, Ill. The statement was released Dec. 19, and concerns action taken in fed. eral court involving a former the- ology teacher at St. Meinrad. Father Mark Ciganovich, 56, had resided in Jasper. He plead- ed guilty to a charge relating to ordering and. receiving child pornography in the mail, and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gene Brooks. "Earlier this year, Father Ciganovich pleaded guilty to one federal charge of receiving child pornography in the mail. "We learned last spring that a federal investigation was being conducted, in accordance with our written formal policy regarding accu- sations of misconduct, Father Ciganovich was placed under Carmelite supervision in a Carmelite house and removed from public min- istry. We cooperated fully with the investigation, as outlined in our policy. "Clearly, this is a sad time for Father Ciganovich and for all members of the Order of Carmelites." "Father Mark Ciganovich, a member of the religious Order of Carmelites, was sentenced today to one year and one day in a federal facility by a federal judge in Evansville, Ind. I I II :] o.v,Essco, i] M.s ],COMPL00T00.NSU00ANC00S0000V.C00, ABSTRACT O., INC. Fire & Safety I Auto! Home! Fire & Life! ! Joan Grannan, Mgr. Equip. Co. Inc. I Your Personal Servzce Agent | tre Peoples Bank Building ov,2s,o.,ss,,, I James L. Will Ins. 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