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The Messag Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Perspective January d By PAUL R. LEINGANG -- ( IIr&apos; Mes  sage Editor Not long after our father and mother died, we SOnS and daughters decided to get together on our parents' wedding anniversary. The five of us com- mitted our families to the reunion each year in late July. We are not as widely-scattered as some fami- lies, but the five of us are spread out in three mid- western states. Some of our grown-up children have moved even farther from our original family home. It is good to have such a commitment to get together, we all agreed. It strengthens the family bonds. At the reunions -- just as at Christmas and at weddings, graduations and special occasions -- a certain ritual seems to have developed: a meal is always part of the celebration, with time to talk to each other before, during and after it. There is always time to catch up on family news -- jobs, moves, achievements, plans and so forth. Often at such gatherings, something will hap- pen to trigger a memory -- something about Mom or Dad, what they said or did at some occasion. We remember family events, and tell those stories -- sometimes the same ones every year, over and over with only minor variations -- to the younger ones in the larger family. Vatican Letter Synod '93: A gathering of our parish family There are major stories about leaving the farm and moving to the new house. There is a minor story about a chicken riding into town on the bumper of our old truck. There are stories about sleeping downstairs when you got sick, about various uncles and aunts and other rela- tives, and about the car that caught on fire. Sometimes the details of our memories are in conflict -- the same story about the same event is completely different, depending on who is telling the story. Or who is most embarrassed. All of this is starting to sound like church where we gather for a celebration, with stories and a meal, and where we remember the mem- bers of our family who have lived and died be- fore us. Some of the details of our Scripture stories are in conflict with other accounts of the same event -- the birth of Jesus, the flight into Egypt, the Magi, and so forth. The story varies, it seems, according to the reason for telling it. There is a'reason for writing this column, too, and it has to do with the synod. Perhaps it makes some sense to look at the synod as a kind of gathering of parish families. Each parish has its own life and its own mis- sion, yet all of the parishes in the diocese have a common bond. :i!( In my family, the sons and daughters got together when we "came home" to and Dad. After the deaths of our parents, w0 ! came together to make a decision -- that w0: would continue to get together on anniversary. That was a kind of synodal decision. ' The decision to assemble on our niversary was based on a principle -- that though our family circumstances had revocably, we still valued our unity Our church family is changing, too, get together regularly to celebrate, to to tell stories and to. remember those who lived and died. But only about half of our members regularly come to celebrate with us. Lay persons and vowed religious cons are doing what priests used to do parishes, ministering to the community, and: making decisions about parish life. : It is time to examine the changes outside our church. It is time for all families to get together  from Vincennes Jasper, Washington and Princeton, and Evansville. Depending on our values, we will sions on how to celebrate our unity in the < e' By 00AV]S Catholic News Service 1992 at the Vatican: Cheers, groans, and a sigh of logical equivalent of landing the Balkans. Despite inces- for the worst, a source said. VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the Vatican, 1992 pro- duced a few cheers, a few groans and a big sigh of relief. A cheer went up in Novem- ber, when the long-awaited universal catechism was pub- lished. Six years in the mak- ing and a pet project of Pope John Paul II, it was the thee- a man on the moon. The pope thought so much of the volume that he gave one to every Vatican em- ployee for Christmas -- in place of the usual spumante and cake. Some cheered, some didn't. The loudest groans were heard in the Secretariat of State, as officials there read the latest war bulletins from sant papal pleas for peace, Bosnia-Herzegovina was pro- gressively turned into a wasteland, and the dream of a united Europe seemed shat- tered. The sigh of relief came in the middle of summer, when the pope had urgent surgery for a colon tumor. The pope had been told he probably had cancer and was prepared But after the operation doc- tors ruled out malignancy and predicted John Paul would make a full recovery. In December, despite per- sistent rumors to the con- trary, the pope's health ap- peared to be very good. One Vatican official who dined with the pontiff found his ap- petite better than ever and said he had put on weight. In several other Vatican de- partments, 1992 had its share of successes, disappoint- ments and snafus. There was cheering on the Chicago reader enjoys 1992 Message issues steps of st. Peter's Basilica in June when the To the editor: The December 11, 1992, issue of the Message was an especially good one. I really enjoyed the articles by Edith Schulman about Hannukah (Chanukah}, Bea Kerby about . The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. o Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville . Eftot ...................................... :....Pml  .......... : ............... Ph Sor ................................... Pa Wrier ............................. Ma ,n I.lts Address all commutions to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-O169 ,: Subscdption rate: $12:00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class ratter at the post office in Evansville. IN 47701. PubJIca- number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to O(fce of PubrcAtn  Ig Cah Fm ot E'Wb i the Superman comic book, Cleo Zirkelbach about the Christian Life Center in the old Monastery of Saint Clare, and Father Loehrlein's para- ble, The Gold Manager. The article about CACD at Saint Meinrad's was also good, as I think many people still see seminarians as cut off from the problems of the so-called "real world." Your series on the catechists and other reli- gious educators has been ex- cellent and I think all of the individuals you have featured deserve recognition for their contribution to the Catholic "formation" of the youth of the Evansville diocese. I al- ways enjoy the Bulletin Board, School Notebook, and Around the Diocese. You might not realize how many other Catholic papers envy the Message for having such faithful "stringers" in the schools and parishes sending in those news items for publi- cation. I doubt that there is any Catholic paper that in- cludes as much "local news think'it is a good way of tying the diocese together and helping readers see that the Church is everyone, not just Bishop Gettelfinger. I think this has been a very good year for the Message. The paper gets better and bet- ter. Your editorials have been informative, challenging and personal. I am glad to see Bishop Gettelfinger's column as I think the Catholic paper is a most appropriate place for a bishop to exercise his ministry as "Teacher." I have already expressed my plea- sure in reading Father Dil- ger's Scripture column week after week and am glad to see Father Ziliak's column on a regular basis. I'm sure you are already planning special fea- tures for 1993 with the Dioce- san Synod being held and the probability of naming of a cathedral and several sta- tional churches. As I said, 1992 has been a good year for the Message and I look for 1993 to be even better! pope an- nounced he was going to Denver to celebrate World Youth Day in 1993. Young people from Colorado and other potential youth day sites in the United States at- tended Mass in the square and later met with Vatican of- ficials to launch plans for the event. The scientific community had reason to rejoice a bit in Bishop's '92, too. In October, accepted the finding Vatican commission clared the church in cond astronomer Yes, the earth really volve around the sun. For the pope and his curial departmentS, a lean year for But the doctrinal tion weighed in with on church commU prior review of by bishops, and on uality. The last one headaches. Its gist certain areas of is not "unj to take sexual account. Gay rights tions reacted an many were way the docu leased. Intended as ground paper for ops, it was first United States and tho See The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger notes" and individual recog- Ra Gadke nitions as does the Message. I .................... i ....... O/i6hgo ..................................