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I00'IESSAGE ____ I The Message- for Catho,ics of Southiiana  VOW '.sT' --.. ' E.ST .E-- .=lfinger writes letter, Easter reflection and Brothers of the Risen Lord, did not rise from the dead, you and I are fools! did rise from the dead. The tomb was empty and the Lord walked the act as if all believe as we do; it is time for each of us to stop and that many people do not have the same belief or are ignorant of what we be- t have been the experience of the founding fathers of our country is not the and death are matters of great concern today. II has given us another marvelous challenge. He reminds us that life is God's COmmand to us is that we shall not violate life in any way. Our Holy Fa- us all is called the "Gospel of Life" or in Latin, Evangelium Vitae. are grateful to our parents for life. We are most grateful to the Lord for making !each one of us to be his sister and brother through the life-giving waters ofbap- One he has adopted us, no matter our status. All he asks is our will to be his dis- :and Easter are special moments for us to be renewed in our faith. We cele- at Holy Family in Jasper. It is a chance to draw attention to the in Jesus' priesthood through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. twice anointed with Sacred Chrism which bonds us as one with Jesus. age is the foundational sacrament of the community, this social is the basic unit of the society and the church. We pray for those who And as around the table at home, each member of the family is table of the Lord by receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Commu- sacrament of service to the family and the community, the second of As Marriage, it is not merely for the individual but for the commu- Priest. We pray for young men to respond to the call to this sacrament of of Priesthood uniquely provides for the nourishment of Jesus' Mystical members. The ministerial priest ordained to the service of Jesus' people nurturing Body and Blood of the Lord by his hands which were conse- i the day of his ordination. priest is the one who mediates the forgiving love and mercy of the Eter- sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. who showed us how to wash the feet of each other. It is Jesus We recall that gives us reason to believe that He truly loves us as his adopted example especially challenges me, the bishop, to be a servant of lting of my head with Sacred Chrism on the day of ordination it is esus and with you his people that calls me to this role of service to the corn- of the Last Supper we proclaim on Holy Thursday. It is the suffering and on Good Friday. It is the risen Jesus we celebrate on Easter Sunday. not rise from the dead, you and I are fools. Celebration of this central mystery of our faith, the Resurrection of the Lord, of might be renewed in it! Faithfullyt's in Christ, Most nd Gerald A. Gettelfinger Bisliqp of Evansville of Evansville and wine actually become the body and agree Statewide Catholics ..... 72% -- Strongly agree 15% -- Agree somewhat 7% m Uncertain 3%  Disagree some what 3% w Strongly disagree i Pope says priests, to stay celibate, should view women as sisters By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To successfully and happily lead a celibate life, priests must de- velop an attitude in which they see women as their sisters, Pope John Paul II said. Every priest, the pope said, "has the great responsibility of developing an authentic way of relating to women as a brother, a way of relating which does Diocesan youth to help spread word against violence From Message sources and Catholic News Service Representatives of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Evansville are participating in national youth initiative to "Stand ,Against Vi- olence." The national effort is being organized by Represen- tatives of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The initiative in the Diocese of Evansville has four major parts, according to Michael Ep- pier, director of youth and young adult ministry. Ttey are: Parish participation. Summer Youth Day, with the theme, "A Diocesan Stand Against Violence." A pilgrimage and peace vigil observing World Youth Day, Oct. 28 and 29. Sending two delegates to the National Youth Congress, which is being held in conjunc- tion with the National Catholic Youth Convention in Min- neapolis, Minn., Nov. 16 - 18. See DIOCESAN page 5 not admit of ambiguity." Pope John Paul's annual let- ter to priests for Holy Thurs- day was released April 7 at the Vatican. The theme of the 1995 letter was "the importance of women in the life of the priest.  Priests must look to the ex- ample of Jesus for a model of what their relationship with others should be, the pope said. He included a long list of women who accompanied Jesus See POPE page 5