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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 What good is singing at Mass? By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service Question: Most people I see at Mass appear in of not singing. They do not open the hym- nals and make no visible attempt to Sing. During the closing hymn we need to get out of while people exit. What is the purpose of the hymns at Mass? Are optional? Is the whole congregation expected to ust those inspired at the time? (Louisiana) Answer: A fuller response to your questions require many times more space than I.have. A may help to clarify, however, that more is here than simply the idiosyncrasies of a or music director. From the beginning of Christianity, the voices of e faithful singing their praise and worship of God normally considered an essential part of the Eucharistic celebration. Partly because of their inheritance from Jewish which included psalms and other chants, were told they should join "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing" in their hearts (Eph 5:19). In your gatherings, said Paul, sing "psalms, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts" (Col 4:16). If anything, this attitude grew stronger as time went on. By the fifth century, St. Augustine declares, often and in many ways, that if you pray during the liturgy with genuine love for God, that prayer will express itself in song. "Singing arises from joy.., and from love," he told his congregation. Lovers need to sing and make music. "We wish to sing about the one we love" (Ser- mons 33 and 34). In our own century, Pope Pius XI wrote of the power music has in Christian tradition. It was in the churches, "where practically the whole city formed a great joint choir, that the workers, builders, artists, sculptors and writers gained from the liturgy that deep knowledge of theology which is now so appar- ent in the monuments of the Middle Ages" (Constitu- tion on Liturgical Music, 1928). The bishops at Vatican Council II said the same, devoting a whole chapter of the Constitution on the Liturgy to sacred music. The musical tradition of the church is a treasure of immeasurable value, they taught. Liturgies are "given a more noble form when sacred rites are sol- emnized in song, with the assistance of the sacred ministers and the active participation of the people" (No. 112). Obviously, singing at Mass is not an innovation or, as some complain, an idea we Catholics picked up from Protestants. In his landmark encyclical on the liturgy, "Media- tor Dei," Pope Pius XII put it quite plainly: "A con- gregation that is devoutly present at the sacrifice... cannot keep silent." They cannot, he said, keep from joining their voices to the song of the church in heav- en (192). Obviousl); pastoral and other human realities also need to be addressed. Augustine notwithstanding` not every lover wants to "say it with music," whether it's love for God or anyone else. The idiom of music or some types of music are unfamiliar and uncomfortable for them as an expression of praise, worship, joy or sor- row. Most parishes, it seems, attempt to address that reality with varying kinds of choirs, musical groups, cantors and even some Masses with no music at all. It is good, nevertheless, to keep in mind the ancient Christian saying, also from Augustine, I believe, "He who sings well prays twice." If music isn't already part of our prayer language, we might profit spiritually from a sincere effort to make it so. A free brochure on ecumenism, including questions on intercommunion and other ways of slmring with people of other faiths, is available by sendhg a stamped self- addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peo- ria, Ill. 61651. Questions may be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. leges keeping up with technology's fast pace By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service /ASHINGTON (CNS) puses have choice but to be computer if just to keep up with their incoming students !And these new ,students, of them familiar with since kindergarten, nothing less from, the They take virtual tours prospective campuses and and check on the pplication, all on when students finally on campus, they'll find most dorms are wired for Internet connec- tions. If they forget their assign- ment or lose their class syllabus, they need only to click on a Web site. The same holds true for. joining an on-line study group, getting class lecture notes, tak- ing quizzes or checking their grades. At the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., for example, the school generates 20,000 pieces of paper a day and 100,000 e-mails. The school's Web site gets 600,000 hits a day when school's in session. And at the University of Day- ton in Ohio, run by the Marian- ists, school officials have approved a $6.1 million project to wire the school's off-campus housing  25 blocks of single- family homes owned by the 2, A Place to grow.., to make friends.., to gain self.confidence... university  by August 1999. "We're essentially wiring a small city," said Thomas Skill, the university's assistant provost for academic technolo- gy, of the project he says is the first of its kind in the country. The off-campus wiring is part of a technology expansion at the university that started four years ago when the school linked 4,000 students in dorms to the campus computer network on campus and created a 78-channel video network for educational and entertainment programs. The idea of providing net- work access for the school's juniors and seniors was con- ceived as a way to "build a stronger university communi- II WIRELESS COMMUNICATiONS Denise Jones Nikki Lunsford Bill Greene. Jim Greene 301 B S.E. 21st St. Washington, IN 47501 800/206-0420.812/254-5768 FAX 812/254-5766 ty," according to Skill. Dayton is also requiring incoming students to have their own computers that will be compatible with the university's system, and is providing com- puters for students at lower costs and with service mainte- nance contracts. "Bringing morn and dad's old computer to school just doesn't cut it," said Skill. Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., is going a step further with its computer Worth requirement. This fall the uni- versity is issuing IBM ThinkPad notebook computers to the entire class of incoming fresh- men as part of the school's part- nership with IBM ....... But just having the technolo- gy in hand doesn't always imply a built-in understanding of how to use it, particularly among faculty members. Many schools provide ongo- ing computer training for facul- ty members to at least get them up to speed with their students. RCIA Sponsor Training Workshop scheduled The Diocesan RCIA Commission will offer a Sponsor Training Workshop, at St. John Church, Daylight, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop is designed for new personal and parish spon- ,*,ors, sponsors who have never had training, RCIA and team coor- dinators, pastors and anyone interested in the RCIA process. Register by Sept. 9 with Carolyn Mueller, (812) 424-5536 or toll- free in Indiana (800) 637-1731. There is no fee for the workshop. New Mass schedules in Martin County Effective the weekend of September 5 and 6, Masses will be cel- ebrated according to the following schedule: St. John, Lxx)8ootee (Father Leo Kiesel, pastor): Saturday 5:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 and 10:.30 a.m. St. Mary, Shoals (Father KieseL pastor) Sunday, 9 a.m. St. Joseph, Bramble (Father Thomas Kessler, pastor): Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Martin, Whitfield (Father Kessler, pastor): Saturday, 5:30 to prepare for college.., to become a leader/ HEIGHTS ACADEMY FERDINAND, INDIANA AND DAY SCHOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN GRADES 9-12. HousE: SEPT. 19, OcT. 17, Nov. 14, DEc. 12. Founded in 1870 by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Admissions, 8 I2-367-1431 800-467-4MHA Web: http://www.thedome.omhad p.m.; Sunday, 10:.30 a.m. I I I I i ii i L i i i1 ii i DEWIG BROS. PACKING CO. FRESH MEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA .i