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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Catholic high school seniors will receive 1996 diplomas b ANN HUGHES essage staff writer ed-sixty-two will receive their !chool diplomas this the four Catholic chools operated by in the Diocese of Another 23 se- ll graduate from [eights Academy, a tholic high school the Benedictine at Ferdinand. ceremonies in will begin in Vin- cennes on May 24 when 32 Rivet High School seniors will receive their diplomas from Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Graduation begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes. Rivet's valedictorian is Nick Kotter, and Nicholas Kocher is salutatorian. On May 25, 23 seniors at Marian Heights Academy, Fer- dinand, will received their 1996 diplomas. Benedictine Sister Mary Cheryl Uebelhor, academy president, will be handing out the diplomas. Ursuline Sister Ruth Gehres from Mount St. Joseph Convent near Owens- boro, Ky., will be the guest speaker. Graduation begins at 2 p.m. and will be held in the chapel at Immaculate Conception Monastery. The valedictorian is Dulce Muralles, and Marilu Diaz is salutatorian. One-hundred-thirty-three seniors at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, will receive their 1996 diplomas on May 26, at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony in Vanderburgh Auditorium in downtown Evansville. Bishop Gettelfinger will con- fer the diplomas. Dr. James C. Macek will be the guest speaker. Lori Adler is Mater Dei's valedictorian, and Andrea Boots is salutatorian. This year's graduation cer- emonies for the 176 seniors at Memorial High School, Evansville, will be held at 4 p.m., May 26, at Vander- burgh Auditorium. Bishop Gettelfinger will hand out diplomas, and Bene- dictine Sister Jennifer Miller will be the guest speaker, Mark Palmenter, Carrie Dean and Megan Payne are sharing class valedictorian honors. Washington Catholic High School, Washirlgton, will hold graduation ceremonies on June 1. Bishop Gettelfinger will be conferring diplomas to the 21 graduating seniors; he will also serve as guest speaker. Gradu- ation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Nate Bowling is Washington Catholic's 1996 valedictorian, and Shaun Sullivan is saluta- torian. MURALLES ADLER DEAN PALMENTER PAYNE BOWLING llerest rgist seeks sacrament of presence at ecumenical gatherings MAHON News Service Va. (CNS) -- :urgist suggested at ecu- need some- an prayer-and- to make up Inability to share Eu- .dot a sacrament of we can offer one n we gather that as a type of com- Something beyond time on the word only?" nican. Father Ger- an associate pro- eology at The of America spoke at a sem- the National Christian Unity, May 6-9. in, speaking on of Worship in : Ecumenical Im- out the ques- SUggesting an an- to $100,000 Minimum deposit $5,0OO ')  Interest cmol nnam Invttors Since 187a Speaking to an audience of about 100, predominantly clergy of various Christian churches, Father Austin said Christians "had lost sight over the centuries" of how a commu- nity's prayer life expresses its beliefs -- a connection summa- rized in the fifth- century Latin axiom "Lex orandi, lex cre- dendi" (The law of praying is the law of believing.). "Roman Catholics," he said, "don't trust our prayer .... We feel at times it is too subjec- tive, too poetic. We don't see it as constituting the law of be- lief." Warning that liturgy has been made "too didactic," he said that "Roman Catholics fall into the trap that if we give our people Mass, Mass, Mass, we are doing all that 'is needed" to instruct them in the faith. "You can't teach people only in the Sunday liturgy," he said, "you need Bible study" and other instruction, because "liturgy presupposes a faith community that has been cate- chized." Father Austin said that since the Second Vatican Council, which put the Catholic liturgy into the ver- nacular, "Roman Catholics have shaped a new liturgical piety." He said the hymns Catholics are singing may be shaping that piety more than anything Built with Quality to Save You Time & Money BGINBt111ANSMISSI Factory and General Office Hwy. 231 S., Jasper, IN (812) 482-1041 R LINCOLN. MERCURY l JASPER 482-1200 I else in the liturgy. "Where can you go to a fu- neral and not sing 'I Will Raise Them Up,' or 'On Eagle's Wings'?" he asked. At a May 7 luncheon for the National Association of (Catholic) Diocesan Ecumeni- cal Officers, attended by about 200 Catholics participating in the national workshop, a Je- suit historian described the "practical ecumenism" of'U.S. Catholics and Protestants long before the ecumenical move- ment. Father Gerald P. "Fogarty, a professor of religious studies and history at the University of Virginia, who is currently. writing the history of the Rich- mond Diocese, said that in his research he found numerous examples of "cooperation be- tween priests and ministers" going back long before the Catholic entry into the ecu- menical movement in the 1950s and 1960s. "They wouldn't have called it ecumenism at the time," he said, but they often cooperated in response to "the practicality of the situation." He said that when Catholic bishops of Richmond made con- firmation rounds in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in communities which had no Catholic church they regularly used local Protestant churches for the confirmation service. Once during an epidemic near Richmond, he said, the local Catholic priest and Protestant minister made a pact that if one of them died, the survivor would bury him. He said a Catholic parish still stands in Falls Church, Va. -- now part of the Arling- ton Diocese -- on land that the Episcopal Church donated to the Richmond Diocese in 1925 St. Mary Continued from page 1 Easter time, evoked images of the resurrection in describing the old school building now risen anew to serve the needs of the parish. St. Mary Church was estab- lished in 1867. Tae school build- ing once housed the teaching sisters and provided classroom space. It was closed in the early 1970s. The restored school building provides space for the parish staff and rooms for parish coun- when Catholics needed a place for a new church. Father Fogarty said that when Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore attended the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, he "led the Lord's Prayer using the Protestant ending." That led to an 1895 decree from the Holy See ordering Catholics not to, Parttqilate, in meetings with rcpre.ezttltyes of other churches unless they were initiated by and under the control of the Roman Catholic Church, he said. Contributing to this story was Jerry Filteau. cil meetings and parish efforts such as religious education, RCIA, Landings and Disciple- ship. Not-for-profit organiza- tions serving the community are also being invited to use the building. Helen Boettcher, parish busi- ness manager, said the parish dream was to provide a center for ministry serving the entire community. It would be a place where anyone who needed as- sistance could come and find it, she said. Worth mentioning... Affinity card pays out The latest report from the Office of Stewardship and Development shows that schools in the Diocese of Evansville earned another $4,454 from affinity credit card users for the month of March. "Tradition Card" users charged $890,833. One-half of one percent is returned for distribu- tion to schools in the diocese. The income for schools, by deaneries, is as follows: East Evansville Deanery, $1,119; West Evansville Deanery, $1,182;Jasper Deanery, $5375 New- burgh Deanery, $416; Princeton Deanery, $359; Vincennes nery, $245; and Washington Deanery, $240. Knights elect officers The Indiana State Council Knights of Columbus has announced its officers for 1996-1997: State Deputy Charles Maurer Jr. of Richmond; State Secretary Robert M. Wilcox of South Bend; State Treasurer Robert Lynch of Indianapolis; State Advocate Dale Hager of Greens- burg, and State Warden Carl Yurechko of Crown Point. Council of Churches to install executive director The Rev. William Bower will be installed as executive director of the Evansville Area Coun- cil of Churches, during ceremonies at St. Mary Church, Evansville, Sunday, June 2. Pre-service music begins at 1:45, with the installation serqce scheduled at 2 p.m. A recep- tion will follow.