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I :/ I I /| L November 27, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 5 I II Changes in holy day requirements are announced by U.S. Bishops Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville and throughout the United States will not be obligated to attend Mass on Nov 1 1993 the solemnity of All Saints. It is a "holy day of obligation," bt since it falls on a Monday, the "obligation'" has been removed. All Saints Day in 1993 is the first holy clay to e affected bv a n.w policy, which was adopted Y the U.S. b'shops with tbe approval of the Holy See. Following is the decree which spells out the days to be obse,ed and the new conditions for t[hlnree,of the six holy days of observation in the ited States. National Conference of Catholic Bishops United States of America Decree of Promulgation On December 1% 19ql the menfl}ers of the National Confert:nce of C;,timlic Bishops of the United States of'America made the'following gen- rtal decree concerning holy days of obligation for atin Rite Catholics: I In addition to Sunday, the days to be ob- served as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America. in con- fornzity qth canon 1246, are as ]bllows: Janua W 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; Thursday of tim Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension: August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: November 1, the solemnity of All Saints: December 8, the solemnity of the hnmacu- late Conception; December 25, the solemnih' of the Nativity of Our Lard ]esus Christ. Whenever Jan uarv I. the solemniO of Marv, Alothez" of God, or August 15. the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated. This decree of the Conference of Bishops was approved and confirmed by the Apostolic See by a decree of the Congregation for Bishops (Prot.'N. 296/84), signed by. Bernardin Cardinal Gantin. pre, fect of the Congregation and dated Jtzly 4, 1992. As President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, I hereby declare that the ef- tLt:tive date, of this decree for all the Latin rite diocese of the United States of America will tw, January 1, 1993. the solenmitv of Mary, Mother of God. Given at the offices of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops in Washington. D.C.. November 17, 19{t"2. (signed) + Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop of Cincinnati President of the National Conference. of Catholic Bishops Robert N. Lynch General Secretary I I Advent: Waiting for the coming of the Kingdom By FATttER WILLIAM DEERING Diocesan Director of Worship o'Thy kingdom come." How aen we say this whencwer ,,we pray the Lo;d's Prate;s Thy kingdom corot this "coming" that we cele- brate, pray about and reflect on during Advent. The coming of the kingdom is not the tinsel of the too sOOtl decorated tree; the com- ing of the kingdom is not the blinking lights; nor is it gaily "A family name you can trust" Miller & Miller FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL G (FREE ESTIMATES) RANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S. GOVERNOR AT CANAL Carpet Cleaning SERVICE MASTER For Free Estimates Evansville Wet Heat & Piping Co. Inc. New & Used Boilers, Furnaces Repair & Replacement , 424.e BOO E, Oregon i Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM Q6 w. FPNKUN STREET PHONE (812) 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Wore the Mm dells m mede TrlKle up r down Bamk Fimmng 2001 W. Delaware 423-7?59 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 yNrl Iml snd service in the Trl.ste 670 E. Franklin 424-3 wrapped presents and early Christmas parties. After all Advent is not Christmas. Advent is cele, brated with the singing of Advent songs, with Advent wreaths, with prayer, with violet vestments softened with tinges of blue making them look indigo in color. All of this is to give a sense of joyful anticipation, of waiting for the coming of the kingdom which is a king- dom that holds out for true justice and peace for which all people long. Perhaps this is what Mary was singing about while she waited for the, coming of the kingdom: "'t-te has regarded the lowliness of his hand- maid. And she continued, "He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has put down the mighty fi'om their thrones and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hun- gry :ith good things, and the I I rich he has sent away empty, (Luke 1:48.51-531 When we pray, "Thy king- dora come," we acknowledge the biblical axiom that the l,ord hear,,, the or\\;- o the poor. During Advm{t we an- ticipate all of God's people have that chance for libera- tion and life, for fullness and happiness. This is what Mar}, saw: this is what we antici- pate as we wait with her for the "coming." LET US PRAY PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville III God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that we might know and kwe ; u, that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Nm, so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, that others too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. Increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord? AMEN I II I I [ I IdU I I