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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum .-- It was Dec. 3, 1996, at St. in Evansville funeral Father Aloysius Barthel. niel Buechlein of Archabbot Lambert Meinrad and I were COncelebrants of the COncelebrants priests of the Archdiocese and the Diocese of Barthel grew up in spires of St. Churchl Those shadows By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER History revisited are formed and others adjusted accordingly. That is an ongoing process. In 1944, there were two dioceses in the state of Indiana. The Diocese of Indianapolis encom- passed the southern half of the state. The Diocese of Fort Wayne was responsible for the remaining northern portion. They were suffra- gan sees to the Metropolitan Arch- diocese of Cincinnati. The Holy Father, Pope Plus XII, in collabora- tion with local bishops and the Roman Curia, restructured the dio- ceses of Indiana by a decree of Dec. sun of winter boyhood and retirement home. He was He served most of his priest- e of Indianapolis. When he ministry, he retired to his home. spent serving the faithful of another most fitting that his funeral took of St. Francis Xavier who too lands far from his home. Further, Archdiocese of Indianapolis lly, Pastor of St. Barnabas ,.was the homilist. He to priesthood to the pastoral priest, Father A1, when he was t. Mary's Church in New Father A1 made Jesus present to e as did St. Francis Xavier that Father A1 Barthel of Evansville elsewhere? After all, he had to his bishop. of history. as the Church has grown, dioceses 19, 1944, at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Diocese became the Archdio- cese of Indianapolis and the Metropolitan See of the Indiana Province on Dec. 19, 1944. By the same decree, its suffragan sees were Fort Wayne, Evans- ville and Lafayette. Bishop Joseph E. Ritter became the first Archbishop of Indianapolis, Bishop John F. Noll continued as bishop of Fort Wayne, Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman was the first bishop of the new Diocese of Evansville. Bishop John G. Bennett was the first bishop of the new Diocese of Lafayette. Visually, the geography of the Indiana Province was quite simple: the northern tier of counties were in the Diocese of Fort Wayne, the next tier of coun- ties to the south were to be in the Diocese of Lafayette. The corridor of twelve counties falling southward from Sullivan to Posey and east to Spencer and northward to Green comprised the Diocese of Evansville. The rest were the Archdio- cese of Indianapolis with one exception: Harrison Township of Spencer County was carved out as part of the Archdiocese. It seemed fitting to those mak- ing the decision that the large Benedictine Abbey and seminary at St. Meinrad should be incorporat- ed into the Archdiocese. So it was. In January 1957 the Diocese of Gary was formed with four counties that were part of the Fort Wayne Diocese. Its first bishop was Bishop Andrew G. Grutka and it became a suffragan see of Indi- anapolis. The Diocese of Fort Wayne was renamed the Diocese Fort Wayne-South Bend in 1960. When these changes took place, priests became very aware of the promise of obedience each made during the ordination ceremony. "Do you promise obedience to me and my successors?" Father A1 Barthel made that promise to the then Bishop Joseph E. Ritter of what was then the Diocese of Indianapolis. He remained true to his promise and served as priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Father Hilary G. Meny, a native of Haubstadt, also served his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and has returned in retirement to his home. On the other hand, those who were located in the new dioceses restated their promise of obedi- ence to the new bishop and his successors. So native sons of the newly configured Archdiocese of Indianapolis and those native sons within the con- fines of the new Diocese of Evansville restated their promise to its first bishop, Henry J. Grimmelsman and his successors. Among that number still living are Msgr. Thomas Clarke, Msgr. Charles Schoet- telkotte, Msgr. Clarence Lindauer, Msgr. William A. Lautner, Father James H. Rogers, Father John J. Finis, Father Francis Bauer and all of whom remain true to their promise for which we all stand in grateful admiration. Who will follow Father Barthel and those who demonstrated the spirit of St. Francis Xavier? Let us continue to pray for young men to step forward to commit their lives to the service of Jesus and his people in the holy priesthood. I " RBy Uest Columnist aaission'. e "Wizar:cfOtz , a mission, the of God! And You go, in your SSion for today, go on. Wher- who will we The mission :In the movie, it We go. Along SOmeone and if we stop even if we mission is ay, we may sores Ong the way, CripPled and Way, we will Phar- Way, we will with us we go sep- s of brilliant of darkness ere will be will be Ld Words to of the day, [" We have movie, e Wizard, -'ts to take of he pope his the Vati. Molise l- rlendship.,, We're off to see the Lord and that of the Lion's, the Tin Mao's and the Scarecrow's is burst like a bubble. There was no magic that he could do for them as they-had thought. It was already done along the way. There at the end, the good witch returns, she was the one who told Dorothy to go on the mission to begin with, and now says "just click your heels three times and you will go home." Did Dorothy still believe in magic after her disappointment in meeting the wizard? Yes. For he showed her as he told her and her traveling companions they had received what they had believed they would .and sooner than they thought. They just needed someone to tell them it was theirs already. So "We're going on a mission, the wonderful mission of God!" Today. And tonight will we still have faith in Him. It all depends on what we do on the mission, how we receive others, how we respond to all that we see and experience along the way of the mission we are sent. Each and everyone of us are called to be Missionaries, today, wherever and in whatever role we play. We are all "Workers in the harvest." One tills, ones sows, one harvests. We must recognize our work in the mis- sion, in the harvest and know that when our work is done in any field we nmst allow the next worker to come in. If the one who is called to till, keeps on till- ing even after all the soil is tilled, how can seed be planted, so that it may grow and another may harvest it? Ephesians Chapter One tells the Father's plan of salvation. The Destiny of all Missions is that He "destined us/'or adop- tion to Himself through Jesus Ch15st, His Son, His only Son, in accord with the favor of His will, for the praise of the glory of His grace that He granted us in the beloved." We remember. "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him." Jesus -- His sense of humor Humor has been defined as "an art of living. It keeps every- thing in its proper place. Humor is a quality of love." Commentary By MSGR. CLINTON HIRSCH The humor of Jesus is humor as lived by the most perfect of men. Jesus showed His sense of humor in various aspects of His life. There is humor in the compar- isons employed by Jesus: "You strain out the gnat, yet swallow the camel." And "You  the speck in your neighbor eye but you do not see the beam in your own." Jesus injects a sense ofhunmr in ttis relationship with the Apostles: "What were you dis- cussing along tbe road?" He catches them red-handed, like children caught in the very act of misbehaving. "They kept silent, for they had been dis- cussing along the road which of them was the greater." (Mk.9:33) Jesus also showed His sense of humor in His dealings with the Samaritan woman: "Go get your husband," even though He knows full well that she has five husbands. (Jn.8:44); and there are other examples in the Gospel account. The person with a sense of humor does not take himself/her- self too seriously, and knows how to laugh at one's self. To laugh with others can be a sign of humor; but to laugh at onCs lf is certainly a 4dft of humor, as humor is always +'meek and hum- hie of heart." If we listen to Him, to the Beloved, Our Lord Jesus Christ, we will be like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, with shoes of faith that will keep us from stum- bling, with shoes of faith that. will enable us to skip joyfully and, in the end, with shoes of faith which will take us home to Him: The Beloved. Prayer for the Third Week of Advent Dear God, Our third candle reminds us of the love amt joy which surrounded the shepherds at the news of Jesus' birth. Thank you for )vur gift of Jesus to the whole urld. As the shepherds found Jesus in a mange, may we findJesus in the love and joy that we share together. Help us to love one another. Help us to do our share to bring bappitwss, goodness, and peace to the u,orM. Amen. From Dear God: Prayers/br F(mities u4,th Chihiren. by Kathleen I;inte. bsed with permission from Twenty-'I:hird Publications, M)stic, CT ....... 80(! ()t).):)o, 32 I+(141 I.