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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Perspective January The Message: Maintaining your sense of participation in " "Perhaps there is more than one Paul Leingang be provided, the coming year. These issues will be filled in the world... " began the hand-written note which came with a form letter. That&apos;s a dramatic opening sentence, I thought. There might be another person with the same name, but it certainly is unlikely. The hand-written note came with a news re- lease from a religious organization, about a new book. I have to admit I paid more attention to the hand-written note than t did to the printed news release. The note was from a woman in St. Louis, a person whom I had met only once --" when she and an old acquaintance of mine had gotten married. Her husband and I had gone to school together, but he and I haven't seen each other or heard from each other in 25 years. It was a wonderful letter to receive. A few words on paper renewed the possibility of com- munication interrupted by time and space and dif- ferent choices. The time for renewal of Message subscriptions is approaching. Information about subscribing for another year will be printed in the next several issues of the Message, and envelopes will Into each issue of the paper, we try to put the words which will maintain or renew com- munications within our church. Perhaps you, as a regular reader, will find each week's columns, stories and features to be just the thing to help maintain your sense of participation in the Church of southwestern Indiana. Perhaps, if you are an occasional reader, you may find news from an interrupted friendship. In the coming year, we will continue to fea- ture "home grown" columns from Bishop Get- telfinger on various diocesan issues and Father Donald Dilger on the Mass readings. Charlie Martin, Father Ziliak and others will also be writing to share their insights. In the issues planned for the coming year, you will find literally hundreds of items report- ing successes and achievements in the parishes and schools of the diocese. Bulletin board items hundreds and hundreds of such listings -- will keep you informed about the activities of friends and acquaintances. Special synod issues will continue to come your way on the first Friday of each month, in with things you will find nowhere else. Selecting items for publication challenge. But the choices we make at Message usually favor the hand-written over the pre-printed news release. It is a for the people of the Diocese of Evansville, and we want to say clearly each week, "We are the Church!" Along with the news from home, try to print the news from Rome, of course, And from Washington, D.C., and wherever sues are developing and events are which may have an impact on the Catholic: Church in southwestern Indiana. And the book mentioned in the lease? It is "Angel Food: Recipes and tions From Great Catholic Kitchens," for purchase by calling the Sacred Heart pro- gram at (314) 533-0320, or bywriting to program at 3900 Westminster Place, St. Me 63108. " n Washmgto Letter Inauguration tips: What Clinton could learn from By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If President-elect Bill Clinton could gather all his predeces- sors into one room, here is some of the advice he might get about his upcoming inau- guration as thenation's 42nd president. Don't let yourself be dis- tracted by too many social events on the way to the in- auguration. It took George Washington seven days to get from Mount Vernon in Vir- ginia to New York City for his 1789 inauguration because of his many stops for a party or dinner. Ignore the hoopla. Thomas Jefferson walked to his 1801 inauguration from the Washington boarding house where he was staying and returned there tot dinner immediately after being sworn in. According to histo- rians, Jefferson even refused to sit at the head of the board- J i The MESSAGE 4200"N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Cathohc Press of Evansw//e Psher ............ Bishoo Gerald A. Geelflnger Edo' ........................................... Paul Leingang Pr0dc ManzRer ........................... Phil Beget Advertsa' .................................. Paul Newiar<l $ff Wrltg .......................... Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Eva.sville, tN 47724-0169 Subscdptie rate: $12.00pet year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, I/q 47701. PubtP,.;a- tion number 84380(3. Postmasler: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of PubliCation 1993 Catholic Press of Eva r i ing house table. Take care when average folks come into the White House. Post-inauguration re- captions hosted by both, An- drew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln in the White House erupted into melees that re- sulted in broken furniture, dirty carpets and missing sil- verware. But no matter what advice he might receive, William Jef- ferson Clinton and his inau- gural planning team seem de- termined to create a unique set of inauguration week ac- tivities around the theme, "An American Reunion New Beginnings, Renewed Hope." "This inauguration is going to be an open inauguration, an accessible inauguration and a dignified inaugura- tion," said Ron Brown, chair- man of the Democratic Na- tional Committee, as he announced the Jan. 17-21 schedule of events. Clinton's swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 20 could at- tract up to 250,000 people, the largest number in history. But not all of them will be Clinton fans. Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, said he and other opponents of abor- tion will try to disrupt the ceremony to protest Clinton's use of the Bible during the swearing-in. "Gov. Clinton Wi'll make a mockery of the Bible when he places his hand upon it," Terry said at a Washington press conference. "We will be there to confront him every step of the way as (he) resists God and the Ten Command- ments .... Look for a clear challenge to Gov. Clinton not to be sworn in with the Bible." Operation Rescue has strongly opposed Clinton be- cause of his support of legal- ized abortion. Although no Catholic lead- ers have confirmed that they will participate, the Clinton inauguration will not be without its religious support- ers. Inauguration Day activities open with a prayer service at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, and the Rev. Billy Graham, a well-known Southern Baptist evangelist, will give the" invocation be- fore and the benediction after Clinton is sworn in by William H. Rehnquist, chief justice of the United States. II i Letters to the editor are welcome Letters to the editor are l for t besigned and edited. " i i i ..... Even the musical selections or at least one of them will have a religious element. The Philander Smith College Collegiate Choir of Little Rock, Ark., will perform an original composition titled "The City on the Hill" before AI Gore is sworn in as vice president. Composed by Martin V. Curtis, a professor of music at the Virginia Union Univer- sity, it is based on passages from the books of Isaiah and Micah, the Gospel of Matthew and St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, as well as the writings of John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Clinton's inauguration week will officially begin Jan. 17 with a bus trip to bring him from Jefferson's Virginia residence, Monticello. to Washington. Although some have said the trip duplicates a journey Jefferson made by horseback on the day of his 1801 inauguration, National Archives historian Philip Brooks said Jefferson actuall came to Washington five months early in November 1800 and lived at the board- ing house. In all, eight of the inaugura- tion-related free and open to the although some ret ets. Inaugural planners announced that the House "pre house" schc to noon Jan. 21 first-come, Organizers later would be distributed time in order to ave lines and people outside the White assure themselves a Or perhaps one nizers read an account drew Jackson's 1833 all shindig as "The Growth of the Republic" by Samue Morison and Henry Commager. "The While HouSe vaded by a throng women and boys on Chairs in boots, fought for ments and trod gli porcelain underfoot, the two historians. "I hope," said Ma: French, co-executive for the Clinton "we won't be such group." Bishop's The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger . Martin Luther King Memorial Service BaptisL Church, Evansville, Sunday. Jan. 17 CST: " : : :.: : : Dloan Finance Committee; Catholic Evansville, Wednesday;:j 20, 3:30 p.m. Bishop's staff,(atholic Centor, E Thursday, Jan. 21; lO:15 a,m: CST. Mass, Vietnamese New Year, St. Joseph gym, Evansville. Saturdayi Jan. 23. I p.m.