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What will you read in the Message this year? More stories like "We are Church" -- that's what we said at the synod. And that's why the Message makes this pledge: Our readers will get to-know more about our Church in 1994. We promise more stories about tle people who are the Church of South- " western Indiana. We'll cover the issues, too, as they affect all of us. On this page are some sample stories from recent pages of You may remember them. We hope you won't lfiiss such stories in the coming year. We hope you will get the Message u all of the issues, all all of the stories. !i Local figures on vocations startling By the year 2000, the average age of the priests of the Diocese of Evansville will be retirement age -- if current conditions continue. The average age of the priests of the diocese is now 59, and it is increasing by one year every year- toward an average of 65 in the year 2000. Project Rachel Program helps women through healing after abortion Once a woman begins the emotional healing process after undergoing an abor- tion, she wants to know three things: Where her baby is, who has her baby, and that her baby is safe. She also wants to know if she will be forgiven, because she may believe she has committed an unforgivable sin. Finally, she wants to know if the Catholic church will accept her return. Father Blair Raum, a pastor from Baltimore, Md., was in Evansville recently to participate in a Project Rachel workshop, a post-abortion reconciliation program sponsored by Catholic Charities. The workshop was attended by priests and coun- selors in the diocese. Three teachers receive highest diocesan education award May 5 Three educators, from the elementary, middle and high school levels, have been given the 1993 Teacher of the Year Award form the Diocese of Evansville. Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger presented the awards at the Teacher of the Year Banquet May 5 at the Catholic Center in Evansville. The three teachers are Benedictine Sister Mary Francis Williams, a computer studies teacher at Mater Dei High School, Evansville; Rita Farny, a middle school teacher at Holy Rosary School, Evansville, and Catherine Schwenk, a third grade teacher at Corpus Christi School, Evansville. Finding mira Every day with Andy offers new surprises and blessings for his If you look for miracles you will Just ask Joan Ubelhor. She sees little miracles every day in most of us wouldn't think to look. She sees them in the eyes of strangerS offer prayers. She finds them in from friends and she sees them in Deacon Stephen 'Serving is the key' Vincennes author studies German village in new What was it like for Hoosiers' German ancestors to live in Germany? Why did so them come to the United States? Little Anna St. Wendel family is preparing to say goodbye When the Martin family gathers together this Christmas at their home in St. Wendel, it's almost certain that they will start singing. And when they do, they will probably sing the song "Though the Mountains May Fall." That's the song that little Anna knows. And that's the song that gives Janice Martin comfort these days, as the awareness settles in that this will be the last Christmas that all of her family will be together. In August, her daughter, Anna, was diagnosed with an im- mune deficiency disease, and this fall, she developed cancer in her lymph nodes. The specialists at Riley Hospital in Indi- anapolis and at Duke University were unable to give the family any hope for recovery. Quenten Merkel Memorial's baseball coach has spent 25 years teaching his players how to succeed : A player with 85 percent ability and lO0,percent attitude will 100 percent ability and 85 percent attitude every time. World Youth Day Dale resident experiences Catholic Church as never Harry Flaherty Former Dallas Cowboy urges students to turn to Former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Harry Flaherty swel last week carrying three messages for area students. First, determination and hard work can change everything. Then not to abuse drugs or alcohol. Finally, he encouraged them to and to discover what God's plan is for their lives. Bernie Etienne to be ordained to priesthood June 5 "The people at Newburgh helped me to say 'yes' to this," said Bernie reflected on his vocation to the priesthood. It's easy to subscribe to the Message Cut out this form. (Your mailing label should be on the back.) Send it with your payment of $15 tothe Message. If the mailing label is missing, incorrect, or for another person, use the form below. Follow the subscription directions in your parish bulletin, or mail your subscription re- quest to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. ?il ' What happens when Father Name be there? Address -- City/State/ZIP Parish It has happened already in our diocese times in recent months, the parish preside at Eucharist, or the priest was unable to get to the parish for MasS. people to do? In this day and age, as the number of dwindled, we have fewer and fewer more than one priest. When a priest is ul Mass it is next to impossible to find anot