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The Message.-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Springtime adventures ii i: and ANN CAVERA came home to find an odd stuck in the wooden arch above some trash had been blown we promptly brushed it down t same afternoon, we found same spot. Robins had picked build a nest. Of course, we had made a foolish choice. to build a nest on a 45 is directly above the traffic in hOUse. time, we did the birds a favor and of their nest. Not more an even larger collection of in the arch above the door. Who could defeat such optimism? The nest stayed. The curve in the arch protects the nest from wind and rain. Neighborhood cats can't get near it. Seems the robins knew more about where to build a nest than we did. Beneath the nest and beside our front door is the mailbox. This time of year stiff white envelopes with fancy script often turn up in the mail. Hold on. These are wedding invitations, but they are from children. Weren't we sitting on the sidelines in their ball games last month? Didn't we pick up a carload of these kids at the ice rink last week? We thought we heard them as teenagers watching videos and eating Cheetos in the basement last night. Now, they tell us they are getting MARRIED? We count up the years and are shocked to realize they are the same age we were when we got married. (Yes, but we were much older when we were 23.) Time has passed so swiftly that we wonder if we can get by with wearing the same outfits to their wedding that we wore to their Confir- mation. There's something about the force of new life in spring that plants the power of unlimited possibilities in our hearts. At least, that's the way the disciples behaved after the Resurrection. It seems they had a great need not just to tell others about the risen Lord, but to travel to great lengths to spread the news. Set- ting out by boat or on foot, their hearts bursting with the news of new life, they scattered faith like seeds on the wind. This weekend our daughter will be with a group in canoes on a river in Missouri. Later this month, a son will graduate from college and be getting ready for his own wedding. That's the thing about spring. It makes people believe all things are possible and off they go on life's greatest adventures. Who can take a broom to such optimism? -- By JIM and ANN CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and urk in Evansville. They are the parents of four children, ages 14 to 29. Jim has a master's degree in Social Work and is employed in the Senior Health Center of St. Mary's Medical Center. He is a permanent deacon at St. Mary's Church in Evansville. Ann has a master's degree in Education and works as an Admission 's Counselor for IVY TECH State College in Evansville. ENNIS Vocations and within . creates !Within a parish. sacraments, Continuity are parishes have to experience .With what the They have joys and of such a shar- Sacrament City, and St. Snake Run. Father staff and many an atmos- said Father edu- COordinators, ..... sharing priests calling the community forward and others assure parish life runs smoothly with an effective spiri- tual experience, he said. "We have become more of a community than is usual for a parish with a full time priest," said Bob Price, parish council president and volunteer parish associate at Blessed Sacrament. "Blessed Sacrament and St. Bernard's aren't parishes where a few families and the priest take care of everything. Even in my role as pastoral associate, I cannot take care of everything." Price said it is beautiful to watch people come forward to help. "It's strange, but when you have a need, someone stands up and does it." What this sharing means for the future of the parishes in the diocese might be a broadening of horizons, said Father Deer- ing. "'The sense of parish maybe won't be as parochial. People will reach out and stretch a lit- tie," he said. Sharing a priest and getting to leaders include Bob Price, left, who .= and president of the parish council, on the parish council. The two were among council meeting recently on a Sunday in the church basement. -- Message photo by Ann Ennis i ,,t i i Father William Deering serves two parishes, with help at St. Bernard Church, Snake Run, from Marlene Obert, left, parish council president, and Jeanne Vieke, one of two directors of religous education. -- Message photo by Ann Ennis , i know members of other parishes "opens eyes to the universal, larg- er Church," Father Deering said. At St. Bernard and Blessed Sacrament there is now an inter- change and exchange between the two m a unified Epiphany open house and a joint parish birthday party for Father Deer- ing are twc) examples. Nevertheless, such a sharing still allows individual parishes to keep a sense of loyalty and pride in place, Father Deering said. St. Bernardhas a long and rich history, being founded in 1877. And Blessed Sacrament, a mission parish until 1948, is an important, strong Catholic wit- ness to the Oakland City com- munity, he said. Price echos that ,,entiment. If he had to describe Bles.t Sacrament to a family or person considering joining the parish, Price said. he would praise the parish's active com- munity, and sense of involvement and ownership. But problems? Have there been problems unique to the sharing of a priest? Price said, "As these %,pe of parishes develop, the diocese has to release more of the responsibilit T to the parish and not the priest. Currently the priest always has responsibility (for final decisio) and he is not there all the time." Price offered examples of approving costs of facilities repair and other finan- cial situations, Price believes, with time, the duties and responsibilities will be clarified as the lai: take on more control. Other issues of concern have been coordinating Ma times, Holy Day celebrations, penance and reconciliation sen, ices. and most recently assuring the East- er Triduum for each parish, said Father Deering. But none have proved insurmountable and working through the issues brings the parishes closer. St. Bernard and Blesse Sacra- ment anticipate continuing as vibrant congregations into the millennium. "Blessed Sacra- ment is looking to grow and add to its facility" Father Deer- ing said. "Part of the long range planning within the parish shows a need to expand radii- ties for religious tKtucation." Expanding facilities, expand- ing the boundaries, expanding the faith  these don't come without a lot of hard work; but in the future, they can and will come even without a priest. haring a priest and getting to knou members of other parishes 'opens eyes to the universal, larger Church' Father William Deering