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Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service , _ August 28, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II Bishop's Forum 5 By BISHOP ,:> GERALD A. : ......... GETTELFINGER Many of us are old enough to have nostalgic feelings about the movie "The Bells of Saint Mary's." Bing and Barry are still vivid images of the "priests of the past." Well, times have changed, the scene has changed, but not all. On Friday as I pondered what I would write about this week, the obnoxious civil defense siren went off at the usual time, Friday noon. Since it is on the edge of the Catholic Center complex, it is hard to ignore. It was at that mo- ment that I cynically said to myself: "If I were the enemy, I would choose this exact moment to at- tack since everybody 'knows' that this is 'only a test.'" Who likes reminders of pending danger?! On reflection, my cynicism cooled. Let me explain. Saturday, August 15, 1992, is a date that re- minds us of the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Lady. It was more than that for me and the community of St. Mary's in Sullivan, in fact Listen and heed the ringing church bells the larger community of Sullivan. We celebrated the blessing of a bell tower. Not only did we bless the bell tower in which the bells which had long before been consecrated as "Jesus," "Mary," and "Joseph" (a tradition lost in infrequency with the advent of electricity and electronics), we also gave the ultimate of "thanks" in the ac- tion of Holy Eucharist. It became incidental that St. Mary's Catholic Community was marking the historical moment of 125 years of presence in Sullivan. The celebra- tion was in itself joyous, buoyed up by the spirit of the people reflecting the deep-rooted faith of past generations. Real bells in a bell tower are a long tradition of our church. Not only are the bells audible, the tower is significant in any community. Look about our diocese with its German, and mostly Tyrolian, heritage. Bell towers, topped with crosses on spires, which replicate the successful Tyrol!an mountain climbers' quests of formidable mountain peaks, are the hallmark of faith. I suggest the faith came first. The bells in a small community mark the hours for many. Historically, this was the com- nmnity clock. Many towers have huge clocks in them to visually mark the hours, but the peal of the bells reaches far beyond vision. (Some peo- ple at a distance can mark weather conditions as to whether or not they can hear the parish bells ringing on any given day.) Bells mark jubilees! Bells ring out the hours of prayer! Church bells celebrate the community gathering for Eucharist! Bells somberly remind us of the end of our life as they toll the death of a community member. Bells, as do civil defense tests, remind us of our fragility and dependence on God. They remind us of our need for personal discipline, on a daily basis, for safety from the unseen foe, spiritual or earthly! Listen and heed! Pope to celebrate Mass at controversial Dominican lighthouse By AGOSTINO BONO Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II plans to help (:ommenlorate the 500th anniversary of evangelization in the Americas with an out- door Mass at the site of a con- troversial seven-story- high cross in the Dominican Re- public. The Oct. 11 Mass in the capital of Santo Domingo was announced by Catholic offi- cials in the Dominican Re- public and confirmed Aug. 24 by Vatican planners of the pope's trip. The cross was built by the Dominican governme.nt as a lighthouse and as the mau- soleum for the remains of Christopher Columbus, who landed in what is now the Dominican Republic in 1492. Controversies include the high cost of construction in one of Latin America's poor- est countries and the dis- placement of 3,000 poor squatters to clear the land for the cross-shaped lighthouse. Added to these is the ongo- ing international debate as to whether the European colo- nization that Columbus sparked has been good or bad for Latin America. Vatican officials say that the church is distancing itself as much as possible from the controversies. One official noted that the decision to build the cross- shaped lighthouse was made by the Dominican govern- ment and that dedication cer- emonies will take place be- fore the pope's Oct. 9-14 trip to the Dominican Republic. He said the spot was chosen as a Mass site because the open fields surrounding the lighthouse can hold a multi= tude of people. News reports from the Do- minican Republic say the government dedication has been rescheduled for Oct. 6. It originally had been set for Oct. 12, the exact date 500 years ago when Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas. The pope cannot avoid all I iWoubo.s coun., 00an, t I YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK ,,! tL , .... Buehlers I.G.A. 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The Mass will also be the liturgi- cal inauguration of the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, they said. 'I:he bishops' meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12-28 in Santo Domingo to discuss strategies (or a new evange- lization of Latin America. Vatican planners say the pope is scheduled to give the conference opening speech on the afternoon of Oct. 12. The Dominican govern- merit puts the cost of the lighthouse at $13 million, while opponents estimate the spending at $160 million. Op- ponents say the cost is too high for a poor country with frequent power shortages. The Dominican Republic has a pet capita income of $790 per year, compared to $18,685 for tim United States. Government defenders say millions of dollars were also 'spent to improw,' housing and streets for the anniversary celebrations. They see the lighthouse as an important symbol for the (:ountry, simi- lar to the Statue of Liberty in the United States. Columbus (lied in 1506 in Valladolid, Spain, and his re- mains were later transferred to Santo Domingo, the first permanent settlement he established. Bishops says violence threatens Salvadoran peace process SAN SALVADOR (CNS) -- A recent wave of violence threatens E1 Salvador's deli- cate peace process, said Aux- iliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador. Bishop Rosa Chavez said a string of attacks against trade union leaders, soldiers, busi- nessmen and policemen could undermine an agree- ment between the govern- ment and leftist rebels to re- vive the peace process. "This week has been highly violent, a violence that has touched almost all sectors ... If this is not controlled, not avoided, whatever is achieved at the other (negoti- ating) table could be mini- mized," Bishop Rosa Chavez told reporters Aug. 23. He urged the government to launch a thorough investiga- tion into the violence. 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"There is a danger of falling into a spiral of violence diffi- cult to contain," said Molina, whose post was created under peace accords that ended 12 years of civil war in January. Government and rebel lead- ers have agreed to set new deadlines for political re- forms and rebel demobiliza- tion laid out under the peace accords. Full demobilization is to be completed Oct. 31. [[ [[[ Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ]" I '