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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Baprisms at M ass By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service '.Our new pastor has begun having if requested. Otherwise afternoon. we have not only parents, the altar after the and video recorders in gation applauds, and Mass told me he disagrees. Noth- the continuity of the Mass, he special liturgies (funerals, tions are expected by the right? (New York) s liturgy provides for, and ds, the celebration dur- ents except penance. and marriage (at least tholic) are routinely cele- The ritual for care of the sick includes a ceremony for anointing of the sick after the homily at Mass. It is just assumed that baptism of adults will ahvays take place at Mass, either at the Easter Vigil or another time (Christian Initiation of Adults, 209). Baptism of children may be celebrated during Sunday Mass "so the entire community may be present and the necessary relationship between baptism and the Eucharist may be clearly seen" (Rite of Baptism for Children, 9). Interestingly, the quote I just gave regarding bap- tism of children ends by saying, "This (baptism at Sunday Mass) should not be done too often." The concern is, of course, that the practice could become tedious for people, and inappropriately lengthen the Mass. That does not need to happen. Some parts of the baptism ceremony, (naming and signing of the child with the cross, blessing of the baptism water if neces- sary) may be done privately before Mass. Other parts may be omitted or are already included in the Mass(Scripture reading, profession of faith, the Lord's Prayer, final blessings). In my experience, if well prepared, a baptism need not add more than a few minutes to the Mass. And the photo extravaganza can easily be controlled. So, while there's nothing wrong or improper with what your pastor is doing, much depends on what a parish is accustomed to, how it understands the con- nection between baptism and Eucharist, and how the ceremony is carried out. Question: Who were the Nicolaitans? In Revela- tion, Jesus commends one church for ha them and praises another for condemning then(Rev. 2:6,15). What was their problem? (Missou Answer: Apparentl); the Nicolaitans were one of several sects or trends in early Christianity attacked by the apostles for their rejection of any moral norms and their ambiguity in cooperating with Roman sac- rifices to idols. As a form of gnosticism, it seems the Nicolaitans were among those who claimed a "higher" knowl- edge than other Christians, a knowledge John refers to as "the deep secrets of Satan" (Rev 2:24). A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament of pevancc 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. : 2i! i : i / i i ii in Ferdinand and farmers are invited to participate in seeds and soil during the annual Roga- in Ferdinand, April 14. The service r Immaculate Conception, at 7 ! will process to St. Ferdinand Church of the service. Bishop Gerald A. 'Will preside. $25,708 the Ninth Annual Big at the Holiday Inn--Airport in according to Glenda Ossenberg, )ment for the Evansville Catholic Schools. The event cleared Will be used for the operating bud- Memorial high schools. for the many volunteers who Bingo," said Ossenberg, "particular- Mater Dei and Memorial mbers, and several parishes, local businesses." thanked all who attended, and to return next year for the Big Bingo again at the Holiday Inn-Air- I(nights award truck prize is the winner of a 1974 Interna- the raffle prizes at the annual Cast- Degree Knights of Columbus, Church, Evansville. the Knights' activities go to various ng the Catholic Church, clergy is the patriotic degree of the For more information contact Faithful Navigator Tony Nazario (800) 766-2787, or in Gibson County at 768-5207. Help for troubled marriages Couples seeking help and healing in their mar- riages are invited to the next Retrouvaille Weekend, May 1-3 at Mount St. Joseph Center in Maple Mount, Ky. After the weekend, couples continue with six more sessions designed to help them work through their problems and thrive in their relatiorhil. ..... Retrouvaille weekends are led by three couples who have salvaged their own marriages. Confiden- tiality is enforced, and spouses participating in a weekend are not asked to discuss their relationship with "anyone but each other. For more information, contact Tom and Karen Heil- ers, Retrouvaille of Owensboro, 1829 Asbury Place, Owensboro, KY 42303. Telephone (502) 686-1967 or (800) 470-2230. E-mail CPC supports youth and young adult ministry Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to 500 young people at a diocesan youth day, directing the spiritual conversion of dozens of young person dur- ing a Teens Encounter Christ weekend, encouraging the faith development of students attending college in our diocese, combining the Catholic faith with healthy activities and good fellowship for hundreds of children attending a summer session at the Out- postthese and other programs for the next genera- tion of Catholics take place each year through the Office of Youth and Young Adult Formation, with the help of pledges to the Catholic Parishes Campaign. St. Meinrad receives technology grant The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have award- ed a $100,000 grant to St. Meinrad School of Theolo- gy to help fund the school's $1.5 million computer technology plan. The four-phase plan will provide the school with a campus-wide computer network. Ondessonk invites campers Vanessa Alvarec, representing Camp Ondessonk in southern Illinois, will speak at several parishes in the Docese of Evansville to invite students in religious education classes to attend the camp. Alvarec is a Alan Keyes to speak at banquet Alan Keyes, described by a Vanderburgh County Right to Life publication as "the most popular ban- quet speaker ever to appear before the local Right to Life banquet, will return to Roberts Stadium, Tues- day, April 28. Keyes was twice nominated as a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, and ran for the presidency in 1996. He is an author, radio and teleAsion program host, and a frequent program guest.  Thanks from Campaign for Human Development A letter to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger from the Cmpaign for Human Development thanked the "faithful of the Diocese of Evansville for your most generous contribution of $14,012... to [help] bring the Church's social teaching to life by addressing the root causes of poverty in this country." St. Mary-of-the-Woods College seeks $21 million St. Mary-of-the-Woods College publicly announced March 21 a $21 million fundraising effort for capital improvements and other projects. According to the announcement, the drive is now in the third of seven years, with $8 million already pledged. "an leaders show support for common date for Easter dox priest and director of the WCC's Program for Unity and Renewal. In an April 7 telephone inter- view, Father Fitzgerald said "it could be that in a few years Eastern and Western churches will be celebrating Easter on the same day." Writing to the WCC in reac- tion to the plan, Cardinal emus let- Edward I. Cassidy, head of the prominent Pontifical Council for Promot- said Father ing Christian Unity, said "the ... Ca.th_oltc. C00urch 00agy_ t.o. P,O Leaders of uniform Easter. is being Geneva- endorse the conclusions of this consultation, and to work together with other Christians toward this much desired goal." In a practice, dating back four centuries tO the reforma- tion of the calendar by Pope Protestants and Catholics, and April 19 for the Orthodox. The WCC developed a pro- posal last year at a meeting in Aleppo, Syria, that a common date would be set for Easter starting April 15, 2001  the next time that the two Easter Gregory XIII, most Protestants. celebrations would fall on tle and Catholics celebrate Easter same day  and wuld t/e on one day while most Ortho- : observed every year . dox observe the feastday sep- Participants in tle Al;ep arately. On some years, the cel- meeting agreed on ;a calhla- ebrations coincide. Easter this tion of the date of Eas based year. falls .on AEil. 12.for ' on a formula developed by the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in the year 325. According to this system, Easter would always fall on the Sunday after the first full moon in spring. The WCC sent a copy of the proposal to all chutes which took part in the Aleppo meet- ing, and then to all of its more than 330 member.churches. The Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC, but works in cooperation with the organization.