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Them E S SAGE i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER 19 JANUARY 13, 1989 i Three kings The annual SPITED Epiphany party was held Jan. 6 at the Catholic Center. During the Mass, Wendy Cordray, Todd Georges and Jim Kissel served as the "Three All diocesan students to gather in Evansville April 27 for celebration . By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Seven thousand Catholic school students will assemble at Roberts Stadium in Evansville for an un- precedented event, April 2 7. Every Catholic school in the Diocese of Evansville will participate in the celebration, according to members of the steering committee, and Governor Evan Bayh has confirmed his planned participation in what is being billed as "Celebrating the Tradition." There are 25 Catholic elementary schools and four Catholic high schools in the diocese, a 12-county area of southwestern Indiana. The celebration will involve students from in and around Evansville, Ft. Branch, Haubstadt, Jasper, Mt. Vernon,  Newburgh, Princeton, Rockport, St. James, St. Joseph, St. Wendel, Vincen- nes and Washington Father Raymond L. Kuper, diocesan director of Catholic education, chairs the steering committee for the event. Chairing major commmittees are Father Mark Kurzendoerfer, a faculty member at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, in ' GOVERNOR EVAN BAYH --Photo courtesy of the EvansvilhJ ?;ourier charge of liturgy planning; Father Mike Hamel, diocesan offic,  nf vices, who shares planning, respon- See ALL page I3 Teacher of the Year Annual diocesan teaching award Kings" and carried tp the-gifls;..theyare members of Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch. The SPITED program has been serving mental!y-handicapped adults in :''0'' the Diocese of Evansville for over 20 years. Parishes in the diocese with active SPRED groups are St. Agnes, St. Benedict and St. Joseph, all in Evansville; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County, and Holy Cross. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul Supreme Court agrees to take Missouri abortion law case By LIZ SCHEVTCHUK NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Jan, 9 agreed to take up a Missouri law., largely negated by lower federal courts, that declared life begins at conception, banned abortions at public hospitals, and otherwise restricted abortion. Church and pro-life sources wel- comed the court's involvement. "I'm cautiously hopeful that accep- tance of this case signals a new will- ingness by the Supreme Court to recon- sider the line of cases on abortion which begins with Roe vs. Wade," the high court's 1973 ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, said Mark E. Chopko, aneral counsel for the National Con- fence of Catholic Bishops. Samuel Lee, state legislative chair- man for Missouri Citizens for Life, said, "This is very exciting for all pro-lifers, especially those in Missouri, to see on the horizon protection of the unborn for abortion." The Supreme Court, following its usual procedures, did not discuss the merits of any views in the case, Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services, when it announced that it would consider the case. The Supreme Court is scheduled to end its argument period -- the days when cases are actually argued before the bench -- at the end of April. If arguments on the Missouri case are heard by then, a ruling might be possi- ble -- but is not guaranteed -- by the end of the court's 1988-89 term in mid- summer. Chopko cautioned that the high court, in taking the case, might stop short of reversing Roe vs. Wade. "It is also possible for the .COUrt to reconsider Roe without ever overturn- ing Roe itself/' he said. "I think it will be highly unlikely for the court to reconsider and then overturn Roe vs. Wade and thus rule abortion is no longer legal." Sections of the Missouri statute struck down by lower courts included: -- A declaration that "the life of each human being begins at conception." -- A requirement that physicians per- form various viability tests on fetuses apparently 20 weeks old or older before abortions. -- A provision forbidding public hospitals and personnel from perform- ing any abortion not required to save a woman's life. -- A ban on use of public funds "for encouraging or counseling a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life." The Reagan administration in November asked the high court to take the case and to consider it as a vehicle for overturning the 1973 Supreme Court abortion legalization. The state of Missouri, in seeking Supreme Court in- tervention, also requested that the high court reconsider the 1973 ruling. be given May 17 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer The Message and the Office of Catholic Education are co-sponsoring a second annual Diocese of Evansville Teacher of the Year award. "Our schools can only be quality schools if we have quality teachers," said Father Raymond Kuper, director of the Office of Catholic Education, "and quality teachers need to be encouraged and supported. Part of a support system is always recognition." This year, all teachers who have served 20 years or more in the diocese will also be honored for years of service, according to Father Kuper. A nomination form for the 1989 Teacher of the Year Award is found on Page Three in this issue of the Message. To be eligible for the Teacher of the Year Award, the teacher must currently be employed in the Diocese of On the inside at Resurrection ....... Evansville and must have taught for a minimum of five years in the diocese. The deadline for nominations is March 20. The winner of the 1989 Teacher of the Year Award will be announced May 17 at a banquet at Resurrection School, Evansville. Teachers with 20 years of service or more in the diocese will also be honored at the banquet. Sister Kathleen Finis, O.S.B., was the winner of the 1988 Teacher of the Year award. At the awards banquet, Bishop Francis R. Shea presented Sister Finis with the award and commended her for serving "with wisdom and heart." Sister Finis was chosen for the Teacher of the Year award by a panel of three educators who chose her for being a "role model as an outstanding human being, having a major influence in the lives of her students, showing concern with the faith development as well as See TEACHER page 3 i i ii i Precious Blood, Jasper -- New windows shed new light, on page 2. Around the Diocese -- People in the news, on page 7. St. Theresa Church, Evansville -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Tornado touchdown -- Vincennes-area parishes and the aftermath, on page 13. Pro-life rally -- Teens to gather in Jasper, on page 14. r |i i i