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Triduum" Deering Worship . Days" begin Thurs- Evening That days, but days Jewish t before Days are Saturday ele- Holy Thurs- the Mass of of the the and the s Sup- Litur- the Easter celebration. with a dismissal; greet- the Easter :but con- (It is this t of our I that Christmas the Litur- is i Christmas as of the b; celebrate that It is a Jesus of the love all. As for this loved his and would to the love by blood as a of our feast we him- In using John's account of the Last Supper the church shows us what Eucharist is all about; we must do more than accept the sacrament as the real presence of the body and the blood of the Lord (found in the second read- ing for this Mass from I Corinthians). We must live out the Eucharist with a life of ser- vice. The Lord is telling us to "wash some feet". After the Mass the Blessed Sacrament is carried to a place of repose. There, with simple adornments, e.g., just a few lit candles and flowers, we are given the opportunity to spend some quiet time in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, giving thanks for his great gift of love. This adoration time is not to extend beyond midnight. Everything else in the sanctu- ary is laid bare. Everything is taken away as we observe the Passion of the Lord. Palm Sunday at SL Henry Benedictine Father Camillus Ellspermann blesses palms during last year's Palm Sun- day at St. Henry Church, St. Henry. Holy Week at St. Henry begins with the young children leading the parish Palm Sunday procession. On Holy Thursday, the families enjoy an "Agape" celebration with home- made breads and wines. On Easter Sunday, the children participate in a recessional litur- gical dance with their pastor. Priest gives Clinton Good F00fld0000y ..... : ....... ' .................. ......... We enter in silence. Wereflect says he followed new for a quiet moment. A collect prayer is said asking that through the shedding of the blood of Jesus we might be made holy, and that God will watch over us always. We are not reliving an histor- ical moment. The liturgy does not celebrate history; it cele- brates mystery. The mystery cel- ebrated is always the Paschal Mysterymthe passion, death, resurrection, the giving of the Spirit, and the promised return of the Lord. (Perhaps because we don't celebrate history, this is not the time to sing "Were You There When They Crucified the Lord"; we reserve this for some of our private devotions, e.g. the Way of the Cross.) In the first reading from Isa- iah appropriately we hear one of the Suffering Servant Songs. In the second reading from Hebrews Jesus is presented as the one and only High Priest, but one who suffered. The gospel reading for Good Friday has traditionally been See EASTER TRIDUUM page 3 By BRONWEN DACHS Catholic News Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) m The parish priest of the Soweto church where U.S. Pres- ident Bill Clinton attended Mass said he was following a new South African bishops' directory on ecumenism when he gave Clinton Communion. Father Mohlomi Makobane, parish priest of Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, said he knew Clinton was likely to come up for Communion but that he had not asked permission to give it to him from Bishop Reginald J. Orsmond of Johannesburg, South Africa. Father Makobane said after he had read the Directory on Ecu- menism in Southern Africa, accepted by the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Con- ference at its plenary meeting in Pretoria in January, he "took it for granted" that Clinton would be allowed to receive the Eucharist. The priest said he gave a copy of the bishops' document to the organizers of Clinton's visit when discussing the possibility of Clinton wanting to receive Communion. Clinton, a Southern Baptist, and First .Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Methodist, joined more than 1,000 people at the March 29 Mass. Both received Communion. The Code of Canon law per- mils non-Catholics to receive Communion in a Catholic Church in cases of "grave neces- sity" if they "cannot approach a minister of their own communi- ty and on their own ask for it" and if they hold what Catholics believe about the Eucharist. The Southern African bishops" ecumenical directory says that "abstinence from ecumenical sharing is the normal state of affairs." It says that "a special need" for eucharistic sharing "can be said to exist on occasions when Christians from other churches attend a eucharistic cel- ebration for a special feast or event." "On these occasions, eucharis- tic sharing may be both mean- ingful and desirable, expressing the degree of unity that the par- ticipating Christians already have with each other," the docu- ment says. It also says: "It has been a longstanding pastoral practice in the Catholic Church not to refuse someone who comes to receive Communion in good faith. However, where possible and according to circum- stances, it may be advisable or even necessary to inform such Savings Time staff? How does it of Evansville? Wings Time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, Warrick and Spencer Time is used year round in Knox, Martin, Pike and Dubois counties. all of the diocese is on the le, 9 a.m. EST is the same as 9 a person afterward of Catholic discipline.'" Father Makobane said, "One shouldn't embarrass a president, though obviously not at the expense of Catholic Church taching." Headded that Clin- ton was "coming to our church not for a political meeting, but to pray with us at a eucharistic cel- ebration." Father Makobane added that the Gospel reading at the March 29 Mass, ]n 8:1-11, was "not pur- posely chosen to embarrass the president." The verses recount the tale of an adulteress who was saved from death by stoning by Jesus Christ, who challenged her accusers, saying the one without sin should cast the mst stone. "When I saw it (the Gospel reaSingO I thought "Oh my God," but what could I do? I had to fol- low the reading of the day," Father Makobane said. Allegations of sexual miscon- duct by Clinton are "American business, not our business," he added. South Africa was Clinton's fourth stop on his 11-day trip through subSaharan Africa, A visit with the doctor .............. ,.. Page 3 Faith Alive in Huntingburg ............. Page 9 About indulgences ................... Page 11 ,J .