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14 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 18, 1987 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Papal trip: we will discover his visit was a bargain What do you think about the costs for a trip of the pope to the United States? Is it money that would be better spent elsewhere? Or is it a bargain expense for spreading the Word of God? The Aug. 4 issue of the Message carried an ar- ticle on page two delineating the various expenses to be incurred during the nine-day trip of Pope John Paul II that will close tomorrow as the pope flies from Detroit to Canada and then on to the Vatican. Church costs are roughly estimated at $22 million. This refers to a variety of expenses that were incurred on the local level, including papal meals or the $300,000 spent by Phoenix to renovate St. Mary's Basilica for the occasion. Some of the costs, such as construction of special altars, were one-time expenses with no further use. The structures were then dismantled after the papal en- tourage left the area. The funds do include air travel expenses and transportation of the popemobile. What do you think of such costs? Is this a wise investment, or not? Put yourself in the seat of a person whose task it is to market a new and im- proved box of soap powder. You gather your costs for manufacturing, packaging and transporting the item. You also want to include a cost figure for advertising and promotion. After all, if people do not know about the product, how will they pur- chase it? And even if they do know about the pro- duct, you will want to convince them that this soap is vastly superior to the soap they are present- ly using. allot for such a sales and promotion campaign. The same story is repeated over and over for new models of automobiles or beer. The Super Bowl could eat up such a budgeted figure in short order for advertising costs. OVER AND OVER through the years we have heard the U.S. Bishops talk about the possibility of creating or finding a new Bishop Fulton Sheen or some other such program that could have been commissioned at one time and another for national distribution. Costs have been high. Content is mix- ed. And then who knows how many people are af- fected by the programming. I would suggest that the funds spent on this papal visit will bring dividends and returns far in excess of the amount spent. Procter and Gamble can keep track of sales and thus show boards of directors and stockholders the financial wisdom of a sales and marketing promotion. In spite of Father Andrew Greeley's assertions that Catholic giving has decreased in direct relation to disaffection with church teachings, I feel that we have difficulty at- tributing parish incomes to papal visits or teachings. Local giving is a local challenge. People give to a local situation rather than to Pope John Paul II. But that is the subject of another article. My interpretation is that the church in the United States will find it more difficult to find a sales report to offset the costs of the marketing and promotion of Pope John Paul II. But what price do we put on daily front page coverage in our local newspapers of the words spoken by the pope on ternational justice issues? How could we possibly afford the television news reporting or the radio reports? How could we pay for coverage on the "Tonight" show that ultimately was a sign of great respect and admiration for the person of the pope? HOW DO WE know how many hearts have been affected during this past week? How many young lives may take heart and courage from the strengthening and affirming words of the pope and thus find the power to live straight, strong and chastely during the teen and early adult years? How many husbands and wives may spend many hours meditating on the challenge of forgiveness in a marriage bond? How many blacks may feel en- couraged and supported in the knowledge that the pope speaks for them and asks the church and the country to insure justice and opportunity for all its talented citizens? How many Hispanics will feel pride in their strongly Catholic heritage and know that their distinctive, vivacious sprits may find ex- pression in liturgical functions? How many Chris- tians will take heart and more openly espouse their faith in public word and action because the pope has spoken so clearly on justice and other public and civic issues? The fallout of such a visit is immense. It may well be that not every teaching of the church will suddenly be followed and believed to the final let- ter. But his visit is like a nationwide retreat. It is a national call to spiritual values. They are put out on the front pages and headlined in the news of all stripes. The Spirit of God moves where it wills. We can fairly safely say that Procter and Gam- issues affecting the poor, the family and married The pope's visit is a bargain in giving the Spirit a ble would find $22 million a modest amount to life, youth and specific problems they face, on in- chance in the public arena. I I Mater Dei principal renewe00 r by pope's words By WALTER BOWMAN Principal Mater Dei High School, Evansville Pilgrimages used to take a long time. Pilgrims walked for many days -- there was plenty of time for preparation, prayer and meditation. and cardinal has been called to be our pope. How does one prepare to see a pope? Perhaps by sitting in airports, delayed by circumstances over which you have no control. Perhaps the waiting, the journey, in- creases the anticipation. I guess it's a little like Advent. On Friday, September 11, I As you get closer, the crowds boarded a plane for New get larger. First twenty, then a Orleans. Was I ready:: hundred, then a thousand, then Prepared? Do articles in the  a hundred-thousand. Why? newspaper or television news What was I expecting to hear? reports count as preparation? They do in a secular sense, but what about spiritually? I know I was excited. Pope John Paul II described himself as a pilgrim -- joining with other pilgrims. The dif- ference is that this Polish priest St. Mary Continued from page 11 bell tower was added in the late 1960's; Father James Lax ob- tained the statue of the Blessed Virgin for the tower, from St. Simon Church in Washington. In 1972, Father Joseph Clauss added the brick facing to make permanent the "temporary" church. The latest remodeling was done earlier this year by Father Paul Roos, pastor of All Saints Church, Cannelburg, and St. Mary Church, Daviess County. Father Roos says he ad- ded a new roof to the sacristy area of the church and made other improvements, to help make the church permanent. The future of the parish is hard to predict, Father Roos says, but he expects little ,Maybe it's just a matter of being Close enough to touch the ,ppe's hand. But, what was the /p&pe' s message? FOR THE EDUCATORS, about 1500 of us, we waited to dialogue with the pope. The change during the next few years. He says his parishioners pride themselves on how well they maintain their property; they are mostly farmers and businessmen, he says, and they have a lot of ability. The lack of a resident pastor has probably led the people to take greater responsibility for their parish, Father Roos believes. And he is quick to cite a reputation parishioners have, for giving service to the com- munity -- obvious, he says in the support offered a family at the time of a funeral. The parish hall accross the road from the church has been the scene of countless dinners, reunions and receptions. WALTER BOWMAN National Catholic Education Association had prepared a pro- gram using the theme: "Catholic Education: Gift to the St. Mary families have given five sons as priests: Father Joseph P. Matthews, ordained in 1884 in Bardstown; Father Leo Doyle, ordained in 1919; Father Ralph Doyle, ordained in 1926; Father Dennis Spalding, ordained in 1929; and Father William Spalding, ordained in 1933. The 1984 Sesquicentennial Book lists 29 religious women who came from St. Mary Church. Among them were all three daughters of Alphonsus and Mary Matthews, who entered the Convent at St. Mary of the Woods, Terra Haute, Ind. -- *sister Marie Athanasius in 1917, Sister Aloysius Mary and Sister Mary Alice in 1922. Church, Gift to the Nation." After opening remarks by Arch- bishop John R. Roach and Sister Catherine T. McNamee, educators delivered to the pope a series of presentations de- signed to give our pontiff an idea of what Catholic Education is like in the United States. These presentations brought tears to my eyes. The awesomeness of our task of educating all Catholics from youth to adults is inspiring. Our Catholic education is spiritual, moral, academic, service-oriented and global. Problems of governance, staff- ing and finances were presented to the pope. The pope responded by expressing his sincere appreciation for all who make Catholic education vital. This "thank you" for our commitment was extended to religious and laity, to parents and benefactors, to the past and to the future. It's nice to know that all our work and sacrifices are known and appreciated. As to the pro- blems, the pope acknowledged them. He called upon us to con- tinue: responsibly, creatively and with excellence. He called for prayer for more vocations. He called upon us to renew our commitment to the priority of education as a fundamental mission of the Church. The pope reminded us that Jesus was called "teacher and Lord." If our priorities are cor- rect, and our mission consistent with Gospel values, then our problems will disappear. Pope John Paul called for us to continue our high quality, to make our education "available to all," and to see our mission of God's call to build-up God's kingdom here on earth. He reminded us that our education will be known by its fruits. We are challenged to transmit the full message of the Gospel -- to life in Jesus Christ. Our content, in all areas, must be faithful to the teaching of the Church. As teachers, we transmit and share our belief. As students we develop thought patterns iv:- pressed with faith and gospel values. In response, we come to know God and ourselves and in love we are able to form com- munity which starts the process all over again. At the heart is the community ,:, a sharing in the Life of the" ;'' Trinity -- a community where we, teachers'and students, parents and children, religious and laity -- experiehce loyalty, trust and love. We begin with the parish, we end with the parish. We are called to holiness, to be saints -- all of US. Pope John Paul called on us to take Jesus as our model, our guide and our source. The whole of Christ's life is His teaching. Our teaching is Christ's life. It was an inspiring ex- perience for me. I will remember the waiting, the tears, a touch, the rain, and the love. I feel renewed by our Pope's words.