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The Messag -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 31 April 1, 1994 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY ili ) i i   i  , i  I , ,.:i : ,., 'iq ; ]:: of Easter and immortality. The bulb decays in the ground, yet from it Christian iconography also uses the lily as a symbol of purity and it to Mary, St. Joseph, and to Jesus himself. -- Message photo by Phil Boger Church welcomes 250 new Church will Vaerabers on to in- ,ed to the aes in the e that are Rites of this year. reported Catechu. dates for be initi- ate their ed by the 'cs on Holy Saturday g "" Cate- chumens: Samantha Preske, Amber Treleven; Candidates: Daniel Preske, Mark Werner, Michelle Werner. Good Shepherd, Evans- ville -- Catechumens: Brian Dougan; Candidates: Grant Gerling, Jane O'Tain, Ronda Schuler, Troy Wening, Jan Laufer, Jeanette Wolf, Laura David, Jolene Kuntz, Kristina Hoehn, Jeff Achilles. Holy Rosary, Evansville -- Catechumens: Leigh Hilborn, Lisa Knies; Candi- dates: Tony Tornatta, Kristen Oates, Richard Young, Katie Sloat, Marlene Shaw, Gary Tilley. Nativity, Evansville -- Catechumens: Shawn Hensley, Carolynne Oldham, Heather Fleming, Andrew Murray, Kyle Murray, Kaylan Sloan, Kara Sloan, Kacey Sloan, Scott Burke, Debra Oliver, Marci Scheller: Candidate: Kelly Eubanks. St. Benedict, Evansville -- Catechumens: Melissa Smeltzer; Candidates: Jen- nifer Bridges, Michael Bros- hears, Kathy Dallas, Charity Hall, Seth King, Brad Kil- patrick, Marie Maxwell, Kathryn Marie Staley. See LOCAL Page 11 An Easter letter from Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Christ, The deep freeze of January is but a memory. The trans- forming power of nature is revealing itself in the tenderest of buds and blossoms of spring. How priileged we are to live in a climate where the renewal of nature coincides with the mystery of our salvation, the glorious celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead! Songbirds have been reminding us about the coming of spring for well over a month. As we have been exercising our Lenten practices of spiritual house cleaning and renewal, all sorts of wild animals seem to burst forth from hibernation. The hope of spring has kept our spirits uplifted. The cele- bration of Easter sustains us in the hope of eternal life. The rhythms of life around us and within us are indeed transforming. Our senses keep "us in touch with the changes. The more we take note of them, the greater our joy. Beauty in the world around suggests but a hint of God's infinite beauty. The spirit within us, won by Jesus' death on the cross and given us in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, the sacraments of initiation, indeed can change us. The more we cooperate with God's life in us, the more quickly we will find God's beauty in each other. Despite the awful devastation of natural disasters, the earth seems able to renew itself. We too, when personal and social sin destroy our relationship with God and each other, by Jesus' love, are forgiven. We are empowered by the Spirit to renew our lives as ,we await the fulfillment of the promise of Resurrection for each of us. Easter could not be celebrated except for Good Friday. We must take notice that Jesus had to die that we might live. The fact is, He did it -- and more! Jesus loves us to the end! May your senses bring you great joy as you witness the transformation of spring. May Easter renew the freshness of God's eternal life within you. Let us remember each other at prayer as we celebrate the sacred mysteries. F]in Christ, G;l(al A. Gettelfiisl,r5 p of Evansnl: r II YOUR SUBSCRIPTION is important to us. is now being mailed to you with the assistance of a new computer program. is in the care of Amy Housman, who manages our circulation infor- mation at the Message. After all of the names of our sub- scribers are entered and updated in our new system, corrections and ad, dress changes will take only a few seconds to complete. We have not yet reached that stage, and all necessary more time. address at right. If it is correct, you address is incorrect, please contact Amy. You may tear off the address label, note the necessary changes, and mail it to the Meuage, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169. Or call Amy at (812) 424-5536 or  - (800) 637.1731. ....... i ir ii i _L_