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19, 1998 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 "n Turner e s a faithful father and a faithful volunteer By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer 30 years, Elgin Turner has been leer at the monthly Marian Day dinners. been a faithful father, raising three children. dads have had to travel the road that Of his six children, three are r handicapped. his daughter, Jean- school at St. back in the early wasn't able to the workload. Elgin says, pub- just weren't set special, needs A family member about Marian Day her to learn. We learn, and they they could for liked it. She's the doesn't know a stranger. She's a girl, and the Sisters all made over lot. They gave us strength. They made us better people." The difficulties of raising the three children strengthened his marriage, he believes. "If you are going to hold a marriage together, something like that will make you hold it together. I see, all the time, a single woman with a handicapped child, and the husband has left. "When you stay together, you have someone to lean on." e believes that his children "'helped us a lot. They gave us strength. They made us better people." son, Willie, was also diagnosed with and sent to Marian Day. Then, Michael, someone he says "gets along "also attended Marian Day. special-needs children was tough, As a young father, he often asked, it happen to us?" es that his children "helped us a ,t'' He says he doesn't ques- tion anymore why his life took such a difficult turn. When he was younger, he thought to himself, "I might have done this or I might have done that," but now he says, "Would we really have done it?" What he has done with his life, now that he is retired, is devote many, many hours to Marian Day School. Once a month; he spends three days a week preparing for the monthly chicken dinners. On Fridays and Saturdays, he does "odds and ends." On Sundays, he arrives at Good Shepherd's kitchen by 7 a.m. By 8:30, he's busy cooking chickens, often preparing over 100 chickens for the dinner. He uses a simple recipe, "salt, pepper and flour." "You have to like to do it," he says, "and I love doing it. I get tired sometimes, and I think about getting out, but I'd miss it. "In the summers, when they don't have those Sundays coming up, I miss it." Elgin Turner prepares chicken for the monthly Marian Day School dinner. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes to celebrate better Masses00is topicforconfere00 GUEZ-SOTO News Service How do you better Masses? How hearts s central act Were the questions con- s during a five- sponsored by ocese's Office Life. at St. John Vianney participants explored of the homily in the litur- themselves le- reforms of tican Council. a B-," said Father executive bishops' Sec- the Liturgy and one speakers at the For example, prior to Vatican II, only 8 percent of the Scriptures were read at Mass. Today, that figure is 80 percent. On the other hand, he told The Florida Catholic in an inter- view, polls have found that today's Catholics have "a sig- nificantly diminished apprecia- tion of the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament." Polls in recent years have indi- cated wide Catholic ignorance or confusion about Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, about transubstantiation, the changing of the bread and Wine into the body and blood of Christ. Critics of liturgical reform decry doing away with the silence and prayers that were just between them and God, some of the hallmarks of the Mass in Latin. Although private prayer is good and necessary, Father Moroney said, it should be an addition to -- not a substitution for w the public, communal prayer of the church. Ways, liturgical y suc- Moroney noted. seeks an editor for a 15,000 circulation Catholic The successful candidate must be a solid planner, and writer who has a strong sense of and understanding of Catholic issues, Church L and history, with a creative, proactive approach; a with widely varied interest and a background in publishing or a related area. Send rsumt and ref to: Msgr. J. William Lester p.O. Box 390 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801 The Vatican Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy calls the Mass "the source and summit" of every- thing that Catholics are, and urges Mass-goers to find the presence of God not just in the Blessed Sacra- ment, but in the priest and the assembly, Father Moroney said. And it states: "The goal to be con- sidered before all else is the full, conscious and active participation of the people." And today in the wake of Vat- ican II, Catholics are more involved participants at Mass, called upon to read the Scrip- tures as well as to sing and to pray out loud. But today's challenge is to "engage the interior," Father Moroney said. He remarked .that many Catholics seem to have a sense of the Mass as the- ater and the feeling that they are spectators or visitors who feel "it is not my mystery." The blame for that attitude cannot be laid simply at the feet of liturgical reform, Father Moroney said. He also points to cultural changes. "It's a fast-food culture," he said, characterized by short Hear it from the source/ Vatican Radio World News Mon. - Fd. at 5:30 p.m. Only on WUEV-FM 91.5 University of Evansville On the a/r or on your coaooler at , II attention spans and the constant stimulation offered by movies and television. "Everybody expects that the priest is going to be Oprah Winfre): He bears all the responsibility." But the priest is not the enter- tainer, and is at Mass to lead the people in prayer, Father Moroney added. Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni, another keynote speak- er at the conference, added, "Liturgy is a form of communi- cation. The preferred form of communication in our culture is entertainment. And it's passive." So what is the church to do? It is not just a matter of intellectu- al education, although Fathers Ciferni and Moroney both agreed that the church has done a "miserable" job of educating priests and laity about the details of liturgical reform. The problem goes deeper than that, Father Ciferni said. "The community needs to be bringing its life to the experience." When Catholics complain that they do not "get anything out" of Sunday Mass, it is like a family judging the quality of their life together by the quali- ty of their Saturday dinner out- ing, Father Cifemi said. iii CRANEY'S BODY SHOP, INC. Rt. 4 VeQte  Rd. 1a121 =s4.001= . i i iiiii i I I I ] II II Family life is not "exhaustecl by going out to dimler on Satur- day night," he explained. "lrs a whole web of acts of self-sacri- fice and care, so that then the going out on Saturday night is a celebration of the life. It doesn't exhaust he life." He said priests can improve the quality of liturgies by going back to basics. "Basics are not about the style in which a priest celebrates the liturgy. They're about the deep attitudes," said Father Cifemi. "lf a priest has deep attitudes that the liturgy is an act of pastoral care, style will take care of itself." On the other hand, noted Father Moroney, "we can't place these unrealistic demands upon a priest and , 'You are k be the arver to all my problems in life.' Because that is not the priest's role. The priest's role is to lead us to Christ, who is the answer to all e " * ' of our probl ms m hfe. His advice to lay people who seek a bette" experience of Mass. "Pra " ; Father Moroney added. "Bring your whole life to that altar. Place your hopes and your fears and your joys and rrows on that altar with the bread and wine .... That's the only so of life." I L I iii HI [ 111 II --- LinCo Coffee Services T=d  mana.= v,'Ec00 ....... : ;L '