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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 JIM and ANN CAVERA i  month at the church of St. Francis of Assisi University, our son, Chris, married his bride, Angle. We'd like to offer some of the s we s, hared with them on their wedding day. thisspecial day, the feeling of love is in the we'd like to hang on to it forever. However, how life works. As unlikely as it seems Will come a time when you will look at :.and think "This is not what I expected. THIS person?" Fortunately, this is subject to change. The based only on feelings can be like Wedding thoughts riding a roller coaster that never stops. At first, it's exciting. Later, it just makes you feel a little ill. Love is also based on commitment. It is commit- ment that brought you here to state your vows in front of your family, friends, and God himself. You are here to promise that when times get rough, you'll be there for one another. Unfortunately, even mar- riages based on commitment can sometimes be strained by the hard times life hands us. There is a third level where love can be found and that is the level of faith. Having faith in the basic goodness of each other allows you to let go of person- al expectations and embrace the life that comes to you. This love is like a gardener who looks at a plot of land and realizes that it is not what he expected but sees that something good could still be grown there. He plows, plants, weeds and waters until the place is filled with abundance. Faith gives us the vision to see beautiful possibilities even in the dead of winter when the ground is barren. There is a verse in the Letter to the Hebrews that says: "Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen." This kind of faith hangs on through the inevitable uncertainties, misunderstandings, and hard times. It is the seed of hope that keeps us going, even though we have no idea what the future holds. Not long ago Chris, you told us that a favorite memory from your childhood was being with your siblings on a blanket in the back of the station wagon where you read books, played games and ate snacks while we drove to Florida. We were amazed that your favorite memory was the journey itself and not the places we visited. That's the way a good marriage works. It isn't the achievement of status or wealth, or other accomplishments that matter in the end. It's the shared journey that is memorable. We wish all children who embark on marriage a love based on faith: faith in each other, faith in God, and faith in the loving, joyful future they will create together. By JIM and ANN CAVERA tim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. nati parish closing a 'journey' in Christian life KINCAID degraph is another in an on- on "Parish future, account of a in the Archdiocese of reprinted with permis- Catholic Telegraph. come," said Shirley Robinson, a member of St. Plus from 1967 until its June 7 closing Mass. "(The St. Joseph parishioners) have done nothing but make us feel welcomed." About 50 former parishioners from St. Plus, which was found- ed in 1910, gathered at that church on June 14 to offer final prayers of thanksgiving. They praised God recalling the bless- ings and sacraments celebrated at the predominantly African- American parish. The celebration was conduct- ed on the feast of Corpus Christi, because it is a special day of remembrance of the Christian unity created throughout the world by the body and blood of Christ. The St. Plus parishioners also collected several important items, including a crucifix, a chalice, candles, a historic paint- ing of St. Plus Church, the bap- tismal registry book and reli- gious icons to take with them to St. Joseph Church. Deacon Raphael Simmons, who has been a deacon at St.. Joseph parish for 17 years, attended the service at St. Plus and reminded the parishioners that the move to St. Joseph parish "is just one of the jour- neys" in Christian life. STOCKS, BONDS AND A WHOLE LOT MORE Listed Stocks, Over-The-Counter Stocks Mutual Funds, Deferred Stos ' Options Government Bonds, Municipal Bonds Corporate Bonds Certificates of Deposit, Money Market Funds Insurance , Annuities Retirement & Pension Plans Trust & Estate Planning Investment Management Hilliard Lyons offers these investment products and services, and more. As a client of Hilllard Lyons, you will receive the advice and counseling from your Financial Consultant. 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Escort- ed by members of the St. Isaac Jogues Assembly Of the Knights of Columbus; parishioners formed a caravan and drove to the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church in Cincinnati. The bells of St. Joseph joyful- ly resounded to welcome the long line of cars carrying new parishioners. The entire congre- gation from St. Joseph formed a circle at the front of the church to welcome newcomers to their parish home. In his spiritually charged homily, Deacon Simmons deliv- ered an uplifting message. "If we become Eucharist in this world, there will be no place for hatred. There will be no place for vio- lence. There will be no place for war," he said with intensity. "When we come to this altar today, understand what it is about. We have been washed in the blood of the lamb that was slain," he continued. "And don't you forget it. We are the body of Christ!" Deacon Simmons acknowl- edged the pain the former St. Plus parishioners were experi- encing because of the closure of their parish. "Yes, there has been a loss. There has been pain and suffering, but you can let it go, because the Eucharist will heal you in the pit of your despair," he proclaimed. The St. Joseph choir per- formed several songs during the Mass that filled the church with M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. inc. Over :25 years r,as and servi m the Tn-state 670 E. Franklin 424-8 a wonderful spirit of worship. A handful of the singers stepped forward to give out- standing solos backed by the choir. Near the end of Mass, Father Seher thanked the congregation "for making this a celebration." At the luncheon following Mass, members of the two parishes introduced themselves, furthering the process of blend- ing two faith ,families. ......... ",v,,  ......... i  -"->', April Johnson, who attended grade school at St. Plus before it was closed several years ago, said she will miss the former parish that gave her encourage- ment to pursue a college educa- tion. But she is looking forward to meeting people at St. Joseph. Joining St. Joseph gives her the opportuni" to have "more family to love," she said. Deacon Simmons likened the merged parish as reuniting a family that was separated by miles. "It's one family that was split up by living in different areas," he said. "We're still one family. We're all one church no matter where we are." Annie Hamilton, a member of St. Joseph, was introducing her- self to anyone she did riot already know. She said it was her way of making the new parishioners feel welcome. She had been a member of St. Augustine when it was closed in 1978 and remembered the sometimes difficult transition of joining a new parish. "That's why I'm going and talking to everybody," she said. "I went through (a parish clos- ing.)" Jack McWiltiams Sr., a mem- ber of St. Plus for 37 years, pre- dicted that members of the two parishes will work well together. "Both have similar ministries and similar worships," he said. Next u'qc: Another parish dos- es in Cincinnati. Valerie Kincaid reports that the minist and mis- sion will continue.