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g, 1998 The Message--for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Returning to penance after many years itl .' ;  tc Ihave renewed my belief in penance and rs', ana 1_ ' can imagine my fear after vilm+i: less than positive ex eriences with this e, h?Y youth. And I knt e some things " i |',,,m.._ateful for any information you can ,d ,ad' i d + 00entlOn! By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service miom is nearly 20 "ears now since I last It t confessio  m n. I ceased oing because of a prob- "m Otlr at"  '-" ,o._ P Ish priest and because I doubted as Lm_,anY others did at that time that a mortal iL.Ive my sins. ) :ten,. ening years I have continued to pray, :;nd Mass, receive Communion and have meant to be, and is not, that complicated. Practically all churches today provide the opportu- nity, as they should, for either sitting face-to-face with the priest or kneeling in the traditional anonymous way. By church law the option of which to use is entirely up to you, depending on what you feel will be most helpful for you spiritually. Usually the priest will say a brief prayer before you begin or read a short passage from the Gospels. Then begin in whatever way you wish. Tell the priest the main things you need to con- fess, for which you ask the forgiveness of God, and the people you have hurt by your sinfulness. The priest may ask you to fill in any gaps, may give you some thoughts to reflect on, ask you to per- form some act of penance as a symbol of your sorrow and desire to grow in holiness, and then say the prayer of forgiveness (absolution). The "changes" in the sacrament of penance are not so much in procedures as in greater attention to the causes of our sinfulness and to our cooperation with the healing grace of God in committing our- selves to greater holiness of life. In other words, while we seek forgiveness for our sins, the grace and orientation of this sacrament looks more to the future than the past. What's done is done. It's part of history, and not even God can change that. What he can change, with our cooperation, are our hearts and the trends of our lives. The church's teachings about this sacrament stress this point often, especially in encouraging confession even when no grave sins are involved, which one would hopefully expect is at least most of the time. These celebrations of God's mercy and love with- out serious sin, are "not a mere ritual repetition or psychological exercise, but a serious striving to per- fect the grace of baptism." Thus, "as we bear in our body the death of Jesus Christ, his life may be seen in us ever more clearly," as we try to "follow the voice of the Spirit more atten- tively" (Introduction to the Rite of Penance No. 7). Please pray about it, pick a priest you can feel comfortable vcith and start profiting again from this beautiful way of experiencing God's compassion. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament of penance is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Fattwr Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main Street, Bloomington, Ill. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address or to this Catholic paper. omitted Father Anthony B. Kissel, a priest of the Diocese of Evans- ville, was omitted March 6 from a list of priests observing ordi- nation anniversaries. The Mes- sage regrets the error. Father Kissel, 50, was active in campus ministry for many years. He was born July 11, 1947, in Evansville. After studies at St. Meinrad, Notre Dame and Inns- Ordained a priest Sept. 1, 1973. was to teach at Mater Dei High His responsibilities have includ- s Program, administrator and Angels Church, New Harmony; cam- the University of Evansville and at of Southern Indiana, and diocesan ministry. He went to Catholic University of Louvain in Bel- gium in 1991 for doctoral studies and returned in 1995 to serve on the faculty at USI. He was released from the diocese in 1996 for teach- ing and ministry at St. Leo College, St. Leo, Fla. Diocesan map to be corrected A newly-revised map of the Diocese of Evansville, published March 6, omitted Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. The Message regrets the error. Blessed Sacrament Church is in the Princeton Dean- ery. Father William Deeringis the pastor. Haiti Solidarity Week to be observed The week of March 15 to 22 is observed as Haiti Solidarity Week, according to the United States Catholic Conference. The island country is often described as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Dozens of parishes in the Diocese of Evansville assist parishes, schools and health care efforts in Haiti. Movie reviews available The movie Titanic swept the Oscar nominations, but there is more to be learned from The Full Monty, a comic look at the foibles of jobless steehvorkers. That's the view of Henry Herx, who movie reviews are published regularly in the Message. Herx said The Full Monte is not for everyone, but it tells more about the human spirit and aspirations than all the lush romance and hollow spectacle of Titanic. Herx, will root for his choice on Oscar night, March 23] See page 12 for current capsule reviews. Catholic Parishes Campaign supports stewardship The Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Develop- ment leads parish stewardship conversion efforts and capital campaigns in the diocese. The office, under the leadership of Justin Clements, also conducts the Brute Society celebration and directs the Catholic Parishes Campaign. The office is supported by the generosity of south- western Indiana Catholics through the CPC. Ph: 812-471-8797 Fax: 812-471-8166 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tfi-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 Ministry Position Greencastle, Indiana, is seeking a ne,glous Ed and Campus Ministry programs. 'ninistration of programs, catechist formation/support from elementary to R.C.I.A. and college level. to: St. Paul the Apostle Church, c/o Murry Pride . 202 E. Washington Steer, Greencastle, IN 46135 } . , ,, I mviess CoatyTi. More Than Just a Tire Store.., 1407 Hwy 57 S.. 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