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May 3, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GET'rELFINGER May is the month of Mary: let us remember to honor her Childhood memories of the family rosary and the crowning of Mary during the month of May are very vivid. In our country parish of St. Bernard, Frenchtown in Harrison County, May devotions were not only encouraged, but were part of our Sunday celebrations. Devotions usually followed the celebration of Mass. They included Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament during which the rosary and litany of the Blessed Mother were recited. Hymns in her honor were sung with gusto. There was no Catholic School available to us, so our Catechism Classes were held the last two weeks of May which ended with the dual celebration of First Communion for the little ones and Solemn Communion for those graduating from the eighth grade. May Crowning, the crowning of the statue of the Blessed Mother by one of the eighth grade girls Continued from page 4 the translators skipped over the citation and wrote a line that began, "Redemptoris CUstos (Protector of the edeemer). The Vatican Latinists are Still an important group in the preparation of encycli- a]Ls, but not like times of old. t In past pontificates, the Latin team actually lived in [!he papal apartments and [elped the pope draft [ercyclicals section by sec- decked out in formal dress surrounded by the rest of the class in suits and dresses. It was quite a nice affair and one easily imprinted onto the memory. Times have changed. Religious devotions have taken on a new cast, a new look. There is a renewal of devotion to the Holy Spirit in the Charismatic Renewal movement; with Cursillo, development of small prayer groups have been discovered to be most helpful for spiritual growth; the renewed Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has re-echoed the call to maturity of faith not only for new members but for all. Each of us responds in different ways to these renewal movements. There is a renewed spirit of Devotion to our Blessed Mother. Those who are privileged to make trips to the renowned shrines honoring Mary come away inspired by the depth of faith in those who gather to pray. And, indeed, it is in tion. Not so today. Latin, in fact, is no longer the working language for important docu- ments -- it's usually Italian or French. The Latinists are now essentially a translating team. Same curialists bemoan Latin's decline at the Vatican, arguing that it was much easi- er to keep jargon out af texts when working from a Latin original. They are fond of quoting Cardinal Desire Mercier, who said (about a century ago) that if you can- not express a thought in good, classical Latin, it is not worth expressing. Not all encyclicals have been written in Latin, howev- er: the most famous excep- tions are the encyclicals of Plus XI on Italian fascism ("Non Abbiamo Bisogno") and on Nazism ("Mit Bren- nender Sorge"). Latinists and the editing team will have an easier time on the pope's next encyclical, Days: A Mini-Institute ON THE SEASONS OF LENT AND EASTER IN THE RCIA 00ponsored by the Dioceses of E00ansville, Indiana and Owensboro, Kentucky, and the North American Forum on the Catechumenate THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1991, 7:00 P.M. through SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 1991, Lunch LOCATION: The Catholic Center and Sarto Retreat House, Evansville, IN REGISTRATION: Registration is limited. Acceptance will be in order of application. The registration form MUST be accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee of $20 per person. The non-refundable registration fee after May 20, 1991 is $35 per person. TUITION: $70 per person (plus $20 non- refundable registration fee). $60 per person for Parish Teams of 3 or more (plus $20 per person rlon-refundable registration fee). ROUSING: Sarto Retreat House, 4200 N. Kentucky Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711-2799, 1- 812-424-5536. Drury Inn, 3901 U.S. 41 North, Evansville, IN 47711 1-812-423-5818. ROOM AND BOARD RATES: Sarto Retreat House: $55.00 per person; single occupancy only; two nights; all meals. Drury Inn: $39 per night (1 - 4 persons); complimentary breakfast; registration card will be mailed upon request; commuter charges below are additional. COMMUTERS: The cost is $25.00 per person; includes all meals except breakfasts; socials and breaks. Make checks payable to: NORTH AMERICAN FORUM ON THE CATECHUMENATE MAIL TO: Rev. James E. Sauer, Catholic Center, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, Indiana 47724-0169. PRESENTERS BARBARA O'DEA, D.W. - liturgist, adult educator and an Executive Committee member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. In addition to being the author of The Once and the Future Church on Christian initiation in the parish, she is the principal author of Study Text 10: Christian Initiation of Adu/ts: A Commentary SR. GAEL GENSLER, OSF - Masters in Pastoral Ministry. Director of Institutes, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Former Diocesan Associate Director for Religious Education and RCIA. Director of diocesan Summer Catechetical Institutes. REV. MICHAEL CLAY, MLM, M.Div - member of the faculty of Theological College, Catholic University of America. Former Director of the Office for Liturgy for the Diocese of Raleigh and former pastor of St. Peter's Church, Greenville, NC. Nine years of pastoral experience with the RCIA. Has contributed articles on various aspects of the Rite. the gathering that the miracle of faith occurs. People coming together in common faith, honoring the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God and praying fulfills the promise of Jesus: "Where two are three are gathered in prayer, there I am in the midst." What power there is in that alone! Many of course are not able to travel to far off lands to pray with others. Nor is it necessary. There are small groups of retired folks who gather at the parish church for prayer. Many times these prayers include the rosary and litany honoring Mary, our Blessed Mother. Some families continue the wonderful practice of the family rosary, especially during the months traditionally dedicated to Mary, May and October. It is the month of Mary. Let us all be renewed in the knowledge that Jesus has given each of us His Mother as our very own! Let us bonor her by our own devotions. which is to treat broad issues of moral theology. That one came down last fall with a pre-ordained title: "Veritatis Splendor" ("The Splendor of St. Thomas Continued from page 1 formed in Indianapolis in 1959. The St. Thomas More Soci- ety is described as a volun- tary association of Catholic lawyers, founded to promote understanding of the philoso- phy and jurisprudence of Natural Law and its applica- tion to the administration of justice. The purpose of the society is also to promote standards of religious, social and ethical ideals, Thomas said. Thomas said there will be a solicitation effort underway soon to attract more members into the society, which is for Peo Continued from page 7 50 years Congratulations to Ira and Dorothy Jane (Wagner) Boots, members of Resurrection Church, Evansville, who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Anniversaries at St. Joseph Congratulations to couples at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, who recently celebrated their wedding anniversaries: Albert and Virginia .Jones, 48 years; Irene and Jim Brown, 48 years; Loretta and Syl Stofleth, 48 years; Ruth and Charles Holtz, the Truth.") Since then, the document been called back- reportedly for heavy revisions -- but the name is said to be untouchable. the entire diocese, not just the city of Evansville. Mem- bership is not restricted to Catholics or to lawyers, said Thomas, noting that the Red Mass had involved represen- tatives of the Catholic, Protes- tant and Jewish faiths. Thomas More served as chancellor under King Henry VIII. He opposed the king's divorce and refused to renounce the authority of the papacy. He was beheaded in 1535, and canonized in 1935. His last words are quoted by the society formed under his patronage: "The King's good servant, but God's first." 42 years. Summer Social at St. Joseph Paul Baehl, Doris Hanssen and Bill Hanssen will be the co- chairpersons of the Summer Social at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, which will be held July 11-13. Associate chairpersons will be Jean Bengert, Jan Wedding, Henry Hinton and Sarah Hinton. Please send information for PEOPLE to Mary Ann tlughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The deadline for copy is g a.m. the Friday before publication date. Please patronize Message advertisers! "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 '1