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November 14, 1997 13 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana JIM and ANN CAVERA ' Tad00an00y0000a-ve been : u wim a teenager who fre ue to date on ,,.k .... q ntly brings us up ,Lat is nappenin in the real w rl !recentl,, st-- - - g o d. She arect her theor with relat" nh: .... Y us about the direct iO.,o u D P etween the hei ht of a erson's n and their a,,e ct-_. g p pa ts o oe IS convinced that Son, the t-" - - the older the per- ... mgner the pants What she the loca, .... ' s referring to is thing NoUUn ot the waistband. She maybe on to some- matter where we go, we see young people wc ring pants with so much tht "re hol.= .... sag, we re not sure how .... .'amg tiaem up. In fact, the recent trend ems to dictate the saggier the better. That's the Cool pants "cool" look, or so we've been told. From our observa- tions we have concluded that saggy pants are indeed cool as there is a lot of space left for air to circulate? There must have been a shortage of material back in the 50s as our pants had a snug fit and the legs rode up to reveal most of our white socks. That's how we knew we looked cool. Not long ago a college student drove by in a red sportcar convertible. He had the self-confident look of a young man in a cool car. We obliged him by turn- ing our heads to admire the view, but then a strange thing happened. Our thoughts turned to wondering how he could afford the payments and who was foot- ing the bill for the insurance. Lately, we often find ourselves doing this kind of thing. When we see a luxury vehicle or estate, we speculate a little about payments, taxes, insurance and the cost of upkeep. Time has changed our priorities. We're no longer worried as much about looking cool as we are about feeling cool inside. For example, it feels cool to us not to have to pay more for things than we can afford. When we bought our last car, our number one concern was how it felt. Did it ride well, and did it have a well-padded front seat? We chose carefully then drove our new "previously owned" vehicle into the driveway. Our teenager's first reaction was that we had bought an "old people's" car. Come to think of it, we don't believe that we have ever seen a teenager driving a white four door sedan with vinyl trim. Second halfers have a different focus, not just about clothes and cars, but about life. With us, looks count for little. Cool is being comfortable not only with what we have, but with who we are. As Second Halfers, we're able to see past the surface as we move ever closer to inner harmony in mind, body and soul. For us, that's not only real  that's cool. By Jim and Ann Cavera Jim and Ann Cavera write from Evansville. Com- ments about their regular column may be sent to them, in care of the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. S00!sh, highlight of dedication at Good Shepherd By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer mb leake, lef -- . tdld-_ "" nervea as chairman of erd r,=. "g COmmittee at Good She -utlrch P" 13enedi,L. , EVansville. He is with une Sis attrer _. . ter Mary Celestin renlne(fnncnp al, and Father Ted "- "pastor. On Nov. 2, when parishioners at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, gathered for the dedication of their new $2.2 million addition, they weren't expecting such a dramatic ending to their celebration. Following the blessing of the new building, Tom Peake, chairman of the building committee, handed Father Ted Tempel, pastor, a basket- ball. Standing at nearly half court, Father Temple took aim and fired. ""When he made the basket, every- body screamed and howled, said Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Mau- rer, principal. The addition contains six classi'ooms, a multi-media library, restrooms, stor- age room and a 15,988 square foot multi-purpose building which includes a conference room, concession stand, dressing rooms, storage and an office. ::i !iq:ii/ i li00i ! i I i II/.:, 1 i!' Father Ted Tempel, pastor at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, makes the first basket in the parish's newly-dedicated multi-purpose room. ' I ,n page 1 aPl with papal a tl s specifica" meaning the of the full weight h by an 0f, ntal COmmission tw 0 and with the the the Clergy as I1 0h so chapter ling per- , in build- % t the r',,, of all the baptized, the third and largest part of the document is devoted to "Practical Provisions." Bishop Hoffman described those provisions, spelled out in 13 articles, as basically reaffir- mations of existing canon law regarding what ministries lay people may perform and under what conditions, and what is reserved to the ordained minister. In fact one of the accompany- ing explanatory documents  a French-language summation of devot- the presentations Nov. 7 to bish- principles gov-., ops from various countries who met in Rome to receive the instruction  opens with the comment that ':this document '-- contains nothing new" that is etler not already in the documents of l   the Second Vatican Council and Ev,-,... to the 1983 Code of Canon Law. vnlle, Indiana Among specific areas dealt "41. 7750 with in the instruction are   church norms governing rain- istry of the word, preaching, Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest, ministry to the sick, assisting at marriages and the use of lay ministers to administer Communion. The norms recognize that, even apart from cases of neces- sity, a lay minister may be dep- utized to administer baptism "should taere be no ordinary minister or in cases where he is impeded." But they go on to say that the ordained minister's absence or impediment "cannot be defined in terms of the ordinary minis- ter's excessive workload, or his nonresidence in the territory of the parish, nor his nonavailabil- ity on the day on which the par- ents wish the baptism to take place." Reasons such as those are not enough, the norms say. An article on the parish priest lay ministers in pastoral min- istry, also emphasizes the "extraordinary" character of such collaboration and stresses that competencies of "direct- ing, coordinating, moderating or governing the parish" belong to the priest alone. An article on structures of col- laboration in the "particular church"  meaning a diocese or its equivalent  stresses that membership in the diocesan priests' council "is reserved to priests alone." It warns that diocesan or parish pastoral councils and parish financial councils "enjoy a consultative vote only and cannot in any way become deliberative structures" capable of making binding decisions. If a parish council meets with- out the parish priest presiding or against his wishes, any actions it and the parish, while affirming takes are "invalid, and hence the effectjvsollaboration of:y t3u!l and vi,:j,t ys., ..... In a two-page conclusion, the instruction calls fin the careful protection and promotion of "the particular gift of each of the church's members.., without confusing roles, functions or the- ological and canonical status." It says that where there is a priest shortage, R-must be viewed as a tran S|tuation to be dealt wth [range by giving priority to priestly voca- tions. Interim solutiorts provid- ed for under church law must not "fall into the ambiguity of considering as ordinary and normal, solutions t were meant for extraordinary situa- tions," it says. "The object of this docu- ment," it adds, "is to outline specific directives to ensure the effective collaboration of the nonordained faithful in such cir- cumstances while safeguarding the in' of the pastoral min- istry of priests/"