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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 op's Forum- Proclamation announces moveable feasts Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Vacation this week. In the column, at is the Epiphany as described in The as it is generally Small booklet listing all of the Catholic Church. coinciding year which be- of Advent fol- of Christ ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER is fully titled, "The Order of Hours and the Celebra- st: 1996") also contains informa- tion about various feasts and sea- sons of the Church. On Epiphany, for example, there is an ancient custom of an- nouncing the dates of moveable feasts for the coming year. This proclamation has been used in con- nection with the blessing and dis- tribution of calendars. The proclamation is addressed to "Dear brothers and sisters," and states, in part: "The glory of the Lord has shone upon us and shall ever mani- fest itself among us until the day of his return. Through the rhythms and changes of time, let us call to mind and live the mysteries of salvation. "The center of the whole liturgical year is the Paschal Triduum of the Lord, crucified, buried and risen, which will culminate in the solemn Vigil of Easter, during the holy night that will end with the dawn of the seventh of April. The Ordo then provides the correct dates for the coming year, all of which are reckoned from the day that Easter is celebrated (April 7). Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Spring, Feb. 21. the Ascension of the Lord, May 16. Pentecost, May 26. the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1. The proclamation states, however, "Every Sun- day, as in a weekly Easter, the holy Church makes present that great and saving deed by which Christ has forever conquered sin and death." The liturgical seasons of Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter, the Ordo points out, "are more expan- sive celebrations of particular aspects of the one paschal mystery which we celebrate every Lord's Day .... Ordinary Time is not very ordinary at all." scending all a list of famous all Walks of life. time 'ackgrounds, occupa- etc. Many of gained fame in area. TR! not led exem- md I Would not as role mod- I do not wish but rather to !common denom- that are either "ca- !e arrivals- in world if these Abdul- player; X st; James Einstein, IU klin D. President; Jean ilosopher; Younger of two: Fred As- taire, dancer; Bobby Fischer, chess player; Anne Franke, diary writer; Ronald Reagan, actor, U.S. president; Richard Rodgers, composer; Margaret Thatcher, British prime minis- ter. Youngest of three: Buzz Aldrin, astronaut; W.H. Auden, writer; Billy Eckstine, singer; Enrico Fermi, nuclear physicist; J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director; A1 Kaline, base- ball player; Walter Payton, football player; Marlin Perkins, zoologist; Norman Schwarzkopf, general; Hank Williams Sr., country singer. Youngest of four: Andre Agassi, tennis player; Pearl Bailey, singer; Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice; Jodie Foster, actress; Edward R. Murrow, journalist; Rudolf Nureyev, ballet dancer. Youngest of five: Gracie Allen, comedienne; Tracy Austin, tennis player; Clara Barton, founder of American Red Cross; Walt Disney, enter- tainment executive; Saint Joan of Arc; Mary Lou Retton, gym- nast; Oral Roberts, preacher; Will Rogers Sr., humorist; Orville Wright, inventor. Youngest of six: ; Bonnie Blair, speed skater; T.S. Elliot, out of depression to be de- time. De- human expect to or job, ex- of a One: such raay bring but it tem- ese eircum. Ssion will On Lo Impair gone and P. Any of red in a not just the It is more likely to happen in that age bracket. One of depression's unique features is to make everything, including one's relationship with God, seem flat, empty, and meaningless. Depression makes it difficult to focus on God, or anything. It saps en- ergy, makes the person feel worthless, and nothing seems to function properly. Persons in the dark and icy grip of depression don't need simplistic solutions to their pain. They need patience, com- passion and professional help. Those in the medical profes- sion will attest that depression should be treated exactly for what it is: a significant health disorder, a debilitating condi- tion, an illness, an illness re- quiring needed therapy and proper medication. The advice is, "Don't put it 4)t"t" too long. Get some help." issues: Get born first poet, essayist; Curt Flood, baseball player; W. Somerset Maugham, author, playwright; Pierre Auguste Renoir, impres- sionist painter; Sammy Snead, golfer; Saint Francis Xavier. Youngest of seven: Thomas Edison, inventor; Soren Kierkegaard, philoso- pher; Elizabeth Duncan Koontz, educator; Wolfgang Mozart, composer; Gertrude Stein, writer. Youngest of eight: Irving Berlin, songwriter; Hugo L Black, Supreme Court Justice; Crystal Gayle, singer; Alice Walker, social activist. Youngest of nine: Saint Thomas Acquinas, philosopher; Dizzy Gillespie, musician; Janet Jackson, singer; Estde Lauder, cosmetics executive; Sir Christopher Wren, archi- tect. Youngest of 10: Connie Chung, television journalist; Jefferson Davis, president of Confederacy; Saint Hildegard of Bingen; Jim "Catfish" Hunter, baseball player; Gene Krupa, drummer; Jesse Owens, track star; Frank Robinson, baseball player; Mike Singletary, football player. The writer and essayist, Washington Irving, was the youngest of 11 children; bas- ketbalrs Scottie Pippen is the youngest of 12. Lawyer Anita Hill and Saint Ignatius of Loy- ola were both the youngest of 13. Stephen Crane, author of the "Red Badge of Courage" and Dmitry Mendelyeev, who helped develop the periodic table of the elements, were both the youngest of 14. Saint Catherine of Siena was said to be the youngest of 25. What would the world be like today if these people had never existed? What would we be if they were all aborted because fami- lies could not afford them? What if they were aborted due to selfishness, inconve- nience, or anything else, for that matter? What I'm saying is that abortion transcends all other issues; because you don't have to worry about a job, health care, the economy, being politi- cally correct, or anything else for that matter, until you get born first. Vic Maestri submitted the above commentary, with ap- proximately 500 names of "late arrivals  from various walks of life. Because of space consider- ation, only a small sample of the names was included. Maestri writes from his home in Old Forge, Penn. He told me to move on to somthing else As a full-time leader in the pro-life movement, I get lots of mail. Except for a small per- centage, it is all positive. Commentary By FATHER FRANT: PAVONE Priests for Lifo The other day I got a nega- tive letter. It was from some- one who told me that I should "move on to something else" because the abortion battle was "lost.": Abortion, the writer said, is approved by our government. Here is a portion of my response. "Thank you for your letters. I always appreciate the com- ments of anyone who hears me. You mention that "the point anti-abortion forces fail to real- ize is that the battle and the war has been lost." This month a mother named Helene en- joyed her daughter Lupita's first Christmas. Lupita would have been abandoned if I and a few others had not been stand- ing at the abortion facility where Helene had her appoint- ment last November. We were offering alternatives. Helene changed her mind, accepted our help, and recently wrote to me saying, "You saved my daughter's lite and mine, too!" Later this month another baby will be born to a woman who, on the night before her sched- uled abortion, awoke in the middle of the night, turned on the TV, saw one of my shows, and changed her mind about the abortion. ".... If you think the war is lost, you do not understand the nature of this war. The pro-life effort is not simply about the Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. It is about human beings loving, defend- ing and helping other human beings who are in danger, in large measure because the gov- ernment has abandoned them. Now you want me to make the same mistake the government has made. No, I will never abandon the children or their mothers and father. Victories abound everyday. We are filled with hope. Certain wars, if lost, must be fought again. There can be no greater cause to which I can entrust my life. Why not come and join us?  I hope the writer will join us, as so many. who are lukewarm or even pro-abortion are doing. Yes, we are winning. I've been speaking with Norma McCor- vey ("Jane Roe" of Roe vs. Wade). She is doing full-time pro-life work. She opposes abortions, including abortions in the first, trimester, i Reports saying she still adheres to "pro-choice" in the first trimester are mistaken.) Norma is a symbol of the fact that the abortion mentality is collapsing under its own weight. We are winning not bo- cause we are better than any- one, but simply because we have the truth. Go forward, pro-life movement, with confi- dence! Washington--.-- Continued from page 4 minutes. Helen Gohsler, president of the Scranton chapter of Penn- sylvanians for Human Life, normally arranges for about five busloads of people to come from her'area for the march. In times of wet or sub-freez- ing weather, some individuals have canceled, but only once has her group had to turn back and miss the march altogether. Like the rest of the East, the Scranton area was slowly dig- fling out from between 16 and 20 inches of snow that fell Jan. 7 and 8, but she said there were no serious discussions about changing plans for Jan. 22. "It's a matter ever) year of taking a cha:ce on the weather" she fid.