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2 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The world around us The World Around Us by Deacon Jim Cavera Last week the Indiana Leg- islature convened the 1994 ses- sion. As you may be aware In- diana has the practice of having a short (30 day) session on the even numbered years. In addition this year all 100 House seats and 25 of the 50 Senate seats will be on the bal- lot for the primary and general elections. Because of this combination, a short session in an election year, everyone is predicting a session with lots of rhetoric and little substance, as law- makers will be trying to "look good" to the voters. Unfortu- nately this attitude only cre- ates greater pessimism among the voters. These are difficult times for all of us as this country faces tough choices about how to use its diminishing resources. Can we afford to have this concept of "looking good" become the number one motivating force behind all our decisions? It seems that during times of fis- cal restraint, the weak and the powerless become the victims of our so-called "business deci- sions." Someone needs to step for- ward and challenge the mo- tives behind these decisions. Are they being made in accor- dance with the Gospel values to which we Christians aspire? Do we have a right to raise our voices and challenge these mo- tives? I think we not only have the right but also the obliga- tion. As Christians we are dedi- cated to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who taught us both by words and example. As I read the Gospels I find that Jesus did not always say what people wanted to hear -- what would make him "look good" -- and because of this many turned away and left. Nothing has changed much over the years. Today we are faced with task of proclaiming a message of justice, charity, and love to those around us. Many may turn their backs and walk away. Many will tell us that we should mind our own busi- ness. But as Christians isn't this an important part of our business? The Indiana Catholic Con- ference struggles with this complex task and once again finds itself back at the State- house sorting out the issues. We need your help. We write letters to our rep- resentatives at 100 N. Capitol St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Democrats in the House of Representatives can be called at (800) 382-9841 and Republi- cans at (800) 382-9842. All state senators can be called at (800) 382-9467. To join our network and re- ceive our newsletter call us at (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637- 1731. How yOU can make a diff.eae00 Members of the Serra Club ofEvansville are celebrating 40 years ot working to make a difference in the life of the Church. The mission of the inte zation and its chapters is to promote religious vocations and foster fellowship among laity. One man made a difference, 40 years ago. ii The Evansville chapter was chartered on Nov. 19, 1953, after Dr. Maurice ran from Chicago, moved to Evansville to practice medicine. Information aboutthe was provided by Dr. William G. Schmidt, a member of the Serra Club. Dr. Fitzgerald contacted Msgr. Thomas Clarke, who became the first chaplain. him have been Msgr. Clarence Schlachter, Father Jean Vogler, and the current ther Kenneth Herr. Dr. Fitzgerald was the first president of the chapter, which was comprised Catholic lay leaders. Serra Clubs of Jasper, Owensboro and Vincennes were Evansville chapter. Current members in the Evansville chapter include Jerry Marx, current Guerin Bernardin, who is the only active member of the original charter group. Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and persons who contribute to the society, make a difference in the community. . , Sister Mary Therese Martin, a Daughter of Charity who coordinates the Evansville cent de Paul Society, reported recently on activity in November: 425 requests for were received and referred to various Evansville area parish conferences. Of those 157 were for rent, 133 for utilities, 80 for furniture or appliances, 31 for water bills miscellaneous items. The food pantry served 455 families which consisted of 1,320 children. Another 75 families were served with infant formula, infant vitamins and a: plement for the elderly. Information about the St. Vincent de Paul Society was submitted by O.T. JoneS, dent and chairman of the Coordinator Office/Food Pantry Committee. Following are suggestions from various sources on how you can make a difference your parish or community, and in the world. 1. Join the Serra Club in your community. For information in Evansville, Hirsch, secretary, (812) 424-1891. 2. Get involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Contact your pastor or any 3. Send information about your organization to the Message, to offer our tunity to volunteer or contribute. 4. Get involved with the Indiana Catholic Conference. Read Deacon Jim C more information. 5. Participate in the March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C., Friday, Jan. expenses for a teen to make the trip. (See page 3.) For more information: (812) . Join in a postcard campaign at your parish to tell members of congress to out of Healthcare Reform." (See page 3.) Contact your parish, or Catholic 423-5456. RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY [ 482-1200JASPER l , Participate through your prayers in the Week of Prayer for Christian The theme this year is: "In the midst of the reality of division, Christians are 'one in heart and soul." 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Your thoughts and the thoughts of other Message readers will provide ..... ate beginning to our coverage of Catholic Schools Week. Teacher's name: Year: School: City: Thank you for Your name: Your city: Send your comments to Mary Ann Hughes, the Message, P.O. Box 4169, 47724-0169. The deadline is Jan. 20