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21, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 17 i?: s /  511 JIM and ANN CAVERA Grandpa Smith died on July 31. Born in the mid- of the first World War, he and his older brother in the flu epidemic of 1918. After abandoned them, they shuffled, unwel- from one relative to another until the Depres- 1929. No one wanted two extra hungry to feed and so, at ages 13 and 15, they a freight train and never looked back. They for themselves until World War II came along. 'then, they were men enough to put on uniforms. provided the closest thing they ever had and so there they stayed. Many of those The last adventure who made it home from the War got married and fathered the baby boom generation that is still dri- ving our economy. My father's generation provided the heartbeat for this century. My mother, brother and I followed him from Jacksonville to Charleston, S.C. There we sat on the side s of bridges and fished till our shoulders and legswere sunburned. We climbed over rubble at Fort Sumter and heard stories of pirates and trea- sures that he said might still be buried in the sand beneath our feet. In New London, Conn., we walked in snow for the first time while he worked on nuclear subs. At Yorktown, Virginia, we waited until the tide ebbed, and then collected lead balls left over from colonial battles. You see, to H. T. Smith, life was agrand adventure and every day was a gift of unlimited possibilities. We went along for the ride. I was the "new kid" in school nine times in 12 years. From one base to the next my brother and I bounced along in the back seat of the car along with other things Morn gathered up at the last minute; a washtub full of plan.s, the broom and mop and, once, a puppy. We knew a few things for certain in our uncertain lives: We knew we were responsible for packing bur own Stuff and for keeping up. We knew that good people can be found everywhere. We knew that a home does not depend on the house you put it in. All were valuable things to'learn at a tender age. My mother asked only one thing in life and that was that my father would become a man of fafth. Her prayers finally persuaded him that faith is the only logical answer to questions asked by an illogical world. In the sixties he retired for a while to a cabin by a lake full of fish in Florida. From his boat he some- times looked up to catch sight of rockets being launched from Cape Kennedy. That's where he was when men first walked on the moon. In between fish- ing, he made time to get his high school diploma and a degree from a community college. He lost his final battle to an enemy who, eventually, always wins. The sweet irony is that, in losing this battle, he left us this time for the greatest adventure of all. m By ANN CAVERA 1999 Yearbook will describe parishes of the diocese is another in a series rticles on "Parish future, parish PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The yearbook is a source of address and telephone directory information about the offices of the diocese and the parishes and other institutions and agencies within the diocese. It also serves as an official record of the dio- cese -- and therefore a point of annual comparisons. For example, the 1989 edition noted that there were 87 dioce- san priests and 11 priests of reli- gious orders who were active in the diocese; there were 73 parishes, and the total Catholic addresses, phone Mass schedules, and facts about the Church in Indiana are cur- being gathered for the edition of the Yearbook of I Catholic Diocese of Evans- Jubilarians and Betty Jo (Mattingly) Simpson of Evansville cole- their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanks- and reception on July 25 at Good Shepherd Church, They were married July 15,1948, at St. Mary Church, ey are the parents of four sons: James of Wixom, John, Jeffrey and Jerel, all of Evansville. They have ;randchildren, and one great.grandchild. Mr. Simpson from Red Spot Paint in 1987 after 47 years. Mrs. Simpson after 27 years at Schultz Clothing Store. population was reported at 84,532. The 1998 edition reports there were 70 diocesan priests and 10 religious priests active in the diocese (a drop of 18 priests); there were 70 parishes (a drop of three), and the population had risen to 88,903 (an increase of 4,371). The yearbook also reports on the numbers of baptism, wed- dings, deaths and other statis- tics in the parishes of the dio- cese. Questionaires are mailed each year to request information to draw up the "'Parish Profile.'" Information is gathered by the Chancery in cooperation with other diocesan offices. The yearbook will continue to be a source of comparison, as deaneries continue meetings in the fall, to work on solutions for staffing parishes in the present and in the future. According to projections made by a task force examining parish staffing needs, the year- bcx)k for 2004 will show only 44 diocesan and religious priests available to staff the parishes. U.S. Ruthenian Catholic Church restores married priesthood By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service were duly submitted to and received bv the Holy See. The date of promulgation was July 15 but the statutes were made public in mid-August. There are about 200,000 Ruthenian Catholics in the Unit- ed States in four church juris- dictions  the Pittsburgh Archeparchy, or Archdiocese; and the eparchies, or dioceses, of Passaic, N.J.; Parma, Ohio; and Van Nuys, Calif. Among Catholic Eastern-rite church jurisdictions in North America, only the Pittsburgh Metropolia  the archdiocese and its dioceses together  is a church "sui iuris," having large- Iv self-governing status. This is tecause, unlike other Eastern- rite jurisdictions in the Wesi, it is not under the jurisdiction of a mother church in its home area, the Carpathian mountains of Western Ukraine. The Ruthenian Church's deci- sion to restore its tradition of married priesthood in the ',Vest could have major ramifications for Catholic-Orthodox ecu- menical relations. The Vatican, at the insistence of the Latin-rite bishops of the United States, in 1929 imposed mandatory celibacy on all East- ern-rite clergy ordained in or sent to the United Statt. The decision led to the depar- ture of an estimated 225.0t Eastern-rite Catholic in the United States to thKioxy. WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Byzantine-Ruthenia n Catholic Church in the United States has restored its tradition of admitting married men to the priesthood nearly 70 years after the practice was forbidden. In new particular church leg- islation to take effect Sept. 1, the church's Council of Hierarchs (bishops) has declared that the "special restrictive norms imposed by the Apostolic See (since 1929) are no longer in force, and thus, in the Metropo- lia of Pittsburgh, marriage is not an impediment to presbyteral orders." The law restoring married priesthood is among 59 new statutes of particular law approved by the Ruthenian Catholic bishops. Other church matters governed by the new statutes include: the eparchial (diocesan) assembly, priests' councils, parish pastoral and Financial councils, seminary training, regulations for acolytes and lectors, lifestyle of clerics, evangefization, catechisms, Chris- tian initiation, marriage prepara- tion, Friday abstinence from meat, ecumenism, finances, eccle- siastical offices and holy days of precept. The statutes were promulgat- eKt by Metropolitan Judson Pro- cyk of Pittsburgh after they In deciding to end the restric- tive norm imposed since 1929, the Council of Hierarchs cited "the very clear direction of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Eastern Church- es" and other church docu- ments "which direct a return to the original patrimony of the Eastern Catholic Churches." They also pointed out that there is a married clergy in the Latin Church in the United States, mainly of former Episco- pal priests who have become Catholic and received special permission to be" ordained to the Catholic priesthood. They said this practice "has been imple- mented without scandal to the faithful of the Latin Church." For-the first time, parishes will be allowed to designate lay people as extraordinary minis- ters of the Eucharist. These may be men or women, but the num- ber to be appointed is restricted to one per 75 communicants. The new particular legislation continues the constant tradition of the East" of prohibiting women from serving at the altar. It says nothing, however, about- women se,ing as readers or can- tots. Father Nicholas R2k. Rach- ford, Parma diocesan communi- cations director and a member of the Commission on Canonical Affairs which drafted the new legislation, said current l)licy admitting women to thee litur- gical roles remains in plate.