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_ September 9, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II II I I I 5 IIIIIIIII III III -- Bishop's Forum --- Reflecting on the dignity and joy of work Labor Day is an invention of the United States designed to honor workers and to signal the dignity of work. We joyfully cele- brate work. There has been a tradition in the Church to honor St. Joseph on "May Day," the first day of May each year. He is the patron of workers. We ask for his interces- sion before the throne of God for all who work whether they are known by the tag "labor" or "management" or by neither for they are all work- ers. Each shares his or her own tal- ents in the field of work: the farmer, chief executive, secretary, assembly line worker, miner, teacher, administrator, garbage collector, policeman, policewoman,, politician, gov- ernment or health care worker, lawyer, judge, student, prisoner, minister, firefighter, tax collec- tor or homemaker. The list is endless, yet all are i!i!!::i ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER workers. All have a stake in our community. Saint Paul made it clear to all of us that work is essential to our Christian way of life. Each and every member of the community must do his or her work for the community. It is more than a per- sonal preference or choice. He is most direct in saying that the one who does not work should not eat. All workers are important no mat- ter their work. Children must learn that work at home is a central part of building unity within the family. Each task, no matter how large or small, is part of the fabric of family life. For this reason, each member of the family needs to have a specific task or chore fitting each age or ability. It should be a daily responsibility so that when the fancily gathers around the table the fruit of the labor of each member can be enjoyed. At Holy Eucharist as we prepare the gifts of bread and wine the prayers of the priest remind us that the bread and wine are not only gifts from God's infinite goodness, but they are the "work of human hands." God blesses the work of our hands. One time I casually made the comment that work is the price of original sin. One ofny dear- est friends -- and one who is not afraid to chal- lenge -- reminded me that work is not a punish- ment. Rather each" of us has a right to enjoy the work of our hands. And she is most correct. She knew the scriptures better than I. In the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes it is written that when anyone "eats and drinks and finds hap- piness in his or her) work, it is a gift from God." Work is not a punishment. It is however an obligation, but it is more. It should be a source of joy and refreshment. I enjoy doing what [ do! Do you? Bishop Shea: Remembered with love and affection COMMENTARY By S. E. DURCHOLZ "Sounds of Country" away on August 18, 1994. Bishop Shea was a man, who despite his imposing 6 feet, 6 inch stature, could make peo- ple feel at ease and comfort- able in meetings and personal conversations. As a member of the Diocesan Council in the 1970s, and a two-year appoint- ment on the Indiana Catholic conference advisory council, I recall that he was always con- cerned about fairness, that everyone have an opportunity to be heard. When difficult de- cisions had to be made, he would make every effort to ex- plain the ramifications of the options at hand. His character- It is always a pleasure to have as an acquaintance, SOmeone with the delightful Combination of wit, humor, charm and a deep knowledge and understanding of the com- plexities of the human psyche. When those qualities are found m a humble, yet fair and effec- tive leader, a figure of author- ity, the relationship takes on exceptional qualities. Those thoughts come to mind as I remember Bishop Francis R. Shea who passed 10 DAYS! November 12 21,1 $1,899.00 cHow many times have you heard that Jesus was at the city of apernaum, or the he Sea of Gahlee? disciples fished in t " How many times have you heard of the sermon on the mount, or Where He multiplied the loaves and the fishes. Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord. Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus. Cana, Where Jesus worked His first miracle. Jerusalem, Calvary, Mt. Tabor Where Jesus was transfigured. Sachem and Jacob's Well, / a, Mount of Olives; the great temple areas. Bethany, the Y t take this opportunity to visit these places? After this trip, You Will hear the Word of God in just a little different way. I Sincerely, Father Joseph Zillak I would like to know more about your tour. Please send me addi- tional information. MAIL TO: Fr. Joseph Zillak 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 Name Address City 1 State/ZIP istic manner of using soft-tex- tured language eased the pain of those who disagreed. In one of his letters to me on an issue I had a question with, Bishop Francis began by relat- ing his recent experience in the hospital. The sciatica in his leg was not serious, but (with the intent of beginning a serious reply with a bit of humor) be- cause his leg was so long he had to endure a lot more pain. The letter ended with a compli- ment about my articles in the Herald and the Message. I remember a Diocesan Council meeting that was to discuss issues relating to rural parishes, when he honored me by calling everyone's attention to the writing I had done on rural issues. Having served in an era of rapid c.hange both it: society and in the church, Bishop Francis counseled both caution and optimism about many of those changes. Following a diocesan "listen- ing" program in which women were invite to speak out about their feelings, he wrote a letter to pastors asking them to con- sider substituting another reading for St. Paul's call to women to be submissive to their husbands in all matters. Writing in the Message in 1972, the bishop spoke in a conciliatory tone, "Old ways of life which have been accepted by generations without serious question are now being chal- lenged in a very open fashion. While some of us may look back with regret at what seemed more peaceful times, i i i roll ill l I "Where customers send theirfiends" Open nightly til 9 p.m. l,I00"lhoP & 0. ,s m so., - J.p., i, - 4..m2 Did You Know: 1-800-937-USA1 OLDS CIERA is most trouble free car made in America J. D. Powers i II III I II I IIIII I I I I IIII IIII ATTENTION!I! TV VIEWERS No Money Down Receive 50-200 T.V. Channels Cinemax, Showtime, HBO 1-800-347-4331 1-800-680-6770 1-800-484-9281 IIII I III I[ 1 II I [ II IIIIIIH Hill honesty compels us to admit that there were and are many unjust conditions which do not deserve our continued support. That which has been mas- querading as good, when it merely protected the privilege of the few at the expense of the many, will be revealed in its true colors." Speaking to an Inter-faith Religious Council connected with the Evansville Freedom Festival in 1976,.the bishop placed responsibility for some of the negative elements of change squarely on the shoulders of Christians, "If our lives have been more devoted to getting our share and more of the material riches of this world than in honoring God, the author of all good gifts, then we have helped to create the vacuum which allowed false standards to take root. If we have been more concerned about our own welfare than in promoting "liberty and justice for all' then we have done our share to create polarization and division in our nation. Too many of us in America have lost that passion for good that we call zeal? Bishop Francis will be re- membered with love and affec- tion by many people. He left his mark on the Catholic Com- munity in a kind and gentle fashion that will not soon be forgotten. A photo of the two of us standing side by side that ap- peared in a national religious publication looked like *Mutt and Jeff,  two guys in a short and tall comedy act of bygone year I am sure he would ap- .Ji: IlUll I J UnCo Coffee Ser',nc00s ToU  ltr .ZtucW 46 Varifies of Coffees and Teas i qIlIIJI !  C&t KTOI IT *-- Evs 4Z2- i 833 i iii I I I III " =U:ZT-