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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment December 8, 1989 Children's books Suggestions for Christmas 91"ving By MARGARET MAILER and BARB FRAZE Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The following children's books are suitable for Christmas gift- giving. CHRISTMAS GIFT BRING- ERS, by Leonard B. Lubin. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (New York, 1989). 24 pp., $12.95. As the Mouse family prepares for the arrival of Santa Claus, Father Mouse shares the legends of the Christmas gift bringers from across the globe with his family. These fascinating stories of Father Christmas, St. Nicholas and Pare Noel emphasize various Christmas traditions around the world. Such legends also rein- force the true meaning of Christmas as a time of peace and good fortune for all. (Ages 6-8) A CHILD'S PRAYER, by Jeanne Titherington. Green- willow Books (New York, 1989). 18 pp., $13.95. Subdued pastel etchings il- lustrate this simple bedtime prayer by Jeanne Titherington. A combination of prayer and play challenges the child's im- agination in this beautiful pic- ture book. Ms. Titherington's soothing work can certainly calm the end of a child's day and reinforce God's presence at bedtime. (Ages 3-6) Ireland parish broadcasts Masses By MICHELLE GIRTEN Message Staff Writer St. Mary Church, Ireland, broadcasts Mass on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. EST. on the Jasper radio station WITZ, AM 990. Father Kenneth Betz, the pastor of St. Mary's, celebrates the Saturday evening Mass vhich is recorded and then broadcast to Dubois and other counties. The people who donate for the expense of the Mass are acknowledged, as well as their intention for the Mass. "The program began in the Fall of '84," said Father Betz, "I wanted to try it and see if it could work.... There was no Catholic program in the area." He added that to help finance the costs for broadcasting, sponsorship by individuals for a week's program has been en- couraged. "And people have done this," he said, "usually in memory of deceased relatives or friends." Response to the radio Mass has been good. "It seems that people do listen; people who can't get out, especially in winter, our older parishioners. It helps them feel like they are still a part of the parish." "The people who can't get out like it since they can hear Father's homily, and the music," said Aline Brescher, secretary at St. Mary Church. "It has a nice, clear presentation." The cost of sponsoring a Mass is $70 for the one-half hour. ff interested, contact Father Betz or St. Mary's secretary, Aline Brescher, at the rectory, 482-7041. The address, is St. Mary Church, P.O. Box 67, Ireland, IN 47545. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, as told by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by K.Y. Craft. Morrow Junior Books (New York, 1989}. 37 pp., $14.95. A favorite fairy tale of old is presented by Marianna Mayer in an enchanting and fanciful new work. It is a mystery why the king's 12 daughters wear out their dancing slippers each night, but when the gardener's son uncovers the reason, the evil spell is broken. K.Y. Craft's illustrations are medieval in style and richly enhance this beautiful picture book. (Ages 5-1o} WE WERE NOT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE, by Ephraim Sevela, translated by Antonina Bouts. Harper & Row (New York, 1989) 216 pp., $13.95. In a first-person narrative, Sevela tells the story of World War II as experienced by a Soviet teen-ager. Much of the narrator's youth is spent separated from his family, lack- ing food and shelter and surviv- ing the trials of war. The story is quite a contrast from the ex- periences of today's youth and will provoke thought among the teen-agers who read this work. (Ages 12 up) CIRCLE OF LIGHT, by Eliane Corbeil Roe. Harper & Roe (New York, 1989). 248 pp., $13.95. This excellent novel has all the elements necessary to cap- tivate readers: romance, friend- ship, school work, challenges and a smart student very un- comfortable being around nuns. Set inCanada, the story tells the tale of Lucy, an eighth-grade student chosen to participate in a scholarship competition. Ms. Roe writes realistically; teen and pre-teen readers will relate well to her characters. Ages 10 and up. Christmas programs scheduled for EWTN The fallowing is a listi:g of special Christmas programs to be aired on EWTN. All times given are Central Standard Time. Solemnity of the Im- maculate Conception -- Solemn Mass from the Na- tional Shrine in Washington to be celebrated by Arch- bishop Pie Laghi. Friday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., live; 7-9 p.m., encore. Advent Series -- Father Ray Bourque hosts this penitential weekly series for Advent. Sundays, Dec. 10, 17, 24 and 31; 8:30-9 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. The Gift of Peace -- Actor Leonardo Defilippis in a one- man dramatization of the life and meaning of Christ's in- fancy and early ministry, Sunday, Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9-10 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 22, 9-10 p.m. The Cloak of Juan Diego -- The story of the Mexican peasant whose life was touched by Our Lady of Guadalupe. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7-7:30 a.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. Christmas Is -- Animated production for children featuring "Benji and Waldo." Monday, Dec. 18, 10-10:30 a.m., 6:30-7 p.m. The City That Forgot About Christmas -- Animated special featuring "Benji and Waldo." Tues- day, Dec. 19, 10-10:30 a.m., 6:30-7 p.m. Christ Has Many Faces -- Stories of "fallen-away" Catholics whose lives have changed and who have returned to the church. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 9:30-10 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23, 6:30-7 p.m. Star of the King -- Special for children about the journey of the Magi. Dec. 20, 10-10:30 a.m., 6:30-7 p.m. Come Celebrate Christmas -- Children's special com- bining puppets, storytelling and juggling from The Christophers' Story Laboratory. Thursday, Dec. 21, 10-10:30 a.m., 6:30-7 p.m. Christ is Born: Music For Christmas -- Music of the season from the Benjamin T. Rhome School of Music in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Dec. 21, 7-8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, 7-8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 10-11 a.m. The Stableboy's Christmas -- This children's story is about the first Christmas as seen through the imaginative eyes of a 1e-year-old girl. Friday, Dec. 22, 10-10:30 a.m., 6:30-7 p.m. On the 12th Day -- Musical version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" Friday, Dec. 22, 9-9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:30-5 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 12:30-1 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass with Pope John Paul II -- Shown from the Vatican, live. Sun- day, Dec. 24, 5-5:30 p.m. -- Christmas Day Message -- Annual message from Pope John Paul II to the world. Taped. Monday, Dec. 25, 3-5 p.m. EWTN CATHOLIC CABLE NETWORk