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4 Editorial By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor When you are out on the open road, some times a sign goes by so quickly you can't quite re- member what it said. I saw a sign along the highway on vacation a few weeks ago. It was in southern Michigan or northern Indiana -- I am not very certain about its location. I saw another one on the return trip, however, and I am certain about a portion of the billboard's message. It called attention to a store that used a Halloween theme the year around. What the store has for sale, I can not recall. Perhaps I never even read the words. But I remem- ber clearly that the store promised a Halloween ex- perience any time of the year a customer was in the mood to come in and buy whatever it was that was The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana We are many, we are one for sale. It should not have seemed so odd to me. After all, we live in a world where fortunes rise and fall on the strength of the single -- but pro- longed -- sales event of Christmas shopping sea- son. Where radio stations expend their energies in an effort to create a format that is completely predictable and instantly recognizable. Where malls are filled with store after store, each selling one item or service. Perhaps it means that there is great hope for all of us who are called to give witness to our faith. Even though we have among us such a broad range of views and traditions. Among us are those who prefer to worship in reverential silence. Among us are those who worship with joyful noise. August 16, 1991 Among us are people of various cultures and traditions. Yet there is something -- rather, some one -- unifying us in all of our varied separate- ness. "The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf." Even people who speed past us with little interest or awareness about us should be able to recognize that we celebrate the one-ness of Jesus Christ. Such is our call to witness to our faith. Such is the challenge to make our lives in com- munity reflect the one-ness we have received. Washington Letter i" r" Washington: Not quite like Rome as a place of p Ig Image By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Most of the tourists in the na- tion's capital come with an itinerary of visits to muse- ums, monuments and govern- ment buildings -- on pilgrim- ages to understand their country. But more than a million people a year make pilgrim- ages of a more traditional sort, spending a few hours in one of the dozens of religious centers scattered around a city where secularism is usu- ally standard operating proce- dure. From the majestic Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the tiny and hidden Sacred Heart Chapel in Bowie, Md., about 20 miles outside Washington, the capi- tal area is home to beautiful and historic religious sites important to Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Mus- lims and others. Probably best known to Catholics is the Immaculate Conception shrine, the eighth largest church in the world. Started in 1929 as a tribute to the patroness of the United States, the main structure was completed in 1959, but work continues on mosaics and chapels as money permits, Tko MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except le.t week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville. Publilher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfingor Associate Publisher .... Rev Joseph Zlliek Editor; ................. F ;ul Leingang Production Mgr .........  ........ Phil Boger CIr.lAdv. Mgr ........... Ps,I A. Ncwland Address all communication; to P.O. Box 4189, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Phone (812) 424-5536. Subscription rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50¢ Entered as 2nd class matter at the post of- fice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaeter: Return POD form== 3679 to the Office O f Publication. Copyright 1991 Catholic Press of Evanlwille jf. said Jane Palladino, interim director of tours and guides. Mrs. Palladino said about 50,000 people a year take for- mal tours, but as many as a million visit, attend Masses and guide themselves around the 57 chapels dedicated to Mary. Thousands of people a year make pilgrimages to the Na- tional Shrine arranged by companies like Franciscan Pilgrimages of New York. Franciscan Father Callistus Bamberg said the company schedules about 120 bus pil- grimages a year to Washing- ton religious sites. A typical weekend trip fea- tures a three-hour stop at the National Shrine including Sunday Mass and a shorter visit to the nearby Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, said Father Bamberg. While the shrine and monastery are popular destinations, Father Bamberg said most people join the pilgrimages because they also include tours of the Capitol, the White House, the memorials and some Smith- sonian museums. "We tried a two-day pil- grimage (to the shrine and monastery alone) but it didn't go over," Father Bamberg said. "People want to see more." Even before the National Shrine Was completed, thou- sands of people a year made pilgrimages to the Franciscan monastery, about 12 blocks from the shrine. Built in 1898 as a U.S, ex- tension of the Franciscans' missionary work abroad, the monastery's grounds include models of the catacombs of Rome and various holy places in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as well as elabo- rate, beautifully kept gardens. Today, about 20,000 people a year make pilgrimages there, far fewer than 20 or 30 years ago, according to Fran- ciscan Father Kevin Treston. "That type of devotion is not as prominent as it used to be," Father Treston said. "Now it seems more like tourism instead of pilgrim- ages sometimes. ' And beyond the shrine and the monastery are all sorts of stops for people on a Catholic sites tour. The Brookland section of Northeast Washington, where both are found, has a concen- tration of church-related in- stitutions. In an area about 15 blocks square are two col- leges, nearly two dozen Catholic monasteries, semi- naries or other bases for reli- gious orders, a Catholic diocesan high school and the headquarters for the U.S. Catholic Conference. The two largest Catholic universities in Washington both offer tours. The Catholic I Letter to the editor [ To the editor: judge one another. That is I have been reading with interest the negative letters concerning the Charismatic .Masses. I am also an older person. The one thing we have forgot- ten is that God allows us choices. We can choose, as I do, the traditional Mass or, as others, the charismatic Mass. Both Masses sing praises to God and give thanks to God. Both serve the eucharist. The difference is the way in which the Mass is presented. One thing; we should not something we all have been guilty of at one time or anoth- er. Let us all remember to keep our focus on God and his gift of the eucharist. Also let us remember to ke0p his com- mandment to love one anoth- er. Staying home from Mass and "withholding our tithes not only hurts you the parish- ioner, but also weakens the Church we all love. Sincerely, Care K. Olds Bloomfield University of America, adja- cent to the National Shrine, conducts tours twice a week primarily for prospective stu- dents and their families. But others may tag along. Tours at Georgetown Uni- versity are similarly geared toward prospective students, but tourists are more com- monly included. There, visi- tors often make a point of stopping to admire the Healy Building, a 112-year-old Flemish Romanesque Re- vival-style landmark includ- ed in the National Historic Register. The 98-year-old Dahlgren Chapel tucked be- hind Healy is a popular stop with its stained glass win- dows of various prominent Jesuits. Throughout Washington, historic Catholic churches are abundant. Just four blocks from each other on Second Street east of the Capitol, St. Joseph's and St. Peter's are known as places to find Catholic members of Congress. St. Joseph's, built in 1868, is just east of the Senate office buildings; St. Peter's, a few blocks south, is around the corner from the three House of Representa- tives office buildings• Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown makes some pee- l , • . . ple s ltmerarms as the paros where President John F Kennedy and his family usr" ally worshiped. Further c ul side the city, historic Catholic churches include St. Mary'S in Rockville, built in 1813 and Bowie's Sacred Heart Chapel, established in 1741 and one of the area's first Catholic missions. • But Catholics aren't the only ones with religious points of interest in Washing" ton. The soaring Gothic-style Washington National Cathe" dral is among the best-known churches in the District of Columbia• More than 500,000 people will visit the church this year, not counting the thousands who attend set" vices regularly in the sixth" largest cathedral in the world. Although it is administered by the Episcopal Church, reli" gious services are regularly held for other denominations and for national, civic and government organizations. President Woodrow Wilson is entombed there. David Dumter, administra" rive assistant at the cathedral, said in June alone, 62,000 people visited, including 46 busloads, with more than 4 buses each from California, Texas, Florida and Illinois. The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Bishops schedule