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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana il , Forum ............ 'Be still and knowthat0000lam00'GOd I was talking to Ceraldine the pastoral associ- Church in taken on the r assmtance Education in absence of a most grateful responsi- P program. We to her for here for her dedicated vowed rail- Monastery in Ferdi- COnversation concerned many things. We Stories" I our teaching experiences. I the perspective of multi- , principal, pastoral associ- and being chaplain Christ (TEC) in the diocese; school teacher of religion, prin- ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER music frown .Passi5a sun'lay" (two weeks before Easter). Bells were silenced from the "Gloria" on Holy Thursday until the announcement of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Solemn Vigil of Holy Saturday night. Have we lost the spirit of silence? Children are not the only ones deprived &silence. In fact most of us are so addicted to sound that many are afraid of silence. Silence demands that we confront ourselves. That can be frightening  and scarier yet, when that confrontation is done in the awesome si- lence of God's presence. God spells out a challenge for us: "Be still and know that I am God." The word "still" has a twofold meaning. I suspect that God wants us to be silent. That requires freedom from sound and freedom of motion. In the dual still- ness we are enabled to listen and recognize God in it. I encourage families to practice silence as a com- mon effort. I suggest that "silent" times be established each week, or preferably each day. In such a practice even the youngest child can begin to learn the wonder- ful nature of silence and its immeasurable benefit in God's presence. cipal, superintendent, and pastor. Sister Geraldine once taught first grade. She confided that she would find the first grade the most difficult today. I asked her why she would choose junior high and high school students over first grade. She was quick to respond that the youngsters in the first grade of today are "in con- stant motion" and have a very short attention span. Should we be surprised? Consider the constant motion on the TV screen to which these chil- dren are exposed for years preceding their first grade. Sum up the daily doses of animated sound they receive, not to mention the "house sounds" that are their regular fare for distraction. Most likely they go to sleep to sound rather than silence. During Lent and especially during the sacred days of Holy Week all of us can be renewed in the practice of silence. Remember the days when there was no organ ,I charge filed against Father Vogler is the text of a fled the District Court that he unrelated child pornographyin- the Grand Jury and plead tions are part of a coordinated the U.S. De. It was re- }96, by Ju- States District of United the South- ana, an- of a States against Jean 51, a former In- charges received the , the postal receive a COntained engaging in described in filed with noti- has entered into a guilty plea agreement with the United States and that he intends to waive indictment by the Grand Jury and plead guilty as charged in the Information. Receiving child pornography is a felony violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252 (a) (2). According to Steven D. DeBrota, the Assis- tant United States Attorney handling the prosecution for the United States, the maxi- mum sentence upon conviction is a prison term of not more than 10 years and a fine of not more than $250,000. Sentenc- ing will be governed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The final determi- nation of any sentence to be imposed will be made by the District Court, after consulta- tion with the United States Probation Office. Stewart also announced the filing of a felony charge in an Gettelfinger statement on charge of public record that a charge of receiving the U.S. Postal Service has been has independent legal counsel. I cannot that may affect his private legal as I have stated before, it is the Diocese of Evansville not to comment matters. any specific remarks about very clear that the Catholic Church and all of the evils which are to be very clear that Church policy has At the moment there was any Wrongdoing, Father Vogler was placed in accord with diocesan policy. stated, administrative leave of a priest from his duties. It is parish and the public from the posi- and to insure the integrity of the inves- Processes. of this charge, along with the public Father Vogler intends to plead uncertainty that has been so and families at Holy Rosary of great sadness for the community. vestigation. Robert B. Hurt, age 66, of Greensburg, Indiana, was charged with the illegal posses- sion of child pornography. Ac- cording to the Information, on June 24, 1994, Hurt knowingly possessed 28 magazines con- taining pictures of minors en- gaged in sexually explicit con- duct. Knowing possession of such pornography is a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252 (a) (4). Hurt also filed pleadings which notified the District Court that he has entered into a guilty plea agreement with the United States and that he intends to waive indictment by guilty as charged in the Infor- mation. According to Assistant United States Attorney De- Brota, the maximum sentence upon conviction is a prison term of not more than five years and a fine of not more that $250,000. Any sentence imposed will also be deter- mined by the court in accor- dance with the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Both investigations were conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Indi- anapolis, Indiana, with the as- sistance of Postal Inspectors nationwide. "These investiga- national effort to halt exploita- tion of children through the making of child pornography by vigorously prosecuting the purchasers and distributors of such materials," said Stewart. "We will continue to pursue these efforts." An information is only an al- legation of criminal conduct and does not constitute a find- ing of guilt. Guilt is deter- mined by the court's entry of conviction after a jury verdict or acceptance of a plea of guilty. The defendants are pre- sumed innocent unless and until such determination of guilt is made. 'Being the man God wants you to be' Last week I was talking with a friend about the Promise Keepers Conference scheduled for this summer. We were dis- cussing how in just a matter of days the RCA Dome in Indi- anapolis sold out of tickets for Commentary By DEACON JIM CAVERA the event. We concluded that Christian men are spiritually hungry and looking for genuine role models. When I was a young man, we celebrated Holy Name Sun- day on a regular basis. My fa- ther and my brothers would sit with all the other fathers and sons in a special section of church. After Mass, we would gather in the school cafeteria for breakfast and an inspira- tional talk. I can't recall a sin- gle talk but I do remember the smoke-filled room, the fellow- ship among the group and ca-: pecially the feeling that I be- longed there -- that I was included. That was some 40 years ago. The smoke-filled rooms have all but disappeared and for that I am grateful. But what I do miss is the fellowship. There was something very g, " about being part of such a diverse group. We kids were not allowed to sit with our friends but were interspersed among the men. There were lawyers, salesmen, union workers, doctors, men of all ages and backgrounds sharing in Christian prayer and fellow- ship In some ways we developed from this sense of what God expected of us as Christian men. Those men were our role models. Next week the deacons of the Dioceses of Evansville are sponsoring a Lenten Prayer Breakfast for the men of our diocese. It will be at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, on Saturday, March 23, at 7 a.m. CST. A free will offering will be taken. Ziba Graham from Catholic Charities will be our speaker. His topic will be, "Being the Man God wants you to be." Bring a friend and join in our fellowship. Reservations need to be made by March 20. Call Good Shepherd (812) 477- 5405, or Deanna Ruston toll- free in Indiana at (800) 63% 1731. Spring training Currently Major League baseball players are gathering in Florida and Arizona to pre- pare themselves for the up- coming baseball season. Commentary By MSGR. CLINTON HIRSCH Spring training finds the players getting themselves in shape, eliminating errors, try- ing to become better players, and developing a positive atti- tude for the baseball season ahead .... On February 21, the Church began a period of "spring training  . . It is called LENT! ... a time to correct weaknesses of the spiritual order, rid ourselves of sins that keep us from being a true Follower of Christ. The Church's spring train. ing" lasts six weeks, culminat- ing in Holy Week, getting us ready for the Feast of Easter. Each of us are invited to take part in the spring training provided in our parish churches .... Surely, an im- portant part of this training should include the reception of the Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation. Getting involved in "spring training" will help us become the "player" God ha, called us to become, and make us a win- nee Let's g'ivc it a try!