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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana op's Forum m Series: Of sacraments and sacramentals middle 1980s I was in planning for the of the Cathedral of Paul in Indianapo- quite a lot. I thought I solid background and liturgical environ- and indeed it was certainly not com- not pretend that it is so interesting dis- Cathedral Church there a promi- in which the r could be seen by the faithful. This special e c ^- called the "ambry" or "aumbry." uastructed in the Cathedral the ambry sides. It was designed to match aptismal pool. The "eight" sig- redem naY f creatin"ptionwhi or the time follow- "ch begins for each of us at ; of us, the ambry was that little wooden r embedded in the wall of [ I the letters "OS (Oleum Sanctum), -arraorum) and SC (Sanctum Chrisma)" It was a place of safekeep- It was in a place of honor, how- to the Latin names of the Oils are very significant sacramentals Each is used in the adminis- sacraments. They are blessed by the Holy Week. In our diocese celebrated on Tuesday evening Although every member of the faithful to attend, a representative from each assigned by the pastor to obtain a sufficient ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER supply of the three Holy Oils for use in the local parish for the ensuing year. The Oil of Catechumens is the first of the sacred oils to be used in the administration of the sacra- ments. It has been called the "Oil of Salvation" as well. The person wish- ing to be baptized whether an infant or an adult is anointed with this holy oil during the rite of baptism for infants or during the rite of Christian initiation of adults. The Oil of Catechumens is administered on the chest or on the hands depend- ing on circumstances. The accompa- nying prayer asks that through this anointing Jesus will strengthen the Catechumen with his power in preparation for baptism itself. Sacred Chrism is the second to be used in the life of the newly baptized. Immediately following the baptism itself, the minister anoints the head of the newly baptized with Sacred Chrism in the sign of the cross. This rite follows ancient traditions in the Old Testament whereby a person is set apart as someone with special dedication or responsibilities. In this case, the anointing is an act confirming that this per- Son is indeed a follower of Jesus. The hands of the newly ordained priest are anointed with Sacred Chrism as a sign of his privi- lege and responsibility to offer Holy Mass and to ad- minister the sacraments In the ordination of a bishop, Sacred Chrism is poured over his head to remind him and the commu- nity that he is set apart to be the "shepherd" of the community whose task it is to teach, to govern and to sanctify those entrusted to his care. Central to this role is to maintain unity with Jesus, the universal church and in the community of believers. Sacred Chrism is also used to dedicate new church buildings and the altar. Both have special re- lationships to Jesus. The anointing of the walls of the Church dedicates it as the place where Jesus' follow- ers assemble for worship; it is God's house. The altar is the sacred table from which the Eucharist is of- fered and from which we are nourished by it. It too is anointed with Sacred Chrism. The last of the three holy oils is the Oil of the Sick. It is used for the anointing of the sick. It is sym- bolic of the healing power of Jesus. How often we use oil based products for our own healing -- chapstick for our lips, lotions to soothe the aching body and salves for cuts and abrasions. The anointing with holy oil is a powerful reminder of Jesus' commitment to be with us. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the sacra- ment was referred to as the "Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction." This designation was unfortunate since this sacrament can be received by anyone who is seri- ously ill. The sickness need not be terminal or even grave. Anyone who is about to undergo a surgical procedure during which there is a period of uncon- sciousness, or during the period of recovery should also receive this wonderful sacrament of healing. The sign and symbol of the anointing of the sick is twofold. As other oils are used for bodily healing, so the prayer with the administration of the Oil of the Sick as the person is anointed on the forehead and palms of the hands. It is also intended to be sign of healing of the spirit, a sign of reconciliation with God and the community. The Holy Oils are revered symbols of the life of Christ in our midst. They are from the fruit of the olive tree so prominent in the Holy Land. Sacred Chrism has added to it a perfume to set it apart and to remind each of us of our special friendship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior. May the sacramentals in our lives be constant reminders of Jesus' presence to us each moment of each day. 5 Is the official Catholic Dio- The policy is to observe 501 (c) (3) in .activity. continues its of publish- and commen- policy regarding political activity tary about political candidates and issues, and about their re- lationship to morality and Catholic social teaching. Following are the estab- lished policies, as published since 1988. sage relating to national, state or local political campaigns are reported for their news value and are not intended to consti- tute statements of endorse- ment or of opposition to any candidate. News reporting News stories in the Mes- Political advertising Political advertising is ac- ent regarding Reverend Jean-Vogler Vogler on administrative leave. Administrative leave is the official removal of a priest from his duties. It is designed to protect the parish and the pub- lic from the possibility of wrongdoing. It also protects Father Vogler throughout the investigation. Finally, it is in- tended to insure that the in- tegrity of the investigative and judicial processes is not com- promised. Father Vogler has indepen- dent legal counsel. We cannot comment on anything that zt was Diocese of esday, Feb. er 6, 1995, Fa- ;ler advised Gettelfinger lnvestiga- er submitted Pastor of to Bishop bishop ac- effective In addition aced Father arms to encourage. fish for the free to Grade class he and in he answered as in the bills as He be- and "Pass- at they would and the to say in the Fourth Grade Class at St. Theresa: you brought a whole lot of joy to Clarence and he was VERY proud of you. Clarence loved to read books, letters, cards and the newspa- pers. On Sunday mornings we discussed the affairs of the world and solutions to what ailed it. He believed we needed to publish more good things on the front page, for example, the time when Zeidler' s Florist gave away ninny roses as I re- call to show neighborly care and love to all. tie had asked the children me to write a letter to the may affect his private legal rights in this matter. Further, it is the policy of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville not to comment publicly on personnel matters. Since December 8, 1995, Bishop Gettelfinger has contin- ued to provide for the pastoral care of the people of Holy Rosary Parish. On Saturday, February 17, 1996, the bishop announced the appointment of Father James Sauer as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish. paper about it because there was very little printed in the news to accentuate and call at- tention to the good things peo- ple do. Of all our solutions to the world ills, his words echo his life to me: what do we need? "A rebirth of enthusiasm for that which is good, for those things that are worthy of praise." What was his name? Clarence Bauer, A FRIEND: As in his last words to many: "Thank you for being my Friend." Ben Kerby Evansville cepted at the Message from all bona fide candidates on an equal basis. Political advertising will be prepaid. Political advertising will be clearly identified as such, by the words, "Paid political an- nouncement." The Message retains the right to veto or edit copy based on neutral criteria such as gan- eral editorial standards or con- siderations of good taste. Such criteria will not relate to the agreement or disagreement of the candidate with the position of the Message on the issues. Acceptance of advertising does not indicate endorsement or opposition to a candidate, political party or a matter brought before the people in a referendum.  Washington Continued from page 4 tions to the proposed changes, she acknowledged. "There is so much other bad, bad stuff in these bills," Ms. Hume said, that she has con- centrated her efforts on bat- tling the restrictions on family immigration, legal protection for immigrants, the repeal of birthright citizenship and asy- lum issues. Franciscan Sister Adela Gross, of the USCC's Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, is particularly wor- ried about proposed amend- ments to the immigration bills that would allow employers to bring in up to 500,000 foreign farm workers at low wages with minimal protections for the employees. The "guest workers  growers would bring from Mexico would have no guarantee of housing, of medical benefits, of employment for more than a part of the time they're in the United States or of transporta- tion to return home when their work permits expire, she said. "It's a horrible bill," Sister Gross said. "'Everyone says II I|1 II I there is an oversupply of farm workers in the country al- ready, but this would allow the farmers to pay less, offer no benefits and contribute noth- ing to workmen's compensa- tion .... They could bring people up here for six months and then they'd only work one." Although coalition members are each fighting the bills for their own reasons, Ms. Hume said she welcomes the alliance for bringing attention to how broad the effects will be on var- ious segments of society. Keely believes the coalition will hold firm, even if back- room negotiators try to cut a deal with the big employers. Even before the bills get their first a/ring of 1996, the coalition appears to be making some headway. The National Immigration Forum reports that efforts to split the bills into separate measures. Observers predict that if the bills can be split, the attempt to revamp legal Immigration will be shelved as an efection m:nded Congress concentrates on curbing illegal immigration,