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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January 15, 1988 I III Thelate Father Henry Bilz was photographed in his car for a feature story in the Message, Oct. 12, 1973. "It's about 460 square miles the way yodrive it," he had said, referring to his work at St. Mary Church, Sullivan and two missions in Sullivan County. "vin Bishop's Fund g! g 'amazing' Information gathered about' last year's Bishop's Fund points out another success, according to Development Director Justin Clements. The percentage of pledges contributed during the 1986 diocesan appeal hit an all time high, according to figures pro- vided by Clements in an analysis of the Bishop's Fund campaigns from 1982 to the present. Pledges for 1987 are still being collected; 1986 is the latest year for which complete information is available. "An amazing 95.1 percent" is how Clements describes it. During 1986, just over $1,157,000 was pledged; the amount actually contributed during the year totalled $1,100,768.34, according to Clements. Most fund raising campaigns anticipate what Clements refers to as "shrinkage" -- as much as 15 percent of what is promised is never delivered. Clements says the 1986 percentage col- lected shows the kind of com- mitment people have made to live up to their vohmtary pledges. Solicitation weekend for 1988 is scheduled April 16-17. Much of the work involved preparing for the weekend has already begun, according to Clements. Parish chairpersons are usually selected in January; information packets for parish leaders are sent out in February. Collections for 1987 are not complete, but Clements says the campaign set records for the amount of money pledged in the diocese, and for the number of parishes nearing or achieving their pledge goals. "This en- couraging development is due in large part to increasing local leadership support," writes Clements in a newsletter to Sister Mary Edwin Werner dies Jan. 7 at age 72 Services for Sister Mary Ed- win Werner, 72, who died Jan. 7, were held Jan. 12 at St. Mary- of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. Sister Werner entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1940 and made Call the Covenant House 9-LINE, a hotline for troubled youth and families, open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the U.S. 1-800-999-9999 The street is no solution. Old problems get worse, and new ones are created. her final vows in 1948. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, in- cluding St. Simon School, Washington. parisla leaders, "and to a grow- ing realization that the primary financial beneficiary of the campaign is your own parish." Father Bilz, 81, dies Jan. 10 Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 13, for Father Henry J. Bilz, a retired priest of the Evansville Diocese. Father Bilz died Jan. 10, 1988, at Kings Daughter Hospital, Madison, Ind., at the age of 81. Father Bilz had served 33 years at St. Mary Church, Sullivan, from 1945 until his retirement in 1978. During his years in the Sullivan area, he also served at the mission chur- ches of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Dugger, and St. Ann,. Shelburn. Father Bilz had been ordain- ed in 1934; lis first assignment was St. Boniface Church, Evansville, followed by assignments to Holy Trinity Church, Evansville, and St. Cle: ment Church, Boonville. After his retirement, he returned to his birthplace, Madison, Ind. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Mary Church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Madison. Surviving are a sister, Margaret, and a brother, Fran- cis, both of Madison. ii ii "Where customers sendtheir friends!"  Open nightly 61 9 p.m. 1.7bihor & OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 i ill i SENIORS I You will receive a BIG welcome at Oak Tree Village 1 Bedroom $150 month/SELECTED APTS. $99 Me. NEED A RIDE? CALL US AND WE WILL ARRANGE IT WE CARE ABOUT OUR SENIORS 310 N. aotherwood 477-5574 SISTER JULIANA KELLY, D,C. -Ms a adrntn003"Cr00.. I know that medicine has come a long way in recent years, but it will never totally eliminate pain and sorrow. That's why people will always need the healing and consolation that can come from God alone. Priests help us turn to God in our sorrow. They lead us to the inner healing found in prayer and the sacraments. And they comfort us by their presence, which is a sign of God's love. My profession can help to make life better.., but we can only do so much, Priests are needed... to lead people to God through loving service. SPONSORED BY THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE AND SAINT MEINRAD SEMINARY