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lev  Service The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 church scandals, thousands find "Good News'... 00of-00od"00 ..... new Christians to seek to be- from methods used by modern zation does not receive feed- cateclmmnah! ' "" come full-fledgedmembers of European missionaries work- back on total numbers. ;HINGTON (CNS) -- all the bad news about sex Scandals and isc, mduct, the r harbors an Source of good as well -- a process ,US rids of Ameri- find their way to Church. the assess- B. Dun- Lss long been in- :al work and ;he North Ameri- the Catechume- the Washington arch telephone ( atholic News DUnning com-  nationwide phe- of new the church nten-Easter sea- itiqnal time for T the community. The enthusiasm of the new- comers is often "good for (long- time) Catholics," he said. "Sometimes, they don't see be- yond.these cases" of scandal that grab national attention, he said. Yet, the truth -- and a source of great hope -- is that thousands of Americans yearly go out of their way to join the church, the human imperfec- tions of some of its followers notwithstanding, Father Dun- ning said. Father Dunning, a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, be- came immersed in his special- ized ministry following the Vatican's issuance in 1972 of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. The rite includes processes of prayer and preparation for baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist. Although developed uicidal? Feeling Hopeless? HELP LINE -800-852-7279 confidential assessments and help! 'RAL HEALTH CENTER 00:.ORIAL zP,. HOSPITAL rld {ealt|l (;tire (;entet- "-treet & .];ts|)('l ll'l|i;,,lt;I & |/tH*--)'23"t ingin Africa, the rite isbased on customs of the early Christ- ian church for catechetical for- mation and reception of adult converts. Trained in France, Father Dunning began advising U.S. Catholic groups, and then, re- sponding to numerous parish and academic requests for a national network of assistance, established the North Ameri- can Forum in 1981. "I thought we'd do four or five years of this, and then self- destruct -- go out of busi- ness," he said of his organiza- tion. Instead, he said, "it just burgeoned." He estimated that the forum has reached at least 60,000 people through its workshops and similar pro- grams. "Now, people are telling us: "You are probably here for a good long while,,' he said. People still seek out the church in large numbers, he said. For example, some 2,400 new Catholics joined the church in Chicago in 1993 and the Chicago experience was hardly .unique, he said. Nationwide, 47 dioceses re- sponding in spring 1993 to a Catholic News Service survey reported some 23,400 catechu- mens and candidates partici- pating in diocesan rites. Those figures represent about one-fourth of the dioce- ses in the country. Father Dunning said he an- ticipates similar interest this rear, but noted that his organi- I He explained tha thenew Catholics generally fail into three categories: The first group consists of those who have never been Christians. For them, the training in faith usually in- volves a yearlong catechume- nate. The second group, whose needs may be similar to that of the first, consists of people who were baptized as Christians but never really raised in the Christian faith. The third group, sometimes the largest number of Catholic recruits in a parish or diocese, is comprised of those who have been practicing Christians in such congregations as the Episcopal or Lutheran churches. Early in Lent, those prepar- ing to become Catholics that Easter enter a final period of preparation. Catechumens de- clare their desire to be initi- ated into the church, while the others who were already Chris- tians cite their desire to enter into the full life of the church. The Rite of Christian Initia- tion of Adults includes a series. of liturgical rites, culminating in the celebration at the Easter Vigil of the sacraments of bap- tism, confirmation and first Eucharist. Because the catechumenate is envisioned as a yearlong pro- gram, it can be timed well to fit in with the Easter Vigil, Fa- ther Dunning said. r '00LOW G,o KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6939 : HOME hat,el, 214 E. 7th ,el. ]3rd Newton JASPER LUMBER CO. 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The concept of a small faith community survived the cata- combs and took root in some, what different form in the early monasteries, he added. He noted that not all poten:. tial new Catholics need year- long training. Candidates com- ing from other Christian churches often have a strong faith already and thus, "they can be received any time of year," Father Dunning said. Recent years have seen the arrival of another group of would- be parishioners: Catholics who parted company with the institutional church at some point in their lives but now seek to return. They in- clude not only those who con- sider themselves to have been sinful in some way, but also those who were "angry with the church, wounded by the church," he said. The North American Forum has developed special outreach just for them, he said. His name for it is "Re-Membering." Pope celebrates Palm Sunday with youth VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II, celebrating Palm Sunday with thousands of young people, praised their enthusiasm and courage in proclaiming their faith in Jesus. The March 27 Mass in St. Peter's Square marked the an- nu celebration of World Youth Day and the formal be- ginning of preparations for the next international gathering of young people with the pope, to be held in January 1995 in Manila. Young people from the United States, host of the 1993 international gathering, passed the World Youth Day cross to young people from Philippines at th end of the Mass. Forces in the modern world, like the authorities who watched the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem commemorated on Palm Sunday, try to silence those who would cry out, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," the pope told the young people. Jesus' response that "if they keep silent, the stones would cry out," is a challenge to all Christians and one that young Catholics have accepted, the pope said. "We watch with astonish- ment how young people raise their voices, They speak with a strong voice. They speak in various places throughout the world and their voices must tie heard."