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2 The Mess__ge -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Parishes "Continued from page 1 ter at 11 a.m. They have an anointing, Mass, and a meal together. Many parishes throughout the diocese will have a foot washing during the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. Washing feet, or a variation of such a cere- mony, is used to emphasize the mission of service which Jesus established. At Holy Name Church in Bloomfield, members of the parish wash each others' hands during the Mass on Holy Thursday. Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer, parish life coordi- nator at Holy Name, said the variation of the foot-washing ceremony was chosen so that all of the people are able to partici- pate in the sign of service. At All Saints Church in Can- nelburg, three members of the parish council will be joined by three members of the parish council from All Saints Church in Daviess County, for a cere- monial washing of their hands. Father Frank Renner, pastor of All Saints and St. Mary Churches, presided at a joint penance service on Monday, March 21. Most parishes have a special Reconciliation service" towards the end of Lent, often with priests from surrounding parishes helping. Father Rennet will celebrate Palm Sunday Masses and Good Friday services'at each of the churches in his care. The Easter vigil held at All Saints is for members of both parishes. Father Kenneth Graehler also takes care of two parishes. He will celebrate each day of the Triduum at each parish, St. Mary Church in Sullivan and St. Joan of Arc Church in Jasonville. Good Friday is a day of fast- ing and abstinence. It is also the only day of the year when Mass is not celebrated. There are three parts to the Good Friday"liturgy -- Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion using hosts consecrated at Mass on Holy Thursday. St. John Church in Loo- gootee is the host church this year of an ecumenical service on Good Friday. All participat- ing churches in the Loogootee area take a turn hosting the service, which will be held this year in the Catholic Church at noon on Good Friday. Many parishes welcome newly-initiated adults into the Church on Holy Saturday. Parish receptions for the new Catholics typically follow the Easter Vigil. One such recep- tion is planned for the new Catholics in the parish commu- nity at Celestine. St. John Church in Newburgh is among churches where an im- mersion rite of Baptism is cele- brated. Seven people--two chil- dren and five adults--will be baptized at the Easter Vigil Mass on H01y Saturday. The parishioners "have re- ally grown to appreciate Bap- tism by immersion," according to Bev Okey, RCIA Director at St. John in Newburgh. She said the people have "have really latched on to the symbolism" of going down into the water and rising again to new life. Bishop Gettelfinger will pre- side at services in Evansville, Fort Branch and Red Brush -- starting with Mass on Palm Sunday at 9 a.m. CST, at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Holding diocesan liturgies at parishes throughout the diocese is a tradition following the sale and demolition of Assumption Cathedral in Evansville in 1965. Before Vatican II, the last two weeks before Easter were known as "Passiontide" and in- cluded "Passion Sunday" and "Palm Sunday." The revised calendar combined the two themes and two ancient tradi- tions. The blessing and proces- sion with palms is a tradition which originated in Jerusalem. The proclamation of the Pas- sion began in Rome. (For more information, see the gospel commentary by Father Donald Dilger, page 10.) The diocesan Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Bene- dict Church, Evansville, on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. CST. Chrism is a mixture of oil and balsam used for liturgical anointing. It is used at Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and for the blessing of an altar. Chrism was also formerly used at the coronation of kings. At the Chrism Mass, Bishop Gettelfinger will bless three containers of holy oils--the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick and holy chrism. The symbolism of chrism "is both royal and priestly, there- fore fitting for both the royal priesthood of all Christians and the hierarchical priesthood of Orders," according to Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic En- cyclopedia. Priests and parish- ioners from all of the parishes in the diocese are invited to the Chrism Mass at St. Benedict Church on Tuesday of Holy Week. RUXER On Holy Thursday, March 31, Bishop Gettelfinger will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, at 7 p.m. CST. The bishop will preside at Good Friday Services at St. Rupert Church, Red Brush, on April 1, at 7:30 p.m. CST. The diocesan celebration of the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil will be held at St. Agnes Church, Evansville, on Satur- day, April 2, at 8 p.m. CST. On Easter Sunday, April 3, the bishop will preside at Res- urrection Church, Evansville, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Easter Sunday is the first day of Day- light Savings Time in portions of the diocese. Since daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 3, the Easter Vigil will be cele- brated on Standard Time throughout the diocese, while some 'areas of the diocese will celebrate Easter Sunday Masses on Daylights Savings Time. Parishes in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties observe Day- light Savings Time. All other parishes in the diocese remain on Eastern Standard Time throughout the year. Among non-liturgical cele- brations of the season is a tra- ditional activity with Easter symbolism of its own: an Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Junior High Youth Group at St. John Church in Loogootee. 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