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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana : %:!:11 Vatican Continued from page 1 "certain of their offices, namely, to exercise the ministry qf the word, to preside over liturgical prayers, to confer baptism and to distribute holy Communion in accord with the prescrip - tions of the law." The three-paragraph canon has been interpreted differ- ently by various church lawyers Some have said the law does not allow use of women to serve at the altar, while others have said it does permit it. The final, binding arbiter of all disputes over the meaning and implications of such church laws is the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts. In the United States both men and women exercise the ministry of the word, distrib- ute Communion and preside over liturgical services in the absence of a priest. Those opposing use of altar girls have argued that since the provision permitting women to act as readers makes no mention of women acting as acolytes, that possibility is ex- cluded. They also cite Vatican instructions issued prior to the 1983 Code of Canon Law ex- cluding women from serving al: the altar. Canon lawyers and bishops making the case in Rome have focused on the third paragraph of Canon 230 speaking of the use of lay persons in ministries in cases of pastoral necessity. They have argued that if women can serve as ministers of the word and ministers of the Eucharist, it does not make sense liturgically or pastorally to bar them from bringing the water and wine cruets up to the priest at the altar, a lesser ministry than reader or eu- charistic minister. Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 Vincennes BickneU Sandbom Monroe City. Princeton. Patoka Member F.DI.C. May 20-22 -- Notre Dame June 10-12 -- EWTN Call for Reservations (812) 963-5533 " I II I I IIII iii Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Msgr. James Hill, a retired priest in the Diocese of Evansville, has been hospitalized at St. Mary's Medical Cen- ter in Evansville. Msgr. Hill is suffering from complications due to a stroke he suffered five" years ago. Father Firmus Dick, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, is recuperating from recent surgery at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Father Hilary Vieck is recuperating at the home of a sister following recent surgery. He is pastor at St. Peter Church, Linton, and pastoral moderator at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. * Arvil B. Wilkerson, 73, of Fort Branch, died April 9 at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. He is the father of Deacon Ed Wilkerson of Good Shep- herd Church, Evansville. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. 0 AUTO TOPS; SEAT STEREO SALES & ,254-3' - HWY 50 EAST, BEI EUGENE s Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47555  Donald J. Traylor President ': MILLER & MILLER ,  "Funeralce Hi-Tech Sheet Residential, Industrial & Commercie Installation Sales & Service I 422-9242 Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Knights of Columbus is offering Annuity, IRA and SEP Plans With Tax-Deferred Interest at the Rate of Serving Knights and their families for over a century 6% on Deposits of $300 to $10,000 and 6. 25% on Deposits of $10,000 or More (Guaranteed until March 31, 1995)* 112 years of meeting the insurance needs of Catholic families :7 : $25 Billion of Individual Life Insurance In Force $4.6 Billion of Assets $638 Million Plus in Surplus and Investment Reserves AAA (Superior) - Standard & Poor's Highest Rating : , A+ + (Superior) - A.M. Best's Highest Rating :..:: Annual withdrawal of principal up to 10% of the accumulated value is permitted with render charge. (This feature not yet approved in all states and some restrictions MEMBERS: Contact your Knights of Columbus Insurance Representative today, or free 1-800-345-5632 for the name and number of the Representative nearest you. ELIGIBLE CATHOLICS: We invite you to join the Knights of Columbus! Contact local council, or call, toll-free 1-800-345-5632. [In Connecticut, call 772-2130, Ext. 2 write to: Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plz, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. The largest Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization in the world -moretha.. million members strong! * This offering is made to members and spouses. The 6% and 6.25% effective annual yield is on new received by June 30, 1994. Early withdrawal is subject to a reducing surrender charge. After the initial period, , rates will be set at the highest possible rate consistent with absolute safety of principal but in no case ever less tl 3.5%. (Current renewal rates are 5.25 to 6%.)