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L. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 3, 1989 II I Perpetual adoration program continues in Jasper By MICHELLE GIRTEN Message Staff Writer Catholics are distinctive among Christians in their doc- trinal belief that Christ is truly, not symbolically, present in the Eucharist -- transubstantiation versus representation, accord- ing to traditional Catholic teaching. This belief lays a uni- que concern upon those of the Catholic faith: proper respect and adoration fo the divine presence of Christ which is con- stant in the tabernacle. The parishioners of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, and of the other three area churches, have responded with a program of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Since April 1, 1987, the Adoration Commit- tee of St. Joseph has achieved daily 13-hour adoration vigils which include participation from members of all three parishes in Jasper -- Holy Fami- ly, Precious Blood St. Joseph, and St. Mary in Ireland. Each day from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m. at least four persons spend an hour in the church before the Blessed Sacrament. Msgr. William Lautner, spiritual advisor for the perpetual adoration program, commented, "We open the church at 7 (a.m.) and people are there then." He mentioned that requiring several people to be in the church ensures the security of the people and the church. The method used by the Adoration Committee to achieve constant coverage of the given hours :is ,division of responsibility among "hour captains." There is a captain for each hour of the day who is responsible for having his or her assigned hour covered. To explain their dedication to continuing devotion Adoration Committee members cite many references to Eucharistic adora- tion in various papal statements, Vatican II documents and canon law. For example, in 1980 Pope John Paul II, in his apostolic let- ter Dominicae Cenae (On the Mystery and The Worship of the Eucharist), encouraged "adoration in all dioceses and, last but not least, silent prayer before the tabernacle." It also stated: "Adoration of Christ in this sacrament of love must also find expression in various forms of Eucharistic devotion: personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, hours of adoration, periods of exposition -- short, prolonged and annual (Forty Hours) . . ." Msgr. Lautner added several reasons for spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, " . . .in response to the Lord's request in the Garden, and a few years ago, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen promoted this form of devotion." "Our goal," he continued, "is to promote devotion to the Eucharist as the centerpiece of Christian Catholic life." The Adoration Committee also sponsors other devotions at St. Joseph. The Blessed Sacra- ment is exposed on the altar each Thursday evening before the First Friday of the month. Adoration continues through the night until 8 a.m. Mass Friday. Also a 40 Hours Devotion was held last year for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Exposition began after 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 5, 1989, and con- tinued for the next two days. In this case, said hour captain Lucy Bies, "you get a speaker, usually it is not someone from your parish." Father Ray Kunkel, S.V.D., Jasper native and former missionary, spoke several times during the 40 Hours period. The current program is not the first to be organized at St. Joseph Church. In 1958 the parish started around the clock adoration. This lasted for ten years. Dr. John Bies, chairman of the Eucharistic Adoration steer- ing committee, said he would be glad to share his experience with organizing an adoration program if people from other' Parishes are interested in ac- complishing a similar program. He suggests that a few dedicated people can "start the ball rolling." For a more detail- ed outline of St. Joseph's organizational format or for in- formation about a video that is available write: Eucharistic Adoration, P.O. Box 626, Jasper, Ind., 47546. CEF Board elects new members, officers By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Members of the board of the Catholic Education Foundation met at the Catholic Center, Evansville, Oct. 26 to hear a report on grants awarded, to elect board members for three year terms and to elect officers for the coming year. For the 1989-90 school year, $63,937.48 will be awarded in grants-in-aid to 51 students at Mater Dei High School and 49 students at Reitz Memorial High School. Elected for another term of three years on the board were Fred Brubaker, 'Beulah Evans, William A. Foster, Robert Hargrave, Gregory Kempf, Harold Kempf and Robert L. Koch II. Elected for one year terms in office were Charles Reising, president; Fred Brubaker, vice- president; Cathy Drake, secretary; Fred Creech Jr., treasurer; and Beulah Evans, assistant secretary/treasurer. Tle Catholic Education Foundation, since its establish- ment in 1970, has provided more than $1 million in assistance to students at Mater Dei and Reitz Memorial High Schools, and Marian Day School, all in Evansville. Information about applying for grants is available at parish schools and at the high schools, according to Evans. Represen- tatives of the Catholic Educa- tion Foundation also plan to be available at high school open houses scheduled at Mater Dei Dec. 4 and at Memorial Dec. 6. Fred Brubaker, standing, discusses grants-in-aid with Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Charles Reis- ing and Fred Creech Jr., following a report on assistance being provided for the 1989-90 school year by the Catholic Education Foundation. The annual meeting was held at the Catholic Center, Evansville, Oct. 26. It was the first meeting for Bishop Gettelfmger. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang Adoration of the Holy Eucharist continues at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. every day. - Message Photo by Michelle Girten Come join us for a wonderful meal in the relaxed atmosphere of our "rustic bank baru" (ga.thof restaurant in the beautiful southern Indiana Amish countryside. Open year round Daily except Sunday EVERY TUESDAY IS SENIOR CITIZENS DAY 20% OFF 11 A.M. TILL CLOSING Montgomery, IN 47558 Restaurant Reservations (812) 486-3977 Gift Shop (812) 486-3684