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26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana New Poor Clare Abbess 00Hospice in Bloomfield I VOLUME 27 A NUMBER 20 January 24, 1997 Happy Ads -v=Es OE/URY IULLN O|mel V ouerrv 'VM4SVILLE %J EVANSVILLE ' ( WEST DEANERY EAST DE/OERY of Life Mass held Jan. 19 at St. Wendel Church for the camera as his family says the of Life Mass held Jan. 19 at St. el. He is with parents Angie and Sarah and Julie, and brothers Brian Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Writer of the the icy to attend at St. raother of Said she felt attend the trying to .especial. ISSue. We or them to SOme- Lasher Is the Sanc- s, apprecia" Volleyball tity of Life issue, and parish pro- life coordinators in the Evans- ville area coordinated efforts for the Mass which was attended by over 150. Benedictine Father Edward Linton, formerly the associate pastor at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, gave the homily dur- ing Mass. He began by talking about Jewish author, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. Wiesel spent a happy childhood growing up in a Jewish village in Romania, lis- tening to his rabbi talk about "how good God is." That all changed when he was 16, and the Nazis rounded up everyone in his village, and put them on trains headed for Auschwitz. By the end of World War II, Wiesel was the lone survivor of his village. "He says he is fortu- nate for having endured the Holocaust," Father Edward said, explaining that Wiesel believes he now has a story to tell "about how evil and cruel men and women can be to one another. "And by telling his story, he can see the world change" into a world that values kindness, love, forgiveness and patience. Father Edward drew a paral- lel between Wiesel's story and today, noting "we live in a time that many call a holocaust too, a holocaust ofthe unborn." Although there may be the tendency to feel angry, or want revenge against those involved with abortion, Father Edward noted that "if we do that, I think we miss the message that God is giving us." He sees "God's providence at work in this terrible abortion killing. God is at work and has a message for each ofus: that life is sacred, that all of life is sacred." The Catholic Church is "unconditionally pro-life," Father Edward emphasized. "No ifs, ands or buts. But to be uncondi- tionally pro-life has a myriad of implications for us. We are not only against abortion, especially partial-birth abortion, but we must think how we respect the lives of others, especially those close to death, those in prisons, and even those who have taken the lives of others." He remembered the late Car- dinal Joseph Bernardin's com- ments on life issues, noting, "He said we should respect it all as a seamless garment." Father Liton concluded his homily by reminding everyone that "God is speaking through the lives of these innocent unborn infants," and He is telling us that "all life is sacred." "Let us listen to them. Let us hear their cry and respect life in all its forms." Msgr. Clarence Lindauer prays the rosary before the Sanctity of Life Mass Jan. 19 at St. Wen. del Church, St. WendeL -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Pleas for nonviolence part of pro-life observance WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As pro-lifers prepared for their annual march in Washington on the 24th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, pleas for a nonviolent show of disgust over legal abortion came amidst abortion clinic violence in Atlanta and Tulsa, Okla. Just three days after a similar attack on an Atlanta abortion clinic, two bombs exploded sec- onds apart Jan. 19 outside a clinic in Tulsa. Moderate dam- age was reported at the rear of the building. No injuries were reported; the clinic was closed for the day. On New Year's Day, two Molo- tov cocktails were lobbed at the same Tulsa clinic, again causing damage but no injuries. In Atlanta Jan. 16, six people were injured after the second of two bombs exploded at an abor- tion clinic in suburban Atlanta. No one was injured in the first Schools Week include Masses, dinners, volleyball games game, are on the schedule this coming week as Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville prepare to cele- brate the twenty-third annual to Know n about renewing the are now being accepted, Sister Mary Etta Kiefer, circula- ease in the fee, which is $17.50 for ns. (Full-circulation parishes receive Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools -- Schools You Can Believe In." Since 1974, Catholic Schools Week has served as a celebration of both U.S. education and Catholic schools in particular. "In recent months, the media has put a spotlight on Catholic schools, highlighting our success in character development, acad- emic achievement and gradua- tion rates," said Leonard DeFiore, National Catholic Edu- cation Association president. Iese results underscore that Catholic educators are providing an exceptional service to our Church and to the country. Catholic Schools Week cele- brates their courage and tom- mitment." As part of Catholic Schools Week festivities, students from Precious Blood and Holy Family schools, both in Jasper, will attend Mass together on Jan. 28, January 29 has been desig- in the circulation drive is varied. to follow the renewal guidelines of not affiliated with a parish in Use direct mail to the Message. will be included in the Jan. 31 will be mailed to all house- may also be available at and in many parish envelope nated Grandparents' Day at Holy Family School, and the day will feature Mass, a program and lunch. Precious Blood School will pre- sent the second annual Distin- guished Graduate Award. This year's recipient is Debbie Weisheit Buschkoetter. The award is presented to a person who has made a significant con- tribution to his or her communi- ty based upon the values learned at Precious Blood School. Holy Redeemer School, Evans- ville, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary this week. As part of the festivities, each school family was asked to design and decorate a nine-by- nine square of paper, including the family name and things that are of interest or that are unique to each family and its members. The family squares have been gathered together, and are on display in the school. St. Bernard School, Rockport, will be announcing the winner of blast at a professional building housing the clinic, but a second bomb, which exploded about an hour later in a trash container outside, injured six people, all of whom had converged on the scene as a result of the first bomb. Condemnation was swift after the Atlanta bombing. %Ve deplore and condemn the cowardly and pointless act of violence . . . regardless of who bears responsibilit);" said Arch- bishop John F. Donoghue of Atlanta. Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, said, "Such violence See PLEAS page 2 D