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4 -- Y s of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 19 January 17, 1997 I.e' i1 Rachel, ra!,l .00r,,too I a song foryou? I [ priest in Russia I newing St. Meinrad Archabbey Church By PAUL R. LEINGANG begin to see what the renovated church will look like, Message editor when it is dedicated Sept. 30. the archabbey church at St. Mein- be shocked at what you would see. that if you walk into the church you will feel welcomed and inspired. organ is gone. The floor is on one it was recently, or three, as it used to be in the early days. Stairs and galleries have been removed. Some columns are gone, others are taller now that the upper level is gone. It's hard to call it a "floor" at this point in the renovation. All of the flooring has been removed, along with tons ofdirt. The old con- crete and carpet floor- ing will be replaced with marl)le and ter- razzo. Tons of dirt were removed in the middle of the church, leaving a large pit, where heat- ing systems will be Father Kurt installed. a If you have a guid- ed tour, perhaps with abbey Benedictine Father Kurt Stasiak, you can Father Stasiak chairs the renovation committee. He and Barbara Crawford, archabbey director of communi- cations, recently welcomed reporters and photographers to see the work in progress. The archabbey church was begun in 1899 and com- pleted in 1907. A "high altar" was on the highest level, with a choir area for the monastic community on a sec- ond level, and an area for "the people" on the third level. Following the Second Vatican Council, changes were begun in 1968. The three levels were reduced to two, with the high altar level removed. The remaining "upper level" was used for the Liturgy of the Word, and the "lower level" was used for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The altar was in the center of the lower level. At that time, the monks decided that further changes would follow a five-year period of reflection -- but the time stretched to 25 years befbre the next steps were taken Former Archabbot Timothy Sweeny appointed the renovation committee in 1993. Along with Father Stasi- ak, the committee includes Benedictine Fathers Aurelius Boberek, Colman Grabert, Warren Heitz and Harry Hagan, and Benedictine Brother Adrian Burke. The committee's charge was to complete the renova- tion begun in the 1960s. First and foremost, the com- munity directed them to follow their wishes that the renovation should clearly reflect the identity and inte,q'i- ing and fir cn.djt, i.J1-.. LVd.Je n'.mastic commu.,it v The altar will be in the center of the one-level church when renovation is completed. The monks will have choir stalls, which are a "distinguishing characteristic of a monastic community," according to Father Stasiak. The church environment will be hospitable, too See ST. MEINRAD page 2 I,; i U A file photo, c. 1907, shows the St. Melnrad Arch- abbey Church with its high altar, choir stalls and church pews on three levels. e can serve two masters' theme of '97 March for Life the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion virtually on demand. "No one can serve two mas- ters, not even a little bit," said Katherine McEntee, a member of the March for Life's board of directors, in a Jan. 3 telephone interview with Catholic News Service. to Know "When we start talking about exceptions, we're serving the world, or political correctness, or whatever the word of the day is," McEntee said. "The right to life is paramount. If it is, there can be no exceptions." At the start of January, the only guest speaker who was con- firmed for the pre-march rally was Rep. Christopher Smith, R- N.J., chairman of the House Pro- Life Caucus and an ardent sup- porter of life issues in Congress. McEntee declined to give an estimate of the crowd. 'here are so many variables," she said. The fact that the National Park Service will no longer give crowd estimates did not seem to faze McEntee. "I don't think it ever bothered us. They had a job to do," she said of the Park Ser- vice. "There were people on the march who were somewhat dis- appointed because the estimates were somewhat low." The Park Service regularly gave estimates in the five figures, while March for Life founder Nel- lie Gray just as regularly has given estimates in the six figures to the crowds at the rallies. "This is just a peaceful and orderly rally and meeting to explain our firm conviction that the right to life is invested in every human being at concep- tion," McEntee said, "and no one has the right to choose who will live and who will die." Separate poster, essay and poetry contests for junior and senior high school students on the march theme continue to be a staple of March for Life activi- ties, as does the annual Rose Dinner after the march, at which Smith will speak. will take Can Serve of kgton anniversary of and I wish you would go )re on the conditions which allow e priests. can Put a bit more information in the Kathleen "Boots" Prusz, Dale former Methodist pastor, was ordained Archdiocese of Anchorage, July 26, ock has a wife and three children. that there are "more than the United States, most of them reported that Melkite Catholic of Newton, Mass., ordained Andre St. for administration and diocesan Dec. 21. Father a wife and two grown children. He man ever to be ordained a Church in the United States L any Catholic Eastern rite in the United about the priesthood, when available Service, will be presented by the Mes-