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October 2, 1987 m= View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Bishop Francis R. Shea Bishop of Diocese of Evansville Thoughts of one bishop while on pilgrimage to see John Paul II I have discovered that when airplanes are scheduled for early morning departure (7:10 a.m.} they generally leave on time. The same is not always true later in the day. Airline deregulation has not increased the leg room on any flights I have taken in the last months. The attendants are faithful in warning me to watch my head as I board the plane. They com- pletely lose interest in the rest of me as I try to fit into the minuscule space "reserved" for the rest of me. I never cease to wonder at the carry-on luggage. On this trip, two lacrosse players brought aboard all their equipment, including the long-handled webbed rackets used for carrying the ball and, from what I have heard, whacking players on the other team. So far, no vaulting poles. In today's impersonal world, many people ex- press the wish for more intimacy and closer rela- tionships. Having spent four hours strapped into three small seats with two other rather substantial people nervously trying their first flight, I think there is something to be said for a little liebesreum. We landed at the Los Angeles Airport, which had a certain familiar look. However, since nobody chased a fugitive through the lobby or fired any shots or shouted "freeze" I began to wonder if we really had arrived at our proper desination. Maybe Tuesdays are off days in Hollywood. The wonderful local organization for the visit of the Holy Father became evident at once. Friendly, courteous young ladies and gentlemen were on hand to welcome the arriving guests of the arch- diocese. We were escorted to the nearby hotel and loaded down with souvenirs at the registration table. Since it was before noon, many rooms were not ready for occupancy. This is not such bad news with a nearby lounge available equipped with a large-screen TV, lots of easy chairs and cof- fee and Danish rolls in abundance. At last, the liebesranm I had been craving. Even as Garfield says, "I need my space." SINCE I NEVER served in the armed forces, the slogan, "Hurry up and wait" had no great [ significance to me. After the day of our visit with t the Holy Father and the concelebrated Mass at Dodger Stadium, it now has great personal resonance. When large groups have to be transported and the element of security is very im- portant, the afore-mentioned large groups get a full course in "hurry up and wait." It was all coor- dinated very skillfully but it did take a while. By the way, one of the secret service men noticed by badge and told me he was born in Evansville. I think he said his name was Hahn. The San Fernando Mission is a beautiful and sacred spot. When we entered the church for morning prayer the historical background of the place helped greatly to focus our minds on the en- during prescence of Catholicism as a sanctifying and civilizing force. St. Peter's words on Mt. Tabor, "Lord, it is good for us to be here," came quickly to mind and remained throughout the day. As we gathered in the dining room, our Holy Father stood in a central spot and greeted each of us individually. Despite the rigorous schedule he had followed from Miami to Los Angeles, Pope John Paul appeared fresh and vigorous. A four-hour meeting with three hundred bishops was all business, about which you have heard. However, his tone of voice, his obvious references to "we" not "you" when he made strong statements served to preserve the ambience of col- legiality rather than the woodshed which some reporters tried to present. We do have serious pro- blems of which Pope John Paul II is fully aware and so are the bishops of the United States. Jesus referred to himself as the "bread of life" and the necessity for his followers to eat of it. Some who heard him say this found it a hard statement to ac- cept. So do many today with the teachings of the Church. Since Jesus did not rephrase nor retract his statement, neither camJohn Paul II, nor can we. The beauty of the Mass at Dodger Stadium had to be seen and heard to be fully appreciated. My powers of description are inadequate to do it justice. PRIOR TO THE Mass a program of sacred music was offered by local artists of which there seemed to be a veritable multitude. The background of thousands of the faithful occupying stadium seats, which rise to five tiers surrounding the infield, provided everyone with a fine view. Other seats were on ground level covering the entire playing field except for the area of the huge platform for the altar and concelebrants. "Grand scale" is the most apt description I can give. The crowd  numbered 63,000 people. When the Holy Father arrived there was great jubilation. The Popemobile circled the stadium and cheers followed every wave of his hand. Los Angeles is made up of the most d/verse gathering of people, perhaps in the world. Native costumes were everywhere and hymns and songs in many languages greeted the Pope's presence. A large number of young Koreans were directly behind where I was seated. They were a most enthusiastic and happy group and their joy at being there was beautiful to behold. When the Mass concluded, the bishops were treated to a nice dinner in the Stadium Club and transported once more back to the hotel by bus. After a good night's sleep we had a concelebrated Mass in a large room at the hotel and began the long trip home. The part from Los Angeles to In- dianapolis went very smoothly and the seat next to mine was vacant. In the Indianapolis airport, things began to unravel. The flight I was supposed to take no longer exists. Tickets purchased in May in order to save money are not to he trusted in September. I finally arrived in Evansville about 10:40 p.m. I was about to feel sorry for myself un. til I remembered the Holy Father had to visit Monterey, San Francisco and Detroit before he could sleep in his own bed. It helped to put things in perspective, which is where they belong. The trip was physically tiring butspiritually refreshing and firming. May God continue to bless Pope Job., Paul II. He is a great and holy man. St. Simon Continued from page 11 move his residence from Mon- tgomery to Washington and to found a parish there which was to be named St. Simon, patron saint of both the Bishop and Father Simon." The bishop died before fulfilling a promise to dedicate the new brick church in Washington. Father Lalumiere was still pastor on November 6, 1842, when Bishop Celestine de la Hailandiere of Vincennes dedicated the church. The first school was started, in file basement of the church, on 1847. It was taught by Brothers of St. Joseph. In 1857, three Sisters of Providence opened a school in Washington. Catholic school continues to be of significance to the Catholic community, in Washington, according to the current pastor at St. Simon, Father James E. Koressel. He says the consolidated school system has produced a bond for all of the Catholics in the two parishes of St. Simon and St. Mary in Washington. The schools were consolidated in 1973, and Father Koressel believes the willingness to work for the school has grown to include a willingness to work toward other parish and com- munity projects. Father Koressel and Father Robert A Temme serve the parish of almost 1,800 people. Father Philip Kreilein and 00'UI'tBUP, gr a',q=.eD CO SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA COMMERCIAL. 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Considering the loss of industry over the last 10 years, says Father Koressel, and the increase in the numbers of retired people who are parishioners, you have to marvel at the commitment to VINCENNES American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities. Member F.D.LC. A Full Service Bank Catholic education this com- munity has made, to support a Kindergarten through 12th grade Catholic school system. "There is a real good spirit in the parish today," says Father Koressel. Among the latest developments were liturgical workshops held during September, a new effort to minister to the divorced and separated, and an active youth board. The goal for the future, says the pastor, "is to have more and more people taking on ministry to one another." Tenth Street School Price set for Jasper grade school By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer A price of $390,000 has been set for the possible purchase of the Tenth Street School, Jasper, according to Father John David- son, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper. The school is being offered for sale to the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation "This price has the approval of the St. Joseph parish council and Bishop Francis R. Shed," Father Davidson said. Currently,. the two school buildings and adjoining proper- ty, which are owned by St. Joseph parish, are being leased to the corporation. The parish is now waiting for the corporation to make a deci- sion about purchasing the pro- perty, which includes the two buildings, one built in 1925 and the second built in 1959, and the 11 acres of land. One condition was added to the offer -- that if the building is not used as a school -- ownership would revert back to the present owner, Father Davidson said.