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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Perspective --- Serving at the altar: A joy By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR I will go to the altar of God. To God who gives joy to my youth. I learned those prayers in Latin, memorizing the sounds of the words without any of their meanings. The meanings only came later. Now I realize that those words held a meaning for me that went beyond language, right into the center of my being. Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad deum qui laetificat juven- tutum meum. Serving at the altar was one of the joys of my youth. It was a privi- lege and a grace, an experience of the divine mixed up with every kind of human failing. The human failings come most easily to mind. First to come to mind is the first pastor I can remember, the priest who was in charge of our parish when I first learned how to serve. Pity the Poor altar boy who made a mistake at Mass in our parish at that time. Our pastor had the reputation for correcting sloppy servers with a good swift kick to whatever part of the body he could reach• In the sacristy after . Mass, or on the altar at any time during Mass, an angry correction and a kick in the cassock were al- ways possible. I believe such actual occur- rences were rare, but the pastor's reputation was sufficient. Servers who were not particularly con- cerned with doing good at least tried their hardest to avoid evil. Earning a reward was not as im- portant as averting punishment. There were many human fail- ings on our part, too. We learned our Latin prayers by heart, but some times mixed them up. It would have been quite a shock, I am sure, if we really knew the meanings of some of the words we said. We memorized the cues to move the book from one side of the altar to the other, but some times tried to move it too soon. We tried to notice which cruet contained wine and which one contained water -- not always so easy when the priest used white wine. We folded our hands and tried not to trip walking up the steps to the main altar. We tried not to hit people in the throat with the paten (the golden plate with a long handle) as they knelt at the railing to receive Communion. None of us ever questioned the way something was done. Or asked why it was so. No one I knew ever questioned the fact that only boys could serve. Times have changed. A priest who kicks small boys -- at the altar in front of everybody or in private in the sacristy'-" would not be tolerated• The celebration of Mass is less mysterious and more accessible. The entire assembly is invited to participate in the prayers. Where once only a priest could "read the EP is° tie," lay men and lay women now "proclaim the Scriptures" at Mass. Actions have changed, and so have the words to describe them. Although the times have changed, the single central experience of serving at Mass is a joyful ex, :: perience. It should be. Despite our human f ailings, we as members of the clergy and of the la!ty are i united in a sacred experience It is a privilege. * *" a joy. Washington Letter ii I Invading Haiti: No support from just war theory or acti By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS- Military intervention in ttaiti might succeed in removing the de facto rulers, but will do more harm than good to the struggling democracy move- ment, say several Catholic ob:- servers of the country's politics. President Clinton in early July sent warships and 2,000 Marines to the waters off Haiti. He previously had made it clear military action was an option for forcing Out the offi- cers who have ruled the coun- try since a 1991 coup. U.S. adviser on Haiti William Gray said as the troops were moved that no in- vasion was imminent. He em- phasized he expects Haiti's military rulers to step down before the end of the year with- out armed intervention. Still, some polls showed sup- port growing among the Amer- ican public for the United States to take the lead in forc- ing the de facto rulers out. But Mercy Sister Mary Healy, executive director of the Washington Office on Haiti, questioned whether the admin- {stration's stated motive of pro- tecting the 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. citizens there is a legitimate Staff pays tribute to secretary at Catholic Charities To the editor: resigned her position as secre: setting. CLICK -- CLICK -- CLICK CLICK. The rapid clicking sound can be heard as you enter the area where she is working -- the sound of fingers flying over the keyboard of her computer as she creates letter perfect documents. After 30 years of .each workday entering the double doors of the Court building in downtown Evansville, Joan E. Heath of Catholic Charities Bureau of the Diocese of Evansville has The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville p .............. Bishop Gerald A, C-ettelfinger Edi ............................................ Paul Leingang P-on ManOr ........................... Ptl So Circulation ................................... Amy Housman /krinq .................................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Of[w,€ ot Publication  1994 Calic Press d Ev'vi tarial coordinator• She and her husband, Chuck, are moving to Texas where he has accepted an employment position. She is leaving the agency where for many years she has served as a secretary, a social worker, a secretary/receptionist, and a secretarial coordinator. She was hired in 1962 by Fa- ther (now Msgr•) Charles T. Schoettelkotte, former execu- tive director, while she was a student at Memorial High School In 1966 she left Evansville to work in the Indian Missions of South Dakota. She later re- turned to Evansville and in Oc- tober 1968 Father Schoet- telkotte welcomed her back as a member of the staff. During this time she became interested in social work learn- ing firsthand in the agency what it means to be a social worker. She obtained a bache- lor's degree in sociology from the University of Southern In- diana and was employed as a social worker at the agency. In 1979 she transferred back to the secretarial staff and be- came the secretary/reception- ist. For the last several years she has been secretarial coordi- nator scheduling and coordi- nating all of the work assign- ments that exist in an office There have only been five executive directors of Catholic Charities Bureau in Evansville since its 1937 establishment and Joan has had the privilege of working with all of them. This is a span of many years working with individuals hav- ing varied ideas and personali- ties. but Joan functioned well with all of them in her very ef- ficient, diligent and swift man- ner. One of Joan's favorite say- ings is that, "It will work out!" May this new venture for her and her husband "work out" for them as they relocate in Texas! To say the least, Catholic Charities Bureau is a better place for Joan .having worked at the agency. She is thanked for all of her years of devoted service, dedication, hard work, and loyalty. However, Catholic Charities will never be the same without her presence nor will the CLICK -- CLICK -- CLICK -- CLICK sound of the keyboard ever be the same without her! She is wished well as she travels to her new be- ginning! -- Kathy Zirkelbach Secretary/Bookkeeper Catholic Charities reason to send in Marines. "The fact is most of the Americans who are there de- cided by the time the airlines pulled out that they were in tbr the long haul," said Sister Healy. In keeping with the trade embargo, U.S. airlines ended all flights to Haiti in June. Many Americans left be- hind are working with relief agencies providing food and other care to the poor. Sister Healy said the people of Haiti and their ousted presi- dent, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, oppose military action that they fear would cost their country the freedom of an inde- . pendent nation. Neither the particulars of Haiti's situation nor the Catholic Church's teachings on "just war ' would justify U.S. military action in Haiti, said Thomas Quigley, Latin Ameri- can Affairs director for the U.S. Catholic Conference's De- partment of Social Develop- ment and World Peace. "The moral question has not been raised much," said Quigley. Among the church's criteria for evaluating moral justification for war are ques- tions of whether all other means of ending a conflict have failed and whether the effects of war would produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. • In the case of Haiti, even the economic sanctions meant to force the de facto rulers to step down haven't been sharply tested, he added. "The church here as would the have a very hard time ing any military Quigley said. Haiti' bishops have called to the trade is more harmful to sufferin rulers it is meant to force Wilfrid Suprena, of Haitian Christi USA, said tion to push out Lt. Cedras, head of th! Port-au-Prince po Michel Francois allies would be a his homeland's gr democracy would be unable to and rebuild a those conditions, Given time to roots leaders gether others who exile in the France, the would be in a port Father turn to power, Suprena. "If the nity can force stop the repreS; quickly, can regain transition can be Suprena. Networks organZ Haiti's Catholic main strong of thousands tide's supporters. Bishop's sched The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger