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*/ 9, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 John lives! JIM and ANN CAVERA this time, the Sunday Gospels figure of a man called John. In been referred to as the Baptizer, , we can remember calling him o matter how we refer to him, John mark on the people of his day. us that he was a "nazir," one d to God from birth. Since a cut his hair, we can imagine that John by the time he came on the pub- that he dressed simply. He was thin side considering he lived in the I diet of locusts and honey. Finally, we was outspoken. Not only did he speak his mind, whether it was politically sensitive or not, but he literally shouted out his message over the noise of the crowds. In short, John was not the kind of person one would forget! Has there ever been a John in your life? Years ago as a hospital social worker, a young physician in train- ing asked me to see an elderly gentleman to answer his questions about Medicare. That day I met with the patient briefly, answered his questions and moved on to my many other cases. On the following Friday afternoon, I got another order from the same doctor about the same patient with the same concern about Medicare. Being the end of the week, I was tired and more than a little put out by this second request! With my negative attitude, I rushed into the patient's room for a quick visit. At first glance, I didn't see him in the darkened room. Turning to leave, I spotted him sitting alone in the corner. Before I could begin my usual Medicare speech, he said softly, "I don't have much longer to live." His words caught me off guard, leav- ing me speechless. For the next half hour or so, he talked about his life and things that were of true importance. All weekend I couldn't get him out of my mind. When I got back to work on Monday, he had already gone home. A few weeks later [ noted his obit- uary in the paper. Today; we still make our way through personal deserts, such as loneliness, or exhaustion from being overextended, or regret over things we've done, or sickness. Now and then the Baptizer meets us there. For me, that man in the hospital was John. Oh, he did- n't look especially odd and he never even raised his voice, yet he disturbed what had become my way of life. John still lives in those people who come into our lives unexpectedly and who, by their words and actions, bring us back on the road to the kingdom. Thank God for John! w ByJIM CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evan,ille. They are the parents of four children, ages 14 to 29. Jim has a Master  Degree in Social Work and is employed in the Senior Health Center of St. Mary's Medical Center. He is a permanent deacon at St. Mary's Church in Evansville. Ann has a Master's Degree in Education and works as an Admission's Counselor for IVY TECH State College in Evansville. 1ergy assignments announced at parishes By PAUL R. LEINGANG ' IesSag e editor were 3 and 4 at three tn the Diocese of Ill. (NS) G. Doran of first t for ! renewal of released diocesan Who was the eucharistic.,, Special Evansville. The changes take effect Jan. 28. Father John Breidenbach, 38, has resigned as pastor of Cor- pus Christi Church, Evansville, and will begin a period of med- ical leave. Father Breidenbach was ordained Aug. 21, 1987. He has served as associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, Vin- cennes; Holy Family Church, Jasper, and Resurrection Church, Evansville. He served briefly as pastor of St. Joseph Church, Evansville, and was named pastor of Corpus Christi in 1993. Father James C. Blessinger, currently pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, will become pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville. Father Blesslnger, 59, was ordained May 23, 1964. His first assignment was assistant pastor FATHER BLESSINGER at St. Mary Church, Washing- ton, and teacher at Washington Catholic. Subsequently, he was an associate at Sacred Heart in Vincennes, and teacher at Cen- tral Catholic High School and St. Rose Academy in Vincennes. Father Blessinger was named co-pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, in 1971; pastor .of St. Joseph Church, Dale, and administrator of St. Nicholas Chapel, Santa Claus, in 1980. He has been pastor at Sacred Heart, Vincennes, since 1987. Father William AI Traylor has been appointed as temporary administrator of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes. Father Tray- lor, 47, is a native of Vincennes. He is completing a sabbatical, after serving a five year term as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy, American College Catholic Uni- versity, in Leuven, Belgium. Father Traylor was ordained April 30, 1976. His first assign- ment was as associate pastor of Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. Subsequent assignments have included administrator, St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; associate, Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch; associate, Holy Recleemer Church, Evans- ville; and pastor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville. FATHER TRAYLOR M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years  an0 670 E, Franklin I [ 111 C dependence on God," he said. "And that same failure to under- stand sacrifice can lead us to for- get that in the Mass, the very sac- rifice of Jesus is made present, andwe axe now called to give ourselves to God with Christ." Bishop Doran recommended ways for Catholics to deepen theft appreciation of Jesus' great sacrifice, "the central moment of all human history," and of the holy sacrifice of the Mass, "the summit of the church's activity." They include: meditating on Christ's passion, doing penance on Friday, praying the sorrow- ful mysteries of the rosary and the Stations of the Cross, read- ing the Gospel accounts of the passion, and uniting personal sufferings to Jesus" sacrifice. He also advocated giving "great attention to the moment of consecration," adoration of the Eucharist outside MaK% and cultivating a sen that "all have a share in the priesthood of Christ." HEATING . AIR CONDmONING REFRIGERATION Cmvmn:. Induslrlal - RebnUal Alan Corressell 426-1440 CORRESSELL, INC. II I I ]11 I II I = (812)254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg I II III the cross for our salvation." The bishop said the church has respected this sacred presence in the sacrament of holy orders, in noble buildings with dignified altars, in enthusiastic worship, and in members who are asked "to be punctual, attentive, prayerful and worthily attired." But he suggested Catholics could deepen their awareness of God's presence in the Eucharist by appreciating the ordained priest. "In these days, when we are happy to have many lay ministers in the church," he said, "we must hold in highest honor our priests, those who consecrate and bring us the Lord in the holy Eucharist." The bishop also said church buildings "ought to foster a sense of the sacred," recovering place in our lives as Catholics." The tendencies that must be dealt with, the bishop said, include: the failure of some Catholics to attend Mass when they are obliged and able o do so; the trend for everyone at Mass to receive Communion, "even when some have not taken care to purify themselves" of serious sin in confession; an undue hurry shown during Mass; and the lack of respect shown by some who receive the Eucharist in the hand. "As true GOd, Jesus Christ is present everywhere," Bishop Doran wrote. "But there is a most sacred presence of Jesus Christ that is limited to certain times and places. It is the sub- stantial presence of his body and blood, which he offered on III III -- Holy !us, there are to fail to central "the prayerfulness and silence that used to be characteristic of Catholic churches." And he said Catholics should approach Communion with a clear conscience and, whether receiving on the tongue or in the hand, with true reverence. To the nearly 300,000 Catholics of the Rockford Diocese, Bishop Doran said the idea of offering sacrifice today is countercultural, going "against the grain of a sec- ular, materialistic and individu- alistic society." Even" some Catholics do not appreciate "the place of sacrifice in our religion," he added. "This leads to a diminished understanding of the central act of our faith, which is the loving sacrifice of Jesus on the crt and a lessening in our perceived II II III first pastoral urges renewal of "eucharistic spirit"