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, September 4, 1987 View Point Th e Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 By FATHER IOSEI'H L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Jeremiah's life not that different from lives we live Changes of times of the year seem to have an in- fluence on the rhythm of our thoughts and plans. Somehow I associate this time of year with a settling-in period -- a stretch of months that will require fairly regular schedules, and yet punc- tuated by special times of celebrations. This Labor Day weekend closes out another season of more outside-oriented activities. It is the last big fling often for families who frequent camp- ing spots throughout the region. The extra day gives a real feeling of luxury in enjoying the special plans for the weekend. Those who are making the great transition from high school to college, or from college to graduate work, or those seriously entering the career workforce, this time will prove to be quite critical. These are the days to look ahead, not just. planning for the next social occasion of the weekend, not the next short vacation time at home, but the plan- ning and determining of directions for some years down the road. Any thinking that deals with longer range plans will automatically incorporate our values of religion. What are we doing to see to it that the most fundamental and important areas of our life are being taken care of?. IT IS SO EASY for young men and women to go off to school, or the military, and rejoice in the freedom of the situation. No more parents to point out to me what I should do. (Of course, if I have an accident, or need funds for some unforeseen problem, the first ones I call are my parents.) Others around me are my same age and enjoy the same things I do. It is so very exciting to meet peo- ple from all parts of the country. Play, discussion, parties absorb great blocks of my time. It is so easy to find it possible not to carry on with my obligations of prayer. Certainly, attend- ance at Mass seems to interfere with other obliga- tions or needs and may on more and more frequent occasions take second place in my scheduling. Perhaps what I was told as a little child is not all that important after all. Other successful and popular students do not seem to need any regular religious practice. After all, what does the pope know? Haven't there been scandals in the church? On and on go the reasons that can form the ra- tionale for slipping away from those things I did as a child. But when I come home, I am reminded of roots. I find, actually, a great deal of joy in the familiar routine of attending Mass with my family. There is a measure of security in following a time- honored pattern. Yet, by myself, on my own, I still find difficulty in putting my religious life together. Recall the reading we had this past Sunday about Jeremiah? Jeremiah was involved in a love- hate conflict with God. He said that people laugh- ed at him and held him in ridicule because of the things he said. Remember also, that Jeremiah had the prophetic task of warning his people that they would be taken captive and destroyed if they did not change their ways. Of course, they threatened Jeremiah. Who wants to hear predictions of death and destruction? Who wants to believe that rain will come if the sun is shining? AS A RESULT of such miserable treatment -- after Jeremiah wanted to be accepted by his peers : -- Jeremiah threatened God that he would speak no more as his prophet. Even as Jeremiah threaten- ed to disengage himself from God,s work, he felt the need to continue. "It becomes like a fire burn- ing in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it." Thus Jeremiah remains faithful to his calling even though he at times grows weary of the conse- quences of his faithfulness. This is not all that different from the lives we i live. We are called to continue our faithfulness to God's commands. We are called to remain with our Lord in prayer and regular practice. We may even find that others say offensive and nasty things about us. We may be termed irreverent names. We may be made to feel that we are different from others. But we can do no other than remain faithful. We are asked at times to live just a little differently than those who have no faith, than those who would make fun of the children of God. "O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water." These words from Psalm 63 help us to persevere and put into words the thoughts of our hearts. "I will bless you while I live; I will call on your name. You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me." S L Fran cis Continued from page 8 Gregory XVI answered the re- quest of Bishop Flaget and other American Bishops, and erected the Diocese of Vincen- nes. Bishop Simon Gabriel Brute de Remur presided over Indiana and the easterfi third of Illinois. Francis Silas Chatard, the fifth bishop of Vincennes, lived in Indianapolis. In 1898, Pope Leo XIII made the change to the Diocese of Andianapolis. The Diocese of Fort Wayne, Ind., had been created in 1857. The latest division came in 1944, when new dioceses were erected in Lafayette and Evansville. The Diocese of Check out our Check-a-Month Plan Corporate bonds have a reputation for high returns and safety; now, with our Check-a- Month plan, they also offer you monthly in- come. Your money is invested in a portfolio Of six high-quality corporate bonds, each paying interest semi-annually, so you receive a check every_ month. Call or stop in today to find out how these conservative, high-yielding in- vestments can work for you. Patrick J. Bittner 2021 W. Franklin Street (Directly across from West Side Library) Evansville, IN 47712 Phone {812) 423-9933 Edward D. Jones & Co.* Member New York Stock Exchange. Inc. Member Securities Investor Protection Corporation Evansville covered 12 Southwestern counffes, with the exception of one township -- the location of St. Meinrad Archabbey. Vincennes, once the See of a diocese of 53,000 square miles, became part of the smallest diocese in Indiana. St. Francis Xavier Church has much more than a past; it has a living present and a pro- mising future. Current records list more than 1,200 members, about 525 families. The Pastor, Father Robert Bultman, says that many of his parishioners are retired in the historic, downtown parish; he says there are also regular new arrivals of young people com- ing to register and participate in the parish. Planet Elementary (grades K-6) and Rivet (grades 7-12) serve St. Francis Xavier and other parishes in the Vincennes area. Parish buildings include the church, the rectory, the Brute Library, a souvenir shop, St. Rose Chapel, part of St. Gabriel College, and the former St. Francis Xavier Grade School. The parish council is exploring possible uses for the empty school building. Continued from page 6 918 W. Mill Rd., Evansville. Followed by social hour. Call Father Henry Kuykendall, 424-8344, for more information. Fourth day retreat for cur- sillistas, Sept. 11-13 at Mount St. Francis Retreat Center, Mount St. Francis, Ind. For more informa- tion, call 812-923-8817. ChariSmatic day of renewal, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m-9 p.m. at Mount St. Francis Retreat Center, Mount St. Francis, Ind. The $20 fee includes program, lunch and dinner. For more infor- mation, call 812-923-8817. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, at Holy Trinity Pro- Cathedral, Evansville, "Sunday, Sept. 13 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass until 2:30 p.m. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed the second Sunday of every month. Holy Family Fraternity Secular "Franciscan Order meeting, Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Monastery of St., Clare, 6825 Nurrenbern Rd., Evansville. A Franciscan study day is planned. The novice class is at 1 p.m. Please send Bulletin Board in- formation to Mary T. Ellert, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, Ind. 47711. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication date. IIIIII iChristopher East Living Center - Large Spacious Rooms  o Medicare, Medicaid & V.A. Approved - 24 Hour Nursing By Licensed Professionals  o Physical, Speech & Respiratory Therapies  + Special Diets Prepared By A Registered Dietician .,p'+ UVINGCENTE " Respite (Temporary) Care - Organized Activities Program With Shopping & Field Trips 4301 Washington Avenue Evansville, Indiana Phone (812) 477-8971 for information of services and rates