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The00/[ E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER 21 JANUARY 27, 1989 Nudgers Parish leaders from St. John Church, Newburgh, plan Lenten activities to "nudge" parishioners and others into active or more active participation in the life of the Church. Committee members include, from lett, Pat Ziemer, Marty Brown, Father Joseph Ziliak, George Ferguson, Warren Lyon, Jerry Brown, Diane Bernhardt, Father Henry Kuykendall, Cheryl Desrochers, Bill Moranz and Mary Steele. Seepage 11 ora story on "nudging orJesus." --Message Photo by Paul Leingang Dear Fellow Catholics: whole idea of what belonging to Christ I don't remember ever having used this particular salutation before. I do so now because it says something of which we all need to be reminded. You and I belong to the Catholic Church and Catholic means universal. Too many of us limit our view when we think of Church. We immediately picture the building in our parish where we go to worship God and receive the sacraments instituted by his son, Jesus. To us that is Church. We may be somewhat aware that there are other parishes in our city and our county but the awareness is not one which triggers any concern or even much interest. We will take care of our school; lot them take care of theirs. This may be a satisfactory attitude for a Congrega- tionalist Church but it falls far short of what we as Catholics should have as a model. Jesus instructed the apostles with the vision that all who will believe in the Gospels and receive baptism may be one as Jesus and the Father are one. By our baptism we all become one with S and thus we all really form one in him. Not to be vividly aware of what that bond signifies is to miss the means. Fellowship in Christ Jesus ought to be as close a bond as that of blood relationship. But let's be honest; how many of us ever even think that way, much less let it affect our attitude toward our relationship with a fellow Catholic? If I know him or her and hap- pen to like the person, fine. Otherwise, so what? Jesus didn't form a Church and send the Holy Spirit to stay with it until the end of time so that we could segregate ourselves in small groups of relatives and friendly neighbors in order to wor- ship the Heavenly Father. He meant us to be a leaven to all society so that the Kingdom of God might come to be a reality, oven here on earth. How can we do such a mighty work when we don't even know who our follow members are? Each year at this time, I almost beg the families of this diocese to subscribe to the official means of communications amongst ourselves, the Message. It is printed 51 times each year to give you information about your fellow Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville. It is also designed to acquaint you with the Church Universal -- those millions u n gpOniobe millions of people around the who share a common heritage and Board may close Brothers' House By RY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer A recommendation has been made to tear down the Brothers' House at Memorial High School, Evansville, and build a parking lot in its place. The recommendation was made dur- ing the January meeting of the Evansville Catholic High School Board. The ECHS Board may vote on the building's future at its February meeting. David Tiaken, chairperson of the Building Committee for the ECHS Board, noted that the "current need for this facility has outlived its use and will See BOARD pe 4 at least the seeds of a common mission. We have all heard the saying, "In unity there is strength." Sadly, I must report to you that less than a third of the Catholic households of this diocese subscribe to the Message. It is a good paper, well edited and designed for all of you and your needs to help you to be better and more responsive members of Christ's Mystical Body. Please give it a chance and see what you have been missing by shrinking the Catholic Church into one of its many members. Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Rev. Francis R. Shea Bishop of Evansville Message Sunday is January 29 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Catholic families throughout the diocese are being encouraged this weekend to begin or to renew their subscriptions to the Message. Message Sunday is the beginning of the annual circulation drive for the diocesan week- ly newspaper. Higher production and printing costs have resulted in an increase in the price of a subscription. Rates for the 1989 subscription year were established by the board of the Catholic Press. of Evansville, Inc., at $15 for a subscrip- tion. through the parish, and $17.50 for an individual subscription. . An incentive program, however, will make it possible for parishes to pay the same rate as last year. In the current year, 11 parishes pay only $10 per subscription, because 75 percent or more of the families in the parish subscribe. In the 1989 subscrip- tion year, the rate for such parishes, and any other parishes with 75 percent cir- culation will remain at $10 per subscription. In the current year, nine parishes have circulation rates between 35 and 74 percent. In the 1989 subscription year, all parishes with such a circula- tion rate will pay the same as last year -- $12 per subscription. Catholic schools throughout the diocese are also being invited to par- ticipate in a project which will raise funds for the school and attract new subscribers to the Message. Schools will receive a fee for each new subscriber added to the newspaper cir- culation list. New and renewed subscriptions will begin the first Friday in March and con- tinue through the end of February 1990. The circulation campaign theme this year is based on the question, "How will you know?" It emphasizes the par- ticular role of the Catholic press in com- municating news for and about the local Church. Of greatest impact among the expected events of 1989 is the appoint- ment of a new bishop for the diocese -- an event which may continue to shape the Catholic Church in southwestern In- diana well into the next century. On the insid00 The Enneagram -- A "journey into wholeness," on page 2. Teens and abortion -- Story and photos from pro-life rally, on page 3. Convocation follow-up -- Information about Jan. 31 meeting, on page 5. What's going on? -- A listing of events, on page 6. Who's in the news? -- See ',People" and "School Notebook," on page 7.