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26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 30 April 4, 1997 i ca,ho,,c 00oun'at'on ' I "atura' I distributes checks | Planning ( ii ii i iW00/, :i!i: Calh01ic ,ix WOODEN Pews Service CITy (CNS) -- offers often torn by and war, II said during liturgies. has been pope said on he addressed imparted his (to the .city celebrates Christ's victory, hope . of those and the future War and h " . atred, in and the -, Pope John the flower- :ony of St. the he in front of where office said mg late, he after Mass to and still broadcast not say for Mass. skies and tulips, flOWers sent growers, the ;Creed a lilt but he from his ld East- )f the Lord con- lffering ef aid March general nng four fl cele- brations commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. In each 0f the liturgies, Pope John Paul emphasized Christ's sacrifice for the sins of humani- ty, his immense suffering and the hope his victory over death provides for those who suffer today. The pope began the long weekend of public celebrations with the Chrism Mass, blessing thesacramental oils used throughout the year and leading hundreds of priests in renewing the promises made at ordina- tion. He asked the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica to pray for their priests and for him, "that I be faithful to the apostolic service entrusted to my humble person and that each day in the midst of you I become more era living and authentic image of Christ." In the evening, celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the pope washed the feet of 12 elderly priests. They were seat- ed on a raised platform so the pope did not have to kneel down. A special collection was taken during the Mass to help finance the construction of homes for people left homeless after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. As he has done every year since 1980, Pope John Paul entered St. Peter's Basilica shortly heft)re noon March 28. Good Friday, put on a black stole and went into a confessional to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Remaining in the basilica just over an hour, the pope heard the confessions of six women and seven men. Although the ati- can press office would not iden- tify the penitents, it said the pope heard the confessions in Italian, Polish, English, Span- ish and French. In the early evening, the pope returned to the basilica for the liturgy of the Lord's passion and the veneration of the cross. As is traditional, the homily was given by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household. Just after 9 p.m., the pope began his celebration of the Sta- tions of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum surrounded by thou- sands of candle bearing wor- shippers. The pope carried a light wood- en cross at the beginning and end of the service; an Armenian archbishop, a Korean nun, an Albanian woman and a Zairian seminarian were among those who took turns bearing the cross through the ruins of the Colos- seum and outside among the crowd. The March 29 Easter Vigil Mass began with the lighting of a fire in the atrium of the basil- ica and a papal procession to the altar through a sea of pilgrims holding candles. During the Mass, which last- ed more than two hours, Pope John Paul baptized 10 adults between the ages of 17 and 50. They included two women from Albania. two young men from Zaire, a man and a woman from China, a man and a woman from Taiwan, a woman from Benin and another woman from Cape Verde. The pope offered special prayers m his homily for Alba- nia and Zaire. In his "urbi et orbi" address Sunday, the pope prayed for both places as well as for har- mony in the Holy Land and for respect for the freedom of con- science in areas, like China, where Christians cannot freely celebrate the joy of Easter. Chrism Mass I Bishop Gerald A. Ehetlger lmur$ perfume into a, l container of oil during the Chrism Mass, celebrated .| on the Tuesday evening of Holy Week.Th e led= i : oil, blessed as Holy Chrism, is one of three oils pre- + pared and blessed for use dumng the oming year :l throughout the diocese. op C, ettela.ger | are, at left, Don Lampkin, a semmarian, mid Father Brian Holtz. Bishop Gettelflnger presided at the Mass with the seven deans of the diocese at the altar and [] priests from throughout the diocese who remained | with their parishioners as part of the assembly. The Mass was le]brati at St. John the Baptist Chub.:" Newburgh. - -- Message photo by Paul R, Gate fits cult pattern of seeking better way of life rvice (CNs)  The Ven's Gate !s Suicide fit the -king a better way of life who would do anything to get there," accord- ing to an expert. "It does fit the pattern of the cult phenomenon today," said Father James J. LeBar, Catholic chaplain at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Pough- keepsie, N.Y., and consultant for the Archdiocese of New York on cult matters. "And unfortunately (it) reached the ultimate conclusion when they gave up or lost their lives," he said. Father LeBar said reports that members typically used no alcohol or drugs and lived celi- bately also fit the pattern. All this would be "for the sake of that which is to come," he said. The victims -- 2 r women and 18 men -- were found lying peacefully on cots and bunks in a million-dollar mansion in the exclusive gated community of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. A trian- gular purple cloth shrouded the face and chest of each, with the single point of the triangle pointing downward. Among the dead was the group's 66-year-old leader, Mar- shall Herff Applewhite, also know as "Do," who once studied at the Union Theological Semi- nary in Richmond, Vs., and sub- sequently taught music in the late 1960s at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institu- tion in Houston. The university reportedly said Applewhite was fired in 1970 because of "health problems of an emotional nature." Before Heaven's Gate, he led other groups called Total Overc)mers Anonymous and H.I.M. i ' To the Catholics of the Oiocue of Evansville: This edition is [ one of six issues of the Message to be mailed to every registered I Catholic,household this year. Two dollars of each Catholic Church | member s contribution pays for these n-wide  ! l , l; i ,l l II {i I r l ,,m ; . ; ,, l diocese switches to Daylight and schools in five counties -- Gibson, and Warrick --join the resi- COmmunity, switching to Daylight Say- 6. ta the diocese remain on Eastern Stan- ,he /ear. to some extent, since, for is the same as 10 a.m. CDT.