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hMi E S SAGE ii ii ,i ,i , i The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 30 March 25, 1994 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY .) :!!!i,, ''!'::,, ,i,i, ''  }: carved by Central American artist finds a new home Details of the face of the crucified . Jesus in a wood carving are seen, at left, in a photographic display chosen for this issue of the Mes- sage as Holy Week begins. Sun- day, March 27, is Passion ( Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy : Week, culminating with the ob- servances of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the commemora- tion of the death of Jesus on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, and the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The life-size crucifix pictured here is now displayed promi- nently at the Catholic Center, Evansville. It is a gift from William and Mae Risley, Risley's Art Gallery, Evansville. Jesus from portions of a large tree. Recent attempts by the Risleys to contact him at his last known : address have been unsuccessful, What is the value of the crucifix? : At one time, it was for : sale for about $25,000, according erai churches: in pressed interest in the item at a lower cost, hut no sale was concluded, me yah gious significance is even more difficult to determine. The carv- ing is realistic without depen. dance on the gruesome details of a death by crucifixion. e i: of Jeeus is the image of a suffer- ing savior. The crown of thorns is clearly visible. The crucifix has been in storage for about 10 years at Risley's Art : roomat the ! room is used forhigh schl:: : :: : treats, meetings oft the diocese, Cursilio gatherings, ordination receptions and othe : : poses. : e ati Jose Civil name .:, Catholic Center, : Msgr,-Kenneth R; Knapp, vicar ' general, d the beautiful cag is ina i San Pedro Las :. ' j to in storage, he aaid, and it Guatemala, C.A. (Central America), .... will be seen by many more people ' ,artist : :who s continue both old and new ces during Holy Week, Easter LIINGANG Mass of the Lord's Supper on Vincennes. Father James editor Parish litur- and some .all part of the observed in A. Gettelfin- at Mass and at various Diocese of Year. Following to end the Selecting a Bishop plans liturgies is "the ce of year," ac- Ency- of three evening Holy Thursday and conclude with Vespers on Easter Sun- day. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, these three days "recall Christ's institution of the sacraments of the Holy Eu- charist and Holy Orders, his passion and death, and his tri- umphant resurrection from the dead." Many parishes have tradi- tional observances during Holy Week. Parishioners at St. Peter Celestine in Celestine, for example, will have Eu- charistic adoration Thursday evening following Mass. Relatively new among parish customs is a Passover meal. St. Peter Celestine will have its annual Seder in the Celestine Community Club on Palm Sun- day at 5 p.m. At Sacred Heart Church in Blessinger said the Seder helps to give people a greater under- standing of the Mass, which originated within the frame- work of a Jewish Passover cel- ebration. On Holy Thursday especially, the Mass of the Lord's Supper recalls the Passover meal celebrated by Jesus and the disciples on the night before he died. Sacred Heart parishioners are able to participate in the Passover Meal at the parish hall at 5:30 p.m., and then attend Mass in the Church at 7 p.m. EST. A recent custom at St. John Church in Loogootee is an anointing service held on Wednesday of Holy Week. Nursing homes in the area bring some of the participants. to join others in the parish cen- See PARISHES paEe 2