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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern ind!ana Magic of Words May 2?, .19')2.?. ,.-: t By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK Associate Publisher Changing times of Catholic Press The times. They are a-changing. Not too many years ago we heard those lyrics with some sense of dread or fear. What would happen with change? Where would it lead? What would we lose in the process? Today we expect changes and new methods. In fact, most businesses become fearful if changes are not underway. New methods of operating, new technologies challenge our ways of thinking and our ways of working or producing new mate- rials. The Catholic Press is an integral part of our society and shows many signs of the same changes. We had a national convention last week in Milwaukee. I remember the first one I attended was in Chicago 1970. Just looking at the outside shows enough change. The number of priests and religious is fewer. The number of lay people is up dramati- cally. The number of women is up. In those earlier years, the women were mostly spouses of lay men involved in the Catholic Press. More and more of the women today are editors or chief' operating officers of their newspapers or magazines. Lay men who used to be mainly in the business side or were as- sociate editors are now editors, publishers as well as business managers. Computerized typography was just getting started for small weekly newspapers in 1970. For the record, the Message was the third Catholic paper nationally to purchase such equipment. Today, sophisticated software programming and powerful memory capacity make the astounding a routine activity. National news that used to come by mail through a tortuously slow minimum three-day delivery time now traverses 50,000 miles in mili- seconds from ground to satellite to ground re- ceiving dishes. Some of the people are the same -- with graying hair and slower pace. Many are new, bright eyed and energetic. The national Board of Directors formerly was dominated by priests, now I am the only priest member. There is still talk and discussion about the relative roles of bishop and editor. News people share stories -- envious of those whose relation- ship to their bishops seem warm and supportive, rather than cold and adversarial. Religious books and book publishing are en- joying a renaissance. Magazines go forward with confidence. National newspapers seem to be holding their share of readership. Diocesan neWS7 papers struggle with their local circumstances. The major tension is between viewing the paper as a public relations tool or a news carrying a Lo communications vehicle. Circulation figures are frequent concerns. Within all of these varying elements is the firm conviction that the Catholic press is abso- lutely necessary to help carry information, knowledge, education, inspiration and truth to readers of all kinds and in all places. Those in- volved see this as a compelling and rewarding ministry of the Word of God. A newly released (March 17, 1992) pastora! instruction from the Pontifical Social Communl" cations Council, entitled "Aetatis Novae" (A NeW Era), states that "communications should be an integral part of every pastoral plan." Jesus said to go forth'and teach all nationS. St. Paul reminded us that people gain faith through hearing and knowing the good news. The Catholic press continues that ministry today. Surely Paul would have loved to see the chang- ing times and ways that God's Word is delivered. COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Autol Homef Fire & f'ifel Your Personal Service Agent ........ James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. St. Joseph Mausoleum Phase II Pre-Construction prices will discontinue as of June 1, 1992 1925 W. Franklin Street iiii i |l i i "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 I I I I Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 I II i i , ,i Resurrection Church 5301 New Harmony Rd. (Hwy 65 & DiamondAve.) al Handcrafted Grandther's Clock ( Elmer OoeddG al & Saturday Beautiful une 12 & 13, 1992 Quilts 5pm-? Cask Giveaway CR,O PRIZE- SiO00 $500 3rd - $100 4th - $100 5th - $100 $S$$$$ Buffet Style Dinners (Price includes drink & dessert) FRIDAY: Fiddlers or Sau SATURDAY: Fried Chicken or' Adults: $5.50 Aes 6 - 12: Eat in the nder 6:$1.00 DRWE-UP THE' UNION BANK A FULL SERVICE BANK Member F.D,I.C. 295-2624 HWY 50 'I'EE, Balloon Dart Gold Fish Novelties Ice Cream Ring Pitch Cotton Candy Fun Games Chance o 0 0 Bingo Qu,t, Sunday JUNE 7, 1992 at Highland Woods i Chicken & Beef DINNER -- Children 2.50 ADULTS- $5.00 STARTING AT 11:00 A.M. CARRY OUTS OUR .... FAMOUS FRICASSEE [--- By GALLON or BOWL Sacred Heart Summer Picni: Vincennes, IN