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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i i Entertainment December 11, 1987 On the Record By CHARI,IE MARTIN NC News Servloe Columnist Why Not Buy an Extra Present? Why not buy an extra present/Wban you buy the others/Give it to a child with nothinglChflst has countless brothers/Be just like the wise men/With their gifts of gold and myrrh/Make a poor child's Christmas/With a toy to love and share/Why not buy an extra present/When you buy the others. Why not visit the one who's lonely/As you do the manger/Why not see the sick end house- bound/Though you are a stronger/Be just like the wise men/With their gifts of gold and myrrh/lust a "friendly visit/Is a gift that's rich and rare/Why not visit one who's lonely/As you do the manger. Why not feed the poor and hungry/In a Third World stable/Help supply the loaves and fishes/For their meager tahie/Be just like the wise men/With their gifts of gold and myrrh/Having dinner one day/Help to lighten their despair/Why not feed the poor and hungry/In a Third World stable. Words by Peter Westmere Music by Mike Sammes Copyright (c) 1984 by Novello and Company Ltd. Song invites us to enter into caring attitude of Christmas For this Christmas season I wish each of you the fullness of God's presence. May you experience his caring and generously share it by loving others. One way of doing that is through helping others at Christmas. For instance, do you enjoy buying presents for others at Christmas? Many people search for just the gift that says how special they feel toward another. Giving such presents is a symbol of our caring. This attitude is at the heart of what we celebrate each Christmas, the birth of a person who cared as fully as possible. Perhaps the song about buying an extra pre- sent is unfamiliar to you. The reader who sent it to me said the song is popular in England. But, no matter what our nationality, it invites us to enter deeply into the caring attitude of Christmas. Remembering the birth of Jesus gives us another opportunity to bring out the best in ourselves. Jesus lived his life caring about those he encountered. Today, at Christmas 1987, God needs your love and generosity to reach out to "Christ's countless brothers" and sisters, The song offers three suggestions for manifesting this caring: We can buy a present for those likely to receive little this Christmas. A good way to go about this is through your parish, Many churches can put you in touch with someone who can benefit from your generosity. Take the time to visit an individual who has few friends. Better yet, invite that person into your home to share some of the festivity and Christmas warmth found there. Some of our most distressed brothers and sisters live in the Third World, some in conditions most of us would have trouble imagining. Any contribution of your money for these people would be helpful. Even more significant would be a com- mitment to learn more about world hunger and economic problems. Take the time this Christmas season to read about the causes of this suffering. Use the knowledge you gain to establish an ac- tion plan that can guide your caring throughout 1988. Your comments always are welcomed. Please address to: Charlte Martin, 1218 S. Rotherwood Ave., Evansville, Ind, 47714, = Copyright {c) I987 by NC News Service 'Three Men and a Baby' is fiat entertainment By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC} -- "Three Men and a Baby!' (Buena Vista} is a comedy about how the carefree life of three bachelors changes when they become responsible for a baby. The situation provides a few ge- nuine laughs but is otherwise pretty flat entertainment. Adapted from "Three Men and a Cradle," a recent French movie, the story takes place mostly in the luxurious New York apartment shared by an ar- chitect {Tom Selleck), a car- toonist (Steve Guttenberg) and an actor (Ted Danson), the latter having unknowingly fathered a child. When Danson is away on location, the mother leaves the baby girl at the apartment door with a note for the actor. His two roommates get an in- stant education in the feeding, bathing and diapering of an in- fant. When the humor of their being bachelor fathers begins to wear thin, the plot introduces a mix-up with drug dealers who are led to believe that the baby's basket contains their heroin shipment. The weakest part of the com- edy is its conclusion when the mother arrives to collect her baby before returning to her parents in England. How this is resolved is not the bright, cheerful fantasy ending that was intended. Director Leonard Nimoy can't quite deliver the comic over- tones the situation requires, partly because his trio of actors is not especially funny. They are more convincing as swing- ing playboys whose relation- ships with women have nothing to do with commitment or fidelity. Because of its benign attitude toward casual sex, the U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-Ill -- adults. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- paren- tal guidance suggested. While struggling with his first baby bath, Michael (Steve Guttenba) tries to convince his wee friend that her first word should be his name in the new comedy, "Three Men and a Baby," --(c)MCMLXXXVll Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved. 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