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1994 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- It was early June 1950. I don't the exact day. I was fin- first year as a high at St. Meinrad. we could go home for the we had to participate in formal Corpus Christi Proces- because the feast happened to 0a that day. I had not been since Christmas. I was not in spirit of the feast at St. Mein- It was hot as we made our pro- cassocks and surplices. However, I did the devotion that the cele- was intended to elicit. In fact, I was dis- the beauty of the spring day and the of going home after five months away. aated to go home! Do you not find it interesting that I have not it moment?! It did make an impres- though my personal devotion may have Lg. Devotions to the Holy Eucharist and to the Heart of Jesus were very much a part of life. First Fridays were central to our and required great discipline. It attended five o'clock Mass so We could get our farm chores accomplished We always got to church in time for beforehand. (Only later did I respect that it placed on our pastor who was there!) ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Cc,rpus Christi Corpus Christi processions were a part of my memory as a child before going to the seminary. The Holy Name Society of my home parish along with those of the New Albany Deanery spon- sored an annual procession at one of the parishes in the deanery. They were an important public complement to our personal devo- tions honoring the Blessed Sacra- ment in a time when many of our adult sisters and brothers did not receive Holy Communion regularly since "they were not worthy." These devotions were a re- sponse to the influence of the Jansenistic heresy of "unworthiness." Perpetual Adoration, Benedic- tion, the novena of the First Fridays of the month honoring the Sacred Heart were devotions that came into existence because of this misguided sense of unworthiness. These devotions "of dis- tance to the Blessed Sacrament" remained popu- lar despite Pope St. Plus X efforts to renew the re- ception of Holy Communion regularly and often. As a youngster I remember that many adults refused to receive Holy Communion if they had not received the Sacrament of Penance immedi- ately before. Our family always received both sacraments on the occasion of First Friday. These personal and public devotions, in of themselves, are very wholesome and have unfortunately lost not only their popularity but also their meaning. In our day, the pendulum has swung the other direction. The rules of fasting before Holy Communion were designed not only to remind us of our unworthiness but also to encourage reverence for the awesome mystery of the Most Holy Eu- charist. With their relaxation there has grown, I fear, a lack of reverence of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord. This is the Sacrament which we hold most sacred and so nec- essary to our salvation. I sense a casual approach to the Eucharist that seems to belie an under- standing of its sacred nature, not to mention the mystery of our resurrection it promises. Adoration of the Holy Eucharist is a com- mendable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. I rec- ommend to each of you this personal and family de- votion as we approach to feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. Every member of the family can participate be they young or old. Father Ralph Schipp, Chaplain to St. Mary's Medical Center, has invited me and all the rest of us to participate the "Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament" in the Chapel there. This means that every hour of each day someone is pre- sent before the Blessed Sacrament in St. Mary's Chapel. I urge you to sign up for an hour. I recommend this initiative as an opportunity to be renewed in your personal devotion to the Holy Eucharist. It provides a time when you can make reparation for the times that this most Sa- cred Sacrament of Unity is taken for granted, and yes, even abused by many of us in our thoughtless- ness and carelessness. National meeting focuses on missions of the importance vocation, the LSsion" history of the and urgent mis- today, as well as of Synod marked the National Meeting of the Society for 'ation of the Ld Holy Childhood than 150 diocesan di- associates gathered in April to centered on "On the permanent the Church's mis- Ldate;" this theme of Pope John Redemp- ernard Prince, in- secretary-general Pagation of the ter Apostle, re- permission from leave the African Spoke on the impor- of the today. "I at great length of needs: cate- training, Sisters a church or rec- ri vandalized, the virtually end- Father Prince that increas- reliance of coun- and Asia is a Carmody of Ls, who serves as the Committee on NCCB, present- )a" of and for the today. "When I missionary with Society in South Lee 1 Street IN 254-3612 America, I was constantly being asked, 'Who are we as Catholics?'" he said. "I told them that Catholics are people of the person, and the person is Christ. We are people who have a deep personal relation- ship with Christ." Other presenters included Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb of Mobile, who outlined the early development of the Church in Alabama and its connection with the Propaga- tion of the Faith, theologian Sister Joan Frances Gormley, S.S.M.W., and Scripture scholar, Father Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. The latter two presenters offered theolog- ical and Scriptural "motiva- tion" to counteract the "nega- tive tendency" toward missionary activity present today. In his report to directors, Propagation of the Faith Na- tional Director, Bishop William J. McCormack, noted the rich history of help the Propagation of the Faith has provided to the Church here in the United States. "In the first 100 years of its existence (1822 to 1922), the Propagation of the Faith provided $7 million in aid to the Church in this country." Pope John Paul II sent a telegram to all the directors and and associates gathered in New Orleans: "Acknowledging with gratitude the outstanding contributions made by Catholics of your Country to the preaching of the Gospel to the nations, ttis Holiness prays that your deliberations will help to foster among the faith- ful of the United States a re- newed commitment to the Church's perennial mission of inviting all humanity to life and salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ." Msgr. Clarence Schlachter, center, diocesan director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, attended the three-day national meeting in New Orleans. Also attending the meeting were, from left, Father William McCormack, national director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith; Father Francis Wright, national director for the Holy Childhood Association; Msgr. Schlachter; Father Bernard Prince, secretary general for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Society of St. Peter and Apostle, Rome, and Father Edmond Carmody, chairman of the Committee on the Missions, NCCB, Tyler, Texas. Bishops sue merchandiser for World Youth Day royalties WASHINGTON (CNS)  A corporation formed by the U.S. Catholic bishops to sponsor last year's World Youth Day filed a lawsuit in Denver May 2 for royalties on souvenirs of the event. World Youth Day brought more than 180,000 teen-agers and young adults to Denver last August for a five-day in- ternational religious festival. It featured a visit by Pope John Paul II. The lawsuit by the bishops' corporation, World Youth Day Inc., says Famous Artists Mer- chandising Exchange entered a contract to pay at least 60 per- cent of net proceeds, with a guaranteed minimum payment of $850,000, in return for use of the WYD name, logo and artwork and exclusive licens- ing rights for all official sou- venirs. Apart from an initial $30,000 payment, WYD re- ceived nothing from FAME, the suit said. FAME is located in Center- ville, Ohio. The organization's attorney, Jules Zallon, told Catholic News Service by tele- phone May 26 that his client would countersue. "There was never a final con- tract,  Zallon said. "All we had was a series of preliminary un- derstandings? The lawsuit accuses FAME of breach of contract and breach of faith and asks for payment of the contracted roy- airy payments, with a mid, i- mum of $850,000 plus interest since Aug. 31, 1993.