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1993 , Th Message - for CathOlics of Southwestern Indiana -- Bishop's Forum -- Welcome Neon]nytes! Oh how we delight in send- ing and receiving announcements in blue or pink signaling the ar- rival of a newborn son or daugh- ter, boy or girl. It is a joyful mo- ment filled with love and hope. It is a most human moment. So we, with great delight and hope, welcome into our COmmunity of the Catholic Chris- tian faith all those who were bap- tized and professed during the Easter Vigil of 1993. Instead of the blue or pink, the white baptismal garment, re- calls that the newly baptized has been washed clean in the blood of The Lamb. It is a the symbol of the new per- SOnality in Christ We have taken on the person- ality of Jesus. Having died with Him in the wa- ters of baptism we rise to new life. We made a commitment to follow Him completely. Those of us who have been around a long time, especially if we were baptized as infants need to wake up from the slumber that comes things become too familiar. We must come and give a proper welcome to our the new members, the Neophytes, those who carry the BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER "new light" of Christ. Mary wel- comed Jesus into her house by anointing His feet with oil and drying them with her hair. In a no less enthusiastic spirit we must reach out with open arms and welcome the newly baptized and professed. We are not good at this!! Statistics demonstrate that Catholics, among Christians and other faiths, are woefully lacking in hospitality. We give the im- pression, although unintended, that we are above and aloof. It sometimes appears to the outsider or the newcomer that since we "have it made", the rest can find their own way as well. I do not mean to say we do this on pur- pose; it can seem that way to others. We unfortu- nately turn people away because of our insensi- tivity to the particularly Christlike quality of hospitality. Each one of us is obligated to do our part to welcome newcomers and walk with them on our common journey of faith; not as strangers on the way, but as brothers and sisters. Such relation- ships develop instantly with the cleansing wa- ters of baptism nor with the Sacred Chrism that marks us as Jesus' people. It comes with the con- scious effort that it takes to reach out to new members. The willingness to take the time to walk with others. Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? It is not uncommon for the Neophytes, en- tering the Church on Holy Saturday to an enthu- siastic welcome, to watch it fade with the evening light of Easter Sunday. We must sustain the newly baptized and professed members throughout the early years of their commitment just as we do with the little ones in pink and blue! Neophytes are no less vulnerable when we fail to affirm them. A few benchmark questions may help to guide you in your resolve to be hospitable to our new members. Have you made an effort to know, person- ally, each new member of the Catholic Church who entered our faith community in your parish? If so, how will you continue to give faithful and nurturing support each new mem- ber? If not, what do you intend to do about it? Take seriously the responsibility to be hos- pitable and welcoming to all God's people just as Jesus has taught us! ASHINGTON (CNS} -- S, Catholic bishops in their 993 Easter messages called 0a the faithful to seek unity _d harmony through God in hng the world's troubles. ,. os Angeles Cardinal Roger ' Mahonv and his arch- 00L00esan newspaper, The t:2!ngs, tied Christ's resur- tmn to the need for South- . ri Californians to come to- ,ther and rise above Violence in the wake of the Easter messages urge asking God's help in facing world's troubles verdict in the trial of police officers charged with violat- ing Rodney King's civil rights. "Allow the Risen Christ ... to take from our hearts all forms of discrimination and anger and to transform us with the spirit of unity ahd harmony; to take away our isolation and to encourage us to participate in building up our neighborhoods, our corn- I can trust" 424-9274 - R THE BEST I'lB PLUMBING SERVICE ]lgaBIP111m " SlDENTIAL COMMERCIAL G F=REE ESTIMATES) . PLUMBING CO. "4  GOVERNOR AT CANAL Sales & Service "IV & 2-Way FM 1916 W. 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Faced with wars, starva- tion, scandal, poverty and pain. the lesson of Easter is "God has the final word," Bishop Donald W. Trautman of Erie, Pa., wrote in his Easter message. Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, N.Y., called the Easter season "'an opportunity for us to take note of the un- dramatic ways in which God explodes into this world to burst open the sense of futil- ity and helplessness that can so easily entomb our spirits." Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Cleveland wrote that the Easter mystery provides the power to roll back the stones of life's decisions. PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville LET US PRAY II God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that we might know and kwe You, that we might serve and worship You as 'four faithful people. Assist us in living holy lives as faithful dimples of lesus, Your Son, so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midsL that others too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us, Increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be iaithfld to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN I .... III I[I I I I I I II J I I III I [ I I Elementary and Secondary PRINCIPALSHIP OPENINGS HOLY CROSS, SOUTH BEND, IN MARIAN H.S.. MISH. tN ST. BERNARD, WABASH, IN * SACRED HEART, FORT WAYNE, IN. Candidates must be practicing Catholics eligible for an Administrative License PLEASE CONTACT: CATHOLIC SCHOOS OFFICE P:O: Box 3,90- Fort Wayrm. indiat 46801 219.422.461 I " i ...... I