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17, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 By FR. JOHN BOEGLIN Director, Rural Life Conference A time to praise, a time to ask f How often we take the basic necessities of life 'i r granted. Our most basic need is food. Without 00d for the body, we would cease to exist. We live in a land of abundance. Due to technology in agri- CUlture and transportation, we have a large selec- 0a of food from all over the world in our local ermarkets. It is estimated an average food prod- ct travels 1800 miles before it reaches its final Stination. [ [ f Locally, we have suffered drought for the last i [ r Years. How well we remember the summer of ! [ u88 when literally hundreds of people packed ] [ !'_e, rdinand How often when fine spring weather appears, farmers hurry to plant their crops while the sun shines -- sometimes in haste. We cannot lose our head in the rush. Haste often makes waste. There is a lot more stress in farm life than ever before. On Thursday, April 23, 1992, I invite all who care for the earth and its fruits to come and thank God for his abundant blessings upon the land..We must never forget that we really don't own the land. We are strangers and guests of the land as the Book of Leviticus tells us. We are We must learn to live within God's divine plan of nature. Let us implore God to send proper weather so that stewards of garden and field will produce food to feed the hungry. Let us also ask God to keep us safe on the land in using our tools. People from all walks of life are invited to our annual service of praise and petition. The Church traditionally began such a tradition of petition in the sixth century known as Rogation Days. The days are to be celebrated at a convenient time be- fore spring planting gets underway. Our service will begin at 7 p.m. in the church of the Monastery Immaculate Conception at Ferdi- ,- convent and parish church to pray for called all to be good stewards-- not just farmers, nand After r ers and etitions the con re a I | [ a. Even though it has recently rained, the sub- but all people who inhabit this good earth God "i n ' ill pay. ".. p . .., ..,g .g - I !1 0ill .........  " .... - - , , ,', ., to w process to me pansn cnurcn m me town I I I.. o suu in aesperate neea oz moisture Last gave us me gooa earth to nourish pnysicany me of Ferdinand to conclude with the Eucharist nnrt I ! ] v r' many areas of our dmcese suffered drought bodv of Christ Even some fruits of the earth be- the blessin- of water soil and seed ;, [ [ [ f.ere crops produced little if any harvest A come Christ's body and blood for our journey of  ......  ....... '- ........ J .-',- .... "----,, I w w,,,,- " YLIltlUlpi:lllt5 ttl' 13111SUHYi:I.gUU. tO Ol'Illg 5111all I I I o7,.er can be a good steward of the land, but he faith How blest is God's creation! baos of seed and soil to be blessed You are then 80 o [ [ [ . needs the proper amount of rain, sunshine Modern technology has helped us tremen- to sorinkle your blessed soil on the fields and ar- [ [ [ 'a rich soils. The work of farmers can also be dously in food production But we cannot turn dens you cultivate or in your flower ",ots around a [ I gerous if farm tools are not handled properly, on or off the clouds, rain or sun when we want. the home. J Ipiocese ! from page 1 .. ! c0000t^elfinger presided at the P" '1 e;Onies with catechu- I . and candidates at Holy I I l ly Church in Jasper and ' lv. ativity Church in ,0s,, I "s'ille. 01 } ,!echumens are people ti ! Y,g to join the church geZ I have never been bap- :the I _, are already bap- are non-Catholic seeking full com- )n with the Catholic Others were baptized but not cate- and they are prepar- their initia- church with the nts of confirmation from 37 parishes participated. They joined thousands more in similar ceremonies around the country. In St. Louis 739 catechu- mens and candidates de- clared their intentions to join. In Newark, N.J., there were 616. There were 94 in La Crosse, Wis.; 212 in Grand Is- land, Neb.; 288 in Jefferson City, Mo. Four dioceses in Illinois had a combined total or more than 3,700 catechumens and candidates: 726 in Joliet, 496 in Springfield, 338 in Belleville and 2,200 in Chicago, second-largest arch- diocese in the nation. At St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Fla., Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey had three succes- sive celebrations March 8 -- at 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m -- to le two ceremonies in and Evansville, 243 and candidates YOUTH MINISTER , ,LChrist the King Parish (1400 families/subur- I ! I# n) is located north of Notre Dame, in South " I I I?en00, Indiana Send letter of interest and I II rUllle , I ,1( by May 8 to: Youth Minister Search ]I [ [U0000ittee, Christ the King Church, 52473 [ 2 North, South Bend, Indiana 46637. I OSITION AVAILABLE [ing a Coordinator of  Services. .The lr of Schools in providing services to Catholic schools. Ila.nn.rlnary focus of the Coordinator's work will be creative I I I I '"g''chl improvement, curriculum development, and Writing. !1 00.OFE E.ENTS I I I, Oeoree in E,emeota00 or Seoon00a00 { i I!,. PERSONAL QUALITIES" : rISS ..... . " : : II i Ca,,o,,c II I I 'vk,,.. [ | [ /,, mitred to Catholic schools | 1 | [:el;ledgeable in areas of: instructional programs, II I development, and grant writing I1: I I and mental health I I I P(i00 "lOre Information cantact: Phyllis Be,hears, Director L ,Ol, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. welcome 206 catechumens and 435 candidates. Neither the cathedral nor any other church in the diocese was large enough to accommodate them all, along with sponsors and families, in a single ser- vice. In Miami, 500 catechumens and candidates enrolled in a multilingual ceremony. For the second year in a row the Atlanta Archdiocese rented the Georgia World Congress Center for the event: the cathedral could not hold the 800 candidates and cate- chumens and the 1,700 spon- sors, family and friends. Last year Phoenix had a record 1,000 new members enrolled through the RCIA process, This year's commit- merit rites drew 1,200 new- comers, an increase of 20 per- cent. Loretto Sister Anthony Poe- rio, Phoenix diocesan wor- ship director, reck/lied that only 35 people from five parishes enrolled in the RCIA in 1979, the first year it was used in the diocese. The ever-higher numbers it has attracted each year since then shows how effective the rite is, she said. "People are growing excited about their faith and that normally spreads," When catechumens go through the Rite of Election, their names are inscribed in the Book of Elect, which is enshrined for the rest of Lent in their home parishes as German ties will be celebrated at St. Rupert Tltree guests from the same by Catholic se, ttlers under the part of Gerntany as the ances- tors of many Red Brush fanfi- lies plan to come to St. Ru- pert Church later this month, according to Paul Scheessele, a member of the parish. Bernard Himmelsbach, the Buergermeister of Schuttertal, his son Christian, along with Gerhard Finkbeiner, an au- thor,-teacher and genealogist from the same area of the Black Forest, will attend the dedication of an historical plaque which was recently installed by the members of the parish. Schuttertal is currently the seat of a governmental dis- trict which includes Doerlin- bach and Schweighausen. St. leadership of Father Martin Marty, O.S.B., a monk of St. Meinrad. Many of the Ger- man settlers had come from Doerlinbach. Among the verified family names from that area are Eble, Fischer, Griesbaum, Haberstroh, Herr, Kaiser, Kern, Sartori (Sartore), Scherzinger (Schertzinger), Schmidt, Schhuessele (Scheessele} and Wangler. Descendents of these fami- lies and their friends are in- vited to carry in a meal at Ru- pert Hall, on April 28, at 5:30 p.m. The dedication cere- mony is scheduled at 7 p.m., to be followed 'by a slide Rupert Church was founded show arrangedby Finkbeiner. PRINCIPAL , , Small, ,dynamic K-8 Catholic School in Rockport, Indiana, is searching for a' qualified principal. MuSt be Catholic. Must be certified or certifiable as an administrator. Address all inquiries to: Phyllis Beshears Catholic Center Post Office Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 they make final preparations for baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass. During nearly a year of preparations before the rite, they were called catechu- mens. After the rite, as they enter the final stage of more intense and public prepara- tions during Lent, they are re- ferred to as the "elect," the chosen ones. Formation of already-bap- tized candidates to become full participants in the life of the church follows a track parallel to the catechume- hate, with some similarities and some differences. From U.S. dioceses that re- ported comparisons of their 1992 figures with those of previous years, there emerged a remarkably consistent pat- tern of increases. For example, in Altoona- ]ohnstown, Pa., there were 82 catechumens and candidates in 1989, 125 in 1990, 180 last year and 190 this year. Sheila McLaughlin of the Chicago archdiocesan wor- ship office said this year's fig- ure of 2,200 was 10 percent higher than last year's and double the number received in 1986. Newark's 616 this year was nearly a 50 percent increase over last year's 438. Scranton had a 33 percent increase, from 300 last year to 400 this year. The figures alone suggest that the Rite of Christian Ini- tiation of Adults, inaugurated in 1972 as part of the church's overall revival of liturgical and sacramental life after the Second Vatican Council, has come of age in the U.S. church. In the early years, Morris said, there was confusion over differences between the preparation of catechumens and the program for candi- dates, and many who were al- ready baptized were basically treated as catechumens. Over the years the differ- ences between the two groups have become clearer to peo- ple, and the distinctive parts of each program have been implemented more fully.