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q'B I',J',ltk "rJ--.. o ..... I. The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern lndiona III The Twelve Days of Christmas January 15, 1988 First graders at Corpus Christi School, Evansville, put on a Christmas pagent Jan. 6. They were celebrating the Twelfth Day of Christmas. During the pagent, Kim Hahn portrayed Mary and Thomas Feller was Joseph, above. At right, first grade 'angels' sing special Christmas songs. --Message Photos by Mary Ann Hughes Bringing 'Christ into Christmas' was focus of parish By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer January 6 was a very festive day at Corpus Christi School, Evansville. The first graders held a Christmas pagent and each class had a special Christmas celebration. The festivities were part of a parish effort focusing on the religious -- not the secular -- aspects of Christmas. January 6 is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is the traditional date celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany. Father David Nunning, pastor of Corpus Christi parish, spearheaded the parish effort to "put Christ back into Christmas." "Most folks are eager to discover ways to make Christmas an expression of their faith," Father Nunning said. "People want this time of the year to deepen ties of family and friendship." However, families must deal with the fact that "Christmas has become thoroughly secularized," Father Nunning said. "Our consumer culture uses all the religious symbols, songs and stories of Christmas fo its own purposes. "We knew there had to be a better way." --Father David Nunning Corpus Christi Church i "For example, rich religious after we announce the birth of symbols such as evergreens and Christ on Christmas does our lights are used indiscriminately festival begin," Father Nunn- on everything from hamburger ing said. stands to bank buildings. This has been going on so long that IN ORDER TO mesh with the many Christians have come to parish celebration of the think of these symbols as Twelve Days of Christmas, the secular, or what's worse, as schedule at Corpus Christi pagan." School was changed. Scott Father Nunning noted that Whitehouse, principal, ex- there is a "fundamental clash" plained that the traditional in religious and secular calen- Christmas parties -- before dars. "Secular culture has Christmas vacation -- were not equated the shopping season held. with Christmas. Once gifts are Instead, the last day of school unwrapped, it's over." ended with an all-school Mass However, the Christian calen- and a reminder from Father dar requires waiting to Nunning that, "It isn't celebrate Christmas until the Christmas yet." Advent season is over. "Only In December, the teachers '00'They Showed Me How To Earn Interest And Eliminate Service Charges..." Our willingness to work to find accounts that benefit our cus- tomers most is why Don Hardesty changed to Permanent Federal. If you want to bank where the primary concern is your best interest, do What Don did. Make the Permanent change to better banking EVANSVILLE NEWBURGH OAKLAND CiTY FOR'[ BRANCH JASPER  "_--_.. II focused on the theme of Ad- vent, not Christmas, and school bulletin boards were not decorated with Christmas themes until after the students left for Christmas break, Whitehouse said. However, when the students returned from their Christmas holiday, the school was filled with manger scenes and decorated Christmas trees. And the students knew that January 6 would be a festive day -- just for them. "By January, the secular world has removed all Christmas decorations, because to them Christmas is over," Whitehouse said. "But to us as a faith, we have reason to still celebrate." Whitehouse said "at first" some members of the staff were uncertain about the changes, but "any reservations they had at the beginning disappeared." He said there was also some concern from parents that t] school was cancelling the tradi- tional Christmas parties, "but we tried to reassure them we were just moving the parties to a different date." Father Nurming said, "We knew there had to be a better way. What's more, we knew this better way had much to do with the authentic tradition of our faith. It had to do with the tradition of our scriptures, our worshiB, our liturgical calendar and the heritage of our ancestors." FAMILY Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bollernoado Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzwoilor City-Wide Delivery Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Pr,cflptk fT,A Drugs-Sunddes-C.osmettcs Magazines - "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Newburgh Pharmacy BILL REINE, Pharmacist Complete Prescription Service and Health Supplies Phone 853-6166 _ .......... ==:= PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayor, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293