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15 Policy nearing on lay medical insurance By PAUL 1 LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger Said that he is preparing to aake a proposal of poh .ic on nedical insuran - YI.^ er v,,_"Iect Sept. 1. Bishopetten - h ''.. 'aake the proposal to -- uoc cesan Presb teral ,0until, the " Y ]0un, I _ Diocesan Finance 0,,I ' and the Diocesan Pas- 'B OUncil ishop Gettelfinger said he Is making his pro os he ri, , p al after a-",5 l,ne co a v;_ . nsultatlon and d.,v ota great number 0ple in t^ . of -- - . "= alOcese, who at- eael various meetings and sessions COncerning the In sur- isSUes. policy on lay e has been SCussion for almost and various pro- been considered. most recently has on four options: The Catholic provides InSUrance for each of  !ay employees. The Insurance is to be entity. Catholic Vansville main- fund lag each employing of an in- for the current Participation in efit to all of our employees." Grants approved for teachers of teachers Iy pAlj L RI LEINGANG Message editor iy $6,000 has grants from lle to letical leaders catechetical ing to James of reli- Were made possi- gift of $1 -ed by Bishop ger in Was awarded, 1994, to Bob at St. John Vollmer is masters in theol- St. Meinrad. id, grants for seven LIMEX Pro- for Min- Program), two Meinrad, and is. been re- are pend- 1 LIMEX allows d classes le- a masters ificate from New Or- are directed by who have been official liai- He said two Planned. Geraldine associate t. Clement the plan is optional to the em- ployee. Option Three-A: The Catholic Diocese of Evansville makes a medical insurance plan available to all lay em- ployees. i. Participation is optional to the employee ii. The employing entity will pay the information fee for each participating employee. iii. Every parish in the dio- cese will be assessed a pro rata portion of an amount required to maintain a sufficient re- serve. Option Three-B: The Catholic Diocese of Evansville makes a medical insurance plan available to all lay em- ployees. i. Participation is optional to the employee. ii. The informational fee will be determined in such a fash- ion as to maintain an adequate reserve and will be paid by the employing entity. Details of the bishop's pro- posal will be presented to the three councils, and following their consultation, the bishop said he will make his decision. The policy which is adopted, he said, will be "rooted in an obligation in social justice" to pro- vide medical insurance as a ben- Church, Boonville, is the facili- tator for a group meeting at the Catholic Center in Evansville. Mike Jones, religious educa- tion director for the Washing- ton Catholic Community, is the facilitator for a Jasper-Wash- ington group, meeting at the St. Joseph Church rectory basement in Jasper. Orientation and registration for the first two LIMEX learn- ing groups were scheduled Jan. 24 and Jan. 30. The groups meet for ten weeks, three hours in an evening, and participants are required to do about six hours of reading in preparation for each session. The complete LIMEX pro- gram consists of 10 courses of 10 weeks each. In the last three sessions, participants specialize in religious educa- tion or pastoral ministry. Grant requests are approved on a case by case basis, and may include assistance for tu- ition and expenses, depending on need and availability of funds. The grants are specifi- cally for catechetical leaders who will be involved in min- istry in the churches and schools of the Diocese of Evansville. Persons interested in the LIMEX program, or in apply- ing for a grant, should contact Jim Corr, Post Office Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Telephone (812) 477.8285, or toll free in Indiana (800) 637- 1731., Support high academic standards for Hoosiers Catholic and other nonpublic schools were represented at a historic meeting of business, labor, education and parent group leaders to support high academic standards for Hoosier stu- dents. Indiana Catholic Conference and Indiana Non-Public Education Association Executive Direc- tors, M. Desmond Ryan and Glenn Tebbe, respectively, were among a coalition of leaders wel- comed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed and Governor Evan Bayh at the Statehouse on Jan. 19. The Coalition for High Standards supported six principles for improving education: high aca- demic standards, the Indiana Performance Assessment for Student Success (IPASS), a Gateway assessment as a graduation requirement, remediation, educator training, and local school flexi- bility. Tebbe was among the leaders asked to speak in support of the principles. Nonpublic schools, as all schools, want high standards and try to work for that each day of the week, he said. "We believe that the standards of these coalition principles move us together in that direc- tion," said Tebbe. The coalition did not establish any specific plans for implementation, but will work toward furthering their key objectives in the current session of the Indiana Legislature. Anniversary Mass schedule correction Father Raymond Reising will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, Jan. 29, with Mass at 1 p,m., at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. A reception follows in the cafete- ria. The time of the Mass was incorrectly reported in the previous issue of the Message. St. Philip area churches cooperate for Habitat Churches in the St. Philip area have agreed to sponsor construction of a house, as part of the "Twenty-five in 'Ninety-five" effort coordinated by Habitat for Humanity in Evansville. Churches participating are Immanuel U.C.C., St. John's U.M.C., St. Paul's U.M.C, St. Peter's U.C.C., St. Peter's U.M.C,, St. Philip Catholic Church and Salem U.C.C. A fund-raising sausage supper and celebrity auction will be held at the St. Philip Parish Cen- ter, on Sunday, Feb. 12. Meals are $4 for adults, $3 for children under 10; as a special feature 200 pork chop plates will be available at $5 each, while they last. Carryouts will be available at 2 p.m.; serving from 3 to 6 p.m., with the auction starting at 6 p.m. Col. Gene Pate is the auctioneer. Diocesan contributions for Rwanda reported by CRS The Diocese of Evansville contributed $9,066 to the crisis in Rwanda through Catholic Relief Services, the overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS will use the money for its emergency program in Rwanda. CRS has received private donations of $12 million, $8 million of which came from dioceses in the United States. CRS has helped nearly half-a-million individuals in Rwanda Parish histories to get attention The Indiana Religdous History Association will recognize outstanding congregational histories published in 1994-95, according to James J. Divita, IRHA president. "This project encourages the writing of more church histories and better anniversary book- lets," stated Divita. Religious congregations, churches, synagogues and church auxiliary organizations are invited to submit three copies of recently published histories to the IRHA by Sept. 1. A panel of readers will evaluate the histories and all will be honored at the association's an- nual meeting in October. Guidelines governing the contest can be secured by writing to IRHA, P:O. Box 88267, Indi- anapolis, IN 46208. Engaged couple retreat planned at Sarto "Together for Life" is a special weekend retreat for engaged couples which will be held at Sarto Retreat House, April 28, 29 and 30. The retreat provides couples with a unique opportu- nity to grow in their knowledge of one another and develop their relationship with Christ at the center, according to information provided by Catholic Charities, which is sponsoring the retreat. A team of Christian married couples and a priest or religious will be presenting talks at the retreat. Engaged individuals will have time to write down their own personal reflections, then exchange their thoughts and feelings as a couple. Topics will include commlnications, spirituality, exploring differences, adjusting to intimacy, commitment and money management. The retreat begins with registration at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, and concludes at noon on Sun- day. Weekend cost is $125. For information, contact Catholic Charities, (812) 423-5456. Women's Task Force prepares for U.N. Conference The Women's Task Force of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, is preparing to be a part of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held in Beijing, China, in September. Franciscan Sister Rachel West will lead a workshop at the Catholic Center, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. A registration fee of $2.50, payable at the door, will cover cost of workshop materials. Partici- pants should bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, contact Franciscan Sister Joan Miller, (812) 867-5835. Celebrating 72nd Anniversary Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, celebrates the seventy-second anniversary of its es- tablishment this Sunday, Jan. 29. The parish was established in 1923. Current membership is 96 families, 296 parishioners. Deacon Robert Hayden is the pastoral life coordinator, -ith Father William Deering, pastoral moderator. Father Felix Preske, retired, is in residence at the parish. Cindi Da,d.s is the DRE and Mary Sires is the parish secretary.