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;:.:. 12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 5, 1991 Magic of Words By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Major changes in our parish life A funny thing happened on the way to a Parish Council meeting. Arriving at proper group decisions is the goal. Sometimes what starts out as a clear direction becomes sidetracked by other issues. That's what this story is about. A desire was expressed over the past months that we look into some way of dealing with our Mass schedules. Between the first and second Masses on Sunday morning we have a two-hour space. Between the next three Masses there is an hour and a half for each. The thought was to provide some extra time for socializing and for emptying the parking lot in time for the next group to arrive comfortably. For a number of people it is quite important to carry tim concept of community beyond the limits of the worship time itself. A second problem asserts itself. While some may be talking and socializing, others may want to come early to have time for private prayer. Thus another conflict of space and time. In the wisdom of our Parish Council a survey was taken for various options of Mass schedules. One included the possibility of a Sunday evening Mass. Wouldn't you know it! By a three-to-two margin people marked the schedule that included a Sunday evening Mass. We decided that was unclear, so we put out another survey to determine if a large number were really interested in the Sun- day evening time, or whether they were more in- terested in the morning schedule. Even that wasn't conclusive. What was ob- vious was that three Masses on Sunday morning didn't seem to be enough to handle the present number in our present church. There weren't" many who said they would attend the Sunday evening Mass on a weekly basis, but a large number in- dicated that occasionally they would avail themselves of the service. With some regularity people report seeing large numbers of our parishioners down at neighboring Holy Rosary Church at their 5:15 p.m. Sunday Mass. So to put this whole issue to a test, we will check it out in this fashion. Starting April 21 we will add a 5:30 p.m. Mass here at St. John. The experimental period is not to exceed 12-weeks. We are going into this quickly to pick up a testing while children are still in school, as well as summer schedules. We figure we'll know what the situation is by the end of that period. There is no doubt that the major brunt of change will fall on the priests and parish staff in- volved with liturgy. I can't see us doing this light- ly, because we need to conserve the energies of our people resources. At the same time, if people real- ly are undergoing a cultural shift in times of wor- ship, we need to be attuned to that. Since we are maintaining our present Sunday morning schedule through this period of testing, you can readily see that we haven't totally ad- dressed the situation that began the flurry of surveys. But such is parish life these days! We did find out from comments on the surveys that a number of people want a no frills approach to Sunday Masses. "Keep the homilies short." "Cut down on the music." "Cut out all those other things. Just the basics." "We don't need announcements. We can read the bulletin." We console ourselves with the understanding that dissatisfied voices speak loudest and first. Satisfied voices don't come forward until they recognize that others are about to Ihrow things overboard. Do some of these stories reflect life in your parish? Probably so. Have a good week. Blessings on you and your families. Focus on family I I 1991Catholic Charides statement urges public policy initiatives WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A 1991 Catholic Charities USA draft policy statement on the family urges public policy in- itiatives be taken related to the nation's economy, health, housing, adolescent pregnancy and services to families and children. The draft, to be debated at the 1991 Catholic Charities USA Congress this fall in Los Angeles, was published in the March-April issue of Charities USA, a publication sent to members of the organization. Among other recommenda- tions, under the heading of adolescent pregnancy the draft calls for: -- Increased funding at the local, state and federal levels for pregnancy prevention, outreach and support services to help youngsters develop self- esteem and avoid sexual inter- course prior to marriage. -- State initiatives, in cooperation with the voluntary sector, to assist pregnant adolescents and offer them "a real choice" between abortion and giving birth. --ncreased funding for federaI programs, such as the Adolescent Family Life Act, which promote research, Maternity Continued from page 5 at $500,000. The rules for anolher part of the new law, of. feriHg grants to maternity hon.s, have not yet been writien. AJ application for a materni- ty home tax credit is available from the Maternal and Child Health Division of the Indiana State Board of Health, P.O. Box 1964, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1964. pregnancy prevention, service women and people of color for assure job security, government support for transi- delivery and positive alter- their work in the public and Concerning services to tional housing and support ser- natives to abortion, private sectors, including families and children, it calls vices to assist homeless In the area of the economy, Catholic Charities agencies" for: families. the draft urges making the tax and steps to correct these -- Quality child care for all Onhealth: system more equitable. It also .policies. families with children under -- Increased emphasis on ex- calls for a basic floor for income Related to child support, it 13. pending eligibility for maintenance programs of 50 recommends: -- Reform of the juvenile Medicaid so that everyone percent of median family in- -- Putting Social Security justice system so that children's below the poverty line is come and a comprehensive, numbers of both parents on crimes against society "are covered byit. universally available, non- child birth certificates so that viewedas related.., to society's -- Universal access to health categorical income both father and mother of every failure to adequately provide care for all pregnant women maintenance program which is child are identified, for the early care, protection and children in hopes of reduc- federally funded and ad- -- Establishing a uniform for- and formation ofchildren." ing the infant mortality rate. ministered, mula for child support. Onhousing: -- A "better balance" in Among recommendations -- Deduction by employers of -- Federal government in- health care services between related to the role of women, child support payments, itiatives to provide two-, three- high-tech medicine and the draft calls for: Failure by absent parents to par- and four-bedroom dwelling primary care. -- Policies and programs that ticipate would be an offense units to make housing oppor- "reflect a value for the paid and comparable to tax evasion, tunities available to people, :::-/= -:::-:-:::i unpaid work that womendo." On the issue of parental esloecially low-income families, -- Examination of existing leave, the draft urges passage of not being served by the conven- pay policies that "undervalue a bill that would establish tional housing market. and consequently underpay parental leave policies and --Federal, state and local JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE Buehlers I.G.A. 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