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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1998 inand marks 150 years, dedicates center By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B Message staff at 10:30 Sunday morning, July impressive celebration for ' Ferdinand Church. The occasion of liturgies held in the building with the tall spire in et0wn of Ferdinand. Another impor- ated to the celebration: i : 3 :i  i ! i : i, iil  iii i:iii!ill i i.ii? ii i  !i!ill ii. the dedication of the new Spiritual Life Center for the parish Providence Sister Ruth Doane, pas- toral associate, offered brief remarks before Mass about the people and events leading to the historic occasion The Mass began with a formal proces- sion, which included recent First Com- municants. Little girls in white and boys in First Communion attire can- tored the Gospel Acclamation and led the assembly in a responsive, "Holy, Holy, Holy." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger presided and celebrated the MaSs, with Father Philip Kreilein, pastor of St. Ferdinand concelebrafing and Father John Schipp assisting. Father Schipp) a native of Fer- dinand, entered the priesthood from St. Ferdinand Church. The Mass ended with a procession of the entire assembly'o the new building, while the choir and assembly san$}vith fervor, "Holy God, ,g,e praise your name," marking in song the 150 years of blessings on their church, both the structure and the Body of Christ 'Of- shiping there. At the Spiritual Life Center all persons assembled received an apostolic blessing Bishop Gettelfinger blesses all who are present during the ceremony at the new Spiritual Life Center, Ferdinand. Message photo by Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. from Bigl0p Getlge. r. Ceremonies were conducted at the entrance to the imposing new building, where in an arch over the door is located a restored, stained-glass window from the church building. Ceremonies included presentation by Seufert Construction of Ferdinand, a general contractor for the project, of a plaque upon which was affixed a golden key. After remarks from the bishop and the pastor, the symbolic gift was accept- ed by George Schipp of the St. Ferdiand parish council, for display in the parish. After completion of the dedication and blessing, the assembly adjourned to the Ferdinand Community center to enjoy dinner and a program. (abroad ge,? t from many The easy ublication, entitled, The Ellen Doane, S,PJ , The new Spiritual Life Center building at Ferdinand con- tains parish offices, 13 classrooms, a small chapel, a quilting room, the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, a baby-sitting room, the parish library, a small conference room and a large room for parish meetings and dinners. Message photo by Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B page 1 dedicated first of prayer and a very appropri- to seaside or he said. "As the day on which man is at peace with God, with himself and with others, Sunday becomes a moment when peo- ple can look anew upon the wonders of nature" and praise their Creator, he said. Although the church's teach- Seeking applications Secret0000ry Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Evansville Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills word processing skills telephone skills For application, please send r6sum6 and cover letter to: Dr. Phyllis Bussing, Director of Schools Diocese of Evansville RO. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724 0169 ing about Sundays "may merge naturally with the human need for rest, it is faith alone which gives access to its deeper mean- ing and ensures that it will not become banal and trivialized," the pope said. Pope John Paul said he wrote the letter to encourage people who make Sunday Mass the center of their week and to exhort those who have given up the practice. "In the minds of many of the faithful, not only the sense of the centrality of the Eucharist but even the sense of the duty to give thanks to the Lord and to pray to him with others in the community of the church, seems to be diminishing," the pope said. Keeping the Lord's day holy is so important that it is includ- ed in the Ten Commandments and ifi the Code of Canon Law, he said. Just as for the Jewish commu- nity, the pope said, the Catholic day is "not just a matter of com- munity religious discipline, but a defining and indelible expres- sion of our relationship with God." Christians celebrate Sunday as the Lord's day, instead of marking the Saturday Sabbath, because they are remembering each week the victory of Jesus on Easter Sunday, he said. Because it is an Easter cele- bration, Sunday Mass must be a gathering marked by obvious joy, the pope said. "The festive character of the Sunday Eucharist expresses the joy that Christ communicates to his church through the gift of the Spirit," he said. The pope called on pastors and those involved in parish liturgies to give particular attention to the songs chosen for Sunday Mass, "since singing is a particularly apt way to express a joyful heart, accentuating the solemnity of the celebration and fostering qbl!gat!on to o brve e Lqrd's the sense o fa cpmmqn faith and a shared love." Special care also must be taken in preparing the homily, he said. The Second Vatican Council reaffirmed the importance of lis- tening to Christ in the L!turgy of the Word by allowing the readings to be proclaimed in the language of the local assembly, he said. "In considering the Sunday Eucharist more than 30 years after the coundl/' the  said, "we need to assess how well the Word of God is being pro- claimed and how effectively the people of God have grown in knowledge and love of sacred Scripture." The entire Mass, he said, including the prayers, songs and homily, should reflect the theme of the Scripture readings proclaimed. Sunday Mass is a special sign that the unity-of the church is nourished by and expressed in the Eucharist, the pope said.  ; i: