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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Spring is a time for change By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic New Service THE MUMMERS DANCE in circles and in rows/And so the journey/Of the night descends/When all the shades are gone A garland gay we bring you here/And at your door we stand/It is a sprout well-budded out/The work of our Lord's hand When in the springtime of the year/When the trees are crowned with leaves/When the ash and the oak/And the birth and the yew/Are dressed in rib- bons fair (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written and sung by Loreena McKennitt Copyright (c) 1997 by Quinlan Road Ltd. When owls call the breathless moon/In the blue veil of night/The shadows of the trees appear/Amidst the lantern light REFRAIN We've been rambling all the night/And some time of the day/Now returning back again/We bring a garland gay Who will go down to/Those shady groves/And sum- mer the shadows there/And tie a ribbon on/Those sheltering arms/In the springtime of the year The songs of birds/Seem to fill the wood/That's when the fiddler plays/All their voices can be heard/Long past their woodland days (REPEAT REFRAIN) "And so they linked/Their hands and danced/Round Do you think that pop/rock is changing? It seems so to me. Country recordingstars and Chris- tian music artists have crossed over to the pop/rock charts. Even with all this evolution in pop music, I was surprised to hear Loreena McKennitt's beautiful voice on my local pop/rock station. Her "The Mum- mer's Dance" is currently on several Billboard's charts. I would not have expected her to be hanging around with the likes of Pearl Jam, Celine Dion or Boyz II Men! McKennitt is a star in what is called Celtic music. I've really enjoyed her work on several New Age discs. However, I wasn't thinking that I would hear her on the radio. Clearly, I need to expand my understanding about what forms today's pop music. "The Mummer's Dance" is off her new CD "The Book of Secrets." This disc offers cuts with a variety of spiritual themes. In fact, the cover jacket even COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). bourne's streets, buildings and surrounding environs, but with nothing else going on, the fast- paced action is too contrived to be anything more than tiresome. Much stylized violence, menace, sexual innuendo and coarse lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-III q adults. The MPAA rat- ing is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Niagara Niagara" (Shooting Gallery) Tortured tale of runaway teen lovers (Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas) turns into tragedy when the girl runs out of her Tourette's syndrome medication and substitutes liquor and pills in a vain attempt to take the edge off her wild outbursts. Directed by Bob Gosse, the formula road movie evokes some sympathy for the afflicted teen in what is otherwise a tired story of out- casts on the run. Brief sexual encounters, much substance abuse, frequent profanity and continuous rough language. The USCC classification is A-IV adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R q restricted. "Primary Colors" (Universal) Political satire involving a charismatic Southern governor (John Travolta) whose campaign for his party's presidential nom- ination is threatened by allega- tions of extramarital affairs. Directed by Mike Nichols from Elaine May's script, the candi- date's character is given super- ficial treatment, though some- keen observations are made along the way on the political process and ethical compromis- es. Fleeting violence including a suicide, various implied affairs, recurring profanity and much rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R  restricted. "A Rat's Tale" (Legacy) Disappointing family fantasy in which a pair of enterprising "Mr. Nice Guy" (New Line) Overdone martial arts extrav- aganza in which an Australian TV chef from Hong Kong (Jackie Chart) finds himself pursued by a drug lord (Richard Norton), then decides to fight back and single- handedly demolishes his entire gang. Directed by Samo Hung, the plot serves up one breathless chase after another through Mel- includes a quote from the pher Lao-Tzu. Like I said, pop changing! I'd call McKennitt's hit song reflects old European coming of spring. Now, you may be more spring's arrival in out, and it's time to relax in the sun, box outside and catch a few raysi Spring brings new energy intc often begin to think about our liw Spring's arrival can remind us i for our lives includes opF change. No matter what our past different. The question becomes: to make these changes? One way to assess this when your life feels boring, Perhaps you need some new need to visualize living in new, In the Catholic tradition, Lent, a time of personal change Lent invites us to ask how we grow in ways that manifest God's Lent and spring are " Allow the gift of new energy, newt dreams to provide further hope your life. Your comments Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, rats save their community by boy's finding an antidote to a new terms rodent poison in flowers grow- ing in a long-lost magical gar- den under the granite founda- cation tion of tion of Manhattan. Directed by Michael F. Huse, the German production mixes live-action American characters and set- tings with beautifully crafted German marionettes and studio backgrounds, but the thin story of talking animals and magical powers is too belabored to hold interest or much charm. The USCC classification is A-I general patronage. The MPAA three rating is G  general audiences. "Wide Awake" (Miramax) Disarming tale of a 9-year-old Catholic schoolboy (Joseph Cross) whose depression over the death of his grandpa (Robert Loggia) leads him to search for signs that God and heaven real- ly exist. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan deftly captures the child's sincerity and suggests the caring presence of God in the Trashy police crosses the most abuse, offensive. Special television: "From Jesus to Christ" on. EWTN's fare (all times CDT): Palm Sunday Mass live from the Basilica of the Nation- al Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, 11 a.m. April 5. Meditations led by Father Benedict Groeschel, a Conven- tual Franciscan of the Renewal, 8 p.m. April 5 and 5:30 p.m. April 12. "Michelangelo's Pieta," a documentary on the sculpture, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, repeat- ed 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 1 p.m. Good Friday, April 10, and WASHINGTON (CNS) Broadcast and cable outlets have planned a variety of spe- cial programming for Holy Week and Easter. PBS will air a two-part series, "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians," as part of its "Front- line" news package. Slated to air Monday-Tues- day, April 6-7, 8 to 10 p.m. CDT, on WNIN, the two two-hour shows will look at the time and place where Jesus lived and preached, plus examine the writing of the Gospels and the Mass of the Lord's Supper live from the national shrine in Washington, 4:30 p.m. April 9, repeated 11:30 p.m. Choral meditations on the Passion live from the national shrine, 1:30 p.m. April 10, repeated 3 a.m. April 11. Commemoration of the Lord's Passion live from the national shrine, 2 p.m. April 10, repeated 3:30 a.m. April 11. The Way of the Cross from the Colosseum in Rome with the pope, 6 p.m. April 10. "Giotto: Easter Mystery," a suey- @ 6. t4tt-eenury. "O11 on the during artist's frescoes and sculpture, 5 p.m. April 11, repeated 1 p.m. April 12. Easter Vigil service live from the national shrine, 7 p.m. April 11. 11 a.ra. Easter Mass live from the a ,'Te national shrine, 11 a.m. April 12. Easter Mass with the pope drama from St. Peter's Square in Rome, ciai 6 p.m. April 12. place in Programming of interest to ish Catholics on Odyssey includes: repeat Chrism Mass from St. "- Patrick's Cathedral in New York prayer with Cardinal John J. O'Connor, 8 a.m. Xa.m..Apri I  ................ ,va, ri of CPf ........... q- l:m: Sat-ardy;Aprf1-1t: ....