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October 10, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 1 Former Catholics who still receive Communion By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service Question: Our son and his wife left the Catholic Church a few years ago. They have two sons, now ages 10 and 12. These boys were baptized Catholic, but never made their First Communion. Recently they visited in our home, and all four of them received Communion, including from the cup. The daughter-in-law says this is a matter between them and God. How dowe respond to that? Please send us your brochure on ecumenism. A friend told us this explains the Catholic teaching about Protestants receiving Communion in our church. (Iowa) Answer:. I assume ;ou and, from what you tell mh e, probably your son's family are basically aware of e Catholic Church's policy on interfaith Commu- nion in the church. I've discussed these regulations several times in this column, so let's talk about the personal issues that concern you. You might remind them that they left the Catholic Church on their own initiative, which, if it says anything, says they wanted to separate them- selves from Catholic belief and worship. Thus, what they are doing directly abuses the hospitality of the church and is at very least a thoughtless discourtesy. One would not act in such a way with former friends. No one would say, "I never want to see you again," and then drop in for a meal whenever he or she felt like it. Of course; you cannot physically stop them if they persist. You do, however, have a right to tell them how their actions hurt you and violate what you believe. You can also ask them some obvious and honest questions: If ypu choose not to be a Catholic and say you don't believe what we believe, why do you feel you can drift in and out? m If you believe the Eucharist is the bo.dy and blood of Christ, why aren't you Catholic? -- If you do not believe in the Catholic faith, why do you act as if you do? If you do believe, how can you not raise your children Catholic? Whatever you do, just explain, don't accuse them. No "How could you do this to us?'; Or even, "How could you do this to God?" You cannot know their hearts, but questions such as these may help them become more honest and aboveboard with themselves than they seem to be right now. Question: This question arose after the feast of the Assumption. Was Mary assumed into heaven after her death or was she still alive? (New Jersey) Answer: Christian writers have disagreed through the centuries whether or not Mary died before she was taken into heaven. When Pope Pius XII defined the doctrine of the Assumption in 1950, he deliberately avoided settling the controversy. He said only that at the end of her earthly life (the Latin reads "expleto terrestris vitae cursu") Mary was taken body and soul into heaven. A free brochure on ecumenism, including questions on intercommunion and other ways of sharing worship with people of other faiths, is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701. (Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address.) Golden Jubilarians Edgar and Anna Mae " lebrate their fifti^,t (Knies) Schlachter of Jasper will ce Cm Wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving ::;3e0,a,.;m. Oct. 19 at Holy Family Church, Jasper. An Open Florne "-,= oe held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus "lied O;; jasper" The couple requests no gifts. They were mar- are the " lo, 1947, at St. Peter Celestine Church, Celestine. They Dian parents of four children. Steve Schlachter of Duluth, Ga., e Begle of Ferdi Schlach,__ , nand, Mark Schlachter of Jasper and Gary Schlach;::. t. Apex, N.C. They have six grandchildren. Mr. a seamstr;:: ured from JOFCO after 37 years; Mrs. Schlachter is . Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illin0is.Kentucky 46 Varifies of Coffees and Teas WItATEVER YOUR TASTE, L-' WECANMATCH IT " Washington 254-4409 Evansville 422-1833 CRANEY'S BODY SHOP, INC. Complete Body Repair & Reng Cars, Pick-ups, & Semis Rt. 4 Veale Creek Rd. Washington, IN Fred D. Craney (812) 254-6412 Living "00,lis Word A radio Bible teaching with / -"'  Dr. AnnGries WVHI --1330 AM Mon. - Fri., 11:45 to Noon Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m. Your wonf is a [amp to my feet and a [hjtlt to my path. " Psalm 119:105 Worth mentioning, Holy Spirit Conference scheduled Oct. 18 Franciscan Father Art Cooney and Sid Roth, host of syndicated radio and TV programs, will speak at the Coliseum in Evansville, Saturday; Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their appearance is advertised as a "Holy Spirit Conference" on the theme, "Finding Our Jewish Roots." A donation of $5 per SID ROTH FATHER ART COONEY person or $10 per family is suggested. Babysit- ting will be available. Father Cooney is a member of the Associa- tion of Christian Thera- pists and the author of Real People, Living Faith. Roth is host of the Messianic Vision radio talk show, and a weekly television program, It's Supernatural. Correction: Priesthood documentary sched- uled on TV Answering God's Call: The Experience of Priesthood will be broadcast on WEHT TV Channel 25, on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 12:30 p.m. The listing for the program previous- ly published in the Message was incorrect. The documentary is the first program in the annual "Vision and Values" series sponsored by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. The hour-long program traces the joys and sor- rows of Father Mitch Rozanski, pastor of a parish in Baltimore, and Father Patrick Smith, pastor of an African-American parish in St. Ini- goes, Maryland. Women religious communicators meet for conference Benedictine Sister Kathy Bilskie of Ferdi- nand and Sister Jean Marie Williams, a Daugh- ter of Charity from Evansville, were among more than 100 women religious who met for the third annual conference of the National Communicators Network for Women Reli- gious in Sinsinawa, Wis., Sept. 14-16. Sister Bilskie presented a workshop, "Work- ing Together for the Unified Image and More: Directors of Commumcahon, Vocation and Development." Ordination dates established for Tony Ernst Tony Ernst, who is preparing for the priest- hood for the Diocese of Evansville, will be ordained a deacon at his home parL4h, St. Peter Celestine, on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. He will be ordained a priest at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. Ordination dates were published in a "Sem- inarian News Letter" distributed by the dioce- san office of vocations. i i II 11 I ..... 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