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SAGE -- he Message for Cathohcs of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 24 February 11, 1994 VSTOeA STO.e Sing/ 30 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville joined celebration of Catholic Church music Feb. 6 at St. Benedict , Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, and Bishop watch the procession of school banners at the beginning schools included Christ the King, Corpus Christi, 'Redeemer, Holy Rosary, Holy Spiel't, Resurrection, St. and Wests]de Catholic Consoildated, all in EvanelSt :'= Vanderburgh County; Flaget Elementary and Rivet High School, Cross School, Fort Branch; Holy Family and Precious St. Bernard, Rockport, St. James, St. James; St. John the St. Joseph, Princeton; St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; Sts. St. Philip, St. Philip; St. Wendel, St. Wendel; Marian the Washington Catholic Schools. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes inal Ratzinger says English- re catechism approved Service (CNs) __ The Catechism under for more in Cardinal of the Congrega. spoke to Feb. 3 - he was at- Jewish- on Reli- In Secular Speech, he Catechism in official at the Doc- Would not the ap- familiar heads of Ces in Eng- les had spokesman said Feb. 3 final text had come in from Rome. "Until we receive the full text we can't say when it will be published," said Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, the bishops' director of media rela- tions. "We need the full thing in hand" to determine the final layout before printing can begin, he said. "It's always been a minimum of 10 to 12 weeks from recep- tion to publication," he added. Cardinal Ratzinger said it would be available in book- stores by Easter, which is April 3 this year. "I think we're looking more for Pentecost than Easter," said Claire Dube, director of Publications Service for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa. Pentecost will be celebrated May 22. Ms. Dube, who said she thought the Australian and U.S. bishops' publishers were targeting the same date, said they had received two of four parts of the catechism on diskette and hard copy. How- ever, she noted that cross-ref- erencing was done on the hard copy, not on the computer ver- sion. The new catechism was for- mally issued in its original French edition by Pope John Paul II in December 1992. Since then it has been pub- lished in Italian, Spanish, Por- tuguese, German, Catalan, Slovenian, Maltese and, in part, in Romanian. English is the only major Western language in which it has not appeared. A draR was completed and submitted to Rome for approval in early 1993, but Vatican officials were dissatisfied with the translation and have been re- doing it since then. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence Office of Publishing and Promotion Services holds all U.S. publication rights for the English text. It has signed on 12 other U.S. publishing com- panies as co- publishers. Daniel E. Juday, director of the publishing office, said the first U.S. printing would prob- ably be more than 300,000 copies, since 265,000 were al- See CARDINAL page 4 Lenten season begins Ash Wednesday, Feb 16 The penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednes- day, Feb. 16, and lasts through the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Mar. 31, ac- cording to the "1994 Catholic Almanac," published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Di- vision, Huntington, Ind. There are six Sundays in Lent. The sixth is known as Passion Sunday (formerly called Palm Sunday), and is the beginning of Holy Week. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sun- day. The Easter Season , with a theme of resurrection from sin to the life of grace, lasts 50 days, from Easter to Pentecost. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. This year, Easter is celebrated April 3. Easter schedule may be com- plicated this year, since Sun- day, April 3, is the first day of Daylight Savings Time for a portion of the Diocese of Evansville. quantities of food taken at the two lighter meals should not exceed the quantity taken at the full meal. Abstinence Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville and throughout the United States are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Fasting Catholics -- from the day after their eighteenth birthday to the day after their fifty- ninth birthday -- are also obliged to fast on Ash Wednes- day and Good Friday. Fasting means eating only one full meal a day. The combined Penance Observance of fasting and abstinence is considered a mat- ter of serious obligation, but al- ternate ways of doing penance may include such practices as works of charity, prayer and almsgiving. RCIA Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger will celebrate the Rite of Election at two churches in the diocese on the Second Sunday of Lent, Feb. 27. The bishop will preside at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, at 2 p.m. EST, and at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, at 5 p.m. CST. Lenten series in the Mes- sage During the weeks of Lent, .: the Message will publish a se- ries of six columns by Father John Buckel, a teacher of New Testament Studies at St. Mein- rad School of Theology and au- thor of the book "Free to Love, Paul's Defense of Christian Liberty in Galatians." Father Buckel's series is en- titled "Bible and Beyond," and will deal with the topics, "Christian liberty," "Christian living," "The perfect gift," "Nei- ther Male nor Female," "Hap- piness" and "Christ Crucified." Commentaries on the Sun- day gospel readings by Father Donald Dilger will also con- tinue as well. Father Dilger, a priest of the Diocese of Evans- ville, has shared his scriptural insights with readers of the Message since 1987. Three full-circulation parishes in the Diocese of Evansville have completed their Message subscription renewal. They are St. Mary Church, Shoals; St. Martin Church, Whitfield, and St. Thomas Church, Knox County. Msgr. Carl Shetler is the pastor of St. Mary and St. Martin Churches; Father Francis Allega is the pastor of St. Thomas Church. Parish and individual subscriptions are being accepted through February. Subscription rates are $12 for parishes with full-circulation; individual subscriptions are $15. Subscription envelopes are available in most parishes of the diocese; envelopes will also be included in the Feb. 18 issue of the Message. (Envelopes are helpful but not necessary; a sub- scriber's name, address and parish on a plain piece of paper or the label from a current copy of the Message -- is suffi- cient, along with the subscription fee.) The new subscription year begins on the first Friday of March and continues through February. 1995. I I I . I I III [Three parmhes report full. i circulation, subscription drive continues through February