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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 3 Where's the bus? JIM and ANN CAVERA summers, we've sent our kids off to f have been happy to go, and we've been off. First, they went to scout camp. couple of great Catholic camps and then of band camps. Recently, we won- 1 be our turn to go to camp. We'd cook our meals, take us on hikes Campfires at night. We ask for only a in deference to our age and sta- good mattresses for our aching backs, air and excellent plumbing in our cabin. Other than that, we're ready to rough it. Come to think of it, since dreams are free let's shoot the works on this one. We want broad, quiet trails through the woods with benches for contempla- tion (or catching our breath) along the way. Among the trees there should be a small stone chapel with fresh roses beside the altar. And for taking in the beauty of God's creation, there must to be gardens with sheltered swings and bird feeders. Back at the camp, we'll have a personal trainer and chef to get us started on fitness, Oprah style. Entertainment at night will feature comedians with vocabularies that won't scorch our ears. There will be a well-stocked library with a shady front porch and rocking chairs. (Notice how much of our fantasy takes place sitting down.) In the craft barn people will share their talents to teach us things like how to make fish- ing lures, or bread making without a machine. Inter- esting speakers will talk to us about what we want to do with our second childhood or 65 ways to amuse a grandchild on a rainy afternoon. We'll have discus- sion groups on everything from ideas for family reunions to making the most of our precious time. At lunch a while back a friend confided that she sometimes thinks about going off alone to a far away, interesting place. We've often felt the same way. The longing to be in a place that is peaceful where there is water for the soul and renewal for the body is univer- sal. In the 23rd Psalm, David longed to lie down in green pastures and walk beside still waters. Like most of us, by the time David reached the second half of his life, he carried a lo t of baggage. Perhaps he, too, was more than a little wear: We have children grown and almost grown, elder- ly parents, and countless responsibilities in all shapes and sizes. Daily; continuous, on-going, and never-end- ing, these make up the glorious business of our lives. With God's help, most of us have become rather profi- cient at coping. Still, sometimes we'd like to be on a comer, with a duffel bag full of old clothes and a name tag on, waiting to catch a bus for a couple of weeks at summer camp. cinnati story: Parish closes, social service goes on KINCAID Telegraph is another in an on- on "Parish future, the account of in the Archdiocese and its impact on ticle is reprint- permission from the at St. Michael Lower June 14 - official closing of is closing, and Father the pastor, have to maintaining and the number of available to the e residents. to Coordinate these the new St. which will be parish hall. "We're going to maintain this social service ministry and start some new ones," said Father Burger, who is also pastor of Holy Family Church and will continue working there. Current ministries include a food pantry, a thrift store, refer- rals to other agencies and St. Michael's Supper Club which offers meals the last week of each month. A board of directors for the center is being selected, and avenues for funding the center are being explored, Father Burger said. "We,are going to continue our collaboration with other (social service) systems in the area," said Sister of Charity Mary Doherty, who will be on the staff of the new center. The parish's organ will con- tinue its sounds, only in a differ- ent location as it is being pur- chased by St. John Church in West Chester. It will be rebuilt with the front pipes from an organ the parish had already purchased from a Unitarian Church in Bangor, Maine, according to Jim Pera, St. John's director of music. The refur- bished organ will then be installed when the new church building is completed. A farewell concert by Cincin- nati organists is tentatively scheduled at St. Michael during the month of August with a special collection to aid local churches. The hope is that the concert, with the same organ- ists, will be repeated a year later in St. John's new church. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk andFather Burger concelebrated the Mass at St. Michael. In his homily, Archbishop Pilarczyk said it is important on the feast of Corpus Christi for Catholics to reflect on the Eucharist and its many meanings. The Eucharist, he said, is a "reenactment of the selfgiving of Jesus" and a source of nour- ishment. "Just as Jesus gave himself to His disciples at the last supper in a way that prefigured His death on the cross, so also Jesus gives himself to us in holy Com- munion," Archbishop Pilarczyk said. In acknowledging the sadness of parishioners over St. Michael's closure, Archbishop Pilarczyk reminded them that the Catholic Church is universal. "Today is a sad day for many of us. We are celebrating the Eucharist for the last time in this church building. It's a building that is full of memo- ries, full of gratitude. But things change," he said. "Yet some things do not change. No matter in what church building we celebrate, we remain the same. It is the Eucharist that makes us what we are and the Eucharist is the unchanging cormorant, always the same because it is always the same Christ who offers himself in sacrifice, always the same Christ who nourishes us, always the same Christ present in the tabernacle," Archbishop Pilar- czyk told the parishioners. Agatha Ridder, who was married at St. Michael in 1941, came to remember the wonder- ful years she spent in the parish. She and her late hus- band, Paul Ridder, were mar- ried there in 1941. They attend- ed the parish for the next 55  years until his death two years ago, she said. "I came back especially for my husband," she said. "We had eight children, and they were baptized here." Parishioner Jack Deakins added that he was glad St. Michael Center will be created to continue Offering hope to the impoverished residents who have turned to the church for help. Support for abortion weakening, say NRLC officials Fla. (CNS) -- 'the National Right to told those gath- annual con- U.S. support for Weakening. has proven pro- wrong and tretreat,- said execu- N. O'Steen 18-20 gathering .NRLC president, showing that of the U.S. popu- all abortions. with The dioce- O'Steen and the pro-life relation to the "Roe vs. Still that it has been Roe vs. Wade "Given the in the he said, "the are drop- ping and the pro-life movement is growing undauntedly despite obstacles from the courts and secular media." Franz said legalized abortion was supposed to solve all the country's big problems like child abuse, unwed mothers and teen pregnancy, but that these problems have only got- ten worse. "At last we are seeing a weak- ening of support for abortion rights," she said in her opening address. "We told the truth, they gave misinformation." Although President Clinton has twice vetoed national legis- lation to ban partial-birth abor- tions, 25 states have been able to pass legislation, including Flori- da, which overrode a veto by Gov. Lawton Chiles. "The partial-birth abortion debate brought the unborn child back to the center of the picture," O'Steen said. Following these successes, the committee is fx:using its atten- tion on the federal Child Cus- tody Protection Act, which would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across a state line for an abortion if the action circumvents a state law requiring parental involvement in that minor's abortion. Franz said one-third of women who have abortions are teen-agers, so it is important to have young people attend the conventions. "Teens talk to each other, and the training will be very helpful when they become college students," she said. Several teens told of trying to dissuade friends from having an abortion. Among them was Jessi- ca Morffi, a parishioner at St. Brendan in Miami and member of the Christian Life Community. In his convention speech, comedic actor Ben Stein began with jokes but quickly got seri- H " ## ous about the evil of abortion, which he said evolved from a "legitimate" quest for women's rights. Stein is the host of "Win Ben Stein's Money" a game show on the Comedy Central cable chan- nel. He appeared in the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and the TV show, "The Wonder Years," and also is a writer, lawyer and professor at Pep- perdine University. He said pregnancy began to be viewed in the women's rights movement as enslave- ment. In many minds  some confused, some evil  abortion became a way to avoid enslave- ment, Stein said, adding that it was a political decision. But he said most women don't have abortions to make a political statement or do some- thing evil. He hears from women who have had abortions that they were scared of being criticized, poor, alone or over- burdened. He said pro-lifers must com- municate with women consid- ering abortions in a way that is not condescending. The women have to know that their pain is understood, They also need t.o be told the truth about abortion, he added, that it murders a child and has dangerous health consequences for them, including increased risks of sterilization and cancer and feelings of emptiness, mis- ery and loneliness. Los Angeles attorney Wesley Smith told convention partici- pants that assisted suicide is the most important issue facing this country and the media will not tell the truth about iL Smith, author of "Forced Exit," a book about assisted sui- cide, said the pro-life movement should not just focus on babies, but also the disabled, cancer vic- tims and the HW gay person. Many people support legal abortion, he said, because they have convinced themselves that the unborn child is not a human being. No one can use that logic for assisted suicide, he said. live in a death culture," said Smith. "l urge you to go to friends and colleagues and say we need to turn up the heat on assisted suicide."