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M E S SAGE i u The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 14 November 26, 1993 75y St. VIncent's Day c-m WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY ops approve peace, statements, agree revise liturgy process :ON (CNS) ps approved ents on the family, SOcial ministry and revisions liturgical updat- during their Nov. neral meeting in thanked the ha- permanent dea- service to the Passed new rules the Vati- it easier to who have sexu- ar fall meeting of }s Was almost over- its first day by s made meeting against Seph L. Bernardin One of the U.S. Who was ac- abusing a the 1970s, re- ing OVation from after Arch- Keeler of Cad of the Na- e of Catholic cardinal's Career of service Provides a firm ffidence in of the al- against him in press con- Same morn- re- a of ever nyoae. only a formal day meet- addition to approving the new rules on dismissing abusive priests, the bishops also heard a progress report from Bishop John F. Kinney of Bismarck, N.D., chairman of a special panel looking into the church's re- sponse to allegations of sex abuse by priests. Bishop Kinney said his com- mittee won't be able to provide "fast, easy answers." He also reported that his committee met with five survivors of clergy sex abuse two days be- fore the general meeting. Launching one of their most massive liturgical updating projects in recent years, the bishops decided to defer a vote on the first part of a new Sacramentary -- the prayers at Mass -- until next year. Against a backdrop of a new campaign challenging the whole basis of English liturgy translations made since the Second Vatican Council, they decided that their Committee on Doctrine should have a say in the shape of English trans- lations for the Mass. The document on families, approved by the bishops after a two-year consultation process, urges married couples to reject "an unhealthy competitive spirit" in their relationship and parents to put their children's needs first. It is designed as a Catholic contribution to the United Nations' 1994 Interna- tional Year of the Family. The bishops' new peace statement was prepared to mark the 10th anniversary of the bishops' landmark peace pastoral, "The Challenge of Peace." It says that to work for I II III [I I I I II I I real peace, the United States needs to avoid the temptation of isolationism and make sub- stantive new commitments to international justice, Third World development, human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution. In approving their statement on the permanent diaconate, several bishops rose to praise the work of deacons. The state- ment marks the 25th anniver- sary of the restoration of the Brutd Society Initiation Candidates for initiation into the Brut Society: prepare to enter St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh. The new members of the diocesan so- ciety were .initiated :Nov; 2L From:.paae '  " throughout the diocese, 62 couples and dividd; ....... als were named to the was established in 1990.as an offii acti 0! the diocese, forparishe8 to iparishivr : as outstanding models of Christian stowardship: -- Message photo by Paul R, Leingang I I I II II II IIIIIIIII IIIII II IIIII IIII I I permanent diaconate in the United States. Several bishops also lauded the new pastoral reflection on the social mission of the parish approved by the bishops. The reflection includes examples of 10 U.S. parishes actively en- gaged in social ministry and says the church's social min- istry takes on new urgency at a time of declining respect for human life and human dignity in society. Abortion also was addressed in two different forums. The bishops approved a proposal to draft a special message on abortion and other pro-life is- sues to coincide with a papal encyclical on the subject ex- pected next year. And they viewed a professionally acted video dramatization called "The Right Choice" aimed at showing teen-agers options for handling an unexpected preg- See BIStlOPS Page 5 sampling finds variety of Advent preparations ec[itor own advent wreaths  with kids," Weber said. Rodenberg, Religious education classes the coming of Christ. logs cut by the pastor and greenery provided by a parish family, according to Jalane Weber, DRE. Father Raymond Brenner, who enjoys wood cutting activi- ties, has prepared slices of Iqp and drilled candle holes in them, to be used at the Resur- rection Advent Fair on Nov. 28, the First Sunday of Advent. Tree farm greenery is being provided by parishioners Ron and Kathy Hollander. The gathering at Resurrec- tion Church is for all ages, not just young children, Weber em- phasized. Twelve tables will be set up, each with a Christ-cen- tered activity. At one table, sculptor Dave Rodenberg will work with "adults and older a parishioner, teaches art at at St. John Church in Vin- North Posey High School. cennes will be participating in Lynn Carte, DRE at St. John a wide variety of activities dur- the Baptist Church in Vin- ing the coming weeks. A cennes, said bulletin . A Jesse Tree will be one inserts will be used , !!   of the activities de- on each Sunday of  ]:i I ' scribed by Carte, Advent, to encourage li ,' Ii  who noted that the families to have ap- ill Ill emphasis of00l ac.v- propriate activities, l |] Ii ] ities will be on the The parish Advent ] II I i i Season of Advent, Wreath will be { 1]] I1 , [1 not on Christmas. blessed at St. John Ill }tl I]I 4 [} =We don't know what on the First Su_n_day ,it |1 II 1 !,,Advent is," she ill noted, so the Ad- ot Aaven, anu I l J parishioners ._ ,.]t i lk:.. vent. efforts [iltl- w,II focus cour00geo ., to bless .-.: "_ K[# son as a t he i r ,C_ 'Y P time of wreaths. " .f,--; Ti "  tion for Church in "The Fam- !King, it ishes have practice of day, or Advent, ter and their 21, the ing. St. others the First The diocesan offices of Reli- gious Education and Youth Ministry have distributed 5,000 copies of a booklet, =Whose Birthday Is It, Any- way?  That is 1,500 more copies distributed this year than last year, according to James Corr, diocesan director of Religious Education. The booklet encourages peo- ple to make a commitment to resist the consumer Christmas celebration  and to "review the commitment throughout the weeks of Advent" " The booklet offers reflections and suggests ceremonies for each week of Advent, as well as Christmas Eve; Christmas Day, the Week following Christmas, and Epiphany. Church, will rake their