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December 11, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Question Corner 13 Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NO News Service Columnist Father Dietzen offers an update on Advent wreaths Q, Since Advent began, I have seen other forms of the Advent wreath that surprise me. We used to have three purple candles or white candles tied with a purple bow and one pink. Now some wreaths are all white candles, or sometimes blue insteadof purple. Is there a proper design for Ad- vent wreaths? --Texas A. There is no official form of the Advent -aroath. It can be a beautiful symbol of the spirit of Advent, but its arrangement is a matter of custom. The observation you make about Advent, however, is significant in light of the changing spirit of the church's observance of this mean- ingful time of the year. In recent times Advent was considered as somewhat of a mini.Lent, a time of penance and self-denial, tinged with joy in the background. Rose vestments worn by the priest on the third Sunday of Advent and a rose candle on the Advent wreath softened the Lenten purple worn on the other Sundays before Christmas. As the church's liturgy developed over the :past century or so, particularly in the last several "decades, the predominant spirit of Advent is again one of expectation and hope. This "awaiting" not only anticipates the ii i celebration of the birth of Christ, but looks beyond that to the final victory and coming of our Lord, the ultimate realization and fulfillment of the kingdom of God. This theme clearly appears in the Scripture readings for weekday and Sunday Masses as well as in other liturgical texts of this season. Increased use during the past several years of blue {symbolizing hope) rather than purple in liturgical art and appointments for Advent reflects this same spirit. Q. I would like to know why my husband's sister-in-law, who is Lutheran, cannot be a god- parent at my child's christening. Her husband is a good Catholic and she is a good person. It has strained relationships within our family. An answer would really be helpful for us. --New York However, when only one Catholic sponsor is assigned, a baptized non-Catholic Christian may stand in place of the second sponsor. This is pro- vided for explicitly by the church both in the Rite of Baptism and in canon law (No. 874). This non-Catholic is officially referred to as a "Christian witness" to the baptism and functions in the same way a sponsor would at the baptism ceremony. The church provides this option for several reasons, one of which appears likely true in your f_a_,' y; a deeply committed Christian member of one s family, even one of another Christian denomination, is quite ,often capable of being an enormous support to the child as he or she develops into Christian maturity. Perhaps this is an option your family could discuss with the priest who is preparing the bap- tism. A. For reasons which are probably obvious to everyone, at least one practicing Catholic sponsor is required at a Catholic baptism. Godparents com- mit themselves, by accepting that respor ibility, to model a full Catholic life to the child. O: [y a prac- ticing Catholic can fill that role, of course; to a significant degree. [ i I A free brochure outlining marriage regulations in the Catholic Curch and explahu' the pro- mises in an interfaith marriage ts available by sen- ding a stamped, se-addmssed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy T[inity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IlL 61701. Copycight [c) 1987 by  Nq sezidce ii Local religious orders share Lilly grant The Sisters of St. Benedict of release prepared by Sister Jane Woods, the Sisters of St. Ferdinand, Indiana, and the McClure, O.S.B., Director of Benedict, Beech Grove, the ,-D a u g h t e r s o f C h a r i t y, Communications at the Con- Sisters of St. Joseph, Tipton, ' Evansville, are among 15 vent of Immaculate Conception the Sisters of the Third Order of Catholic orders of sisters in the in Ferdinand. St. Francis, Oldenburg, Poor United States selected to par- Other Indiana communities Handmaids of Jesus Christ, ticipate in a $996,000 pilot pro- named to share in the pilot pro- Donaldson, and the Sisters of gram on fund raising educa- gram are the Sisters of Pro- St. Joseph oft he Third Order of tion, according to a news vidence, Saint Mary-of-the- St. Francis, South Bend. 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EVANSVILLE NEWBURGH " OAKLAND CITY F. BRANCH Among other communities named is the Ursuline Nuns, Louisville, Kentucky. The privately financed demonstration project will in- struct representatives of the religious communities in the techniques of professional plan- ning, fund raising and communications Lilly Endowment, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based charitable foundation which has previous- ly supported programs design- ed to strengthen religious ministry and increase the self- sufficiency of non-profit organizations. The foundation will provide $321,000 to under- write the costs of the two-year training program, and each of the 15 participating orders will receive $45,000 to help them institute or improve their own development strategy. The two-year program will be coordinated by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the USA at Silver Spring, Md., under the direc- tion of Sister Jane Bodine, S.P. A major collaborator in the pro- ject will be the Indiana Univer- sity Center on Philanthropy at Indianapolis, where par- ticipants will attend sessions at The Fund Rais!n, ' School. i  In announcing the grant, Fred Hofheinz, program direc- tor for religion at Lilly Endow- ment, noted the documented success of a similar project launched by the Endowment in the late 1970s to help theological Schools learn development skills. Hofhoinz said, "We hope that this effort will produce similarly poisitive results for Catholic Sisters, and that this pilot will develop a body of knowledge that can be shared by other orders of religious women. The finances of religious communities attracted national attention last year after studies revealed that Catholic orders of sisters have an unfunded ratir- ment liability of $2.5 billion, along with a declining and ag- ing membership. 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