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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 25, 1987 I From the desk of  Bishop Francis R. Shea Bishop of Diocese of Evansville My dear Friends: Once again the Feast of Christmas is upon us. Once again comes the desire to send my prayerful wishes to you in a way which will be appropriate to the occasion and meaningful to you. Once again, however, comes the realization that no one, not even the inspired writers of the Scriptures, has been able to find words to convey the fullness of the meaning of the mystery of the Incarnation. Words, even the most beautiful of words, are but combina- tions of letters or sounds which convey finite ideas, reflec- tions on the limited human mirror which always fall short of portraying the infinite God. It is precisely because human words never convey the full meaning of the Father's relationship with us and his love for us that the Word of God, the Divine Son of the Father, became man. In accepting all that is human, sin alone excepted, Jesus Christ stands alone as the only perfect means of communication between God and man. No patriarch or prophet, not even angels sent as messengers ever truly made earthbound persons under- stand the true meaning of the sublime relationship which the Father has conferred on us. "No one knows the Father but the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." (Mr. 11:27) Through the union of the divine and human natures in the one person of Jesus, the heavenly message finally breaks through. And even though our own words still fail us, the meaning is perfectly clear when we contemplate the Child in the manger. So, dear friends, let us pause in our busy lives to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas; of what it means to share with Jesus and through Jesus our common relationship with the Heavenly Father. Once having truly appreciated our heritage, can we ever doubt our own worth or the worth of a fellow human being? No matter what their outward appearance may be, can I fail to recognize that every person is my brother or sister? Through this marvelous sharing of Jesus, we all become full and equal partners in the drama of life. To those who have not yet known their Savior, we must find some way to share with them this glorious news in all its beauty. "For this day in David's city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah. and Lord," (Luke 2:11 From the warmth of His presence and the love He shares so generously, let no one on earth feel excluded. This is my wish for you and yours and for men, women and children throughout the world. May God bless us every one. Sincerely yours in Christ, Francis R. Shea Bishop of Evansville JOY TO THE WORLD "May your holiday be trimmed with peace and love, as we wish one and all a very Merry Christmas/ News Publishing TELL CITY, INDIANA PRINTERS FOR THE MESSAGE WEB OFFSET PRINTING FOR INDIANA Building a cooperative spirit The youth of St. Clement Parish in Boonville built more than a float when they started working together to prepare for the annual town Christmas parade. "When they began dreaming, planning and,, organizing the float, they had' no idea that such an endeavor would also create a cooperative spirit among themselves," says Sister Mary Mundy, S.P., youth minister. Sister Mundy says work on the float began in mid-October. "The group of 15-20 young people learned to listen while others expressed their opi- nions, to make important de.:', sions as a group, and also to trust one another. The project under the leadership of youth officers Karen Stephan, Greg Koch and Jessica Tubbs truly built a cooperative spirit among the young folks of St. Clement's in addition to a first class float!" Youth workers on the St. Clement Christmas float include in front, clockwise, Anna Laura Clements, Heath Tenhumberg, Greg Koch, Deanna Bacon and Karen Stephan. The float was built for the Boonville Christmas parade. --Photo Courtesy of the Warrick Enquirer HUNTINGBURG Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. i SEASONS GREETINGS EV FROMTHESE A00ISVILLE FIRMS "May your holiday season be wrapped in the love of the newborn Savior!" EVANS CAFE 1010 S. Kentucky Avenue 423-0639 DONAHUE STUDIOS 626 Court Street 4254511 ACCA COMPANIES, INC. 4501 E. Morgan Avenue 479-8905 IDEAL AMERICAN DAIRY 700 E. Missouri Street 424-3351 LIBERTY AUTO SAI.00,'AGE 1101 E. Morgan Avenue 423-6271 LOUISVILLE TILE COMPANY 1417 N. Cullen Road 473-0137 MILLER AND MILLER COLONIAL CHAPEL 219 E. Franklin Street 424-9274