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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 12,1994 re Sunday collection at St. Ireland, goes to Rwanda fly MARY ANN HUGHES, Message staff writer last Sunday in July, parishioners at St. Mary Church Ireland collected the largest collection in their church his- but none of it will be staying in Ireland. It's all going to he idea to donate the entire Sunday collection came from Kenneth Betz, pastor. "We saw what was going on in and the parish responded very well." r $10,000 was donated, including a few $500 donations several $100 donations, Father Betz said. "It's the biggest ever had here." added, "It's really important today to share what we was forwarded to Catholic Relief Services. Generosity noted check for $1,000 was sent July 6 to the Society of St. de Paul in Evansville from the Community Activities )ort Committee of the Evansville Association of Banks. The four banks involved are Citizens Na- Bank, National City Bank, NBD Bank, N.A.., and Old Bank. O.T. "Tom" Jones, vice president of the Society of St. Vin- Paul thanked the banks for their generosity. g lost classmates from 1954 !e Memorial High School Class of 1954 will hold its forti- reunion with several events: a gathering at the Sterling Evansville on Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Mass at St. John Church in Newburgh on Oct. 15 at 5 followed by a social hour, buffet dinner group picture, and dancing at Rolling Hills Country Club. llanners are Still searching for lost classmates: Larry Gerald Thurber, Norma Zoellner Jurgens, Ray Sidney Harris and Nell Herrin Starks. Telephone 477-7579 or (812) 963-0996. Vatican asks that August 14 Masses include prayers for Rwanda By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has asked bishops' conferences throughout the world to see that Masses celebrated Aug. 14 include special prayers for" Rwanda. Masses fulfilling the Sunday obligation that weekend should use the special prayers for refugees and exiles found in the Roman Missal, said the no- tice released Aug. 9 by the Vat- ican press office. The unusual request said the universal celebration of a Mass with special intentions is called for "in the case of a par- ticularly serious need." "Faithful to the liturgical tradition of the Roman Rite, it is fitting that when it happens that a. community in a given place suffers from various dan- gers or calamities, the people of God should implore divine assistance in liturgical celebra- tions," said the notice, dated Aug. 5. "At the present time, as is known to all, our brothers and sisters who live in Rwanda are suffering extremely grave hardships," it said. The congregation said it was "not only opportune to recall the duty of all to make peti- tions for those who suffer any need," but also to suggest that a special Mass be celebrated throughout the world using the texts of special intentions for refugees and exiles. The normal Sunday readings may be used, the notice said, or readings suitable to the special intention for Rwanda may be substituted. Archbishop Geraldo M. Ag- nelo, secretary of the congrega- tion, told Catholic News Ser- vice Aug. 9, "the Holy Father has said on a number of occa- sions not only that everyone must get involved" in providing assistance to Rwandan refugees, "but also that prayer is very. important." "We thought it opportune to promote a universal prayer for the refugees and for peace," he said. At the very least, Archbishop Agnelo said, the prayers of the faithful should include a peti- tion for Rwanda. He said the opening prayer, prayer after the offering of gifts and the prayer after Communion should be those found in the missal for Masses for refugees. Pope donates $250,000 to assist displaced Rwandans VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II has given $250,000 for emergency assis- tance to Rwandans displaced by the civil war in the country or living in refugee camps in bordering nations. The Vatican announced Aug. 8 that the pope "wanted to offer a concrete sign of his closeness to the people hardest hit" by the war, lack of food and outbreak of disease. The money, which will be distributed through the Pontif- " ical Council "Cor Unum," the Vatican's aid coordinating agency, will go to refugees and displaced in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda, the announcement said. "The pope also wants his ges- ture to be a sign of encourage- ment and esteem for the nu- merous, generous and appreciated initiatives already under way" by church, interna- tional and volunteer relief agencies. Report says Catholic collegians Marriage 'lifeline' offered in Residents of western Kentucky, western Tennessee, south- eager but .onorant of their faith and southern Illinois are being invited to attend even aware that there is such a thing as a structured vision of life that flows from faith .... The notion that there is a whole body of ideas, structured argu- ments, product of a vision and a church that is engaged in every one of these questions that is often entirely absent from students that I meet." Paulist Father Michael J. Hunt, Catholic chaplain since 1984 at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., said that when students come to him with moral dilemmas, often a common underlying thread is relativism. In a culture that teaches that one opinion is as good as another when it comes to morality, they are torn be- tween an intuitive sense for ob- jective values and a cultural message that =there is no fixed reality in the first place on which moral teaching can be grounded," he said. =Religious options abound" on the Tufts Campus, he said, but those which offer students a relativist world view =have given up offering (worship) ser- vices because of a lack of inter- est. Catholic Mass fills the chapel to capacity every Sun- day night. A Catholic vision endures and thrives and, yes, it attracts." Father Hunt said one of the key Catholic needs on American campuses today is "the funding of chairs of Catholic studies at secular universities." =Catholic students are eager ... to take courses in their own tell. gious tradition," he said. =Jewish and Muslim benefactors of major secular universities are increas. ingly funding such programs in Weekend" to be held at Mount St. Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., August 26 -- 28. (pronounced re-tro-vi) is a peer ministry for suffering pain and disillusionment in their marriage, those already separated or divorced. It is open to cou- of all faiths. g couple, Karen and Tom Heilers of Owens- , note that over 60 percent of all marriages in America and that some couples who appear to be succeeding are desperation. is a French word meaning "rediscovery." The was started in 1977 in Quebec, Canada, by the Church to fulfill the need to minister to couples ex- pain and disillusionment in their marriage. program is now offered at over 100 communities in the States. Retrouvaille Weekends have been presented at Mount St. Joseph Center since 1989. and applications are available at the Family Office, Owensboro (502) 683-1545; or from Karen and I'leilers, 1829 Asbury Place, Owensboro KY 42303, (502) 1967. To heal wounds of sexual abuse an effort to break the silence surrounding the violation women and children who have been sexually abused exploited, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of will hold a prayer service and vigil. purpose of the event, according to Sandy Moore, is to r an opportunity to heal the wounds of sexual abuse. will he present for consultation and private di- who desire it. event will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 511 Street, Henderson, Ky., on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. is available from the Family Life Office, 600 Street, Owensboro KY 42301, (502) 683-1545. Or con- Sister Sharon Bittner at Holy Name Church or Sandy Moore (502) 827-8607. SVDs seeking alumni SOciety of the Divine Word is planning celebrations to of service in the United States. St. Augustine in Bay St. Louis, Miss., will hold a celebration Nov. ; 2 P.m. Divine Word Father Stephen F. Schuler is trying and alumni. Rev. Stephen F. Schuler, S.V.D., Office of Public 201 Rueila Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520. Jewish and Islamic studies. Catholics are not." Father Stevenson said seven Masses are celebrated each weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to han- dle an average weekend atten- dance of 2,600 -- about 30 per- cent of the Catholic students, faculty and staff at the univer- sity. Although the university is "not particularly sympathetic to religion or to campus min- istries," he said, hundreds of Catholic students are involved in liturgical ministries, Catholic update classes, Scrip- ture study, small faith-sharing groups and soup kitchen and other social service projects. He said even though one- fourth of the students are Catholic, the university's =pro- gram for religious studies has Islam, Judaism and Christian faiths, not Catholic because they look at Islam, Judaism and Christian being generic and the same." Other campus ministers at the symposium also reported lively programs for eager, searching students. One difficulty in reaching Catholic students, they said, was that many institutions refuse to ask students their religiotm pref- erence, so there is no list avail- able for campus ministers to make initial contacts. Some campus ministers re- ported that by asking students at the beginning of the year if they have any interest in a re- ligious vocation, they have been able to uncover a number of students with such an inter. et, so that they can support then WASHINGTON (CNS) Many Catholic students on sec- ular college campuses are reli- giously active, prayerful and generous but ignorant of their faith, says a newly published report. "They live with a critical in- tellectual gap regarding their Catholicism," said Harvard- Radcliffe Catholic chaplain, Father J. Bryan Hehir. "Very bright young Catholics come to our campus woefully ignorant of their faith but eager to learn," said University of Michigan Catholic chaplain, Father William J. Stevenson. The 67-page report was is- sued Aug. 8 by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, also known as FADICA. Titled =Faith on Campus: Catholic Ministry at Non- Church- Related Universities," it is a report of the proceedings of a symposium that FADICA con- vened last January for a group of leading philanthropists and campus ministry experts. Catholic students on college campuses "are genuinely prayerful and pious in the good sense of the term .... They are generous," said Father Hehir, the symposium's keynote speaker. Father Hehir has been an adviser to the U.S. bishops on international policy for more than 20 years and since 1992 has been pastor of St. Paul's Parish in Cam- bridge, Mass., and senior chap- lain of the Harvard- Radcliffe Catholic Student Center there. He explained what he meant by Catholic students suffering an intellectual gap about their faith: "They are usually not