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'' 2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 12, Newburgh parish shows sol By MARY ANN HUGHES ............. Message staff Writer Nearly 100 people, both parishioners and visitors, gath- ered at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, last week fi)r an ecumenical prayer ser- vice which focused on church burnings. The service was conducted outside "to represent others without churches,', explained St. John pastor Father Joseph Ziliak. Father Ziliak noted that the prayer service, "In Solidarity Against Church Burnings," fol- lowed the call for action issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops following the rash of church burnings across the country recently. "We gather here on the eve of our nation's Independence Day to remind ourselves that we have inherited the right to gather freely to worship, and the right to be free from worry without churches." and intimidation. "Our brothers and sisters in some 35 congregations in the past 18 months have not enjoyed those same freedoms. Their churches have been burned. They have been deprived of the signs of God's loving care in their own communities." Nearly 100 people gather at St, John the Baptist Church, New- burgh, for an ecumenical prayer service focusing on church burnings. The service was held outside "to represent others Father Joseph Ziliak conducts vice "In Solidarity the hatred, bigotry and sheer evil that would motivate a person to torch a house of God. I I last weekend Masses, $359.08 was collected. All funds will be forwarded to The Burned Churches Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 880, New York NY 10115. Father Ziliak said the prayer service was a "won- derful way to show solidarity for an issue." He added, "Hey, it's them today, but it could be us to- morrow." I II Father Ziliak added, "W4 abhor the hatred, big- otry and sheer evil that would motivate a person to torch a house of God. It is even more frightening to see these actions stemming from a hatred of a cer- tain race or religion." During the prayer service, a model of a church was on display, and participants were asked to place do- ..,. nations !n it During the prayer service and during Donations were placed inside church. During the last weekend Masses at St. burgh, $359.08 was collected. Jasper cemetery plans mausoleum expansiOn The Board of Directors of Fairview Cemetery has an- nounced approval of plans for the expansion of mausoleum fa- cilities at the Jasper cemetery. A new garden crypt complex, designed by McCleskey Mau- soleum Associates of Atlanta, Georgia, is planned for con- struction directly adjacent to the cemetery's existing mau- soleum facility. The new com- plex will function in conjunction with the existing mausoleum, and will afford use of the exist- ing open-air chapel for commit- tai services, according to a news release from the cemetery asso- ciation. The new complex will con- serve land and extend the use- fulness of the cemetery for fu- ture generations. Although the Fairview Ceme- tery land is owned by the Dio- cese of Evansville, its history and mission are that of a com- munity cemetery, serving area families of all faiths. A board of directors includes pastors of several churches. complex, which will be built of steel reinforced concrete, is scheduled to begin in 1997. Building facades will be of granite, designed to coordinate and complement the ceme- tery's existing structures. Paved walkways will connect new and old, providing conve- nient access to all visitors. According to Father Patrick Foster, Fairview Cemetery board member and pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, crypts in the planned expan- lic at reduced pre-construction prices. Father Foster explained that, as with the development of Fairview's first mausoleum complex, pre-construction sales will help the cemetery gener- -ate funds toward construction costs, while at the same time affording local families the op- portunity to save significantly as they prepare for an in- evitable expense. Father Foster said that help- ing families anticipate pare for the realities is an important those involved with tery. In July, an al counseling program Thank' Thanks to St. Jude and for help in restoring relationships Construction of the new sion will be offered to the pub- t bf[ :i " .l.J Vincerllles , IBickrlel. , Washington, IN 254-3612 I I 670sEeTr;innktlhinTr;;tt..863 I  "_. irtu f , ....._ ..... , = Ed. L. Lee = I I M 8, S " =,, -- I I Fire & Safety ! V v Sandb0rn I Mortuary I ] Equip. Co. Inc. ilonroe;t;O-Princet0n" Patka I 101 North Meridian Street I I Over,arso,eso ll l IN n Introducing the Angel of the Year! 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