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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i, i i i i m 13 Microwave ovens it started Perhaps it came from the peo- ed in tle state of Missouri or maybe it II the Way in time to the gospels and the a s. In any case it is a good saying and it one. As I grow older, I find myself ;more and more. I want to see the evi- lump into something This is why I JIM and ANN CAVERA  old phrase that has been bantered I I0ng time. Seeing is believing. I don t was one of the last of my friends and family to pur- chase a microwave oven. One might consider me old fashioned but I liked those glowing red elements in our electric oven and I felt most reassured by the soft blue flames of our former gas oven. I liked the fact that not only could I see the oven working but on many chilly spring mornings I often popped open the door to experience the rush of hot air on my face. This is the stuff that poets write about. Microwave ovens did away with all of that. The only way I ever know ours is working is by those rather annoying buzzing and beeping sounds Our microwave came with all kinds of warnings about keeping the door securely fastened during use. Since there is nothing to see, I can only imagine all kinds of dangerous things happening inside that enclosure. Who knows? During the night some of those unseen waves might be leaking out to lurk about the house and cause an unsuspecting adult to lose his hair, prematurely. Seeing is believing. During this Easter season the readings are filled with accounts of sightings of the risen Lord. We might ask ourselves if we have seen the risen Lord in our lives. Years ago I used to listen to a radio show on a religious station while I drove to work. I can't remember much about it except that one day the hosts talked about a game of "I Spy" that they played with their children. At Sunday dinner everyone took a turn recalling a time when they encountered the Lord in their life during the past week. I was fascinat- ed by this game and how it taught the family to see in a new way. Thomas wasn't the only one who needed to see in order to believe. We all do. As we grow older, our eyes may not work as well but that need not stop us from seeing the risen Lord in our lives. -- By JIM CAVERA hers focus on challenges posed by declining number of priests Series, the Message '@g story from the re: as an example of mg to prepare for e , Parish present." kS A. RUSSELL Olic Moment "They Went right IM. uncle Deanery ,Stng what needs 0rge closer parish Was the fourth at Series of six rin-s t 6 o consider L Staffing More Church members 4Uncle meeting. Grady, dean of the Muncie Deanery, asked parishioners Feb. 26 to begin there and then to discuss the "chal- lenges posed by declining num- bers of priests. In parish clusters, they examined principles of faith commtmity viability: ... Issues for future meetings include resource sharing, derby residence sites, liturgical celebrations in the absence of a priest and timeliness. In the history of the Church, "people always met the chal- lenge at the time it was given to them," Father Grady said. He expressed confidence that "God is guiding the Church today" as in the past; and, in many ways, "the challenge we're facing today is not as difficult as what people faced in the past." :=st)ral Associate Ihony Church, Evansville k as part of a Pastoral Team Bachelor of Arts degree desired MI TO: Search Committee St. Anthony First Avenue ,, Evansville, Indiana 47710 Le: (812) 423-5209 Fax: (812) 424-5498 He noted that because of the unexpected death of Father Fred Perry, we've already begun to implement a cluster-- Montpe- her and Hartford City -- pro- posed in "A Working Plan for Future Configurations of Parish Ministry and Staff." Norma Smith of St. Margaret said Father Perry repeatedly had prodded her parish to consider, "What are you going to do when I'm not here any more" "We kind of ignored him," she said. Now folks are finding work for their hands. The agreement was reached to have Saturday evening Mass at St. Margaret, none at St. John's, and two Sunday Masses at St. John's, none at St. Mar- garet's. The result has been that St. John's people have been coming to Montpelier for Mass on Saturday evening and vice versa. More than that, people are seeing that "we are a church family, and not just an individ- ual family," she said "We talk with each other, and we at St. Margarers hae been very enriched." Gerard Merkel said St. John's parish had been saying, "Oh, this can't happen to us." "Reality has occurred with the passing of Father Perr};" he said. "Rescheduling was a necessity." Not only Lord's Day Masses needed adjusting, but also daily Masses and parish council meeting dates. "The parishes have shown responsi- bility for Lenten services. The laity have to come forward to help," he said. 'Trusting in God, all things are possible," Merkel said. Father Robert Moran, pastor, said, "in terms of community (the cluster) has been a real plus." tie said he personally had found serving both parish- es "very invigorating" and.lov- ing two parishes as easy' as it is for a parent to love two chil- dren, even though each may have a distinctive personality. Bishop Higi said arrange- men ts were "worked out on the day of the funeral of Father Perry" because the plan was already in place. "This may be a projection for 2(/10, but we need to put it in place now," he said. Next week: Blessed Sacrament, Oakhmd City, and St. Bernard, Snake Run, shaw a pastor, Father William Deering. Their situation may soon be more common than ever in the Dh,cese of Evansville. RICK ETIENNE As a Finandal Consultant with Hilliard Lyons, I know that each investor is different. 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