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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- Taking the time to make a difference- Prayer and works on a snowy day" It's snowing, Lord; there's a white miracle outside! The snow is covering everything, the grass, the trees, the buildings, and streets. It reminds us of your love: Like this magical snow your love covem and surrounds us and everything around us. These opening lines of a prayer by Kathleen Finley came to mind several times during the last few weeks of winter weather in the midwest. Finley's prayer is from a small book entitled, Dear God: Prayers for Families with Children. The snow that snarls streets and school days may seem to parents more of a curse than a blessing, but it certainly seems different from a small child's point of view. It is magic. Or so it once seemed. Remember? There was a time when snow was for sledding and not for shoveling. When hands were warm in multi-colored mittens, not in gray or brown work gloves. One of the fondest memories in my family is of a deep and heavy snow when our sons were small. The snow I shoveled from the driveway became a fortress. And in it were tunnels, and over it were places to slide. God's love then was everywhere, but especially By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR in the magical mound of snow transformed by imagination into mountains and cities and a whole new world of mystery. God's love was there, too, at the end of the day, after the play, in the warmth of the home -- the kitchen, the bath, and the bed. Not everyone has pleasant memories of snow and winter. The signs of God's love in the world are perhaps as varied as are the fami- lies of believers. Perhaps the moment of grace in a child's life (and in ours) comes at times which are significant only to one person or to one family -- not necessarily in a snowstorm which covers half of the United States. Finley's book suggests prayers for many occa- sions in a a child's life. There's one on receiving a new riding toy: "Pleas6 keep those who ride on it happy, healthy and safe." Another on losing a tooth: 'rhank yo u for signs like this tooth which remind me that I'm changing and growing up." Dear God: Prayers for Families with Children by Kathleen Finley (ISBN: 089622-673-5 paper, 88 pp., $7.95) is available in religious bookstores or from Twenty-Third Publications, P.O. Box 180, Mys- tic, CT 06355. Take some time this week to holy times you have experienced in haps you may recall your childhood in the lives of your children. Tell your stories to your family encourage them to reflect on the si ments in their everyday lives. Finley points out that it is we first find, or do not find, a God in your home? Where do families find God in your neighborhood? How can you or your friends to feel and Celebrate Finley says that family prayer make family life holy, but rather, that holiness is already there. If an act of charity -- doing good the same basis. A hungry person is sympathy, an occasion for a person good. A hungry person is hob In with the hungry and the and the lame, we believe we one who redeemed us. Take the time to celebrate the prayer and good works -- in lives of your neighbors. Questions and comments are Christian Family Movement, P O. Box Iowa 50010 Washington Letter Timing: It's everything for pro-life march scheduled in By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With just a difference of two weeks, the Jan. 7-8 blizzard that buried much of the East Coast would have been crip- pling, though probably not fatal, to an annual national march against abortion on the Capitol. Participants in the annual March for Life, from the White House to the Capitol each Jan- uary, have gathered through rain, bitter cold and several inches of snow before, but never quite as big a storm as the two-foot walloping of this year. "We would have marched anyway" if the blizzard of '96 had coincided with the event, said Nellie J. Gray, president of March for Life. Each year since Jan. 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the ruling in Roe" vs. Wade that legalized abortion throughout the coun- The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville i Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettetfinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Producn Techcan ............... Joseph Dietnch Advectng. ................................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communiations to P,O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- ton number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication C 1995  Press of Evansvi try, as many as 75,000 people have come to Washington on the anniversary of the ruling or the weekday closest to it if it falls on a weekend -- to protest the decision and lobby Congress, the president and the high court to reverse it. In 1987, participants arrived in town to falling snow, with about half a foot on the ground by the time the march started and an accumulation of 11 inches by the end of the day. Miss Gray said it's impossible to reschedule an event that in- volves as many people from so many states. "So, we do the best we can with the weather we are given," she said. The prospect of having even a scaled-down crowd of a few thousand people try to descend upon the Ellipse behind the White House during a blizzard was too imposing to contem- plate for Sandra Alley, public affairs director for the Na- tional Park Service of the Na- tional Capitol Area. She was back in her office Jan. 11 for the first time after three days of storm-closings and three weeks of budget-cri- sis furlough. A new storm the next day closed the federal gov- ernment again, making the re- turn of federal workers to Washington offices short-lived. Had the government been on furlough the day the march was scheduled, it would have been up to Park Service and Concern: Special ed To the editor: Recently I wrote a letter to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville about my concern of the lack of special education available in the Catholic school system .... I find it hard to be- lieve that a city with over 15 Catholic grade schools only has one with special education pro- grams. Are we saying that spe- cial needs children don't de- serve a Catholic education? Yes my children attend C.C.D. and it is a good program but one hour a week for children with learning disabilities is not enough. I do my best to lead by example and educate them in the Catholic ways but I also re- alize I cannot teach tern as well as the schools. As I stated in my letter to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville I am sure I am not the only parent with this con- cern. I would like to know what I can do as a parent and what we as a Catholic commu- nity do to offer these special needs children a Catholic edu- cation. Vickie A. Hunn Evansville Accuracy doubted To the editor: In his letter to the editor (Message, Jan. 12, 1996), Robert A. Brown states that the Latin Tridentine Mass is "the only Mass recognized for about 2000 years." If anyone believes this per- haps such a person would also believe the rest of his letter. Rev. William J. Deering Diocesan Director of Worship/RCIA District of Columbia police to make a decision about asking organizers to cancel in the event of a big storm, Ms. Alley said. "What we look at is health and safety and whether we could handle it," she said. "Chances are you couldn't get into the Ellipse if there was this much snow anyway." Ms. Alley said as far as she knew, the Park Service had never asked such a large event to cancel because of the weather, partly because the March for Life is one of the few regular large-scale activities during the winter. But he lessons of January's blizzard raised plenty of "what if' ques- tions, she acknowledged. For starters, how would marchers even get in to town and where would they go? Buses that bring in people from across the country park outside the city at lots at the Pentagon and "They're around to there are , Ms. Alley Four days side streets ington causing tr! streets tha Even if for a storm, would be The city'S was bination snowed yards and gers who home. Even and manY P day off Jan. mobile lays of two trips See Bishop's s The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: :