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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 The bread for communion By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service We look forward to your articles. My concerns the host we receive at Commu- .our area we receive a very small white wafer, been always taught to let it melt in our and say a prayer. I visit my son's family, the host is a larger which looks like it is made from whole I feel uncomfortable seeing everyone walking altar looking as if they're chewing. ) Your question may appear trivial to ;but it has significant implications that are COnsidering. Lg yOU remember was at one time not unusual. When I was in elementary school, in fact, we were told it was a sin to let the host touch one's teeth. At very least, these sorts of strange teachings never had real foundation in Catholic doctrine or authentic practice. Jesus told the disciples several times that his Eucharistic body was to be their food, which they were to eat. The church's rules about the nature of bread for the Eucharist reflect that belief. Regulations in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, for exam- ple, require that the bread used in the Eucharistic cel- ebration "appear as actual food" (No. 283). In other words, it should look and taste like bread people actually eat. There's nothing at all unusual in this rule. A fun- damental principle in the theology and celebration of the sacraments is that the signs -- oil, water, gestures, bread, words -- should reflect as genuinely as possi- ble the reality they signify. Dirty baptismal water or gummy oil, for example, while perhaps valid for the sacraments, are, to say the least, inappropriate and defective sacramental signs. Similarly, bread which no one would otherwise recognize as bread isn't what the church urges for the celebration of Mass. As one child first communicant said when asked whether he believed the bread is now Jesus, "I believe it is Jesus, but I don't believe it was bread." The hosts you experience at your son's parish are common. They attempt to honor as well as possible the requirement that Eucharistic bread be made only of water and wheat, with no added ingredients, and still "appear as actual food," as real bread. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament of penance is available by sending a stamped, self-vddressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria IlL 61651. Questions for this cohmm should be sent to Father Dietzen at the me address. leaders welcome 'yes' vote on northern Irish agreement By CHRISTENA COLCLOUGH ews Service Northern Ireland Church leaders in all Welcomed the "yes" Friday peace and Ireland's pri- he hoped the vote gun out of Irish poll- issued by Arch- Brady of Armagh, said: "I think ow move on to work for a better are good, the hand of has been offered. hopefully it will hand of friendship. LSthe concerned, raean that the war is take the gun politics once and for Brady said. primate of all welcoming the Ireland poll In the May 22 vote Ireland and 85 percent of the peace agree- to end the "Troubles." More than 3,000 people have been killed in nearly 30 years of con- flict in Northern Ireland. Pope John Paul II, visiting the northern Italian city of Turin May 24, hailed the vote and said he hoped it would lead to last- ing peace. "I want to express my joy at the desire for peace and recon- ciliation that has emerged in the popular referendum in Ireland," he said. "I encourage that beloved people to continue with courage along the path they have taken up." Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston praised the referendum results, which he called a "yes" for "a future that moves beyond violence, the bullet and the bomb." "The world owes a debt of gratitude to all those whose labors have brought us to this point," he said in a statement May 23. But he cautioned that "a great deal of work still remains" and called for people to pray that God will continue to bless peace efforts. The final count of 71.12 per- cent in Northern Ireland in favor of the peace deal was announced May 23. More than 600,000 people turned out to vote, the highest election atten- dance ever in the British province of Northern Ireland. In the Irish Republic, 96 per- cent of voters agreed to drop Articles 2 and 3, which repre- sent the constitutional territori- al claim over Northern Ireland. Retired Bishop Edward Daly of Derry, Northern Ireland, interviewed on television short- ly after results came in, said, "I think there is a great desire for most people to focus on the future rather than the past. "I think the significance of today's events is that 71 percent of this community anonymous- ly, irrespective of religious back- ground, voted 'yes' for the agreement. And that is the mes- sage that should go out from today, and that is what young people want to hear," he said. At a press conference, Arch- bishop Desmond Connell of Dublin, Ireland, welcomed ref- erendum results but stressed that "courage and sincere deter- mination" were necessary to implement the agreement. "In this time of new political structures, the churches can play an important part and can make an ".unportant contribution in combating sectarianism, social exclusion and injustice," Archbishop Connell said. The Church of Ireland primate, Archbishop Robin Fames, echoed Archbishop ConneU's sentiments, saying, "the silent majority has spoken" but that much work still needed to be done. "I pray that we may never have to face endless funerals and broken hearts. The future under God is open to Catholic and Protestant, nationalist and unionist. May we move forward together with a new respect for each other," he added. The main obstacles to be over- Northern Ireland assembly June 25 and how the parades issue is resolved. But not all church leaders were optimistic. Msgr. Denis Faul of Dungan- non, a prominent spokesman on the peace issue, described the vote as "good news," but warned that rlauch remains to be done before there can be a last- ing peace. "The British and the world now know where the real trou- ble is -- the 50 percent of union- come immediately include the ists who voted:,No.They   elections to the new 108-seat the troublemakers;" said. : mentiomng Newman chair 3eorge, O.MI., Archbishop has accepted the title of the hon- the Venerable John Henry New- associated with St. Joseph's In Rensselaer, Ind. Cardinal George >ted an appointment as episco- of the association by the i ice of Catholic Bishops. College will host a national COnference Aug. 6-8, with some, 15 SCholars presenting papers program scheduled n ge Issues will be present- Evansville, Sunday, to 5:30 p.m. The program is or both have previous union, have worked annulment process and are now for a valid marriage in the church, according to Kristel Riffert at Catholic Charities. Riffert said the program was developed to help couples prepare for a sacramental marriage as well as confront some of the major issues specific to remarriage. St. Meinrad confers theology degrees St. Meinrad School of Theology awarded master's degrees to 44 students May 14. Among them were Letenegus Ansera of Fer- dinand, who received a Master of Theological Studies, and Lucille Pierpont of Vincennes, who received a Master of Religious Education degree. Pilgrimage services May 31 Benedictine Father Denis Robinson will speak on, "Mary, Woman of the Spirit," Sun- day, May 31, at Monte Cassino, near St. Mein- rad Archabbey. The 2 p.m. service is the last of a Sunday series in May. Golden Jubilations Warren and Lorene (Doerr) Dunkel of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on May 30. They were mar- ried May 29,1948, at SL Benedict Church, Evansville. They are the parents of three children: Elaine Herrin s of Virginia Beach, Va., and Eldon Dunkel and Diane Dunket, both of Evansville. They have three 8randchiidren, and one great-Wrandchild. Mr. Dunkel worked for Railway Express fort 30 years; he retired from Holsclaw Brothers in 1980. Mrs. Dunkel retired from Zesto in 1984.