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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 'h heart' o ration Name parishioners receive Hospice certification HUGHES writer I, Sarah sick calls oners at Holy Name she livering Corn- was "skirt- it came to homebound during the at Mass she Hos- a Hospice County. Name up to be provides of care to benefit The atients to final patients' as corn- Burke "let them- to what they emotions. Sometimes, it's uncomfortable to hear them talk about cancer, but now I let them talk about it. "I ask them, 'How do you feel today?' and 'Do you hurt more today?' I ask, 'Can I do some- thing for you?' It's being a friend." She says the training has enabled her to understand the stages that terminally-ill patients go through, and now she knows to take time to talk with them. "No one wants to relate to them. What a loneliness they must feel -- to face death and no one wants to talk about it. Everyone takes those last steps alone, but it sure would be nice to have a friend around." During her Hospice training, the volunteers were asked to make a list of the six to nine things that were the most impor- tant in their lives. These includ- ed family, religion, material pos- sessions such as cars, close friends and pets. The volunteers wrote these items down on scraps of paper, then placed them faci down on their desks. They were asked to give up three items, and then the instructor came and randomly picked an item from each desk. "It was emotional," Burke said. "You would think, 'Oh, no. Not my religion." As she watched valued things in her life being "snuffed out," Burke said she gained insight into what the sick are giving up. "It was very emotional to see what the sick go through, and really an eye opener." Through her Hospice training, Burke says she also learned that "it's very important to touch the sick, to give them hugs. It's a reassurance that somebody's there, that somebody cares. When people are sick or have a disease, they feel alienated any- way." Hospice offers a different rela- tionship than the doctor-patient one, she believes. "It's more open, more one-on-one. It's a heart-to-heart operation." Burke says her Hospice work will probably involve visiting a patient once a week, "sitting with them, and providing a break for the caregiver." Benedictine Sister Diane Fis- cher, pastoral life coordinator at Holy Name Church, said over half of the volunteers in the Green County Hospice program are from Holy Name. "We are TIIII ! : :(i 3 Eleven parishioners from Holy Name Church, Bloomfield, recently received their certification as Hospice of Greene County volunteers. They include, front row, Jane Jones, Gwen Combs, Bonnie Bell, Charles Olos, second row, Sarah Burke, Cindy Montgomery, Mary Ann Farris, back row, Sally Christopher and Helen Raymundo. Joanne Baumann and Karen Cook also received certification. really proud of our people." She believes that the Hospice commitment comes from the parish Outreach Commission, which has been looking at "how we could help people." Holy Name parishioners who completed the Hospice training include Burke, Jane Jones, Gwen Combs, Bonnie Bell, Charles Olos, Cindy Montgomery, Mary Ann Farris, Sally Christopher, Helen Raymundo, Joanne Bau- mann and Karen Cook. ic Charities, JMHA lead community-wide abstinence effort begin planning the three-year community-wide effort. 'Tv'e will be using our resources to help agencies, youth min- istlfies, churches and youth-relat- ed organizations to promote this healthy lifestyle," said Jim Collins and Helen Kremzar, in a prepared statement describing their hopes for the effort. Collins is director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of'Evansville; Kremzar heads the Junior Men- tal Health Association, an orga- nization which involves youth ' from many schools in the Evans- ville area, including Mater Dei and Memorial high schools: The Junior Mental Health Association "is blessed with teens who have been trained in the promotion of abstinence," said Collins and Kremzar. "They give talks, do skits, and train other teens in this important work." Collins and Kremzar promised to bring expert trainers and nionally known motivational speakers to southwestern Indi- ana. Events would be open to the groups working together through- out the community. Among the individuals and groups represented were Phyllis Beshears, director of the dioce- san Office of Catholic schools and Mike Eppler, director of the Office of Youth and YoungAdult Ministry. They have agreed to take part in a joint training experience for diocesan person- nel to prepare them to do absti- nence work in the schools and in youth ministry. Others at the meeting were representatives of the Gibson County Mental Health Associa- , tion, Compassionate Care of Oakland City, Buffalo Trace Council of Boy Scouts, Young Life, Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA of Evansville, United Way of Southwestern Indiana, and Carver Community Organi- zation of Evansville. Also at the meeting were Stephen Dillard, youth minister at Arefla of Faith Church in Evansville, and Marilyn Dillard, a youth ministry leader working with her husband and also at Carver Community Organiza- tion in Evansville. Denise Krivokuca, a social worker in private practice and a member of Good Shepherd Church, also participated in the meeting. 8 O O e '5 and the ocia- Partnership as the .Unmarried orga- per- Interested a.n. 14, to I t i + I t $ i ' II I + 41 II I I 'bl I, tl, I Ib Q  O ot tl to speakers encouraging a commu- the Evansville area. interested individuals and organi- rto Retreat House, Jan. 14. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Denise Krivokuea, a social worker, listens to the discussion at a meeting of persons interested in working together to encourage youth abstinence. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Father Kenneth Steckler, asso- ciate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, also attended the meet- ing. He will be named to a steer- ing committee, which will guide the cooperative efforts of the groups over the next three years. Among others on the steering committee will be Father Briari Holtz, associate pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Catholic Charities and the Junior Mental Health Associa- tion held their first joint venture Jan. 19, at Resurrection Church, Evansville, where about a hun- dred young persons pledged chastity until marriage. The pledge ceremony was organized by the Evansville West Deanery Youth Ministry leaders. The teens each received a tee shirt with the imprinted slogan, "Make it your style: Abstinence." I I People we,,are abou,.., i Following is a feature in the Meuag , designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. ! Prayers are requested for Sue Skvara, a teacher at Holy [] Rosary School, Evansville, who is suffering with cancer. She recently had colon surgeD', i Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville lN 47724..