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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 nyson family celebrates Christmas with gift of life BY MARYANN HUGHES with undiagnosed kidney dis- here for me and the kids." Message staff writer of St. Francis of been placed in a above Jeanne Ten- St. Francis maportant saint in She converted to g college, and at St. Francis r saint who's to her now. He's St. of hopeless caus- ease. "No one knows where it came from." She spent a lot of time when she was a child in Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. When she was sick, she was very, very sick, "dangerously sick," she says. When she was healthy, she was a gymnast, and a runner. Even during those healthy times, she always knew, in the back of her mind, that someday she would have to undergo transplant surgery. That really didn't scare her. Dialysis did. a miracle that I married into a family that has a match. ong struggle escalated eanae turned to him. We.re answered r, and she under- surgery Urgery, she talked with her ! ittle. She also onor, who her-in- suffered Last May, she became very ill, and by July, she was receiving dialysis treatments three times a week, for three hours at a time. The treatments left her very weak. Some days she would come home and sleep for five hours. Her husband, Brian, is a pro- fessional golfer who has played on the PGA tour. Jeanne said he didn't qualify this year "because every time he played this year, I got sick and he chose to come home. He felt he needed to be When her doctors began talk- ing about the possibility of transplant surgery, several friends and relatives offered to be the donor. When her brother- in-law, Roger, was tested as a potential donor, he was found to be a good match. On December 11, the surgery took place. Jeanne says she finds his gift to her "incredible. I can't imag- ine it. It's a great thing he's doing for us. I can't even put into words how grateful I am for what he is doing." "It's a miracle that I married into a family that has a match." Surgery is very difficult on the donor, and it will probably take Roger six months before he enjoys a full recovery. Throughout her long, difficult struggle against kidney disease, Jeanne says she has been strengthened by her religion, and by the moral support from her pastor, Father Ted Tempel, and the principal at her son's school, Benedictine Sister Celestin Maurer. "They are so incredibly sup- portive. Sister has called me so many times, and I don't know if I could have made it without her." Jeanne said she has also learned about her faith by watching her brother-in-law Roger. "He is an incredible human being. I always knew he Thirty-three-year-old Jeanne Tennyson underwent kidney transplant surgery this week. Her donoi- was her brother-in. law, Roger. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes had a strong faith, but I felt his faith led him to do this. "He really depends on God to lead him in the direction he should be going, and I believe he feels led by God to do this. This is the reason I think everything will work out just fine." She expects this Christmas to be "incredible." "There will be no more dialy- sis. It will be very spbcial. The whole family feels very touched by this and I am very grateful to God and everyone for this gift of life I've been given." ousands visit cardinal's final resting place Service (CNs) As UCago Arch- to some alcy following Joseph L. of mourn- I to at the cardi- executive esti- than 40,000 lishops Mau- Ceme- 0 days foi- Nov. 20 0 visited in the first four days. "I don't think 15,000 people have walked through that mau- soleum since it was built in 1902," said Massaro. The mausoleum was scheduled to be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29; it was open weekdays through Nov. 29. Mas- saro strongly encouraged people to arrive and to get in line by 3 p.m., since the average wait has been approximately one hour. Because winter weather could lead to periodic closing of the mausoleum, Catholic Cemeteries established a special telephone line -- to be updated each Friday in December -- about weekend visitation. Because Cardinal Bernardin's funeral was a ticket-only event, many more people than expected have chosen to pay their respects at the cemetery, Massaro said. But cemetery officials are taking care to protect the architectural- ly unique building, which is nor- mally not open during the winter, he said. 'qnne interior of the mausoleum is also completely decorated with mosaics, and if the temperature gets too low, the mosaic will crack," he said, adding that the building is kept heated to 55 degrees. After Dec. 29 the mau- soleum will be closed to visitors until May. Meanwhile, church employees at the archdiocesan Pastoral Cen- ter, which had been closed Nov. 19 and 20, returned to piles of mail, including hundreds of let- ters of condolence, and had lots of catching up to do. But many said they were ener- gized by the powerful outpouring of affection and good will during the three days of official cere- monies. "We knew the cardinal was loved and respected, but the depth of love and respect was far greater than we expected," said Father Jeremiah Boland, execu- tive secretary of the Priests Place- ment Board. "I really felt the pub- lic face of the church was filled with hope and a spirit ofpossibil ......... ity. There's an energy that I'm still absorbed in." Father Boland admitted that a sense of loss pervades the center. "But throughout his illness, the cardinal said the work of the church must continue," he told The New World, archdiocesan newspaper. "I think that's what he would have wanted." On the fourth floor, Cardinal Bernardin's office was dark. "There definitely is a void," said Merce Eitz, who has worked for six years as secretary to the vicar general on the fourth floor. "It's going to take a while to get used to not having the cardinal here. That will take some time." not scheduled to celebrate public Mass on Christmas morning Service (CNs) __ For Pontificate, is not sched- a Public Christ- to of papal Said Vati- tuin Navar- the papal on is the millions around the ends about 1:30 a.m., then the pope spends about half an hour greeting altar servers and others involved in the liturgy, Navarro-Valls said. At about 2 a.m., the 76-year- old pope returns to his private apartment in the Vatican for a small, typically Polish Christmas ceremony, singing carols with the Polish nuns who care for his household, Navarro-Valls said. Usually, Pope John Paul would go to bed after 3 a.m., sleep a few hours, then get up for private prayers before the morn- ing Mass, the papal spokesman said. Navarro-Valls said the morn- ing Mass should have been removed from the papal sched- ule long ago to allow the pope to have a decent night's rest before giving his traditional Christmas blessing and speech at midday. Last Christmas the pope was apparently suffering from the flu and for the first time had to can- cel his participation in the annu- al Christmas morning Mass at St. Peter's Basilica Pope John Paul's complete Christmas schedule, as pub- lished by the Vatican Dec. 10, said: -- He will meet Dec. 21 with Vatican officials, cardinals living in Rome, members of the papal. household and representatives of the Rome clergy to give his Christmas greetings. His speech usually includes a review of the year for the church. Pope John Paul will cele- brate midnight Mass Dec. 24 in St. Peter's Basilica, At noon Christmas Day, the pope will give his traditional blessing"urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) and a speech from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. -- The evening of Dec. 31, Pope John Paul will mark the end of the year with an evening prayer service and prayers of thanksgiving at the Jesuits' Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome. -- The pope will celebrate Mass Jan. 1, the feast of Mary Mother of God and the World Day of Peace, in St. Peter's Basil- ica. -- As is his custom on the first Saturday of every month, Pope John Paul will lead the recita- tion of the rosary Jan. 4. The prayer will be broadcast on Vat- ican Radio from the Paul VI Audience Hall. -- On Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany, the pope will cele- brate Mass in the basilica and ordain new bishops. The pope will mark the Jan. 12 feast of the Baptism of the Lord by celebrating Mass in the Sistine Chapel and baptizing a group of infants. -- Pope John Paul's Christ- mas season activities end Jan. 13 with his annual speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican. People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben. efit by some extra prayers and attention. Gus Braker celebrated his ninety-tburth birthday on Dec. 12. He is a parishioners at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. IN