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4 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Perspective-- A parable about lay leadership The key went in easily enough, but it was hard to turn in the lock. I'll have to tell somebody about this lock, I thought. It shouldn't stick like this. My wife and ! were on our way into the parish center for a meet- ing. Often,. other people are there earlier than we are, and the door is' already open. My key does not get' much use. Maybe my key was bent, I thought, later that evening. I looked at the key, but there seemed to be nothing wrong with it. No reason,for it to stick in the lock the way it did. Then I noticed that I had two keys on my key ring that were very similar. Not identical, but simi- lar. And I wasn't sure what the keys were sup- posed to open. By the end of the evening, the puzzle was solved. After returning home I made a surprising By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR discovery: I had opened the door at the parish center with the key for my garage. A parable is what this is, I thought, This is a story about the Church today. Here is how such a story could be used: A Catholic lay person today is like a parishioner who was called to participate in the life of the parish. "Give me a key," he said to the pastor, "so that I may enter fully into the parish center." The pastor gave the parish- ioner a key. He also gave him an admonition: "Be careful that you don't lose it." Months went by and the parishioner found lit- tle use for the key, because others in the parish also had keys and the parish center was open and there was much activity in it. Then one day, when the parishioner needed his key, he found that he had forgotten which key it was that had been assigned to him: when he discovered that a key to volvement was already in his That may not be the greatest story world, but it certainly points out examining your own abilities before asking one else to do what needs to be done. i' There is a great deal being written about the roles of priest and deacon, ministry, about the work of the a the Baptismal call of each and every Our diocesan synod has given ward the focus on lay leadership. the declining number of priests give us examine our communities and the is needed. Certainly some leadership must:' from those who are assigned to a as certainly, some must come from those already there. Have you taken a good look lately in your possession? Washington Letter A nation of migration: Hearing human tales behind the infl :- i By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service B WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Often cast as an unwelcome swarm of humanity over- whelming foreign lands, mi- grants became individuals with heart-wrenching personal stories to tell at the headquar- ters of the U.S. Catholic Con- ference in January. Hieu Thi Hoang tried more than 10 times to flee Vietnam and rejoin her husband before setting out for Hong Kong with 75 people on an 18-foot fishing boat. After six dangerous days at sea and 17 months in refugee camps, she and her two youngest children were fi- nally reunited with her hus- band and two older offspring in 1986, 17 years after they were separated. Habtom T. Gebremichael, of what is now Eritrea, had been imprisoned, tortured and forced to serve with Ethiopian forces by the time he escaped to neighboring Djibouti. He spent time in Sweden, was de- ported to Sudan and eventu- ally walked for five days across the Nubian Desert to Egypt be- fore obtaining asylum in the United States in 1990. Luka Kristo not long ago was a salesman in central I I III ii The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the ! Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansvil ............. shop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Edor ............................................ Paul Lngang ................................... Amy Housman Producbon Manager ........................... Phil Boger Adve .................................... Pau Newnd St Writer ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Cow Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, tN 47701, Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of PublP.,atkn Cop/Hgtt 1994  Press of Evansv Bosnia. Drafted into the Croat- ian army, the 25-year-old Catholic was attempting to get rid of a bomb last April when it exploded. Kristo's injuries went untreated for hours. One leg was badly broken and even- tually both hands were ampu- tated. Now under the care of doctors in Washington, he fears for his family in Buso- vaca, Croatia, where food, medicine, fuel and firewood are in short supply and Muslim fighters surround the town. The three refugees spoke briefly after daily Masses as part of National Migration Week activities at USCC head- quarters Jan. 3-7. Displays ex- plaining the work of the bish- ops' Migration and Refugee Services lined a main corridor of the building. "Migration is about all of us," said Father Tesfamariam Baraki, an Ethiopian-rite priest who heads the Ethiopian and Eritrean apostolate of the Washington Archdiocese. Cele- brating one of the special Masses, Father Baraki noted the Christmas season is a nat- ural time for the migration cel- ebration because Jesus' family became migrants -- forced to flee to Egypt to escape Herod's order to execute baby boys of a certain age. The MRS executive director, Jesuit Father Richard Ryscav- age, sees a growing need to ed- ucate people at all levels in the United States about the di- verse aspects of migration: legal and illegal immigration Take part in post-card campaign To the editor: and ordered the FDA to review Last year 86 percent of the U.S. dioceses participated in a unified post-card campaign to our legislators voicing opposi- tion to the Freedom of Choice Act. The Freedom of Choice Act permits abortion on de- mand at the taxpayers' ex- pense. President Clinton had made a campaign promise to make the F.O.C.A. the law of the land. Today, the F.O.C.A. is not a law. However, President Clin- ton did reverse all of the pro- life policies of the previous ad- ministrations. With the stroke of a pen he directed federally funded family planning clinics to include abortion as a method of birth control, re- versed the policy that re- stricted U.S. tax dollars to go to overseas organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning, and lifted the ban on federally funded research on fetal tissue obtained from in- dllced abortions. He also de- creed that overseas military hospitals must offer abortions, the prohibition of the RU-486 drug for private use and con- sider promoting the testing, li- censing and manufacturing of RU-486 in the United States. Those who took part in the post-card campaign last year to prevent passage of the Free- dom of Choice Act hope and pray that their participation played a part in the failure of the act to become a law. Once again we will have the chance to flood our congress- men with post-cards opposing the use of tax dollars for abor- tions. The Clinton health care plan makes abortion a guaran- teed basic benefit. This would force every pro-life citizen to pay a part of every abortion in the United States. If we fail to participate to the full extent with our prayers and actions, we become accessories to this crime. So please take part in the post-card campaign this month and continue to pray for the unborn. Richard W. Vieck Vincennes as well as refugee resettle- ment. For instance, Gebremichael's struggle to escape from a civil war is typical of what thou- sands of newcomers to the United States had to undergo to reach safe haven, said Fa- ther Ryscavage. The goal of Migration Week -- observed at various times of the year in different dioceses is to generate interest and understanding among Ameri- cans by having them see an in- dividual's face and hear first- hand his or her story rather than generalizations. Around the country, a few areas sponsored Migration Week events in January, in- cluding a multiethnic Mass in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky. In other dioceses, celebra- tions are held in the summer or fall. Other efforts to open minds and hearts to migrants coincided with the USCC weeklong celebration. Religious communities in Los Angeles are circulating a statement and di Los Angeles M. Mahony ment on immigrJ committee of the State Assemply. "Across the people are fleei forms of o tice, that are and economic in the statement. percent of these about 120,000, $ mitted to the (mostly) for th family re we in our natio state are rise in l aimed at these land." The promote a rally at the well as to enCO! steps to immigrants Bishop's The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger