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THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 28, 1980 PAGE 5 th Is Good Dinner Topic A. Nunes today, it offers much grist for certain attitude: Maybe it the mill of a family's con- trivialized the value of a EXPERIENCES versation. Take a look at the relationship between two factor: They news stories any day in a married people; maybe it Together, family newspaper. What is reported demonstrated how one person look back on in a newspaper -- wars, can genuinely reach out to they've had poverty, homelessness, another; maybe it raised joy or conflict, political events, courage, questions aboutwhata family or disap- illness-- isall within the scope is, about the ways people help of Christian concern, each other grow. families, the Christian values speak to the TV occupies a big place in is the most basic real world of every-day life. many homes. It can be used Around the Can this be discussed at as anaturalresourceofideas members relate home? for worthwhile con- !the day- its ups It seems to me it is ira- versations. Of course, such whether it was a portant for parents and conversations call for listening on the part of all involved. and why. is a place for responding, for ideals, facing for making dinner table, share They- share at- jobs or school, the world's worries, events and with other the in- living. they share their BE interesting many families their feelings around the I is sure: When is related to the actually lead children to share their feelings about faith -- to be able to talk together about the meaning of Christianity. ! REALIZE THIS is easier said than done. Many people have good intentions in this area that have not materialized, perhaps because of the noise of TV, scheduled activities outside the home, or simply because they've found it difficult to start -- they haven't felt comfortable about it. But why not? Does religion seem out of place in a family's daily life? ARE PEOPLE afraid or self-conscious when it comes to talking about their faith? A lot of good conversations at home have started when a particular TV show or a popular song reflected a RETREATS FALL 1980 AN "ONGOING" PROCESS JRING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND ONE'S SALVATION COURY HOUSE SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 OFFERED: [RETREATS: PARISHES OF EASTERN ARKANSAS FOR WE'Ek-END RETREATS: adult and youth Retreats begin Friday even- and end about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. are set up individually concerning and ending. It remains our custom to "free will" offering for adult Retreats. Our expenses for meals, lodging, and the Re- offering of $33.00 per person and $60.00 per suggested. Retreatants requesting "private lye more. Ietreats are encouragedl These are accepted ; ARE SPONSORED BY THE ABBEY RETREAT LEAGUE. IP INTERESTED, CALL OR WRITE : THE ABBEY RETREAT LEAGUE SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 PHONE" 501-934-2081 CTOR: REV. HERBERT VOGELPOHL, O.S.B. ! THINK A key factor in talking about faith at home is spontaneity. It helps when discussions of the faith are natural. Start with a newspaper article or an incident which occurred that day. Or, take advantage of a religious media event, like the showing of the TV movie titled "Jesus of Nazareth." Families that watch a program like this can discuss it. Ask: "HOW DOES THE actor's portrayal match your picture of Jesus?" "What teaching of Jesus was highlighted by this particular show? Books, too, are natural resources of ideas for family conversations. It is certainly possible for families to take up a book about the faith and examine it together. FOR MANY FAMILIES, the dinner table is the most basic forum for sharing. Here, families relate the news of the day -- its ups and downs, whether it was a good day or bad day and WHEN SPEAKING about about Christ is one thing. But our values and our faith, it is when the talk is lived out, it is important to speak per- given depth and meaning. sonally. What does If faith is important, it Christianity mean to me, to us, to our family? We need to ___ relate the living Christ to our own personal experience. It is helpful if parents feel comfortable discussing religious topics with each other and not just for the sake of the children. Parents set the tone of the family. If parents not only choose to be Christians, but find it interesting to discuss the church and the faith, their children will surely take note. A FAMILY'S life-style reflects its faith. Talking Memories Can Increase Faith By Father Philip Murnion A GOOD STORY has a clear plot, a central character who fascinates us and describes a situation that all kinds of people will find interesting. In a good story, the relationships among the characters - especially their relationship with the central character -- has to be clear. A good story can be savored. As its images are recalled, we discover that it held more meaning than we first thought. What is our own story - as individuals and as com- munities? How is it like the story of Jesus? YOU MIGHT say we are a story church. Old Testament stories of the patriarchs, kings and prophets are im- bedded in our religious memories. The story of Jesus is con- tinually recounted, too. So interesting is it to so many people, it is no wonder authors and film producers con- tinually try to capture the story. Memories and stories are inter-related. In every parish where I have served, I have found that individuals tend to become a community when they share memories of certain events. -THE 7 A.M. daily Mass group in one parish gradually takes shape in the form of a modest community as its participants build up a memory bank of past in- cidents to retell. --The musicians and choir members in another parish slowly acquire a repertoire of stories they like to tell, as if to underscore the special relationship among those who share memories of the same events and who serve in similar ways. In families, hardly a celebration is held - whether a birthday or Christmas or Mother's Day - without the telling of some stories about past incidents that disclose a family's story. WHEN A parish calls on its own amateur historians to write the community's history on the occasion of a parish centenary, for example, the story of the parish becomes a saga of the many memories of its people. Father John Shea of Chicago does a lot to remind people of the role played in the church and in faith by stories. He does this in his book, "Stories of God," and in his poetry through which he presents fresh views of age- old mysteries and ex- periences. Father Shea reminds people that the story of Jesus continues to he told and to be written in the lives of us all: individuals, families, parishes, for example. . The parisll is the place where we continue to tell the story of Jesus. But each year, we see the story differently - we see it anew -- because of the way it gets reflected in our own changing lives. So, in a sense, the story of Jesus we retell each year is both old and new. REMEMBERING the life of Christ is not simply a matter of dredging up incidents from the past. It is a matter of making present the events of Christ's life so that people may associate themselves See Murnion on Pg. 6 why. It is a time for listening and responding, for dreaming dreams, facing reality and even making decisions. (NC Photo by Mimi Forsyth) makes sense to talk about it and to live it at home. 1980 NC News Service CHRISTMAS YOUIRE IN BETHLEHEM THE HOLY FATHER:S MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH This Christmas you'll be remembered in the Midnight Mass in Bethlehem. The celebrant, Archbishop James J. Beltritti, will offer the Mass for the members and benefactors of this Association ... How better can we say thank OUR you? In 18 mission countries (where Catholics, GIFT though few, are mostly of the Eastern Rites) the TO Holy Father helps millions because you read this YOU column. Blind boys in the Gaza Strip (not one of them a Christian) are learning rug making, basketwork, the ABCs, at the Pontifical Mission Center for the Blind. Lepers in India are cared for by native priests and Sisters. The poor have the Gospel preached to them in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon arid Ethiopia . .. This season especially, won't you remember the missions in your prayers? Our priests and Sisters depend on you. They ask the Christ Child to bless you always! r, Dear Mrs. M: MASSES Yes, priests in the Holy Land will be pleased to YOU olfer soon the Masses you request. Simply send REQUEST us your intentions. Msgr. Nolan HINTS FOR CATHOLIC SHOPPERS ," If you want your gift credited in tax-year '79, be sure it's postmarked by Dec. 31. Here are three gifts of lasting value: TRAIN A NATIVE PRIEST. It costs only $15.00 a month ($180 a year, $1,080 for the entire six year course), he will write to you regularly, and pray for you. (A $3,000 Burse trains a seminarian in perpetuity.) TRAIN A NATIVE SISTER. We'll send you her photo, and she'll write to you. Make the payments at ),our own convenience ($12.50 a month, $150 a year, $300 for the entire two-year course). BUILD A MISSION CHURCH, NAME IT FOR YOUR FAVORITE SAINT, IN MEMORY OR YOUR LOVED ONES. We can tell you where it's needed, its size and location will determine the cost (from $4,000 up), and the Bishop overse will keep you informed. ($10,000 helps build an entire parish 'plant'--church, school, rectory and convent.) Dear Monsignor Noian: Please return coupon with your offering THE CATHOLIC ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND FOR NkME. STREET CITY . STATE __-- ZiP CODE__ NEAR EAeT WELFARE ARROCIATION NEAR EAST MISSIONS TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOC. 1011 First Avenue * New York, N.Y. 10022 Telephone: 212/826-1480