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The Message Monthly m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Decem The world around us -- COMMENTARY by DEACON JIM CAVERA As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. These familiar words are re- peated at every Mass as part of the conclusion to the Lord's Prayer. I have often thought of them as an Advent prayer, one that is said year around rather than just for a few weeks prior to Christmas. It seems to me that we are a church in waiting, in expecta- tion of things to come. Over the years I have had a lot of prac- tice waiting. I've waited in all sorts of places, sometimes sur- rounded by thousands of peo- ple in a busy airport and some- times all alone in my car in a deserted parking lot at two in the morning (parents of kids on the speech team will under- stand this reference)! My waiting experiences have led me to conclude that there are two different types of wait- ing, namely active and passive. Passive waiting is just "killing time, and I usually find it ac- companied by feelings of bore- dom. On the other hand, active waiting is accompanidd by nu- merous activities, such as ob- serving, involving, preparing, searching, interacting, reason- ing, figuring, checking:i..well, you get the idea. The readings during this season of Advent speak of ac- tive waiting. When last Sunday's Gospel was read I could almost hear my eighth grade teacher telling me to "pay attention!" Part of the human condition is a tendency to lapse into a non- productive stupor, to "veg out" as the kids say! It is difficult to be focused all the time -- to be alert and on top of things. I have often felt that the mes- sage of the Gospel is a disturb- ing one because it "disturbs" our ways of thinking and be- having. The Advent readings call us o attention -- to get back to the basics -- to the work of preparing for the Com- ing as was so eloquently out- lined in the Gospel of the last Sunday of the year (the feeding of the hungry, the clothing of the naked, the visiting of the sick and imprisoned). This Advent call to attention comes at a time when the Indi- ana Catholic Conference is meeting to sort out the issues that face our state legislators in January. We could use your help in getting our government to respond to the Gospel val- ues. In joining the ICC Network you will be kept informed of significant events in our state and federal legislatures and you will be asked to express your views to your representa- tives from time to time. For me this is a good response to the Advent call for active waiting. For more information con- tact the Office of the Chancellor (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637.1731. , 1 ' 1 ! I ! I C.R. Matthews of Montgomery is the winner of the I I ! Catholic Quiz. Matthews may choose overnight lodging for ! I I two or an afternoon pool party for eight at the Radisson Inn, I I Evansville. I I I I Matthews correctly answered last month's questions. I I 1. Some issues that came up during the synodal planning ! I process, but which were not presented to the delegates, will be I I I given to the Synod Implementation Team or the Diocesan I I Pastoral Council for further study, reflection and action. I ! 2. The campaign conducted by parishes each year to help I I pay for the work of the diocese has a new name: The Catholic I I Parishes Campaign of Southwestern Indiana. I I I If you know the answers to the following questions, you I may win dinner for two at the Radisson Inn, Evansville. The I I winning entry will be drawn from correct entries submitted by I I Dec. 20 to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724- I I 0169. - ...... I I I i I 1. According to the goals of "Living the Faith," who has I the primary responsibility for the faith formation of children? I I I I I I I I I I I i 2. Where will the diocesan Youth Day 1994 be held? ! I I I I I I LIBIIi I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I Your Name Address City/State/Zip Telephone How yOU can make a Following are suggestions from various sources of how you "can make a family, parish, community and world. 1. Find out more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Donate your time 2. Take time to obsere the Sundays and the weekdays of Advent with the people you live 3. Support Family Hospice at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. 482-0234 or (800) 852-7279. Find out about hospice ministry serving your community. 4. One of every five persons in the developing world -- a total of 786 million chronically malnourished, according to statistics provided by Bread for the World Worldwide, 1.3 billion people live in absolute poverty, too poor to afford an Find out what you can do from Bread for the World, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite Spring, MD 20901. Phone (301) 608-2400. 4. Contribute to the Retirement Fund for Religious, Dec. 11 -- 12, at any parish in of Evansville. 6. Buy a copy of Evansville author Gavin Whitsett's book, Guerrilla Kindness: A Good Works, Kind Acts and Thoughtful Deeds (Impact Publishers, San Luis t " nia 93406). Learn how to "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beau Y, St. Vincent de Paul makes a d Among the people who "make  difference" in Martin County are the members, vol- unteers and donors of the St. John Conference of the St. Vin- cent de Paul Society in Loo- gootee. Members of the society and others connected with it oper- ate a thrift store in Loogootee, buy food for distribution to about 125 families each month, help with a toy drive for chil- dren at Christmas time, and visit families who need help with utilities or other emer- gency needs. They operate a clothing program for needy families at schools in Loo- gootee and Shoals. The St. Vin- cent de Paul Society is also the distribution agency for surplus commodities for Martin County, four times a year. There are two paid employ- ees and about 10 volunteers at the store, at 111 Mill street in Loogootee. Manager Frank Matthews said a group of men and women come in each Mon- day to sort clothes and other contributed items. Usable ap- pliances are repaired, if possi- ble. Volunteers also help out through the week at the store, which is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Satur- days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There were 17 active mem- bers in the conference last year, according to Father Leo Kiesel, pastor of St. John Church. According to an an- nual report, there were 233 home visits made last year, with $15,967 distributed as emergency aid. Federal emergency funds from FEMA are also distrib- uted through the society. Other parish organizations and scouts also work together with the society to help the needy in the area. "Everybody in Martin County" who needs help knows about the St. Vincent de Paul Society, according to Jerome Matthews, a charter member of the conference who has con- tinued his active participation since the beginning in March 1952. Two other charter mem- bers are also still Martin Ward an "Tommy" Kidwell. A relatively new the society is the tion of a Trust Bill Mc fore his death. ing efforts )rovide emergency from the trust fund mated $40,000 a help people over a riod of time ther Kiesel. long term help a single parent costs of educatior*, family get a new disaster, he said. William FeaganS rent president of t ence. All the members of St. but there is no who can help, the work of the Paul Society in surrounding Remember your favorite tea "Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands" is the first which Message editor Paul R. Leingang vividly remembers. "I memorized all of Longfellow's poem, The Village Blacksmith, for my teacher," he said. It was the first success I ever had in school, and I will always be Sister Mary Richard." Is there such a person in your life? Do you have a story to tell or a comment to make about a Catholicschool made a difference in your life? If you have a favorite memory, write it down and Message. Your thoughts and the thoughts of other Message readers will provide an ate beginning to our coverage of Catholic Schools Week. Teacher's name: Year: School: City: Thank you for. Your name: Your city: Send your comments to Mary Ann Hughes, the Message, P.O. Box 4169, 47724-0169. The deadline is Jan. 20 /: il