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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana of St. Blaise goes back to fourth century Blaise is cele- 3. All that is about hin is that he the fourth century and tea in Arme- tell of heal- account is pro- Miller, head of philosophy and library at the of America rding to leg- man, born of rich and noble parents in the fourth century. He received a Christian education and became a bishop when he was quite young. When the Roman perse- cution began, Blaise withdrew by divine command to a cave in the mountains. His only compa- ny were the wild beasts of the forests. Sick or wounded ani- mals came to him to be healed, Miller says. Hunters discovered him and carted him off to their governor. But on the way, they encountered a poor woman whose pig had been devoured by a wolf. Blaise commanded the wolf to restore the pig unhurt, Catholic Conference urges of partial-birth abortion ban CURTIS lic Conference At the week of the ASSembly, one of legislative ban of are several ban floating the ICC ng Senate Bill 61 State Senator iianapolis). ; urging state law- life by voting for a number of in the ICC Which was recent- the Senate. aper states that primary reasons ,Partial-birth ahor- rest, partial-birth ally nec- Dr. Everrett rgeon General, as well as the mainstream med- ical community. Secondly, these abortions are more akin to infan- ticide than abortion because they clearly go beyond "termi- nating" a pregnancy to guaran- teeing the result of a dead child. Thirdly, they endanger disabled children in the womb. Lastly, there is widespread national support for the ban according to a recent Tarrance poll which indicated that 71 percent or 7 in 10 of all Americans supported the federal ban that President Clinton vetoed in April 96. Senate Bill 61, which is sched- uled for a hearing on Wed. Jan. 29 in the statehouse, is expected to pass and then move to second reading on the Senate floor. To urge support of SB 61, mail your comments ta your state sen- ator, Indiana Statehouse, Indi- anapolis, IN 46204. Or tele- "phone (800) 382-9467 or locally at (317) 232-9400. KORDEs ENRICHMENT CENTER FI[RDINAI), IDIN Sping 1997 Programs Hoop: A Mystical Journey: &ran Zehnder Relationship As A Spiritual Path: een Kaelin, OSU m Wiflfin: Lrmls: Olga Wim,kiml OSE Phl). t.UCtion To Centering Prayer Workshop* TOols For Spiritual Direction: Dreams: Pat 'nan, OSU, Ph.D. Mystery Of Surrender: Gerry Bovhm g With "Holy Joy": Kathryn Huber. OSB SSmg: Marriage: Jerry amt Area Seng. amt Rev. The Sacred Song Of The Body: HaqJenau. OSB On Water: Following Jesus To Freedom Weekend Virginia Ann Frochle. RSM treat {]crman-Amcrican Genealogy Workshop: am/Eberhatzl Rvichmann y: Jeanm' Kmwrle. SP. Bernice and Karh,m, Sensmeiet; OSB Oul, W()manStory: Kristine A. thtrpenau. OSB Progrants presented by the Kordes Centering Prayer Staff. group looking for a place to hold conferences, Ops or retreats? Kordes Enrichment Center is ay or evernight rental. For more information ll E- Programs or to rent the facility write or call: 14th Street, Ferdinand, IN 47532-9216 800-8811.2777 J and the wolf' complie(t, a truly useful miracle. On another occasion Blaise saved a boy who became ill after swallowing a fish bone. That's how Blaise became the patron saint of those suffering from throat afflictions. The use of candles to bless the throat stems from another part of the legend: that the woman who owned the pig brought Blaise food and candles to brighten his lonely cave. According to the legend, Blaise was eventu- ally tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor. In Germany, St. Blaise is one of the 14 holy helpers, or saints invoked by sufferers of various maladies. The practice of bless- ing throats is still widespread in German churches. The candles are always lit and held over the person. But in the United States, two unlit candles are held under the throat at the time of the blessing. A customary blessing is as fol- lows: "Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr: may God protect you from dis- ease of the throat and from every other evil." Some parishes still include throat blessing in the ]iturgw for the Sunday after Feb. 3, although the practice is not com- mon as it was years ago. Because of his care for wild beasts, St. Blaise is also their patron saint. And in some places, water is blessed and given to animals for their con- tinued health. Questions [br "/'d like to know" are welcome. To be con- sidered for publication, ques- tions may be submitted to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724-0169. SCRIPTURE SEARCH Eh/ Patricia Kasten OF THE LORD ' Gospel for Sunday, February 2, 1997 Luke 2:22.40 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Presentation of the Lord. B Cycle. the story of the presentation of the Lord at the Temple. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. ACCORDING TO WRITTEN MALE OFFER A PAIR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS SIMEON CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL UPON HIM DEATH CHILD GOD LIGHT OF MANY A SIGN SWORD PROPHETESS ANNA EIGHTY-FOUR WORSHIPING WISDOM S S W O R D H C H I L D E S O O A T W O E L A M I E R F S U D N D C D D G T S F I O P S C J O A H E H E G S N O E G I P T H I R N N R L N J O A Y P P D S D E A T H D ! F O 1 L I G H T E Q I R O R N N M N D I T L D M U P G E E U D O ! ! i X R T D G O O A N N A R B O F M A N Y M O D S ! W (C) 1997 Air Publishing Co, I II I II ii II I I I 1 II lUll III Funeral Homes , I EAST CHAPEL Four 8oo s HEBRON AVENUE Convenient Locations 11 Church/World I I I I I II Papal plans Pope John Paul II may make a brief trip to Sarajevo in April, fulfilling a long' standing desire to visit the war-torn Bosnian capital. Vat- ican officials said a springtime papal visit to Lebanon was also under study, although that trip appeared less likely for now. Bishops appointed Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard of Baltimore has been named bishop of Pensacola- Tallahassee, Fla., by Pope John Paul II. The pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen, 75, of Amarillo, Texas, and named Auxiliary Bishop John W. Yanta of San Antonio as his replacement. The aPpoint- ments were announced in Washington Jan, 21. : i Cardinal dies Retired Peruvian Cardinal Juan Landazuri Ricketts died Jan. 16 at SteUa Maris Hos- pital in Lima after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Joining Council The Catholic Church in Canada will become a full- fledged member of the Cana- dian Council of Churches, at the annual meeting in Ottawa l in ?une. About half of Cana- da s Christ!ansa. Cathlie:;: Bj[n evangell=t|*":i Six U.S. dioceses have corn, mitted to begin a new evan- gelization program called "Disciples in Mission," devel- oped by the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization elation. They include the dio- ceses of Covington and Lex, ington, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., Ogdensburg' N.Y., Raleigh,: N.C.. and Worcester, Mass.. Protest to: Sony An album of Christmas and other holiday music whose proceeds are going to sup- porters of legal abortion has brought fierce protests from ton Cardil ard,:F,: Law and the head  the Knights of Columbus. ,O Come All Ye Faithful: R for Choice" ia d' lxibuted by Sony Green Bay T-shirts ded " is a :Packer Catholics account for about, two-thirds of the population of the immediate Green Bay 81rea. "