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November 11, 1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana , 00uestion Corner 13 Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist No urn of ashes is present at Catholic funeral Masses Dear Father Dietzen: A few weeks ago you responded to a question concerning the presence of the urn of ashes after cremation at a funeral Mass. You stated that to your "knowledge there is no general rule against it." Perhaps you are not familiar with a response from the Congregation for Divine Worship (Notitiae, January 1977) stating, "If the body of the deceased cannot be brought to the church for the funeral Mass prior to its cremation, the Mass can be celebrated, but without the ashes of the deceas- ed present." We thought it important to bring this to your attention because your column is widely read and because this is a very sensitive issue for people to deal with. Through your column you have been very helpful in providing solid answers for your readers. --Ohio A. I am grateful to this chancery official, and officials from several other dioceses, for calling this to my attention. The response referred to above explains why a funeral Mass should not be celebrated with the urn of ashes present. "It does not seem suitable to celebrate with the ashes present the rite which is intended to honor the body of the dead. -- II J II Special jubilarians "This is not to condemn the practice of crema- tion but rather to respect the integrity of the signs within the liturgical action. In fact, the ashes which are an expression of the corruptibility of the human body are unable to express the inherent character of one 'sleeping' awaiting the resurrec- tion. "The body, not the ashes, receives liturgical honors since it was the temple of the Spirit of God in baptism. It is important to respect the verity of the sign in order that the liturgical catechesis and the clebration itself be authentic and fruitful." To repeat, ashes should not be present at the funeral Mass after cremation. If the body of the deceased cannot be brought to the church for the funeral Mass before cremation, a Mass could be celebrated without :the ashes later. , Q. I was recently in the hospital after surgery for,a broken hip. I have been. and still am, a member of the church since the 1950s. When a priest comes to hear my confession and bring me Holy Communion, why is it a pri.est from the nearest parish? Why not a priest from my own parish? I'm sure there is a reason but what is it? --New York A. In larger communities with several or more parishes, the nearest parish community serves I I I I Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vieke of Vincennes will celebrate their for- tieth wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 26. A reception for friends and relatives will be held at the American Legion Hall in Vincennes. Mr. Vieke and the former Mae Dunham were married Nov. 23, 1948, at St. John Church, Vincennes. They have two aughters, Patsy Guerrettang of Vincennes and Sandi Vieke of An- ock, Tenn, and two granddaughters. Mr. Vieke worked as a salesman for 38 years at J.T. General Store. CARRIAGE INN FAMILY RESTAURANT PARTIES SERVED FAMILY STYLE TUES NITE SPECIAL WED & THURS NITE SPECIALS 10 oz. New York Strip Wed. - Prime Rib Choice of Potato & Salad Choice of Potato & Salad $8.25 $8.95 CALL FOR Turs. - Catfish Fiddlers & Filets RESERVATIONS Choice of Potato 103 Gibson Haubstadt $535 8 6131 and Salad 76 " L Just for you I00S'FUDENT CHECKINC00---- 00rom Peoples Bank Check into Peoples Student Account NO MINIMUM BALANCE NO SERVICE CHARGE FREE READYTELLER CARD For information call 429-2500 /, i dK ._ __ ...... _ Golden jubilarians Mr. and Mrs. Othmar W. Schmitt will celebrate their 50th wed- ding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. The Mass will be followed by a dinner for the family and friends at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper. Mr. Schmitt and the former Mary Frances Sermersheim were married Nov. 15, 1938 at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. They are the parents of seven children, Sue Ann, Charles, Ruth Ann Stallman and Patty Kiefer, all of Jasper, and Paul of Vevay, Ind. John and Laura are deceased. The couple also has 13 grandchildren. Mr. Schmitt is a retired woodworker from the Jasper Corporation. He has been an active member of the St. Joseph Men's Choir for the past 58 years. Please patronize Message advertisers! "Where customers send their friends!"  Open nightly til 9 p.m. Ucbclhor Son OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 hospitals, nursing homes and similar institutions. Otherwise, in a large city, like yours for exam- ple, someone from every parish would need to be in every institution every day or every week. Dividing up the work according to location enables available priests and staff to better serve the pa- tients and residents at all institutions. Even in our own much smaller community we have the same arrangement. The priests, other staff and eucharistic ministers from our parish, for ex- ample, take Communion to the hospital and ex- tended care institutions under our responsibility daily or weekly. We are there regularly for the other sacraments as well. This could not be done if we did not divide, up the work among the parishes of our area. If you are again hospitalized, notify the priest in your parish if you want to see him personally. He will try to be there for you. A free brochure explaining Catholic teaching on cremation and other burial policies is available by sending a stamped, self.addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IlL 61701, Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright (c) 1 g88 by NC News Service III III Vatican Continued from page 5 academic institute. "Deforestation, chemical pollution, uncontrolled ur- banization -- these are going to be major issues in the coming decades, and the church needs people qualified to speak on them," he said. The priest sees a strong tradi- tion of ecology running through church history, beginning with Sts. Benedict and Francis and their spiritual perspective on production and work. Likewise, he thinks the church today should be in the thick of -- the environmental movement to give it a religious orientation. But, he noted, there is some reluctance among church leaders to form alliances with groups that, for example, pro- mote birth control as a solution to environmental problems. Father Przewozny said his hope is that the "Franciscan viewpoint" will rub off on these groups. Some of the larger international organizations, such as the World Wildlife Foundation, have recently held major meetings in Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Francis. An ecological movement is also developing among mis- sionaries. In early November, about 100 mission workers gathered in Rome to discuss ap- proaches to the environmental problems they encounter daily -- ranging from multinational corporations that eschew safety norms tothe lack of firewood in Third World countries. Partly because of urbaniza- tion, the missionaries have seen See VA TICAN paRe 14 :22222"::2:::2:2::. 2:12J2:22:JJ;;!'X:::'-2:':':'I": ....... ","; f American National Bank Bicknell - Sandbom Vincennes Ddve-tn Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank