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11 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana When to offer the anointing of the sick By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service )arish has a weekly celebration of anointing of the sick. The priest says it g, and invites every- the anointing every week. this sacrament is for those seriously death. Is this wrong? (Washington) you must know, the sacrament we the sick was formerly called anointing. to as the "last rites," many felt until the final moments of life, so in my own pastoral experience) t want the priest to come, fear- One Would know the end is near. of the sacrament has people, including the church's teaching in both wait until death is almost you mention, broaden the to their own inclinations. believes and instructs is clear in the introduction to the ritual for anointing and care of the sick. This sacrament (which, incidentally, includes not only anointing but laying on of hands and the prayer of faith offered by the priest) is for those who are dangerously ill due to sickness or old age. Children as well may receive this sacrament if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by it. Explicit provisions that the anointing may be repeated if the sickness becomes more serious and that a person should be anointed before a serious surgery, are additional indications that we need not be excessively concerned about how "terminal" the sickness is (Introduction 5-12). Your priest is correct also in pointing out that the sacrament is for serious mental or emotional illnesses as well. The rite makes no distinction between physi- cal and other kinds of ailments. On the other hand, something important is being ignored when the anointing of the sick becomes a weekly affair. This has no basis in the long Christian understanding of the sacrament and can seriously lessen its spiritual impact on the individual who receives it, and on the community. Perhaps many Catholics need to remind them- selves again that the real sacrament for the dying is not anointing of the sick, but the Eucharist. When administered at the time of passage from this life, the sacrament is called "Viaticum," some- thing "with us on the way." Received this way, the Eucharist is a special sign of our participation in the mystery of the death of the Lord and his passage to the Father. Viaticum should be received at Mass whenever possible, so the sick person may receive Communion under both species (Introduction 26-27). Obviously, these regulations presuppose that Viaticum will be received well before the hour of death, when the sick person is still alert and aware, as the rite says, still in full possession of his or her facul- ties. Among my most spiritually powerful and enrich- ing experiences as a priest has been officiating at a Mass with a terminally ill person, with members of the family present and participating. It is an experience of faith few of us ever forget. I think it's a loss that so many Catholics do not have that experience when a loved one is dying. A free brochure, in English or Spanish, outlining mar- riage regulations in the Catholic Church and explaining the promises in an interfaith marriage, is available by send- ing a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Diet- zen, Box 325, Peoria, IIL 61651. Questions for this column shouht be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. of Life in protesting the legality and the preva- today are inspiring people .... I am their They make visibly present the ... Let us pause to thank God for those out and who speak out with love and compassion. 1 Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago Built in 1825 for Noon Day Coach Stop & Trading Post RECOGNIZED AS -DEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA NORTH OF EVANSVILLE OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD EARLY STAGE COACH STOP O4e. in the Original Log Room Abraham Lincoln was in in November 1844 , SERVED by Ala Carte Menu FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Iht Beer - Wine - Cocktails INING ROOM SEATING 500 g Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Telephone 867-3216 and RITA ELPERS, proprietors Wo00h mentioning Right to Life banquet Tuesday Right to Life of Vanderburgh County will feature former presidential candidate Alan Keyes in Evansville April 28. U.S. Senator Dan Coats and Congressman John Hostettler are also expected to attend. Keyes will be speaking at the "Worlds Largest Pro-Life Banquet" with over 2,200 people in attendance, at Roberts Stadium. Contact Mike Fichter (812) 474-3195 for ticket information. Start thinking about Christmas If you would "like to volunteer some time to a very worthwhile project but don't want to make a long-term commitment," Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Evansville, has a suggestion: "Join a very rewarding and ful- filling program which has been helping families with Christmas for years--Catholic Charities Christmas Giving Program. Collins promises volunteers the opportuni- ty "to be part of a team which brings the neigh- borly love of Christ to persons in need at Christmas." Contact Pat Meuth at Catholic Charities, (812) 423-5456 Thanks from Religious Retirement Office Providence Sister Mary Leahy, director of the National Religious Retirement office has written to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger to thank the Catholics of the diocese for the 1997 contribution of $37,423.45. The money will be used to provide grants to eligible religious institutes of women and men. To recognize six from St. John Leadership Evansville, in collaboration with the USI Foundation, Enlow Distinguished Lec- ture Series Committee, will recognize com- munity leaders, organizations and projects,in ceremonies at the Marriott Airport Hotel, Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. .... Among youth to be recognized are Rodney Crable, Rodney Freeman Jr., Gregory Holt, Keshay Brummel}, Tiffany Nicole Freeman and Andre Thomas, all from St. John the Apos- tle Church, Evansville. St. Meinrad Archabbey honors workerB During its tenth annual service recognition banquet April 15, St. Meinrad Archabbey hon- ored 33 active workers and 15 retirees who had 25 or more years of continuous full-time service. Five Abbey Press workers were recognized for achieving 25 years of service in 1.998: Trudy Esarey of Leopold, Cheryl Hasenour of Hunt- ingburg, Imogene Kunkler of Ferdinand, Patri- cia Scherer of Evanston and Steve Wichman of Bristow. Monastery hosting vocations workshop Some 100 representatives from over 40 reli- gious communities in 23 states, Canada and Mexico, were expected this week at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand for a vocations workshop entitled, "Awakening: A Rebirth of Enthusiasm for Vocations." The Ferdinand Benedictines have 228 mem- bers, with 23 women in formation, at a time when many religious communities are expe- riencing a decline in new members. The Benedictine success is attributed to their collaborative approach to vocations ministr); their unique marketing  including award- winning ads, and their outreach, which includes using the Internet. CPC supports Sarto Retreat House Each year, thousands of people attend meet- ings, retreats, activities and functions at Sarto Retreat House and Catholic Center complex. 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