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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- Magic of Words -- What impact will new catechism have? Coming soon to bookstores or directly to homes where ordered is the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church." This is the first such universal catechism pro- duced in 400-years. Who will be helped? Who will be hurt? Wehope that no one will be hurt by an orderly presentation of our faith. The structure of the cat- echism is fourfold. There are sec- tions on the creed, the sacra- ments, Christian life and morality, and prayer. Father Berard L. Marthaler, editor of "The Living Light," the U.S. Catholic Conference quar- terly review of religious education, catechetics and pastoral ministry, stated recently that the new catechism might have an impact on homi- lies. His contention is that priests may use the text as a reference work and, therefore, provide better catechetical material for their homilies. Father Marthaler also notes that the cate- chism will not automatically improve homilies. The very discussion that this implies is that the homily is the place to impart catechetical in- struction. The whole stress in this generation of post Vatican II times is that the homily will help By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK COLUMNIST break open the Word of God that was proclaimed at Mass. Further, the Word and its clarification is to lead to insights for the individ- ual to live more attuned to God's rhythm, or inspire to a closer union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The homily is to gather the people to a more fruitful time of common prayer and worship. It is to let the Spirit of God be known and felt in the midst of busy and distracted lives. This is in distinc- tion to the sermon, which gave emphasis to the teaching role of preaching. As a parish priest, I have been encouraged now and then to use the precious moments of the homily time as a teaching time. For instance, a teaching series might involve spending ten Sundays talking about the Ten Commandments. Or another possibility might be to speak on the Sacraments on seven successive Sundays. Some may remember that this approach to preaching was the norm as we entered into the Vatican Council II era. As tempting as the teach- ing style might be today, it seems to fly in the face of worship and the Word of God that is given for us to proclaim and reflect on Sunday :::i:ill by Sunday. There are a number of books lished these days designed to present a and systematic approach toward theology through the Sunday readings. This is being attempted for liturgies of the word for dren. It is also a major challenge in the programming. The difficulty is that the time allotted ] homily is not very long. To presume that few minutes even come close to for an adequate explanation of faith and practice is unreasonable. We are grammed by television to receive short sound bytes. Such a preach to faith presentation is inadequate.! Ross Perot recognizes the need for a longer: fomercial time to deal with nuanced and cated issues. We'll withhold judgements on the chism until it is published and in catechism may be of great benefit for a swer to a question or concept. Even then, a: answer is but the beginning. Catech only point the way to further exp study. Such a reference tool, though, necessity for each Catholic of us could benefit from a hasic starting study, prayer and understanding. Golden Jubilarians William and Catherine (Brenner) Gries of St. James will cele- brate their sixtieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. April 3 at St. James Church, St. James. All friends and relatives are invited to a reception which will follow the Mass. Their daughter, Ruth Ann Mag- ness of Ohio, will host the reception. They were married Feb. 28, 1933, at St. Philip Church, St. Philip. They have 12 grand- children and seven great-grandchildren. 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