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10 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March Magic of Words -- RCIA and Cursillo: Signs of life and growth Are we in a period of growth or decline? By some measures it would seem that the Catholic church in Southwest Indiana shows a numbe of signs of growth in actual membership. At the same time a quiet growth is evident in those seeking a closer relationship to our Lord and his Spirit. The number of those who are catechumens and candidates this year in the various parish R.C.I.A. programs is 623. That&apos;s how many were involved in the Rite of Election held this past Sunday. One group met with Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger in Washington, the other in Evansville. That is a large group of people no matter how you cut it. These are virtually all adults. This does not count infant baptisms. In fact, the number is up some 30 percent over the compara- ble numbers given in the 1993 edition of the Yearbook of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. It is an inspirational moment to attend the Rite of Election and experience the number of men and women brought there from parish after parish. If a person feels worn out and worn down from worry or concern about the desire of people to find God, attend such a gathering for a rebirth of energy. By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK COLUMNIST But those numbers are just the beginning. Because for each of the elect -- who will enter into full communion with the church dur- ing the Easter vigil service -- there is a sponsor. That sponsor has al- ready also spent many hours walk- ing along side the person seeking entrance in our community of faith. In addition to the sponsors are those who direct the programs of the catechumenate in parishes across the 12-counties of our dio- cese. The directors in turn do not stand alone. We must add all those who are part of the teaching unit in each parish. The number of those who present material to the catechumens and candidates may be small in some parishes, but quite large in others. Think also that many of those entering the church are married. Their spouses are deeply in- volved and concerned and are at prayer. Children also of such candidates are excited about their dads and moms as they prepare to join the entire family at the table of the Lord. During many segments of the programs of initiation choirs and other liturgical ministers are brought into the preparations and ceremonies. They are affected. Each Sunday, those present at the Mass selected for the catechumens and candi- dates to join and then be dismissed cannot but be affected. Week after week, these elect have come forward and then publicly learn more of the Word of God and th of our faith. What happens? Others who attend but are not in full comnmnion with the church, gain an inner strength to step forward themselves -- perhaps in next year's same is to be said for potential sponsors and teachers in the program. Virtually at the same time that the Election was taking place at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, another group was in prayer and songs of praise at the Catholic Center. That occasion marked the another Cursillo weekend for men. Several dred were there to give support and to Lord. We've spoken about Cursillo before. If you want a strong faith support group in your parishes, look into Cursillo. It is a simple .... end of prayer and reflection. There are se times for men and women. What develops spirituality that speaks to men and male prayer and dependency on God, as well as women. Such weekends provide one developed and planned faith ex[ lay men and women in our diocese. The R.C.I.A. and Cursillo provide si life and growth. ,  Message editor, wife elected presidents of national CFM Paul and Jane Leingang of Evansville have been elected residents of the national ard of the Christian Family Movement. The Leingangs, active in CFM since 1974 and members of the national board,since 1086,, were elected to a two-year term at the movement's winter board meeting in Techny, Ill., Feb. 7. They take office in July, succeeding Peter and Carolyn Broeren of Pittsburgh, Pa. Paul Leingang is director of communications for the Dio- cese of Evansville, and editor of the Message. Jane Leingang is Newspaper-in-Education Coordinator for The Evans- ville Courier and The Evans- ville Press. She develops cur- riculum and literacy materials, and serves as a liai- son between the newspapers and the schools in the service area. The Leingangs have two sons, Matt, a sophomore at the University of Chicago, and Ben, a senior at Memorial High School, Evansville. The Christian Family Movement traces its origins to the Chicago, II1., and South Bend, Ind., areas in the 1940s. The movement flour- ished in the Diocese of Evans- ville and throughout the United States in the 1960s, and subsequently spread throughout the world. In re- cent years, a revival of inter- est has been experienced in several parishes of the Dio- cese of Evansville. The movement currently has approximately 2,000 members in the United States. CFM members seek to "build strong families by __ , ....... - , , , i ii rl I HAU BSTADT ELECTRIC ) U censed, Bonded. InsUred Industrial, Commercial and Residential TONY NAZARtO P.O. Box 405 812-768-5207 Haubstadt I IN 47639 reaching out," according to the movement's mission statement. Small groups of five to seven families typi- cally meet in each others' homes on a regular basis. They use an "observe-judge- act" method to examine con- temporary issues affecting their families and communi- ties, to study the issues in the light of Christ's teaching, and to take action accordingly. The Leingangs edited the CFM program book, "Love in Action," in 1991, and cur- rently edit ACT, the move- ment's newsletter. They also authored a paper on the im- pact of government policies on the family, which was pre- sented at a CFM Convention in 1979 and to a White House Conference. i.Hi i .! PREFERRED HOME HEALTH CARE ,, Home Health Care At Its Beat 24 Hour Home Nursing Service Medicare - Medicaid - Insurance In-Home (C.H.O.I.C.E.) Call Edna toll-frN at 1-800-38e-3337 I 00as00of o=ou., 00mish g00staurant Every Tuesday! ':  ?  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