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December 2 5 , 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Question Corner Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist IIII III II What does belonging to a parish, lly mean? 13 Q. I live in one state and work in another. I am registered in the parish where I live. Three years ago I decided to go to Mass every morning. The only church I could attend and still make it to work was close to my job. After three years I'm beginning to wonder which church is really mine. Since on weekdays no collections are taken, I have not been contributing to that church. I give my fair share to my home church but cannot afford to give anything more, :4 My question is, should I quit my church and register in the one I attend on weekdays? I would like to be fair. --Indiana A. While the churches involved may not always be so far apart, many Catholics find themselves in your situation. They belong to one parish but for various reasons attend another through the week. Don't worry about it. I'm sure the priest at your workday church is pleased to have you there. If you wish to do so occasionally, give a little something to show your appreciation for the op- portunity to attend Mass there. But nothing more is really required. A far more important point is that perhaps you need to reflect with some seriousness about what it means for you to be a member of a parish, It seems ii i that you may be among those Catholics who feel that "belonging to a parish" means hardly more than where you go to Mass and place your envelope in the Sunday collection. If everyone acted on that principle no parish would be worth much. Church law defines a parish as a "specific community of Christian believers" {canon 515}. If that means anything, it means that every parish is a fellowship of believ- ing Catholics who help each other and the rest of the community to live out the Gospel of Christ together. Are you single, married, a parent? Whatever your present state of life, the priests, staff and pro- bably many other people in your parish are trying to serve you and everyone dlse, liturgically and in other ways, They need your help. As a general rule, the pastor in the parish where you reside is primarily responsible for you. For a serious enough reason, however, you might register in another parish. I suggest that you pick out the one where you can honestly expect best to dedicate and use your talents and make it in fact your parish, Q. My wife and I were divorced about 10 years ago. After that she married another man and is now divorced from him also. We have talked a lot and are considering remarrying. We have read the Bible, however, and in the ii ii i i i ii CAN YOU HELP? Call 424-2555 W'dh Citizens Leadership Checking you get: No minimum balance. Unlimited chechwriting. First order of 200 checks at no charge. VISA or MasterCard at no annual fee. Special interest rate discounts on direct, personal installment loans. SuperSusie MoneyMover cards good all over the Tri-State area. And six other very useful bank services. Apply at any Citizens office today for Leadership Checking. The one account does it all...for less than you're probably paying right now! What a bank! Citizens Leadersh,p Checking Member F.D.I.C. : : :-':" '.' book of Deuteronomy it states that this should not be done, that it is an abomination to the Lord. Would we be doing wrong if we were married again? --Missouri A. The Old Testament prohibition against a man remarrying his wife after she has married someone else (Deuteronomy 24:1-4) was part of Jewish tradition govering ritual purity. By marry- ing the second husband the woman became "im- pure" for her former husband. As with other parts of the ritual code of the Old Testament, we Christians do not consider this restriction binding in any moral way. As long as other necessary conditions are met, you and your wife would be free under Catholic Church law to remarry and resume living together s husband and wife. A free brochure explaining Catholic teaching and practice on annulments is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dieen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IIL 61701. Questions for t]u's column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright {c) 1987 by NC News Service | I I I I III Please patronize Message advertisers! COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Autol Homel Fire & Lifel Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 311 N. Wabash 425-3187 HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN {1) 768-6462 LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haubstadt, lnd, i GILLES SCHWINN CYCLER'00 39 W. COLUMBIA STJEVANSVILLE (812) 422-6800 200D S. GREEN RIVER RD./EVANSVILLE (812) 477 8828 2346 WASHINGTON AVE./EVANSVILLE (812) 479-8012 CONTINU0000 C_,ENTER " SS00,Wmlhl,tcm Avenue 479-422S i Complete line of Appliances Maytag Monarch Whirlpool Gibson