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The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Covering statues and crosses in purple By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service My question concerns the practice of the crucifix in the week or two in our area had them covered committee is uncertain what to church regulations that would past the crucifix and other churches were covered with pur- the two weeks before Easter. g to do with the proper liturgi- days, especially of the Easter tridu- s changed when the revised was published in 1970. of the Mass for Saturday of the fourth indicates the practice if the episcopal conference decides." was repeated in 1988 in a )f the Easter feasts from the for Divine Worship. d Conference of Catholic Bish- to continue the practice of cover- ing images and crosses, the practice has not been per- missible in the United States for the past 28 years. As the bishops' Committee on the Liturgy has noted (April 1995), individual parishes are not free to reinstate the practice on their own. Question: Why does St. John's Gospel not even mention the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper? We believe that, in Chapter 6 of that Gospel, Jesus was referring to the promise of the Eucharist when he spoke of eating his flesh and drinking his blood. If John believed those words as we do, it's strange he did not tell us when that promise was ful- filled. (California) Answer: As everyone familiar with the New Tes- tament knows, the Gospel according to John is quite different in a number of major ways from the other three Gospels. Reasons these differences occur are not always easy to find. Much has to do with the fact that the fourth Gospel was apparently completed some decades after the others. An even larger reason is that John's whole approach to Jesus and his message reflects a level of theological reflection unknown in Mark, Matthew and Luke. For example, another instance that occurs to us particularly during Holy Week is that John is the only Gospel to tell us the mother of Jesus was present at the crucifixion. The other evangelists name other women being there, but not Mary. If she was there, were they igno- rant of the fact, which doesn't seem likel): Or didn't they think it was important? Or did John speak of her on Calvary because of a theological relationship between her and the church, represented by "the beloved disciple"? Thus, in the case you mention, maybe John knew the story of the institution of the Eucharist was already well known from the other evangelists, and he wanted to explain further what the Eucharist meant. So he told a Last Supper story the others omitted: Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. We probably will never know for certain, in this life at least, the answers to such questions. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about receiving the holy Eudtarist is available by. nding a stamped, If-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IlL 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Desi00 k Arrangements .E. 5th Street Indiana 47501 30 :RVICE INC. IN W rfhm fin .. ......... ...... .... United Way increases allocation to Catholic Charities A total of $171,460 has been allocated to Catholic Chari- ties from the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, part of $3.2 million to be distributed from the 1998 campaign. The allocation to Catholic Charities is a 9.26 percent increase over the previous year. The 1998 total includes $41,460 specified by donors, andan additional $130,000 rec- ommended by the allocations committe. Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities, said he was "deeply appreciative of the confidence placed in Catholic Charities by the United Way and by the individuals who ear- marked their contributions." Among other recipients were St. Vincent's Day Care Cen- ter, with $187,167, almost 7 percent more than last year; and Carver Community Organization, $189,411, almost the same as last year. St. Vincent's is operated by the Daughters of Charity. Carv- er Community Organization is moving into former class- room space at St. John Church, Evansville. CPC supports Catholic Charities Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Evansville offers pro- grams and services for southwestern Indiana Catholics in times of need and crisis. Services include adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling, pro-life and justice and peace activities, and direct financial assistance and family counseling. The helping and healing hand of Catholic Chairties is made possible in part by the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Youth event planned Right to Life of Vanderburgh County will host a special youth event in conjunction with the April 26 spring banquet at Roberts Municipal Stadium, evansville. - Tickets are $5 each and include pizza and drinks, contempo- rary Christian music and videos, personal testimonies, skits, "and perhaps a special appearance by Right to Life's keynote speaker, Alan Keyes," according to the organization's executive director, Mike Fichter. Reservations are limited to 300. Tickets and information are available at (812) 474-3195, fax 474-3196 or e-mail rtlvc@evans- Collection this weekend: American Bishops Overseas Appeal "Planting the Seeds of Hope" is the theme of the 1998 collec- tion for Catholic Relief Services, March 21 and 22 in the Diocese of Evansville and throughout the United States. The U.S. bish- ops hope to surpass the $12.6 million received last year to pro- vide meals, teach classes, furnish agricultural equipment, care for the sick, build wells, extend relief, offer development loans and aid refugees. - Contributions go to Catholic Relief Services, Migration and Refugee Services, The Holy Father's Relief Fund, and the Department of Social Development and World Peace. INC. 426-1440 Peop.les "' I rust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON. INDIANA 47441 T Fs Tray/or Serv00e, Inc. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 UNITED SOUTHWEST BANK WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE I Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Ufe 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana I ] HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Lk:em Bonded Insu tndu,  and Reskeet P0 6o=405 TONY NAZARO  IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800.-766-2787 EdL Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 I I on 91.5