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1998, The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 I nal Catholic Charismatic Renewal res faithful for the New Millennium C. CURTIS to,the Message touchdown only one with Bend the June 12-14, during Charis- Conference. over 4,000 , includ- Evans- featured Holy who is Father's Evan- Ralph Martin, Church at Age: What is the Father Benedict , L-TR; Elisabeth Elliot; 'Connor, many others. "The Holy for the New Mil- Was based on the Letter, a , ,, dvemente. 0f.the letter and of the as brought forth 's' presenta- the weekend, bishops, clergy, to prepare for 2000. "Every time I go to a confer- ence, I see miracles," said Holy Name of Jesus, Bloomfield, parishioner Mary Ann Crabb. "I come back renewed. This definitely was the case this year. Last year, I felt like the Lord was using me to minister to others, but this year, I felt like the Lord was ministering to me. God always seems to know what we need." John Bennett, a parishioner of St. Nicholas Church ir Santa Claus, said, "I believe the Holy Spirit is renewing the Catholic Church and making it a vibrant entity once again. His wife Stella, who also attended the conference said, "There was such a wonderful pres- ence of God and the Holy Spir- it that when Mass concluded and the conference was over, I didn't want to leave." Heartfelt greetings and prayer- ful good wishes from Pope John Paul II, were extended to mem- bers of the renewal, and to Bish- op John M. D'Arcy in a letter from Archbishop Agostino Cac- ciavillan, apostolic pro-nuncio. Cacciavillan's letter, quoting Tertio Millennio Adveniente said, "The Holy Spirit, Who, act- ing in the Sacraments and in the variety of charisms, roles and ministries which He inspires for the good of the Church, is 'the principal agent of the new evan- gelization.'" (No. 45). Bishop Joseph McKinney, aux- iliary bishop of Grand Rapids, was the principal celebrant and homilist for Mass which he con- celebrated with over 40 priests. Much of the Charismatic Renewal's focus, both national- ly and locally, is to help Catholics grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus and also to help them follow the Holy Father in preparing for what He calls the "new springtime" of the Church. Those involved in the renew- al are encouraged to receive the Sacraments frequently and to increase their prayer and fasting. The next Charismatic Mass will be held in Santa Claus at St. Nicholas Church on Sunday, July 26. The celebrant will be Rev. John Judie. Praise and wor- ship begins at 4:30 p.m. Mass follows at 5 p.m. For more information on how to get involved in the local charismatic renewal call Mary Ann Crabb at (812) 384-8580. From left, Linda Allen, Mary Pat Wells, Rose Smith and Mary Ann Crabb, Holy Name of Jesus, Bloomfield, parishionerlisten to Elisabeth Elliot talk about maturing in faith in the midst of suffering during the 1998 National Catholic Charismatic Renew- al Conference, June 12-14, at the University of Notre Dame. Message photo by Brigid C. Curtis STOWE Service (CNS) -- leader of the renewal of several University of prepare for the by being Spirit." it mean to be Spirit? It Holy Spirit. It the Holy pres- 1 Catholic and heads of nation- formation organizations. recommenda- btask force were to be Y the bishops along 19 morning and of the bish- Were open to the media. They meeting with a executive session of June 18 and r executive r norning of June 20. More stories and VIq 407-8660 charismatics urged to be 'docile" to Holy Spirit ident of Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, Mich. "It means to pay attention to the Holy Spirit. Our life depends on being led by the Holy Spirit." He was keynote speaker for the opening session of the annu- al national Catholic charismatic conference, which drew about 3,800 participants to the Univer- sity of Notre Dame June 12-14. The conference had as its theme "The Holy Spirit: Hope for the New Millennium," a response to Pope John Paul II's designation of 1998 as the year of the Holy Spirit leading up to the jubilee year 2000. "The only way to prepare'for this is... by cooperating with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives," said Martin, a Notre Dame graduate who was involved in the beginnings of the Catholic charismatic renew- al in the late 1960s. He urged the audience to renew their zeal for. "this incred- ible journey we've been walking the last 30 years or whatever." "Many Catholic charismatics who at one time had personal prayer times, at one time were seeking the Lord in a really fer- vent way, have kind of drifted away from that and are just get- ting by," he said. "The Lord doesn't want us just to get by. He wants us to go forward. If you've drifted away from personal prayer, come back." Martin quoted extensively from papal writings, especially those in preparation for the Jubilee. "He's saying amazing things that I think many Catholics aren't really hearing," Martin said. "God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity if we are docile to the Holy Spirit. The new springtime is something that's supposed to happen in us and through us." He described a Pentecost gathering in St. Peter's Square of leaders of renewal movements, including Cursillo, Neocatechu- menate and Legionnaires of Christ as well as charismatics. "What do they all have in common? Conversion," Martin said. "Fervent love for Jesus Christ. Dedication to the Gospel. Wholehearted response to God. That's what the new springtime is characterized by. What a priv- ilege that we are part of that. What a blessing that we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. "How wonderful that we can come together and worship the Lord like we do and encourage one another and build one another up in the faith and share what God has done with us with others." He described the chance to gather together as "a treasure" and "a privilege." "Maybe we've been doing it for 30 years, but never take it for granted. It's a tremendous gift of God," Martin said. Other speakers at the confer- ence included Franciscan Father Benedict Groeschel, Holy Cross Father Ed O'Connor, Redemp- torist Father Tom Forrest, Dorothy Ranaghan, Elizabeth Elliot, John Boucher, and Auxil- iary Bishop Joseph C. McKinney of Grand Rapids, Mich., who is on the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Organizer Joe Bagiackas said the National Service Committee, which sponsored the event, is taking cues from Pope John Paul II's approach to the millennium jubilee as it plans conferences. The committee is based at the Chariscenter USA in Locust Grove, Va., near Washington. "It's more of a jubilee confer- ence than a charismatic confer- ence," Bagiackas said. Next year's meeting also will be at Notre Dame, and the 2000 meet- ing will be an ecumenical event in St. Louis. The conference, now in its 31 year, drew some 35,000 people to Notre Dame in the 1970s, but Bagiackas said the smaller num- bers of recent years do not reflect the strength of the move- merit. In the 1990s U.S. Confer- ences have been in Pennsylva- nia, California, New Jersey, Florida and Rhode Island. "Internationally, the charis- matic movement is enormous," he said. "Cardinal Ratzinger called it the movement that won't die." Martin id 300 pries and 35 bishops were baptized in the Holy Spirit in Iria last year, and more than 10,000 people attended a charismatic confer- ence in Lithuania. Bagiackas said a charismatic conference recently in the Philippines drew 300,000 to the closing Mass, and a small U.S. prayer group attracted 120 peo- ple when !t advertised a "Life in the Spirit" seminar. "Spiritual things are still hap- pening" he said. "That's why it doesn't die. It's from God." Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in soutlra,stern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Funeral arrangements are pending for Steven Clark, 43, who died June 13 of cardiac arrest. He was on the California Heart Transplant program and was awaiting a heart donor. Survivors include his wife, Suzen, his son, Casey, and his mother, Catherine Arvella Kafka of Evansville. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- ville.net. Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT. The deadline for copy is 9 am. the Friday before publi- cation. "t