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Parish nurses commissioned at St. John, Newburgh "Wehope to reach out to our parishioners who are in need," said Mary Titzer, one of the coordinators of the new parish nurse ministry at St. John New- burgh. The need is great, parish lead- ers discovered, when they sent out a survey to find out who might want to be served. Almost 500 people responded. The willingness to serve turned out to be great, too. Forty two persons responded to the request to pro.vide service. Most of them are nurses, but that number also includes a doctor and a social worker. The parish nurses will not be duplication home health care services, said Titzer. What they will do is provide a parishioner with a ride to the doctor's office, or stay with a parish- ioner for an hour or two to give a care-giver some time away. Some of the nurses involved in the ministry wilt be able to visit patients at the hospitals where they work. Health education will also be a big i)art of the ministry. A Health Fair is scheduled at the parish, Oct. 12. Various tests, flu shots, and other services will be available. A steering committee has been meeting for about a year to plan the nursing ministry. Committee members include Father Joseph Ziliak, the pastor, Lynda Provence and Benedic- tine Sister Jeanne Voges, both members of the pastoral staff, Barbara Bartnik, Judy Halstead and Mary Titzer. Titzer and Susan Grabert, working with the parish staff, are coordinat- ing home visitation. The nurses and others who volunteered were commis- sioned at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday Mass, Sept. 14. The volunteers made a commitment for a one- year period of service. Cyndi Williams, a volunteer in the St. John the Baptist Church parish nursing pro- gram, carries a picture in the gathering procession for Sunday Mass, Sept. 14. That picture, along with a candle and a Bible, were used to help focus the ministry of service promised by the 42 volunteers. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang to the waiting carriage from St. Thomas Church, where it had been taken for public viewing Sept. 7, two days after she died. The funeral procession wound its way through Calcutta's main streets, first to Netaji Indoor Sta- dium, where the Vatican secre- tary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, special legate of Pope John Paul II, led the funeral Mass, and then to the Mission- aries of Charity headquarters for a private burial. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said Pope John Paul joined spiritu- ally in Mother Teresa's funer- al by celebrating Mass in her memory in his private chapel at Castel Gandolfo. J00klJka fn knnw .... How can I use Faith Alive? An individual may read Faith Alive, pages 8 and 9, and then follow some of the suggestions listed under the head- line, "Food for Thought." Families and small groups may discuss the home life described, and compare it to their own. Catechists and teachers might suggest that students read one or more articles and talk it over with parents or in class. In the homily at the funeral, Cardinal Sodano said Pope John Paul saw in Mother Teresa a "woman of unshakable faith: her extraordinary spiritual vision, her attentive and self- sacrificing love of God in each person she met, her absolute respect for the value of every human life and her courage in facing so many challenges." The pope, he continued, wanted Mother Teresa's funer- al to be "a great prayer of grati- tude to God for having given her to the church and to the world." Concelebrants besides Cardi- nal Sodano included four cardi- nals, about 30 bishops and 170 priests from at least 14 coun- and Simon Lourdusamy, former prefect of the Vatican congrega, tions for Eastern-Rite Churches and for the Evangelization of Peoples; the apostolic pronun- cio to India, Archbishop Giorgio Zur; Archbishop Henry d'Souza of Calcutta; Cardinal Jean- Claude Turcotte of Montreal; and U.S. Archbishop John IL Roach, a former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The only blood relatives of Mother Teresa who attended the services were her niece, Agi Golda Dauro, 50, and Dauro's son, who live in Italy, reported UCA News. Mother Teresa died of cardiac arrest Sept. 5 at the Calcutta tries, motherhouse of the Missionar, Among them were Indian ies of Charity, which she found- Cardinals Simon Pimenta, ed. retired archbishop of Bombay, She was buried in the moth- 200,000 Names ........................ Page 3 Bishop's Forum ...................... Pages 5 Gardening Angels ................... Page Z3 erhouse where she had lived for 47 years. Observing that "Mother never expressed any specific wish for the place of her burial," the Calcutta vicar general, Msgr. Francis Gomes, declared that "it is the nuns who have decided See FUNERAL page CALCUTTA, India (CNS) Mother Teresa of Calcutta was laid to rest following a state funeral attended by interna- tional leaders and many of the poor that the late nun made her family. In Calcutta Sept. 13, thou- sands of people lined the seven- mile funeral route along which the body of the world's most revered nun was borne on a black gun carriage, the same one that took Mahatma Gand- hi's body on its final journey 49 years ago. UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand, saict six high-ranking Inn array officers had carried M - er Teresa's body some 100 yards Poor, world leaders attend Mother Teresa's state funeral