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__October 21, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 -- Commentary-- One of the most distinguishing fea- tures of St. Simon's Church in Wash- ington is the window above the altar. This window was redesigned when the last renovation was completed in the early eighties. During the recent diocesan Synod, a banner was made to represent St. Simon Church. The banner was a reproduction of this distinctive window. The window is a mosaic with a cross in the con- ter. The cross is not only symbolic but serves to Support the interior of the mosaic window. The tiles that make up the window are different shades of blue, green and white with black borders around each piece. Upon frst glance, the design appears to be a styl- ized starburst which is reinforced by the curved top of the window. Upon further study, however, different pictures emerge from the window. Suddenly the sun- burst at the top of the window becomes the Host. Then the observer's eye falls below the Host and a chalice can be seen with the host suspended just above it. Around the Host is an area of lighter-colored glass which makes it appear as a halo. Upon further examination, the Host and chalice suddenly become a monstrance with the Host in the center and rays ema- nating from the sides. pr The central cross is also symbolic. As in most ucestant churches, the cross has no corpus on it. This cross reminds the observer of the joy of the eSUrrection on Easter Sunday. There can be nOhe a:tr withoht Good Friday, and a reminder of t rrection at the front of the church serves to re- ind us that Jesus is God Having depictions of uob_ the c " " fix a* - .rucffie,t Christ, symbolized by the cruci- me side of the altar, and the Resurrection cross COmpletes the story for Christians. The followin Submit ..... g article was ,ca Oy Mar G Mu o.  Y race Mc- lL,,, ava ' nsvdle. St. Mary s Medical Center Will be among many mshtu We are one Looking at the window in a dif- ferent way makes it resemble the shape of a keyhole. With the cross superimposed on top, it symbol- izes the idea that the way of the cross is the key to the kingdom. Most interesting of all is the idea of a mosaic to represent the interaction of all the parishioners to create a beautiful picture. This idea is present in the words above the entrance to the church: "We though many are one body for we share the one bread." Within the window are differ- ent colors and sizes of chips that only make up the whole picture when they are assembled in a certain way. Likewise, all the members of the body of Christ have particular talents and God wants us to do our part using these particular gifts he gave us to sup- port each other. Just as no other chip in the mosaic can replace another precisely, so no one else can do our particular job for the body of Christ. If an indi- vidual talent is not being used, it would be as though there were a chip missing from the window. The pic- ture although maybe 99 percent complete would not appear as a whole. To the observer, the eye would go directly to the missing place, disregarding the many pieces that are correctly positioned. This same effect, although maybe not as pronounced, would happen if one of the chips was out of place. A dark blue chip in the middle of an otherwise white sunburst would obviously be out of place. So it is also true that God has a particular place where we fit into his overall mosaic for creation, and when we find this place we are at ease and have the feeling that we really belong. An important part of this plan is surrendering our will to His will so he can put us where we belong in the picture. Our Maker is the only one who can see the entire creation mosaic, so only he can accurately 'Celebration of Spirituality' is '94 pastoral care theme DELICIOUS NOMIMADI DONUTS individuals come to recognize w that there is a spiritual di- mension to each person. The Daughters of Charity have al- ways recognized this dimen- sion and promoted a philoso- phy which seeks to minister to the whole person -- physical, mental, emotional, and spiri- tual. National Pastoral Care Week will be a celebration of that spiritual dimension. Ap- propriately enough, the theme of this year's observance is "Celebration of Spirituality." The week-long October ob- servance will enable pastoral caregivers to share with those in their work place and com- munity the celebrative nature of their ministry in working with others. The logo, two dancing figures against a star- lit sky, highlights the idea that one's spiritual journey is marked by companionship and celebration. 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The Pastoral Care depart- ment of St. Mary's Medical Center asks those in the Evansville diocese to set aside some time during the week of October 24 -- 30 to pray for them as well as for all employ- ees, clergy, and volunteers who minister to the spiritual needs of patients and their families. I iiii j D'O'W'N-TO'WN 301 M'AIN ST, VINCENNES. IN 47591 I I I I M'&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 i I FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ii li i[1 i n i i i iiii ii ,=IIB Vncennes BkriI _ Sartx)m ,)nroe Cib/ Pnnc Pa)ka Member FD,I.C. ii ii i I '0000ORA00OE AaENOY JA.00S. 464-5993 Ma,er Dei C ass of '69 WE'RE YOUR #1 CHOICE FOR LOW COST AUTO INSURANCE IndePendent Agent Many COmpanies to choose from 81 Years of experience place us in the design. As a single dark blue chip surrounded by white chips, all we know is that we don't seem to fit in this place. Maybe also our shape is different from the hole we are trying to fill. Rather than try to change our neighboring white chips to dark blue, or try to change our shape to fit, maybe it is better to ask God to put us where we will help to complete His picture. Another thing about a mosaic is that there are no unimportant parts. In our mosaic at St. Simon's, the tiles in the right lower corner are a very dark blue in color. Someone might identify with this color and location because they feel unimportant in the overall picture, but these tiles are equally as important as any other. They pro- vide contrast, balance and completeness to the whole which would be impossible without them. All the tiles make a picture but they also hold each other up. Each is connected to the others on many sides and if too many are removed from around a single tile the whole window would col- lapse. So, like th mosaic, each one of us provides support, enlightenment and talent to the others in our church. All of the tiles are supported by the cross which extends through the whole window holding the en- tire mosaic. In the opening. This then is the cross of Christ, which ultimately holds us all up. This is the cross which reminds us that we must rely on the One who knows us, died for us and has a place for us in His mosaic. The window is a great symbol of all that we are as church at St. Simon's. It serves as a sign that each of us has an individual place and responsibility as a fol- lower of Christ. It is a visible reminder of who we are, what we believe and that we are one. tions celebrating National Pas- toral Care Week, Oct. 24  30. The concept was borne out of what chaplains, pastoral coun-