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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Indulgences By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service you please explain indul- non-Catholic (Lutheran) and have Stations of the Cross with my hus- use mentions indulgences. Is this come from the holy Scrip- He didn't want to talk about it, prayers "have indulgences uaintances seem familiar little about indulgences. [me to let her know if I learn any- can deal with this in your column. you are discovering, the church is r when it speaks of indul- Catholic belief has been often and , with tragic consequences. teaching about this subject is beliefs. First, every of God's law; it also vio- Ltion established by God, to Some degree, a rejection of his love. forgiveness requires not only con- version but a reintegration of that divine order, a process which involves some painful cleansing (pur- gation), before encountering the presence of God after death. In "The Doctrine of Indulgences" (1967), which called for reform of the whole indulgence structure, Pope Paul VI pointed out that the early Christian society "was fully convinced that it was pursuing the work of salvation in community" with each other. In light of its belief in the communion of saints, he said, the church "undertook various ways of applying the fruits of our Lord's redemption to the individual faithful and of leading them to cooperate in the salvation of their brothers so the entire body of the church might be prepared" for the fullness of God's kingdom. (No. 6) For hundreds of years, the remission of temporal punishment (as distinct from eternal punishment) for sins already forgiven through prayer, fasting and good works, has been called an "indulgence." Indulgences were formally attached by the church to certain prayers and actions. Again in con- formity with Christian belief in the communion of saints, they could be applied to oneself or to those who have died. Today, the number of indulgenced prayers and works has been drastically reduced. And there is no determination of days or years, as was common pre- viously. Among other things, this avoids confusion. Con- trary to what many Catholics believed, an indulgence of one year did not mean one year off of purgatory which itself needs another column. It meant, rather, the alleviation of painful purga- tion which might be achieved through one year of fasting or other penance. It did not, therefore, directly address the question of time in purgatory. As Pope Paul explained, the main concern now is to attach greater importance to a Christian way of life, to cultivate a spirit of prayer and penance, and to practice the virtues of faith, hope and love, "rather than merely repeat certain formulas and acts" (Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1968). Great pains are taken by the church today to keep the understanding of indulgences in harmony with the Gospel and with the understanding of faith nur- tured by Vatican Council II. It is helpful to keep in mind the church's hope that, through these prayers and actions, "the faithful will be more effectively moved to live holier and more useful lives, thus healing the division between the faith which many profess, and the daily lives they lead" (Enchiridion, Observations 4). Public invited to Monastery A free brochure outlining basic Catholic prayers, beliefs and moral precepts, is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, Ill. 61651. Questions for this cohmm should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. I i nConference Wo0000,mentioning000000 50 to St. Meinrad ............................................................. ARDT go arians, and repre- and four f The- Second annual Confer- 1, the to take aal for- partici- conference and COnference's Toward in Holi- proved to be energy, as speakers from ), at and the Dio- reflected on from the you of discernment," Kluesner said. "It's nice to compare and con- trast how the Church acts in other parts of the country and what direction other seminaries provide their students and their different programs." Don Lamkin, a 25-year-old Evansville man in his second year in the School of Theology, remarked, "In a lot of ways it's supportive of the discernment process, because it gives you a chance to see other people, young and old, who are looking at the possibility of God calling them to priesthood .... It was a wonderful and -- as far as I know, the only -- opportunity to gather at the national level to celebrate what we hold dear: our Church and our priesthood." As a St. Meinrad seminarian, Lamkin said, "it was a source of joy to be able to experience this and put the event on and enable others to experience this there's a kind of joy in giving." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger presided at Saturday night Ves- pers and participated in the con- ference. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad now archbishop of Indianapolis, was also among bishops partici- pating in the conference. Michael Reinhardt is studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Phoenix at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. i i ii " to talk in your Holy Week services are open to the public at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand: Mass of the Lord's Supper, Holy Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m.; Celebration of the Lord's Passion, Good Friday, April 10, at 3 p.m.; Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 12, services begin at 6 a.m. For more information phone (812) 367-1411 or see the web site, Holy Week, Easter services at Archabbey The public is invited to St. Meinrad Archabbey for Holy Week and Easter services: Saturday, April 4 --Blessing and procession with palms, followed by Vespers, beginning at 5 p.m.; Sun- day, April 5---Mass at 9:30 a.m. and Vespers at 5 p.m.; Thursday, April 9---Mass of the Lord's Sup- per, 5 p.m.; Friday, April lO--Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at 3 pan and Vigils of Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturda April 12--Vespers at 5 p.m., and Beginning of the Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.; Sun- day, April 12--Conclusion of the Easter Vigil and Mass at 5 a.m., and Vespers at 5 p.m.; Monday, April 13---Mass at 9"30 a.m. and Vespers at 5 pan4 Tuesda April 14--Mass at 8 aan, Vespers at 5 pan. To pray for students and families Parents, grandparents and friends will join in prayer every Wednesday at 1 pan. at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, beginning April 8. According to organizers, the one hour of weekly prayer is "to seek God's help for solutions to the problems we face as parents, grandparents and friends of students and famih'es." Youth Mass celebrated every third Sunday A Youth Mass is celebrated at Resurrection Church, Evansville, every third Sunday at 6 pan. Following Mass, there is time for fellowship, with music led by Gary CYNeil. Principal celebrants have Included Benedictine Lambert Reilly from St. Meinmd. Bish- op Gerald A. Gettelfinr will preside April 19. i ii ii i ' M&S Flre & Safety Equlp. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and sooc. i the Td-state 670 E, Frsnklln 4263863 Youth speakers frequently tell of their joumey, and witness to the importance of Christ in their lives, according to Mary Ann Zenthoefer, coor- dinator. Preparing r Tornadoes ' The Disaster  Office of Catholic Char- ities USA has published the following tornado preparedness tips: 1. Know the terms used to describe tornado threats. A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted; take shelter. 2. Ask your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter about the warning signals used in your community." 3.  a NOAA Weather Radio with a bat- tery backup and tone-alert features. Purchase a battery-powered  radio and extra bat- teries. 4. Know the county in which you live. The county name is used in watches and warnings. 5. Determine places to seek shelter in or near your home. 6. Practice going to your shelter with your fam- ily. 7. Know the locations of dted shelters in places where you and your family spend time, such as public buildings, schools, nursing homes and shopp00g 00nter00 8. Have emergency supplies cm hand. 9. Make an inventory of your possesskn Take photographs or vkteo00pe your t00or00ng00 records in a safe place away from the pnanises, CPC supports aumcery operations The Catholic Parishes Campaign supports the work of the chancery. Among operations and activities irwluded are processing mixed marriage dispensations (266 in 1977); helping with histor- ical research: and devdoping and updating such documents at the Parish Pastoral Council Guide- lines, Building and Renovation Guidelines, PoE- des for the Administie of the Sacramen and the diem Marriage earation Packet. i , i , r ...... i i I [ i IHI H 1 11 l Dr. Jane A. Hormuth I CORRESSELL, INC. Chiropractic Physician ! i I I,rcA'rlJ, J 474-0704 ! 1111S Green River Rd.. Suite104 I IUlli  _ .1 " " ..... - o. If  II1" p,." Ph. DAVIESS COUNTY ABSTRACT COMPANY, INC. Joan Grannan, Mgr. Peoples Bank Building Washington, Indiana