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5, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of southwestern Indiana 1 3 : i JIM and ANN CAVERA __ mighty slippery between Thanks- We're not talking about snow t- highway. We're talking about the o Vhysical Destructi pave ,,,,. _ ,. on. This hme of year , d-=m purnpKLn pie, cookies, potholesfull of ,ma stuffing, and enough melted chocolate to through the gates of Perdition. Worse is that not only are we tempted by O , to eat " - -" f delectables, it s more or less our '-'ranarna's fruitcake, Aunt Wanda's rs pies and Cousin Mabel's Running the Gauntlet delicious only makes it easier to fulfill our friendly obligations. We repent in the wee hours of the morn- ing while we listen to each other unwrap little pack- ets of Di-Gel in the dark. Here is the dilemma. With one hand, (the one that does good deeds), we truly recognize that we are the temple of the Spirit. On the other hand, (the one that keeps stuffing in the goodies), we really enjoy celebrat- ing life this season. It's just that every time we turn around to celebrate, it seems that food is involved. Do we set aside our worries for now, only to join the thun- dering herd repenting of physical weakness after the first of the year? Or, do we sanctimoniously refuse to partake of all cholesterol riches, treating them as unclean? To further complicate our situation, when we take the time to really look at ourselves, it becomes quite obvious that no matter what we give up, our chances of reaching physical perfection are slim to none. So what are we to do? Recently we bought our daughter a bracelet with the words, "What Would Jesus Do?" embossed on it. Not only was it a good guidance we had been searching for was right in front of us -- in the Gospels. It appears that Jesus often ate in other people's homes. Presumably he enjoyed whatever they served. The thing about sup- per at Mary and Martha's, or anywhere else is that, with one notable exception, our Lord focused on the people involved and not on what he ate. The only meal we remember where the focus was on food was the Last Supper. The fact that Jesus and hisconqpan - ions got plenty of exercise by walking almost every- where certainly didn't hurt, either That's the way through this season. Focus on the Bread of Life. Enjoy the company of others without paying too much attention to what is being served. And, take long walks whenever possible. m By Jim and Ann Cavera Jim And Ann Cavera zorite from Evansville. Com- ments may be sent to therein care of the Message, P.O, The fact that these things all taste reminder for her, but it helped us to realize that the Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Adult youth ministers told to work to grasp teen culture By AMy BUNCE (3ath01ic News Service re effec- to Catholic teens, must enter into teen cul- told a group of ens Encounter in Peoria. task is always Jacque- opening On a new .encounter leaders gath- Nov. 13-16 to manual ens Encounter program's found- hosted encounter pro- of several ed across the Christ, or sponsors living that high seniors to put r, a St. Fran- 'ulate Concep 7 from director of a's Teens L Encounter Christ program to her new ministry with the Lakota people of South Dakota. Teens are as much a "mission- ary territory" for the church's evangelization efforts as are Native Americans, according to Sister Schroeder. In 1996 she joined a missionary team on the Standing Rock Indi- an Reservation in Peoria's "sister diocese" of Rapid City, S.D. She discovered that her ericounter experience continue ' to guide her in South Dakota, while her work with the Lakota has provided fresh insight into youth evangelization. When she moved to the reser- vation, Sister Schroeder had to familiarize herself with the Lako- ta culture. In the same way, adult leaders of Teens Encounter Christ must "enter into teen culture, an effort that is ongoing because that cul- ture is always changing, she saift. Encounter leaders must inte- grate themselves in the teen cul- ture, not to condemn or condone it, but to "lovingly challenge" the youths, she said. Teens Encounter Christ was founded in October 1965 in Bat- tle Ci'eek, Mich., when Father Matt Fedewa and Dorothy Gereke held the group's first encounter weekend. HEATING & MC. INC. 24 HR SERVICE 428-2665 118 W. Franklin St., Evansville, IN Both Father Fedewa and Gereke attended the training ses- sion, along with other represen- tatives of the national office of Teens Encounter Christ. The leaders who met in Peoria were expected to lead work- shops in their home regions to ensure all of the program's cen- ters in the country were familiar with the new manual. The revisions do not represent a major change in the teen pro- gram, but rather an updatirgand clarification of the original guide- lines developed in the 1960s, said Father Fedewa, a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Mich. "When we started TEC, it was just a vision. It had never been done," he explained in an inter: view with The Catholic POst, Peoria's diocesan newspaper. Now, after 32 years of experi- ence, those involved in the pro- gram decided it was time to update the liturgies and other aspects of the weekend to better reach youths of today. "Youth is a culture. The "60s culture of youth is not the '90s culture of youth," Father Fede- wa said. "We hope that by (updating the manual), we'll keep TEC going into the new millennium." That hope was reflected in the theme of the weekend in Peoria, "Renewing the Vision," he said. " C LinCo offee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illin0is-Kentucky 46 Varifies of Coffees and Teas TEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Washington 254-4409 Evansville 422-1833 T!] All You Care To Eat Buffet Dining , BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE ',,.kl,......+,wl%. PRE-ARRANGED AMISH TOURS FLEA MARKET EVERY TUES, & WED. d "+u6-3977 Browse The Village Shops Ust off Hwy. 50 Every Monday Seniors receive 15% off! Montgomery, IN m, - i "The beauty is, 32 years later, the basic process developed in the '60s is still used," Father Fedewa added. He believes the-program has survived for three decades because it is based on the "core of the faith" E the Paschal Mystery and not on a "'60s gimmick.'" The Paschal Mystery Christ's death and resurrection provides the format for all teen encounter weekends. Like the grain of wheat intlie Coupe! story, humans are called to fol- low Christ's example by "dying" to the things of this world and rising to new life, In a talk on the first day of the Peoria session, Father Fedewa offered a reflection on the Paschal Mystery -- a topic the program leaders had heard him speak on many times before, he noted. "People get tired of me saying Paschal Mystery all the time," he Said. "But once it becomes your spirituality, you see it everywhere." Father Fedewa said he finds the Paschal Mystery in every- thing from a man who endures painful exercise to strengthen his heart to a teen-agero ains !new undlt.'a brO- ken relationship% . ......... That mystery  the same one proclaimed during the eucharis- tic rite at Mass -- forms the core of the faith, Father Fedewa said. "We sa); 'Let us proclaim "the" mystery of faith," not a mystery." Father Tobias named Prior Benedictine Archabbot Lam- bert Reilly has appointed Bene dictine Father 00ot.as C prior of the monastic commum- ty at St. Meinrad Archabbey. He replaces Benedictine Father Martin Dusseau who died Nov. 12. The prior is appointed by the archabbot to fulfill his directives regarding the day-to-day life of the community. He represents the archabbot to the community in the archabbot's absence. Father Tobias was ordained May 2, 1982. He has a bachelor's degree in French from St. Mein- rad College, a master's degree in French from Middlebury Col- lege, a master's in religious stud- ies from Indiana Universit); and a master of divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theolog): From 1977 to 1993, he taught FATHER TOBIAS COLGAN French and Spanish at St. Mein- rad College. He has been secre- tary to the archabbot qe 989. In 1997, he also servect 'ading subprior during the fliiess of Father Martin. Paul E. 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