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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I 3 The effect of.the Penitential Rite of the Mass By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service importance of the sacrament about the efficacy of other the "Penitential of Mass. Uttle about this anymore. Is it a rite of tion effect? If not, what ssee) !i lrely does have reconciliation life of the church is lived in filled it may be with the gifts up of people who unfortunately "at the same time holy and . constantly pursues renewal', (Introduction to the Rite of to Peaaarice. sacrifice itself, the flagship, :ff forgiveness and healing is s that any grave (mor- tal) sin should be confessed to a priest in confession (No. 7). But, as the rite puts it, "the people of God (the church) accomplishes and perfects this continual repen- tance in many different ways ,, in addition to the sacra- ment of penance. Individually and as a body, we share Christ's suf- ferings by enduring our difficulties, doing works of mercy and charity, and trying to adopt more fully the outlook of the Gospel. Done out of love, St. Peter reminds us, such actions are redemptive, cover a multitude of sins (1 Pt 4:8) and make us a sign to the world of our conversion to God. Since repentance entails reconciliation with our brothers and sisters who are always hurt by our sins, communal penance services, for example, even when they do not include individual absolution, show more clearly the community nature of penance and forgive- ness. Listening attentively and prayerfully to the word of God in the liturgy and personal prayer are other ways of experiencing and celebrating God's mercy. And last, but certainly not least, are the penitential aspects of the eucharistic celebration, which include the Penitential Rite you mention and other parts of the Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer, the creed, the Lamb of God and so on. The church mentions each of these explicitly as part of the church's pursuit of reconciliation with God, with and through Jesus Christ (Nos. 4, 22). To answer your question then, the Penitential Rite at Mass is effective for forgiveness and reconciliation. Unfortunatel); we always want to go another step. How much "forgiveness" is available in each of these ways of reconciliation? Just as we can't put a quantity on grace, on our sharing in the life of God, we can't place a pound or quart label on which of these is "more" forgiving. We are dealing with a God whose love for us goes beyond measure, who asks us only to open ourselves to his mercy and redemptive love. We believe that the church, guidm-I by the Holy Spirit, tells us how, and helps us, to move consciously and reverently into the presence of that merc: The Penitential Rite of the Mass is among its ways of doing that. A free brochure ansu'ring questions Catholics ask about cremation and other fimeral regulations and customs is available by .,'nding a stamped, ,lf-addres'd envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IIL 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Diet- zen at the me address. IOIS COUNTY BANK NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC FI' E STAR SERVICE BANK Temporary Position 'Di Office of Communications for a full-time secretary, for vo months. Leingang, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- .69. Telephone (812) 424-5536. Fax (812) Rudy's F/ora/Des00 Fresh Flowers. Silk Arrangements Gift Items 207 N.E. 5th Street Washington, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-7200 LinC0 Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky 46 Varities of Coffees and Teas HATEVER YOUR TASTL WE CAN MATCH rr ao.* -- - ,r,;4,_." .... . P4 SEPH CATHOLIC ,.METE 5/ AND MAUSOLEUM Since 1871 h surrounds the sacred rites with the most beautiful of the most consoling of anointings and blessings. Therefore, it that the bodily remains of our loved ones, made sacred by should be placed in peaceful surroundings. lS0i St. Joseph Catholic Cem.etery ii00i! : Mesker Park Dr. Evanswlle, IN 47720 Phone (812) 423-1356 ii I I I I I I1[11 I II I Wo00h:mentionin Catholic news on the world wide web The top stories of the day and the latest accounts of papal activity are available from Catholic News Service on America Online. Readers may connect to AOL and go to keyword CNS. 10,000 churches on Intemet The Houses of Worship web site has signed on 10,000 church- es, according to a newsrelease. Chures from 50 states and ! 2 Canadian provinces, with more than 90 denominaffom  i: sented, may be accessed at http://www.housesofworship:net. Scouting Biennial Conference in Ohio The Diocese of Columbus wiU host an expected 300 persons at the thirty-fifth Biennial Conference of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, April 21-25, in Worthington, Ohio. The purpose of the conference is to help diocesan chairmen, chaplains and others to know about Catholic scouting and how to set up and operate their programs. More information is available from Kathleen Carwile, (614) 249-1447, E-mail address: Mass times on phone and on the web Travelers may find local Mass schedules throughout the Unit- ed States by calling 1-800-MassTimes or on the internet at Parishes may also use the website to have their Mass schedules included or updated. CPC supports Catholic Schools Office The Catholic Schools Office provides guidance and direc- tion to school principals, pastors, and members of local boards of education, who serve 7,804 students in Catholic schools throughout the diocese. The Catholic Schools Office is supported by contributions to the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Spring cleaning at SL Joseph Cemetery In preparation for spring, St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery will remove all artificial flowers and decorations in contact with the ground, on April 1. Ann Springer, superintendent, said anyone wishing to retain articles should remove them before the clean-up date. Marian Heights seeks host families Marian Heights Academy is seeking area families to host international students during the school's Easter break April 3-13 The young women, many from Latin American coun- tries, are boarding students at the Academ,,: For information, contact Benedictine Sister Mary" Philip Berger, (812) 367-1431. WASHINGTON-SHOALS&OCOOTEE FOR COMPLETE ! ELECTRICAL SERVICE ! scn rJCrmc Lc. i SCHNELLVILLE, IN I ......... 38241a i