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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern In'diana -- Magic of Words-- Using the baptismal pool: What a joyful ex " This Sunday was frequently fession of faith. I haven't found out how Bishop called "white Sunday." The Latin It mav be that we can (:all handled the baptisms at Good Shet)herd, but  phrase used was "Domim a in them back for a special celebra- is what I wore. albis." The meaning of the de- / tion time, this Sunday and re-ere- I wore whit( cotton trouse, rs and a white sciptive phrase comes from the ; at(', the practice of tim white Sun- shirt. No so(:ks. Th(;y soak up too mu(:h water, i dress of the newly baptized. !-; day of yore. At any rate, this is had slit)-on tennis or de(:k shoes. White,. The Those who were baptized how traditions begin and endure, shoes gave, me good traction while ilmnersing dming the Easter Vigil were This was our first year for the candidates. Over this was a light-weight c called the neophytes, which having a baptismal pool. All I can ton alb and a s'{()lt;. I wore this outfit during means the newborn. After blp- say is that the experience is a first part of the liturgy. tism they were clothed in white gi(ldy one for the celebrant. I felt As I was ready to enter the pool, I garments. These white robes were Bv FATHER a rush of joy' and closeness with the chasuble, glasses and (:ordless micro worn (luring the octave (eight IOSEPH ZILIAK each of the. elect as I imme, rsed didn't add weights to the all.). It was light days of celebration of the feast) of COLUMNIST them in the living waters. We had that it stu('k to me as I entered the waters. The : Easter. five who were baptised. Thus the newly baptized, the We also had a little baby girt water temperature was near 90- degrees. newborn in the Body of Christ, to be baptised. She was wonder- Each newly baptized's sponsor envelo wore their white garments for the Sunday cele- fully cooperative and accepting of being lowered them with a large towel as they came out of bration on the Sunday following Easter. Accord- into the waters. [ did not immerse her head, but water. Father Fred Englert presented them ingly, the (tay came to be known as white Sun- instead wiped her face and head with water their white robes as they then left for the day because it was the final special day for from my hand while keeping her in the water up whm'e they changed clothes. The cone wearing of the baptismal garments, to her neck. What a joyful experience! came forward to touch and bless themselves: Each parish is working out its own tradition Our pool contains some 36-inches of water, from the baptismal waters, thus giving us for noting this marvelous presence of God's so I ended up being soaking wet up to my chest, for changing to dry clothing. Spirit at work in our midst with the reception of So what did I wear? That's a good question, isn't It was just a marvelous experience. I so many adults in our faith community during it'.,' What does the fashionabh' attired cleric wear that's what the church really has talked about the Easter Vigil. We did provide white robes for in a baptismal pool and stillmaintain some mea- when ,," " ,, all the allusions to new life, olrv ln om newly baptized and those received by pro- sure of dignity? ment and joy in the waters of ba S00ecial Jubilarians n and Thelma (Nolley) Clements of Montgomery cele- brated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary April g. The couple was married April g, lg2g. They are the parents of six children, Bernice Stuckey, deceased; Marilyn White of Mont- gomery; Dorothy Huff of Fort Wayne; Eddie Clements of Haubstadt; Andy Clements of New Berne, N.C., and Leveta Kirchner of Herrin, I11. I  D-O.WN-T-O.WN 30 M.&N ST -VINCENNES N 47::91 HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC L L,Cered, 3rCerJ, qscreo no,',,str!a C'ommercat and Residential TONY NAZARIO P.O, Box 405 ., ii Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. Box 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 I BLOCK - CRUSH - CUBE WHOLESALE & RETAIL Ph. (812) 425-8191 GEORGE MOLL, Owner I I I I I Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service AUTOTOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS Built with Quality 254-3943 to Save You HVD 50 FAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER ,, , , EUGENE WELP, OWNER Time & Money ./#SPER.,b I UIIB dllJililltSill]l Factory I- Office Hwy. 231 S.. lisper. IN (8t2l ,m2-tt " I II I I I MILLER & MILLER "Funeral P Since HASENOUR MOTOR :, CHEVROLET SALES and St. Anthony, Indi, PHONE 32( ":t. ', -:. .:: Generation after the best protection family can have Protect your future with insurance pla: you dividends now and guarantee you a income when you retire. The future starts tomorrow. Contact JAMES FRANCE " FIELD AGENT 517 Plaza XI I'x Evansville, IN 47715 (812) 470-5119 Knights Of 1,,001 LIFE INSURANCE