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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 rimage to new millennium a journey of conversion Service ) -- The L to step to the Third t the head of the ennium calling us place in 2001 d Paul I director of for the Lhe Jubilee diocesan and at an annual at the COnception in year looking at .," he said, "so when the year 2000 dawns on us, we have something to celebrate" and are "ready to enter into the Third Millennium as a different people." Success will depend on how well people apply Gospel values to their own lives, he said, and then move the Gospel message into society. "We need a sense of enthusiasm for the journey," he said. "the person we preach has to be Jesus Christ, and we have to preach and witness Christ with missionary zeal." Henderson said the U.S. bish- ops have chosen a millennial focus for the next five years. It's a quote from Pope John Paul II's 1994 apostolic letter 'Fertio Millennio Adveniente" ("As the Third Mil- lennium Draws Near"): "Open wide the doors to Christ." He encouraged shrine and pil- grimage directors to use this image in their planning. "The beauty of the image is that faith is an invitation to open our hearts to Jesus Christ," he said. "When we open our hearts to Jesus Christ, don't we then begin to act in a different way?" Henderson said Leviticus 25 lays out the Hebrew concept of jubilee year, "a year of favor from the Lord," when people were given the opportunity to start over. He also recommended a book -- "Proclaim Jubilee! A Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century" by Maria Harris (Westminster John Knox Press) -- in which the five principles of jubilee are given a modern context. The precepts are: let the land lie fallow, forgive debts, let captives go free, find out what belongs to whom and give it back, and cele- brate jubilee. Diocesan pilgrimage directors are in a good position to help indi- viduals, families, even parish coun- cils, do something countercultural, said Henderson, by stepping back from busy schedules for"a time for to Life Banquet: April 15. Excellent cbairback seating avaihlble -- $8. Cal Thomas' aim is always aCCurate...his is often stating. "Thisguy,sa morai etlvironrnentalist George Will \\; \\; s le See and hear Cal Thomas, one of the most influential ervative writers in the country. You won't go home Ill ROberts Stadium thinking the same way about |hlllgton as when you came in. :: "Ca/Thomas is one of the brightest, most effective Crnunicators in America...his aim is always accurate ariel his fire is often devastating." ;i' Charles Colson as the fastest growing syndicated column in the country il more than 450 newspapers, including the Evansville He's regularly featured on the Today Show, Good America and Nightline. And now he's coming to for a one night appearance. Don't miss Mr. Thomas' Iirlg (and funny) Inside look at Washington. Roberts Municipal Stadium April 15, 1997 6:45 p.m. Chalrback seating s8 ..... Ill 812-474-3195 for tickets. by Vanderburgh County Right to Life prayer and right reflection." In working with jubilee q I principles, he suggest- ed, people will be looking at how they  treat God's creation; how they practice recon- ciliation and forgive debts of all kinds; what per- sonal hang- ups or baggage hold them captive; what gifts from God need to be given back; what things, including dignit), need to be returned to others; and how a hope-filled Christian people can lift the pessimism and discouragement of others. It is important "to make these five precepts come alive in your program for the next few years," Henderson told work- shop participants. In one sense, he said, the pil- grimage becomes a catechetical process. He urged pilgrimage directors to make art and music part of their pilgrims' experi- ences, to "break open for people the rich history and tradition that we call our faith." Henderson also said jubilee themes should be woven into what is already taking place and that ongoing programs should be evaluated for effectiveness. Young adults, ages 20 to 30, represent a big challenge, he said, because "they no longer have the strong cultural and societal roots of Catholicism that past genera- tions have had." He said many are seeking spiritual roots but not necessar- ily organized religion, and they 2 0 0 B w,,,no- "different types of pilgrimages." Henderson said a good strate- gy for the preparatory period is to identify a few "doable things." One that he suggested is going back and rediscovering the docu- ments of the Second Vatican Council. He also urged planners to focus on forgiveness and reconciliation. "How can we use the next few years to really as a society think about how we forgive and how we reconcile?" he asked, adding that such conversion must touch indi- viduals, parishes, communities, church and society as a whole. Historians say only one gener- ation in 50 crosses into a new mil- lennium, he noted. "In faith, can we believe that God... has given us a unique historical moment, a special graced opportunity?" he asked. Father and Son Breakfast DRE Needed tot 368-family pans,h. New . Will locus on implementation of retigio ucation programs lot Pre- through Adult ages. - Loold 10t Serf-starter. excellent orgamzer, and team worker, Qc/t/calions:BA/BS. experience in reltgious education preferred. cert,cal or other formal experience will be considered. Availab . references and ;equests for furthe mformaton td: I II III II I I I I IIIlllll MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville. IN 424-5000 I I II iii iii II iiiii I II iiiii II I I I D'O'W'I'I'T.O-W.N