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p / The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 's Forum- Graduation or commencement of year signals the year. It is filled with of summer and It opens the door of per- and commitment graduates. It evokes bittersweet nature. )s are now a structured teachers are already somebody else's protected and nt of school is There is an it and an anxiety in it. is both desirable and necessary. 1less he returned to the  apostles and disciples would never "grow times he told them that he had to ly know the equal number of the words but had not understood. angels after Jesus was gone. why are you standing there looking By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." Life is deliberate. Its mile- stones are graduated. Its successive stages demand letting loose of "the before" and commencement of "the next." Most of us learned to crawl before we graduated to the balance necessary for walking. We experi- enced walking before graduating to the coordination and demands of running. Almighty God has designed us that way. Schooling is graduated. Its milestones are marked by the age and maturity of the student. At the conclusion of each grade, there is the inevitable commencement of the next step, the new experi- ence. There is joy in moving on. There is sadness in letting go of the familiar. There is anxiety about what is to come. Graduation from high school in our culture is a most significant commencement. For all practical purposes, it marks the moment a young person "leaves home" or "flies from the nest." There is eagerness for it. There is risk in it. Parents and community for the first time express expectations of the graduates in a public way. Commencement into the world of adult respon- sibilities requires initiative and commitment. Nei- ther is easy. Both are expected. Jesus promised not to leave us orphans. Par- ents promise to write. Jesus sent us a companion, a source of strength, a consoler. Parents send their children love. Jesus endowed us with the gift of faith in baptism. Parents hope their children will practice the faith Jesus has given them. The rest is up to the graduate. The graduate commences life "alone." Welcome to all our 407 graduates. We, your elder sisters and brothers in faith, invite you to join us. Although each of you may feel alone at times, know that we've been there! We're still "commencing'." This, our journey, is lifelong. We invite you to walk with us on our common journey of faith. ce of Worship and RCIA available to serve z a series the o[fi'ces and Catholic Dio- :WILLIAM the of the Office of RCIA has the with several Ssions, namely Commis- and the people who have a love of the church and the ministry in which they are involved. Their expertise and their talents are invaluable. Recently, at a Deanery Assem- bly, it was observed that it would be desirable if there were some- one in most, if not all, deaneries who could serve as contact per- sons for various organizations and ministries in the diocese. Each of the above-mentioned groups is making an attempt to have such "expert contacts" in each of the three areas: Worship, RCIA and Landings (for return- ing Catholics). All of this is mentioned by way made up of I n archbishop: have deep pain' the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima. "I still have deep pain, but I cannot forget that the Tupac Amaru committed an error, a very serious crime, namely the kidnapping of innocent people," he said. At the same time, the arch- bishop said, he came to know many of the young rebels during negotiating sessions, and when they died it was "like losing brothers or much-loved rela- (CNS) -- met the Pern- who tried to ful solution to tage cri- San Luis Cipri- Peru, meeting May great sadness not prevail. three others the a rescue at tives." plain: Eternity is 'ultimate success' chiefofArmy chaplains, likened the soldier's ultimate sacrifice to the Gospel adage, "Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend." Civilians are rarely called to and at "sacrifice to the same extent that the our heroes have," he said. during a In military life, "if each person Mass in doesn't fully do his job, the unit will not succeed," he said, adding it is also true in civilian life, whether in the law, family life, factories, academia or religion. "We all must work to spread the good news of God to every person," Bishop McDonnell said. l'he ultimate success is eternity the former with God." (CNS) -- military and veterans Edwin F. coadjutor iary Bish- of ', "Today we who gave COuntry" in :conflicts this of information. Inasmuch as we are concluding the Easter season in which we have celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Bap- tism, Confirmation and Eucharist) it might be well to take a closer look at the RCIA Commission. Their work is most visible when so many adults are received by the bishop i n the Rite of Elec- tion on the First Sunday of Lent. Their work behind the scenes is evident in the tremendous work done by the parish RCIA teams, and in the many adults being. fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. (This year there were 240 such persons in the Diocese of Evansville.) Besides working with the litur- gists for the Rite of Election the RCIA Commission does the fol- lowing: Serves as a resource for parishes who "do" the RCIA process. Serves to assist any parish who does not yet have the RCIA. Serves with the director as resource for the bishop in mat- ters dealing with the RCIA in the Diocese. Serves as a resource for reli- gious education. Provides education for parish RCIA leaders. Through personal contact, individual Commission members can assess parish RCIA needs and affirm parish RCIA efforts. Provides training for minis- ters. Offers educational experi- ences for the diocese. " Supp(retS  ROIA' :trms in : parishes. Individual members can act as resource persons for individ- ual parishes as needed. Members of the commission can help network between parishes. Current membership on the commission is as follows: Franciscan Sister Jane McConnell, 3540 Washington Ave., Evansville 47714, home: 422-2442 and work at Nativity Church, 476-0702. Ann Simms (Co-chair), 404 Greeldield Rd., Evansville 47715, home 476-90,94 and work at the Conmrstone Book Store 476-1534 Sharon Vogler, 1020 Kundek St., Jasper 47546, work at St. Joseph Church, 482-1805. Bey Okey (Co-chair), 4488 West Larch Place, Newburgh, 47630, home, 858-9091, work at St. John Newburgh, 853-6181. Jim and Monica Weber, 305 W. Walnut St., Ft. Branch, 47648, home, 753-4833. Father Tim Tenbarge, 605 W. FaurthSaBivknail471512,q:: :: : 4069. -: . Michael Morris, R.RA, Box 76B, Odon, 47562, home, 636- 4804. Or you can always contact the Office of Worship, P.O. Box 4169 Evansville 47724-0169, (812} 424- 5536, or toll-free in Indiana i 800 ) 637-1731. You can also call for me, Father Bill Deering, at St. Bernard Church in Snake Run, 753-4568. The members of the commis- sion are ready to serve. Please, permit us to help in whatever way we can. Victim's family members: Death penalty 'inhumane' SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- Family members of murder victims called the death penal- ty inhumane and a hindrance to healing and reconciliation dur- ing a rally at the Sacramento County Courthouse. Some 25 Sacramento-area Catholic and Protestant clergy and religious joined the speak- ers at the podium in silent wit- ness demonstrating their oppo- sition to capital punishment. The rally was planned to coin- cide with Law Day, declared by President Clinton as a national day of recognition to "advance equality and justice under the law.  Sally Senior, a Berkeley woman whose only grandchild, a 13.year-old girl, was kid- napped, raped and murdered in 1989, spoke of the family's grief and of having her lifelong oppo- sition to the death penalty test- ed by this unexpected tragedy. Despite the enormity of the loss, she said she has main- tained and strengthened her opposition to the death penalty. "I oppose the death penalty simply because in a humane, civilized society, people do not kill each other," she said. Aba Gayle, whose 19-year-old daughter was brutally mur- dered in Auburn in 1980, described the grief and rage she experienced following the crime. Yet, she said, gradually she found herself drawn to an atti- tude of forgiveness and open- ness to seeking reconciliation with her daughter's murderel: Today, she visits him on death row and said that this reconcil- iation has led ta both a deep inner healing and a powerful faith conversion. =I beg our gov- ernment not to tarnish the memory of my beautiful child, . Catherine, with another sense. leas killing,  she told the crowd. Cardinal Danneels: Papal role should stress consultation ROME (CNS) -- A leading European cardinal said the future exercise of papal primacy should involve less centralization and more consultation with bhLhops around the world. Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Mechelen-Bruel Belgium, one useful instrument might be an international papal advisery council of sis or seven  and cardinals, whose input the pope would seek on impommt issues. The cardinal's remarks came in the context of an ongoing dis. cussion on papal primacy and how it should be carried out. In a 1995 encyclical, Pope John Paul II asked for reflection on how papal primacy could function in a way acceptable to all Christians, Cardinal Danneels said it was logical that the pope's governing role would change in coming y gives the changed situation of cultures, geography and com. i munication in the modern world. He said there is only one thing about papal primacy that cannot i be medifie the principle that the .: pope is the successor of St, Peter andllds pmnacyinhischumh. '