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A SUnday of Advent s classmates athe " err and M,t, g r around, Enca Selb- candlo _"" vvargel prepare to li ht two o on the A g kin ..... dvent wreath in their d"'sarten classroom at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. Debbie Mueth and Judy Sandwell supervised the lighting ceremony. mMessage photo by Paul R. Leingang prepares for 2000, spreading the 0000ospel By CINDy WOODEN " "Have a strong love for the The door-to-door campaign of Cathlic.NeWSService people and Lamilies you meet,' explaining who Jesus is and rry (CNS) _ 13,000 priests, and to church, Pope the key to the pope told the "citizen mis- sionaries" who officially received their commissions Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent. "People need love, under- standing and forgiveness," he said during the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Rev. Leo Kiesel, Pastor of St. Mary Church, Shoals; continue as Pastor of St. John Church, Loogootee, effec- tive Nov. 24. Rev. Thomas Kessler, Pastor of St. Martin Church, Whitfield; continue as Pastor of St. Joseph Church, Bramble, effective Nov. 24. Is Dee. 8 a holy day of obligation? of the Immaculate Conception remains a holy for U.S. Catholics, even though Dec. 8 falls year, unless a dispensation has been given to attend Mass on Dec. 8 differs from the of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1. Because that on a Saturday, there was no obligation to attend Year. U.S. bishops voted to lift the obligation of U.S. Catholics on three specific holy days Lhose feasts occur on a Saturday or a Mother of God, jan. 1. Assumption, Aug. 15. Saints, Nov. 1. lispensation for the three feasts, the Immaculate Conception, the feast, in the list. inviting people to Mass at their local parish is the second stage of the Diocese of Rome's prepa- ration for the year 2000. Earlier, volunteers delivered copies of the Gospel of Mark to homes throughout the city. The Nov. 30 Mass was cele- brated at the midpoint of the Synod of Bishops for America, which included calls for similar evangelization efforts in the Caribbean, North, South and Central America. The pope told the missionaries to approach their task like St. Paul did, telling people they come with personal weaknesses and fear to announce salvation in Jesus Christ. "This simplicity in proclama- tion, accompanied by love for the persons you encounter, is the true strength of your missionary service," he said. When people are exposed to so many "persuasive and cap- tivating human messages" like they are today, he said, "the Gospel, with just a superficial glance, perhaps can appear weak and poor." However, he said, "in reality it is the most powerful and effec- tive word that one can pro- nounce because it penetrates hearts and, thanks to the myste- rious action of the Holy Spirit, it opens the way to conversion and an encounter with God." Pope John Paul told the youth and young adult missionaries that their outreach to their peers was an absolutely essential part of the missionary project. The pope told Roman priests that they, too, have a special role in the missionary outreach. Pope wants unity for Catholics and Orthodox By LYNNE WElL Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) After some setbacks in Catholic- Orthodox dialogue this year, Pope John Paul II took the occa- sion of an important Orthodox observance to call for further efforts at achieving unity between the two churches.- The pope's remarks were in a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople taken to Istan- bul, Turkey, by hand by Cardi- nal Edward I. Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Pro- moting Christian Unity. Patri- arch Bartholomew is the spiritu- al leader of all Orthodox. It was delivered at Nov. 29 cel- ebrations of the Nov. 30 Feast of St: Andrew, the patriarchate's patron. The celebrations were held a day in advance because curfews enacted for a Turkish "The communion of the two brothers in receiving the word of God provides an example and a model for the churches that are placed in their patronage," the pope said. "The celebration of that which is at the origin of our churches allows a renewed examination of the already exist- ing unity and the unity which must be completely realized." In the interest of advancing Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, for the last 20 years the pope and the patriarch have been sending suc- cessive messages on the feast days of St. Andrew and Sts. Peter and Paul. The Orthodox mes- sage historically has been deliv- ered by a delegation that attends a papal Mass in St. Peter's Basil- ica on the June 29 feast day. Patriarch Bartholomew attend- ed the Mass in 1995 and stayed for several days of talks at the Vatican, where he was treated as national census would have pre- a guest of honor. vented people from attending This year, the Holy Synod of commemorations on the fet day. Constantinople announced it Pope John Paul also mentioned would not sent a delegation to "our brothers in the church of Rome, Constantinople" during his Nov. 30"Sunday blessing, in which he Vatican ithat , asked that the Holy Spirit "has- the synod had taken offense to ten the unity of all Christians" so plans for a late June one-on-one that they would be "if not all uni- meeting between Russian Ortho- fled, at least much closer to over- dox Patriarch Alexei II and Pope coming the divisions of the sec- John Paul. No pope has ever met ond millennium." the head of the Russian Orthodox In his message to Patriarch Church, and preliminary plans to Bartholomew, the pope recalled bring Patriarch Alexei and Pope Gospel accounts of Sts. Andrew John Paul together during recent and Peter spreading Jesus' mes- years have been made repeatedly sage. and then canceled. Tony Ernst ordained a deacon Tony Ernst, the son of Dave and Linda Ernst, was ordained a deacon Sunday, Nov. 30. The ordination ceremony was held at St. Peter Celestine Church in Celestine, where the Ernst fam- ily members are parishioners. The new deacon is a fourth-year theology student at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago at Mundelein, Ill. He is prepar- ing for the priesthood in the Diocese of Evansville. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger presided at the ordination. He was joined by diocesan priests, other priests and friends of the new deacon. Ernst will be ordained a priest on May 9 at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph TONY ERNST Church, Jasper. 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