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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 16, Taking the time to make a difference-- - Home is more than a return address By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR There have been several ad- dresses since those grade school days, at schools and jobs and apartments and single family houses--but the one that suddenly leapt out of the pool of numbers and names was the address of the first home I really remember. Other homes flickered through my mind. There was "605 South Sunnyslope and "3707 Fourteenth Avenue"-- the addresses where our children were born. And there was 830 Nineteenth Avenue -- the first home our fam- ily owned, where children returned after school, where friends came to help us cele- brate birthdays and holidays. Here it was, where I built that swing set for the kids. And where, on a warm and sunny afternoon, the next-door neigh- bor awoke from an afternoon nap to come over to oil a squeaky tricycle wheel. I finished addressing the envelope and mailed my letter, but the old home address experience stayed with me for a long time. What does it mean to call a place "home?" You are reading a new column for and about people who take the time to make a difference in their homes, in their neighborhoods and in their It happened while I was typing an address. "Typing" is not a com- mon activity in our office, now that we have computers. We still have two typewriters, however, and one of them gets occasional use, for ad- dressing envelopes. I know there are computer printers capable of handling envelopes, but it is still quicker to ratchet an envelope into the typewriter and bang out the few characters needed for the ad- dress. Not long ago, after I finished a letter, I walked over to use one of the typewriters to address the let- ter. I moved the envelope around, and adjusted its position under the rollers, and started to type my return address. I was standing up because it would take only a few seconds. It was not the ap- propriate typing posture taught in school, far from it. I was beginning to feel the strain of leaning over and trying to see the keyboard which I should have known "by touch," anyway. I typed my name and adjusted the typewriter carriage to pound out the second line. That's when it happened. The first words that came into mind were "Rural Route #1"-- the second line of my home address when I was ingrade school. I didn't actually type those words -- my typing speed is not that fast -- but I thought them. communities. They are parents and children, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends. Each column will begin with a story from ordinary life. Each column will end with an invitation -- to : take a look at your own home or neighborhood, to make a decision about what you see, and then to take some actions to make a difference. $ $ What is your return address? Is it your home? Or is it a box number which conceals your home from : others? Talk with others in your family or with your friends. What are the qualities which describe a home? If there are children in your household, invite them to Share a favorite memory of coming home or simply being at home. Then take the time to do something. Look at the place you live, and try to make it more of a home for yourself, and for others. Take a non-prying look at the home-life of people you know and love. Is there something you could do to make a happier home for a widowed aunt? A neighbor? A co-worker? Find out what your parish or congregation is doing to help the homeless in your community. Vol- unteer to help. Make a difference. Questions and comments are welcome at the Christian Family IMovement, P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. ----- Washington L, Sports as religion: Empty pews in the church of basebal By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Millions of people have been waiting for the Angels to re- turn to California, and for the next conclave of Cardinals to meet in St. Louis. Because when the Saints go marching in -- for football in New Orleans -- it just doesn't feel the same. To so many Americans, a month without baseball is like a month without sunshine. But while the major league ballplayers' strike against the owners' salary cap proposal dragged on, some were using the break to reassess baseball's role in the American fabric. Like oSher organized sports, baseball takes on ritual ele- ments that correspond with re- ligious ritual. "We even have congrega- tional responses" such as "cheers, shouts, acclamations of praise -- or nonpraise," said Msgr. Alan Detscher, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for the Liturgy. "There is a very definite order to things. Sports like baseball are very highly ritual- ized. Some people in the past have viewed it as a civil form of religion, and you can depend Sister Jody O'Neil: Saying good-bye and thanks To the editor, Thanks for this opportunity to write to my friends in the dio- cese. In the course of this past summer I have had many sur- prises in my life, one particular one has effected a change of min- istry for me, thus prompting this letter. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. shop Gerald A. Gettetfinger Eor ............................................ Paul Leingang Production k' ........................... Phil Boge Circulon ................................... Amy Housman Advertising...: ................................ Paul Newland Sta writ ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 41691 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd ctass matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Off..e of Publication C(T t ,4 Cholic  of Evansve In mid June I was invited to interview for a campus ministry position at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. I was very favorably impressed with the organization of campus min- istry and its centrality in the U.D. structure. University of Dayton is a Catholic, coeduca- tional school founded and di- rected by the Society of Mary (the Marianists) teaching order. In early July following dis- cernment with my religious community and an offer to join the twenty-four member cam- pus ministry staff at U.D. I ac- cepted the position, Assistant Director of Residence Hall Ministry. The position entails the administration of the Graduate Assistant Program and the coordination of min- istry in the residence areas on campus. In the midst of admin- istrative responsibilities I do work with a graduate assistant ministering to first year stu- dents in one residence hall. In my fourteen years experi- ence of diocesan sponsored campus ministry in two respec- tive dioceses I have worked in a "lone ranger" model of min- istry with volunteer help and more recently with part time secretarial and liturgical assis- tance. The reality of a "team" model with other campus min- istry professionals is a needed challenge for me now. Plus, I'm closer to my mother, who had open heart surgery in Indi- anapolis this past June. In the course of the past five years while directing the Newman Center for the University of Evansville, my life has been enriched with the friendship and acquaintance of so many of you. In particular I want to ex- press my appreciation to Bishop Gettelfinger for his support. Thanks, to Karen Eberhart, Jean Lott and Mar- cia Nicholson, Peer Ministers, the Catholic Center Staff and to all who have served on the Newman Advisory Board at U,E. If you come to Dayton and the U.D. campus, or if you care to write a note I can be found at the University of Dayton, Campus Ministry, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45460-0408. Best Wishes, Sister Jody O'Neil Assistant Director of Residence Life Ministry on it pretty much to be re- peated in similar ways," he said. Even to the point, Msgr. Detscher said, of being able to identify people's roles by their garb: the home-team whites, the visitors' grays, the deep blue blazers of the umpires. Jon Nilson, a theology pro- fessor at Loyola University of Chicago -- hom to the White Sox and Cubs -- said that when spectators go to a game, "we enter a different structure, time out of time." The innings of baseball or the quarters of football are somehow different. "It's not on our clock," he said. Msgr. Detscher, who is not a baseball fan, observed that fans "in a sense ... form com- munity -- or two communi- ties," depending on how many fans the visiting team has at the park. "It's a communal ac- tion done together," he said. Nilson's bottom-line issue comparing sports and is "do organized sports us better people? .. Are moved to love our ne] ourselves? That's where the line." But players and owners had an entirely different tom line since Aug. ' day of the strike. President Clinton urged both sides continue to talk. meetings were few and apart during the ear] the strike, indicative sides had dug But baseball, as much people love it, is not a the president lacks the ity to force workers nonessential industry to back to their job. Senate Majority Leaq See WASHINGTON page Bishop's schedul The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.