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Blood Church dedicated March 14 building at is "a life of the the pastor, Kane. The g, far Gettelfin- 14 at dedi- anointing oil in the anointing the $4.5 mil- the parish worship the plans facilities con- Under one roof, ility is "inter- lowing ties to Simultaneously. I School children each other, for senior >lace without G editor O on outings, Scouts, have s or. even "pro- faith more Troop 312 usen. aren't too of these 312," National on Scout- gave Troop Golct Medal- at St. John, .at St. Theresa, " national final I Troop 312, s Meinrad leaders Oath method is ..... it is /i any conflict with the school. The space where the parish used to gather to worship is now called a "cafetorium" and used as a cafeteria for school children and also as a space for indoor physical education activities. Some parish activi- ties may also be held there. The space formerly used as a cafeteria for school children is now available for parish use. The new building provides more space for school activities, including arts and science, a large computer lab, and a library tripled in size. There is more space for parish activities, including a room for quilters, a meeting room and an auxiliary kitchen available for bereave- ment meals and other events during school hours. There are also more and larger offices for parish and school personnel, storage space in the basement, areas for scouts to meet, and space for printing, copying and other auxiliary services. A building and planning committee was appointed in 1991, and began meeting in Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger anoints the altar cious Blood Church, Jasper, March 14. with oil during dedication ceremonies at Pre- --Message photo by Michael Woolsoy 1992, Father Kane said. "And it has hung together all the way through it." The new church, in accord with th e committee's plan and the consensus of the parish- ioners is "meant to be quietly smple," said Father Kane. It is a place where people can see well, hear well, have a com- fortable and pleasant setting, but be reserved. The total project included renovation of the old section of the school and church building, as well as the construction of the new portion. of Ferdinand, drew up the plans and guided the construc- tion. Streicher Construction of Jasper was the general contrac- tor. Others involved were Mes- mer Mechanical and Mehringer Heating and Plumbing, both of Jasper, and Wever Electric of Seufert and Associates, Inc., Ferdinand .......  ....... . : Boy Scout Troop 312 wins national honor adult leaders. During the past two-and-a- half years, seven scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Two of them have reached the age of 18, while the other five remain as active members of the troop. Eagle service projects have included construction of a gold- fish pond at Regina Continuing Care Center and construction of a courtyard at St. Mary Church, both in Evansville. Eagle projects being planned in the near future include assembling a gazebo for Little Sisters of the Poor, reno- vating the draining system at the Birthright Center, and assem- bling playground equipment at Holy Rosary School. Gehlhausen said the troop attends Mass at Nativity Church after ever), campout. In recent years, the troop has been stay- ing at churches on the way to and from high adventure trips. The troop participates each year in the retreat organized by the Diocesan CatholicCommib See SCOUTS page 13 known as a "high adventure" troop, Gehlhausen said. In applying for the award, Gehlhausen documented Troop 312"s service projects, growth, advancement, and religious activities. From about 15 boys and 10 leaders three years ago, the troop has grown to 54 regis- tered scouts and over 40 active Vatican expresses repentance for Christian inaction against Nazis Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, who heads the Vatican commis- sion that prepared the text, said it went beyond an apology to Jews, because "an act of repen- tance is more than an apology:" The Vatican document, while acknowledging shortcomings of some Cahrisfians during World War g, said others had acted hea ically to save Jews. tn a series of footnotes, it defended Pope Pius )ill, who has been criticized by some Jewish groups as too mid in his criticism of Nazi actions. The text also made a distinc- tion: "iae failure of some Chris- tians to protest the Holocaust See REPENTANC pJge 3 i r , i , , , ,i . ---- tians to "purify their hearts" by examining their own responsi- bility for the "evils of our time" in anticipation of the year 2000. The pope said he hoped the document would "help to heal the wounds of past misunder- standings and injustices" and help shape a future "in which the unspeakable iniquity of the Shoah wili never agein be pestle." Addressed to all Catholics, the Vatican document was also sent to Jewish leaders around the world. The text asked Jews to "hear us with open hearts," saying it represented not mere- ly words, but a binding com- mitment. By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS)  In a long-awaited document on the Holocaust, the Vatican expressed repentance for Chris- tians who failed to oppose Nazi persecution of Jews. The document, released March 16, said centuries of anti-Jewish attitudes in" the church may have contributed to Christians' lack of spiritual and concrete resistance to the Nazi policies, which left some 6 million Jews dead. Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Holy Thursday, according to the The Easter Triduum begins with the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in , and closes with evening prayer on Easter "For Christians, this heavy burden of conscience of their brothers and sisters during the Second World War must be a call to penitence. We deeply regret the errors and failures of those sons and daughters ot the church," it said. "This is an act of repentance," it said, "since, as members of the church, we are linked to the sins as well as the merits of all her children." Titled, "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah," the 14- page text was prepared over an ll-year period by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Rela- tions with the ]ews, at the request of Pope John Paul H. It was cam- fully reviewed before publication by the pope and a number of other Vatican depaz1ents. In a brief accompanying let- ter, the pope called the Jewish Holocaust, or Shoah, an "indeli- ble stain" on history. He said the church's reflection was part of an effort to encourage Chris- A Promise to Keep .. .............. . ... Page 2 Theft in Sullivan ...................... Page 3 InbnJck Anrdvery ............... Page 16 .... ,L, ...... ' L , ......... :- ,%:2