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7 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 ii  ii Mass offerings By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service We live in a small town with no rest- last summer. I planned to leave will for Masses. priest, however, I'm considering chang- helping in some other way, perhaps a Driest in need. said for oneself or another is still What is a good amount to leave for does it mean when the priest a Mass is being offered for a particu- seem like I am trying to buy my But I could use some help on the will be appreciated. Your uestions are good ones. I'm not much money to leave for Masses, ght help you decide what to do. more than 1,000 years in fact, SOme parts of the world have followed the custom of Mass offerings for the church's minis- ters and other needs of the Christian community. This custom obviously continues here in the United States. At the same time, however, the church has car- ried on an almost continuous struggle to avoid any appearance of commercialism about the Mass, and misunderstandings about the meaning of such offer- ings. They do not "buy" a Mass. One common problem has been language which is at least open to misunderstanding. The example you give is a good one. We believe that the eucharistic sacrifice is a repre- sentation, a re-offering, of the one perfect sacrifice of our Lord. Every Mass has the same reach, therefore, the same universal saving intention, as the first offering by Jesus on Calvary. As our Eucharistic Prayers and other parts of the Mass make clear, each offering of this sacrifice of sal- vation effectively embraces not only the whole church, but the whole human family, living and dead. This is the context in which the church makes it lawful for a priest to accept an offering to apply the Mass according to a definite intention (Canon 945). As one canon law expert put it, Mass offerings can be understood as "gifts to the church or its minis- ters on behalf of some intention, much as a donation or bequest is made to any charitable instituti in the name of some person" (Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary, page 668). Thus, a statement such as, "This Mass is being offered for .... "or including the name in the Eucharistic Prayer, is at least inappropriate. If an announcement of a particular intention is desired, a theologically and liturgically proper one could be, "We are remembering John Doe especially at this Mass." Or the name could be included in the general intercessions for the dead. Perhaps these considerations help. Whatever you do, you can be confident your requests and offerings will be honored, either in your parish or elsewhere. Priests are under serious obligation to be sure that happens. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about Ma, the mother of Jesus, is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father ]ohn Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, III. 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Islands coadjutor, Chicago auxiliary bishop named (cNs) -- Bishop one of the 12 merican has been bishop of Islands, by lso named Father pastor of All Milwaukee, as of Chicago. He 13th active U.S. .bishop. mtments were 5 in Washing- Agostino pro-nun- will serve as Elliott G. has headed October 1993. Bishop Murry becomes head of the diocese when Bishop Thomas retires. Under church law a bishop is expected to sub- mit his resignation to the pope at age 75. Bishop Murry was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Camden, N.J. He attended Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., St. Joseph's College in Philadel- phia, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He joined the Jesuits in 1972 and was ordained to the priest- hood in 1979, earning a master of divinity degree that year at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. In 1994, he earned a doctorate in American cultural studies at George Washington University in Washington. At a Chicago archdiocesan discussion on racism last year, Bishop Murry said, "There are SUMMER IAL OF 1998! ativity Church ITY CHURCH AVENUE - EVANSVILLE 1713oUoi.oi no quick fixes for this problem. No pills or statements we can take. We must be single-mind- ed and decide to stay on target. . . The mark of a leader is someone who stands up and says what needs to be said." Bishop-designate Perry is canon law professor at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Comer, Wis., and an adjunct professor of canon law at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. He is also the chaplain of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society in Wisconsin. He has been pastor since 1995 at All Saints Parish, one of two Milwaukee parishes created in the 1990s from nine older city parishes. Bishop-designate Perry was born April 18,1948 in East Chicago, Ind. Msgr. Wolf to be honored A combination retirement and anniversary celebration is being planned for Msgr. Michael O.J. Wolf, long time pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Evansville. The celebration is planned at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, on Sunda June 28. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m.; dinner will follow in the new school cafeteria Persons planning to attend the dinner are asked to contact Holy Trinity Church. Msgr. Wolf has been pastor of Holy Trinity for 27 years, and will observe the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination in June. He was ordained a priest Dec. 8, 1913. He has served Holy Trinity from 1970 until health considerations earlier this year kKt to his retire- ment at age 84. Book signings scheduled Justin Clements, a contributing columnist to the Message and recently-published author of The Steward's Way, will sign copies of his book member of the Legion of Mary and of the Par- ent Teacher Organization. Richard is involved in the Tootsie Roll Drives and Gibault Pancake Breakfasts. The Fischers have three children, Paul, Matthew and Beth. Special Olympics held at St. Meinrad The twenty-eighth annual Special Olympics were held on the grounds of the St. Meinrad Archabbey May 2. It was the final Special Olympics hosted by St, Meinrad College's Cooperative Action for Community Develop- ment. The college is closing in May, but the CACD will continue as a combined effort of St. Mein- rad Archabbey and School of Theology, the Sis- ters of St. Benedict and students of Marian Heights Academy, and volunteers from the local communities. Office of Worship supported by CPC Coordinating and planning major diocesan at Cornerstone Catholic Books and Gifts, Evansville, on Thursday, May 14 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.; and at BookNation bookstore in Terre Haute, on Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Pilgrimage services at Monte Casino Benedictine Brother Jacob Grisley will speak on "Surrender to God's Will: Mary's Example to" Us," at the Monte Casino Shrine near St. Meinra d, Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. Pilgrimage services are held each Sunday in May. For further information, call (812) 357- 6585. Knights name Family of the Month The Richard Fischer family was named Fam- ily of the Month by the Knights of Columbus Council 565. The Fischers are members of St. Philip Church, P{sey County, where Richard is an active Men's Club member and Sara is a and local liturgical celebrations, training and supporting those involved in liturgical min- istries, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and evangelization  these are the major activities of the diocesan office of Wor- ship, RCIA and Evangelization. The office is supported by contributions to the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Training offered for marriage mentoring A workshop scheduled Saturday May 16 designed to train mature couples to serve as mentors for engaged couples, newlyweds, married couples experiencing difficulties and married couples .seeking enrichment. The workshop .is part of a cooperative effort, involving the United Way, St. Mary's Founda- tion and Welborn Baptist Hospital. For information, please contact the Chap- lain's Office (812) 426-8269.