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998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 1 Getting up to speed as a Catholic By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service I am a correctional officer at a state your column in our reading room you can help. )tized Catholic, and that's as far as it :ommunion, no confession and - attended church a dozen times. My fiance is in the same situation. thinking strongly of getting involved in our we go about doing that? Can we just go r? Do we have to talk with someone your insights. (Missouri) Theoretically, there's nothing prevent- from beginning to receive the sacra- would not be wise or good, particularly )lan soon to establish your own home and and, hopefully, your children will need a base of knowledge and under- Four faith, and of your relationship with God, than is possible at present with your very lim- ited Catholic background. Several possibilities come to mind. While the Rite for the Christian Initiatio.n of Adults is actually not for people already baptized Catholic, many men and women in your circumstances have found it a wonderful way to arrive at some depth of awareness of the Catholic way of life. Depending on your education and other experi- ences, a series of meetings with a priest or other parish minister, along with some good reading, might bring you up to speed. For any of these options you need to talk with a priest in your area, explain the situation and ask his help. Please don't be embarrassed to do this. As I said, may others have been and are in your position. Question: I read recently your column about watching Mass on television. You said our obliga- tion is not to hear or watch someone else do some- thing, but to be there and do it ourselves. It is almost impossible for me to go to Mass. I cannot stand or sit for any long period of time, because of being crippled with arthritis. After one major surgery, I am now waiting for another. Until your article, I felt like I was doing my part as a Catholic to participate in Mass, since I can't go to church. (Ohio) Answer: You are exactly the kind of person those who provide Mass on television want to reach and serve. You are using this opportunity to join yourself spiritually to the sacrifice of the Mass, which I sug- gested in the column, and I'm happy you are doing SO. Obviously, watching and praying along with a recorded Mass differs significantly and essentially from sharing in the celebration together with your brothers and sisters in the faith. But you are excused from this kind of physical presence at Mass. Your condition makes that impos- sible. Please continue to utilize this and any other ways available to unite your prayers with those of other Catholics in and through Jesus at Mass. A free brochure, in English or Spanish, outlining marriage regulations in the Catholic Church and explain- ing the promises in an interfaith marriage is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Fattwr John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, Ill. 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the ame address. golfers coming to Jasper Annual Memorial Hospital Classic is scheduled Mon- 13 at Sultan's Run Golf Course in The event will pair amateur players golfers and celebrities. and PGA touring professionals J 1998 tournament are John Maginnes, ohnson, Mike Small, Tony Sills, Spike Estes, Craig Bowden, Mike Sposa le native Brian Tennyson. information, call Memorial Hos- Community Relations (812) 482-0524 or (800) 852-7279. Charities to sponsor Garden Patch Charities of the Diocese of Evans- ville will again sponsor and operate the Gar- den Patch Project, a program which offers donated fresh produce to elderly and low- income families at a minimal cost. Proceeds are used to support the Garden Patch project and other garden and food pro- grams.. The project wfll-0peratea('two'i0cati0ns in Evansville: on Mondays, starting July 20 through Aug. 24 at St. Mary Church, Sixth and Cherry Streets, Evansville; and on Wednes- days, July 22 through Aug. 26 at Asbury Unit- ed Methodist Church, 1900 North Fulton Avenue. Contributors may bring produce between 9 and 10:45 a.m. Distribution begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call (812) 423-5456. mP 'I W' ii, L Representation Since 1946 J. Pigman Sheila M. Corcoran Mark W. Rietman Charles L. Berger Andrew S. Ward Call (812) 425-8101 or (800) 327-0812 lnternet: www.bergerlaw.com 313 Main Street Evansville, Indiana 47708.1485 Golden Jubiladans John F. Jr. and Roberta (Walker) Stratman of Jasper will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. June 28 at SL Joseph Church, Jasper. A luncheon for invited guests will follow at Sultans Run. An Open House will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The couple requests "cards only." They were married June 2% 1948, at SL Simon Church, Wash- ington. Father Albert Wicke officiated. They are the parents of four children: John Stratman III of Richmond, Ky., Susan Strat- man of Indianapolis, Gary Stratman of Kildeer, Ill., and Anne Harth of Lake Zurich, Ill. They have eight grandchildren. Mr. Stratman owned and operated Stratman Standard Service before retirement in 1984. Mrs. Stratman worked m the offices of Gra- ham Brothers Inc. in Washington before she was married. Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Ufe 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana ] i i iiii FIRESTONE SERVlCE, INC. 1400W. Fmnldin Evansville, tN 424-5O0O it i i i ill i