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Continued'from ge 1 without visible discomfort and speaking with a strong voice, concelebrated the Mass with the 244 synod members in St. Peter's Basilica. "By promoting consecrated It{e, the church intends not only to provide for its interior renewal, but also to rend a ser- vice to humanity," the pope said at his midday Angelus ad- dress after the Mass. The choice that religious and consecrated people make for their life,-"especially through the practice of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, is nothing other than a great choice of love, or even, a superabundance of love," the pope said. Through their vows, reli- gious men and women become Promotin9 I 1 phasis on spirituality "because brothers and sisters to all peo- ple, offering a listening ear, welcome and sharing, he said. Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster, England, said if consecrated life is promoted as a truly radical way of follow- mg Christ, the number and quality of men and women who publicly profess vows will in- crease. Introducing the synod dis- cussion Oct. 3, the cardinal outlined a variety of challenges the bishops should address. They included: -- Guiding and helping reli- gious communities discern their lifestyles and mission while respecting their auton- omy, as well as encouraging collaboration with diocesan priests and lay people. -- Promoting a renewed em- St. Martin's Church SOCIAL SATURDAY October 15, 1994 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Cash and 7i=I'' Prizes will be given away! Fr. Paul Roos and the people FUN FOR THE of St. Martin's Church, WHOLE FAMILW Chrisney, invite you to attend. 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Especially through educa- tion and health care, he said, "consecrated life has in fact been a place of promotion for the consecrated women herself and for a service of promotion on behalf of other women in so- ciety and in the church." Cardinal Hume said Pope John Paul's spring letter ex- plaining why the church can- not ordain women to the priesthood "does not limit in any way the promotion of women and women religious in the church, including in con- sultations and decision-making and, even more, in evangeliza- tion." The cardinal, a Benedictine monk, told his fellow bishops that the lifestyle of religious should receive special atten- tion at the synod. "It (lifestyle) must express the authenticity of the conse- cration, being a sign of the lib- erating force of the Gospel and an alternative to worldly ways," he said. "In this context, the time has come to re-open the debate on the habit as a sign of a conse- crated person," he said, argu- ing that inside and outside the church, the wearing of a habit has more importance than some people claim. As the church works and prays for new vocations to the religious life, especially in places where more and more lay men and women are mak- ing commitments to doing the church's work, Cardinal Hume said, the special meaning of consecration must be clear. "It is the way of Gospel radi- calism, of total giving, of a closer following of Jesus, a life worth embracing," he said. Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, one of three synod presidents, opened the gather- ing's first working session Oct. 3 with special words of thanks to the 1.1 million men and , women in the church who have made public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. "In today's world, conse- crated people are witnesses of a limitless love for the Lord and at the same time living signs of human transcendence and the fullness of joy which Jesus promised his disciples as the source of new life," said Cardinal Martinez Somalo, prefect of the Vatican Congre- gation for Institutes of Conse- crated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Labor support praised Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger has received a thanks from Michael Szpak, AFL-CIO Religion-Labor nator. Szpak wrote to thank the bishop "for your the effort to prohibit the permanent replacement of workers through passage of S. 55, the Workplace Bill. Bishop Gettelfinger was one of more than 700 religious ers who signed their names to an effort to bring the fairness bill to a vote. ): The statement signed by the bishop noted that the right | strike was guaranteed by the National Labor Relations 1935, but that since then many striking workers have their jobs to permanent replacements. "As leaders from many religious traditions, we join in a call for this nation to restore the rights of its ple," the statement continued. The leaders concluded, "As a matter of conscience moral conviction, we call upon [the U.S. senators] to the democratic process and let S.55, the Workplace Bill, come to a vote.  A final vote on the bill, however, was blocked by a in the Senate, according to Szpak. Garden patch contributors thanked Despite a hot and dry summer, the Garden Patch went very well this year, according to Wayne Bochert nator of the Catholic Charities outreach project. He that 250 unduplicated households, with 404 individuals, able to obtain for a small fee the fresh produce which was ] nated by area growers. Many low-income and elderly and individuals received food several times during the week project. All told, 4,235 bags of produce were Sales amounted to $962, which will be allocated to based programs or community services for low-income derly persons. In his report, Bochert said he wanted "to sincerely the volunteers who worked at the distribution sites, church coordinators, the gardeners who donated their' the delivery people who brought produce to us, St. Catholic Church and Asbury United Methodist Church.for use of their property and facilities, and to everyone else volved who helped make this project successful." Ministry Day to be Oct. 30 Nathan Mitchell, from the Center for Pastoral LiturgY, versity of Notre Dame, will be the main speaker for Day 1994, to be held at the Catholic Center, Sunday, Oct. Topic for the day is "Baptism: Root of our ministries." Mitchell is an author, lecturer, teacher and regular nist for "The Amen Corner" in the magazine, Worship. session, for all engaged in ministry in the Diocese of ville, will begin with registration at 1 p.m. CST and with prayer at 3:45 p.m. CST. The selection of the topic and speaker follows #1.1: "Cultivated among all Catholics a deeper of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, charist) and the commitment following therefrom." Whose Birthday is it? Advent program booklets entitled, "Whose Birthday D Anyway?" will be made available in the Diocese of through the joint efforts of Catholic Charities, the rice of Religious Education and the diocesan Office and Young Adult Ministry "Not only is this booklet useful for catechists in our and parish programs, but I would recommend it be available to each parish family," said Jim Corr, director gious education, in a letter about the booklet. "The Advent and Christmas liturgical seasons are the opportune times to influence the family's formation dren's values as well as challenging adult values nificantly religious holiday," Corr said. Vocations directors meet Father David Fleck, director of the diocesan and pastor of St. Philip Church, St. Philip, recently the convention of the National Conference of Diocesan tion Directors. The 187 participants discussed the society and in the Church from a "Melting Pot" to The convention in Philadelphia traced the vocation ministry in American Catholic culture. S eluded Benedictine Father Cyprian Davis of St. Knights and Masons to dine together The Knights of Columbus in Princeton are hosting hers of the Princeton Masonic Lodge for a sausage dinner, Monday, Oct. 10. The members of the Father A. Hassel Council, No. 1131, say this is the for their ecumenical gathering. Celestine Church on logo The Celestine 5-K run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run held at Jaycee Park, Celestine, on Saturday, Oct. 8. shirt logo this year is designed to look like the Indiana plate, with St. Celestine Catholic in the silhouetted area.