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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .... The "rit of " " St. Joseph sixth graders collect toys, books for St. Jude By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer It's amazing what one person can do -- with a little help from her friends. Lindsey Meyer is a sixth grad- er at St. Joseph School, Vander- burgh County. When she heard about four- year-old Alex Kelley's recent medical treatments at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Mem- phis, Tenn., she felt bad. When she heard about the playroom for the patients there, she felt she could help. She went to school and asked her classmates to help her gath- er toys and books to be donated to the playroom. They agreed, and by the time they were finished collecting, they had gathered: 153 books, one puzzle, 16 coloring books, one box of markers, 10 boxes of crayons, six stuffed animals, four toys, 49 Ranger Rick magazines. Amy Martin and Lindsey Meyer display some of the books and toys which were gathered for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Amy will be making the delivery; Lindse3 a sixth grader at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, spearheaded the collection. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Archdiocese replaces cruise to.Cuba with $250 plane trip , MIAMI (CNS) -- The Arch- diocese of Miami has chartered a plane for a one-day trip to Cuba Jan. 25 for the closing Mass of Pope John Paul II's visit there, after canceling earlier plans for a cruise pilgrimage to the Caribbean nation. Father Patrick O'Neill of the chancellor's office in the Arch- diocese of Miami told Catholic News Service Jan. 5 that there were still some seats available on the 180-seat airplane, which will leave Miami for Havana at about 6 a.m. Jan. 25 and return by about 6 p.m. the same day. But he said anyone interested in making the trip should con- tact him as soon as possible, because each traveler must obtain a visa from the Cuban government, which could take some time. "Without a visa," he said, "no seat." Father O'Neill said the $250 cost will include the round-trip flight, meals and ground trans- portation to and from the Mass. Archbishop John C. Favalora of Miami canceled the sched- uled Jan. 23-26 cruise pilgrim- age to Cuba on Dec. 19, a day after meeting with a group of Cuban-American Catholics who Opposed the cruise. Saying that the cruise ship had become "a source of serious tension in our community," Archbishop Favalora said he had decided "that it is in the best interest of the church in Miami to cancel the cruise ship and lead a pilgrimage to Cuba by other means." The Norwegian Majesty cruise ship chartered by the archdio- cese had a capacity of about 1,000 people, with most cabins costing between $969 and $1,200. All deposits wade to the arch- diocese for the planned cruise have been refunded, Father O'Neill said. :i!!ii!!!ii!!:ii! Sixth graders at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, display some of the books and toys they Anyone interested in the Cuba flight should contact Father O'Neill at (305) 762-1254. Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in south- western Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Twelve-year-old Tommy Flynn contin- ues to recuperate from a heart transplant which was performed in Octo- ber at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. When he was born, the main arteries lead- ing into his heart were TOMMY FLYNN all on one side of his heart and were back- wards. The side without the arteries did not have an opening for the arteries. Until his surgery, he lived with just one chamber of his heart working. When the trans- plant team removed his heart, it was two to three times larger than the average heart. He is the son of Tom and Debbie Flynn, and a member at St. John Church, Loogootee. Shirley Jeffers, youth minister at St. John, said Tommy would like to receive mail from around the diocese. His address is Tommy Flynn, 1030 Brady Street, Loogootee IN 47553. Services for Providence Sister Alice Rita collected for St. Jude Children's Message photo by Kummer, 99, who died Dec. 3 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Kummer entered the Sisters of Providence in 1915. final vows in 1924. She taught in schools Providence, including Evansville, and St. Joseph Services for Providence Trainer, 92, who died Jan. 2, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Trainer entered the the Sisters of Providence in her final vows in 1930. She taught in schools Providence, including Evansville. Prayers are requested for Msgr. '. Wolf, pastor at Holy Trinity Evansville. He was hospitalized tion on Jan. 3. Please send information for CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Message, EO. Box 4169, Evansville, i The e-mail address is Subject: PEOPLE ABOUT. The deadline for copy is 9 a.rn ........... before publication. Early abortion technique said to minimize The National Abortion Feder- ation reported 23 clinics nation- wide using the technique. The new technique threatens "to anesthetize consciences," Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice presi- dent of the Pontifical Academy for Life. "These techniques are pre- sented as a "continuation' of contraceptive methods in order to spare a woman the pain and suffering of an abortion. But that is not the case," he said. "These are authentic abortions." Alvare said more women might seek abortions earlier if the procedure becomes widely available, but she noted that most abortions ate] between the weeks of medical earlier abortionS WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new technique that makes abor- tions possible as early as eight days after conception was criti- cized as "Planned Parenthood's attempt to minimize the moral significance of abortion." Helen Alvare, spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, said that by describing the new procedure as less noisy, less costly and quicker than the more common type of abortion, its advocates are trying to downplay that the tech- nique still ends a human life. "Leave it to Planned Parent- hood to greet the Christmas sea- son with a new form of abor- appeal of the supporters is that tion against stronger later in The National Committee saying it life of human ception through The use of after life has unique and ber of the humaa tion," Alvare said, The technique was described in news stories just a few days before Christmas. Its inventor, Dr. Jerry Edwards, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Houston, said he has been using the procedure since about 1989 in his private practice. The procedure uses a hand- held syringe to remove the embryo, rather than the vacuum pump used in more typical abortions. The development of more sensitive ultrasound imaging and pregnancy tests make it possible to use the syringe method as soon as eight days after fertilization.