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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 26,! --- On The Record -- I'm thankful for real friends REACH OUT TO ME I know youql soon be off on your own/And you'll be many miles from your homefrhere's not much more I can do/Except to say how much I miss you By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST (REFRAIN) If you reach out to me/You know I'll be right there/If you reach out to me/You'll have some- one who cares/If you reach out to me/No mat- tar what or from anywhere/Just reach out to me/And I will see you there You've become much more than a friend/This kind of feeling it will never end/You will be in my thoughts night and day/Iql wrap my arms around you and pray (Repeat Refrain) Produced by Larry Weir, Michael Damian, Tom Weir Sung by Michael Damian Copyright (c) 1993 by Scotti Brothers Records Enduring friendship is one of life's most special i gifts. And Thanksgiving is an occa- sion to be grateful for that gift. Such a friendship is well de- scribed in Michael Damian's new release "Reach Out to Me." A reader from Springfield, Mo., recently sent me a copy of the lyrics. I couldn't help but see how appropriate this song would be for reflections about Thanksgiving. The person in the song promises another that no matter what, "if you reach out to me, you know I'll be right there." Even if the other goes "many miles from your home," he will keep this individ- ual close in his thoughts, love and prayers. This kind of friendship support is a gift to treasure. Once received, you are changed by the gift. Your very worth is mirrored and affirmed by such friends. Thanksgiving provides each of us a chance to acknowledge these special sources of love. Who are these people for you? Perhaps a grandparent who always sees the best in you, even when you make a whopper of a mistake. Maybe a friend you met at school who contin- ues to write and call you even though he or she now lives in a different location. Or a teacher in- terested not only in educating you in a specific subject but who cares about all areas of Whoever these people may be, Thanksgiving prompts us to tell them what they mean fear that your efforts will appear phony. gratitude is at the heart of Thanksgiving. tell such people that this holiday reminded the most special individuals in your life. One friend who is always there for us is God, God sees through all of us. All our actions and tudes are known by our Creator. God rejoices i who we are and how we are growing. - God perceives even better than we do are responding to all the goodness placed in our souls. God's friendship can never be lost, even turn away from divine love. This Thanksgiving take time for God. Take time for special friends. Make an extra effort toe press how these gifts help to heal, upliR .... into your life. (Do you have a song suggestion for this umn? If so, send me a copy of the information and your ideas about the comments are always welcome. Please addreSS: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.)  CTNA offerings: Bereavement counseling progams Passages: A Program for Healing and Hope for Teens is the title of a series on be- reavement in the adolescent and young adult, available from the Catholic telecommu- nications Network of America and the diocesan Office of Communications. Topics include, "Understand- ing our Losses," "Expressing your Feelings," and "Your Re- covery and Growth." The presenter is Patrick Del Zoppo, a clinical thanatologist and psychotherapist, national lecturer and coordinator of be- reavement counseling for the Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Program in New York. The three programs are available on videotape through the Media Center, at the Catholic Center, Evansville. Free programs CTNA programs are cur- rently free and unscrambled so that parishes and individuals may be able to get a taste of the programming available. (Programs are free to view, but some material may be pro- tected by copyright.) CTNA's signal is unscram- bled through December, on C- Band at Galaxy 3, Transpon- der 21; and on Ku-band SBS 6, Transponder 13. Singing star wishes her parents had taken her to church as child By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Singing star Mariah Carey wishes her parents had taken her to church when she was a child, but nevertheless says faith is important in her life. Her mother, a Catholic, went to church most of her life. But by the time she was born m 10 years after her parents' previ- ous child -- "they were tired of doing church." But even without a religious upbringing, Ms. Carey said that today she finds faith "very, very important to me .... I've prayed, and still do, every day. I'm thankful for every- thing I have, for the ability to sing and make music." Prayer, she repeated in a re- cent telephone interview from Chicago, "is a major factor in my life." In June, she wed her record company's president, Tommy Mottola, at an Epko- pal church in New York. The firlt thank you on her new alb== Box" roads, I D'O'W.N.T-O.W.N m mmr/.,v00t00, m#nm "Dear Lord: As always, I thank you so much for blessing me with the ability to realize my dreams." Looking back on the absence of religious training, Ms. Carey, who added to her string of platinum albums with "Music Box," said, "I felt kind of badly about that, not being able to go to church and doing a lot of things .... I felt I was missing out on something the other kids had." Ms. Carey is also scheduled to appear on a Thanksgiving night television special on NBC. Her life is yet another ver- sion of the rags-to-riches story. Growing up in a single-parent family in New York  her par- ents divorced when she was age 6 -- she said she consid- ered herself an "ugly duckling  in her teen years. But because of the influence of her mother, an Ireland-born opera singer, Ms. Carey took "easily to music. She started singing in studios at age 13, moved out on her own at 17, and started singing backup to vocalist Brenda K. Starr. It was Ms. Starr who gave a demo tape of Ms. Carey's songs to Mottola. It was not long be- fore a career, and a romance, took off. Still in her early 205, Ms. Carey said her own life can be an example for young people: "The main thing that kept me going was my own dream of being a singer. That's what kept me going." But whatever a young per- son's dream is, she said, =Don't look at it as a dream. Look at it as a reality." J ,, Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President  Phone: 486-3285 424-9274 Native American religion featured in PBS docume Everything Has a Spirit," Nov. 29, PBS Focusing on religion as an essential part cans' cultural identity is "Everything Has a S Monday, Nov. 29, 10:30-11 p.m. EST on PBS. The documentary begins by referring to Supreme Court decisions denying First tions for certain Native American religious ditions. Before going on to examine what the two court volved, the program provides a broad overview American spirituality and how it has survived repression. Effectively using historical photographs, haunting Indian music and interviews with NatiVe leaders, the result gives viewers some sense of a tradition rooted in "a reverence for the land and the sacredness of life." It conveys even more sense of past injustices visited on Native Americans struggle to retain their identity. It is within this context that the program Supreme Court decisions regarding the desecration lands and the use of peyote -- an hallucinogen "" bers of the Native American church. Though the program has little time to go into the lars of either case, it certainly succeeds in raising sciousness about an issue that has implications for gious groups. Produced largely by Native Americans Spirit" offers many insights on past and issues, not least of which concerns safe environment. DON'T WAIT U YOU'VE REACH YOUR LIMIT. 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