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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Liturgy main topic when U.S. bishops meet June P . .% By JERRY FILTEAU diocese. If the permission is granted, clear that the Reproaches are tlre Holy week liturgieJ, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 600 pages of liturgi- cal texts and commentary await decisions by the U.S. Catholic bishops at their spring general meeting June 20-22 in Portland, Ore. Continuing a massive project begun several years ago, they are to vote on two more large segments of a new English version of the Sacramentary -- divided into seven segments to make the project manageable -- and on U.S. adaptations in Holy Week liturgies. The Sacramentary, used by the priest at the presider's chair and at the altar, is the of- ficial book of the prayers and liturgical actions of the Mass throughout the year. The bishops are also to vote on whether to ask Rome for permission in the United States to have a funeral Mass with the remains present when the one who died has been cre- mated. They will discuss, but not vote on: -- Plans to restructure the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Conference, the orga- nizations through which they act together on a national level. -- A revised draft of a state- ment applying to Catholic col- leges and universities in the United States the norms of"Ex Corde Ecclesiae," ("From the Heart of the Church"), the 1990 Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities. -- Implementation of the three-year national vocations strategy they adopted last November. In a departure from usual practice, the bishops will begin their meeting in the afternoon instead of the morning. The morning of June 20 will be de- voted to an open discussion of the work of translating and ap- proving liturgical texts for use in the United States. After their final business ses- sion June 22 they will assemble at the 145-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland for a concelebrated Saturday evening Mass mark- ing the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Portland Arch- FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 i / Ed. L., Lee , Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee The archdiocese was formed in 1846. Its original seat was Oregon City, the Oregon Terri- tory capital on the Willamette River about 10 miles south of Portland. Portland was made the see city in 1928. The only nonliturgical mat- ter the bishops are scheduled to vote on in Portland is a pro- posed revision of rules for reim- bursement of NCCB and USCC committee chairmen for travel expenses incurred for some committee meetings. The proposal to allow a fu- neral Mass with cremated re- mains present would provide a U.S. exception to the church's general law. The general law prescribes that if the funeral Mass is said with the remains present, it is to be the person's body, not the ashes. The church in Canada has had permission for more than a decade to have a funeral Mass with cremated remains pre- sent. Four U.S. dioceses have received such permission indi- vidually. each U.S. bishop would then decide whether to permit the practice in his diocese. Currently more than 20 per- cent of Americans who die are cremated. Among liturgical changes for Holy Week that the bishops will consider is an instruction clarifying that in the Ugited States those chosen for the foot-washing ceremony on Holy Thursday should "represent various people who constitute the parish or community: the young and old, men and women." Controversies have arisen over exclusion of women be- cause the Latin text calls for washing the feet of "chosen men." Another change is a new original text for the Good Fri- day Reproaches as an optional alternative to the traditional version. The traditional text can be misinterpreted as anti-Semitic and has been used in that way, while the new text makes it directed at all who answer God's loving kindness by reject- ing him and Sinning against him. Among other changes the bishops will consider are: -- A variation on the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass's rite of renewal of commitment by the ordained, for use on other occa- sions such as priests' retreats. -- An optional rite for recep- tion in parish-churches of the holy oils blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass for distri- bution throughout the diocese. The Holy Week changes to be voted on are all part of U.S. adaptations for the new Sacra- mentary. In addition the bishops are to vote on segments five and six of the Sacramentary. The fifth segment is the Proper of Saints for use throughout the English-speak- ing world, containing the open- ing prayers, prayers over the gifts and prayers after Commu- nion for the feasts of saints. The sixth segment contains antiphons for Volume the Sacramentary and miscellaneous texts volume which were not: cluded in For practic Sacramentary is two volumes, the on Sundays and major the other for wee throughout the year. Current plans call f bishops to vote the seventh -- and ment of the taining the common Mass for celebrations of feasts, ritual Masses and MasSes dead. There are also a individual texts various U.S. bishops first time International Comm! English in the vise. Those texts back to the consideration at 1997 meeting. ':: ,00OOD 3HEPHERD SUMMER 5OClAL THURS- FRI- SAT JUNE 20 - 21 - 22 Family Style DINNERS 5:00 - 7:0.0 p.m. Roast Beef- Fried Chicken Air-conditioned Cafeteria Carry-Outs Available Air Conditioned Bingo Games Wheels Rides Quilts Good Food & Fun! 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