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February 1, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum L 9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER R00;building the Church in Eastern Europe It is difficult for us to imagine what it must have been like for the Church in Eastern Europe during the nearly 50 years its presence was forbid- den. All public signs of the Church were either de- stroyed or hidden. The faith was passed on without the benefit of books or what books were secretly kept were far too few to meet the needs of the church in hiding. Church buildings were either sealed or used for secular purposes. In any case, the Church has not only survived, but is strong although poor. With newfound freedom to worship, our brothers and sisters in Eastern Europe need our help. They need funds to prepare books in their own languages not only for teaching but also for worship since the use of the vernacular came only after they were forbidden from such acts of wor- ship. Liturgical furnishings and vestments which we simply take for granted are needed to restore those destroyed or lost over the many years. To the end of providing assistance, the Bishops of the United States at the annual meeting in November approved an optional national collec- tion to be conducted each year for three years to assist the Church in Eastern Europe to provide for itself books and liturgical furnishings. Funds gath- ered will be distributed through the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops. Since this collection is optional, it is up to the local bishop to decide what is to be done, if any- thing, in his own diocese. What then is to be done in the Diocese of Evansville? The giving of alms is one of the traditional ways we remind ourselves of the personal need of i, A special visitor When two Catholic school principals from the Diocese of Evansville visited the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta during an International Reading Association Convention, they met a special Visitor, Coretta Scott King. The principals are, left, Dr. Charlotte Bennett, St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, and Nancy Schum, Holy Rosary School, Evansville. 5 Convenient Locations repentance and conversion of life. Throughout the period of Lent the Church provides numerous oc- casions and purposes for almsgiving -- giving of money which in no way benefits ourselves either directly or indirectly. In this case, the need is the poverty of the Church in Eastern Europe. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. What more fitting day is there to get into the spirit of Lent through prayer, fasting and alsmgiving. For this reason, in our diocese, I have decided to give each of us the opportunity to give alms on that day to assist in rebuilding the Church in Eastern Europe. As we receive ashes on this special day, it is good that we consider giving alms too. Let us continue to pray too for peace for our brothers and sisters in Eastern Europe along with all those suffering from the war in the Mideast. Catholic Continued from page 5 becoming discouraged in a pro- cess which often moves slowly. Among the ICC issues this session are bills focusing on public assistance, adoption, child care, home health care, family leave, living will and abortion. Directing ICC activities as members of the Board of Direc- tors from the Evansville Diocese are Bishop Gerald A. Gettel- finger and Diane L. Bender, at- i torney with the law firm of Kahn, Dees, Donovan and Kahn. Members of the ICC Ad- visory Council from this diocese include Jan Stenf- tenagel, Acting ICC Coor- dinator and faculty member of the Humanities Department, Vincennes University, Jasper Center; Rev. John Boeglin,' Pastor of St. Celestine Parish and Diocesan Director of Rural Life; and Bernard Kazyak, Director of Catholic Charities. Basketball results reported Fifth and sixth grade basket- Holy Rosary Gold 25; Holy ball at Holy Rosary School, Spirit 30, St.Benedict Blue 17. Evansville, Jan. 19 results are ReSults Jan. 26: Holy Rosary reported by Steve Schlachter: White 39, Holy Rosary Green 7; Christ the King 40, Holy Rosary Christ the King 33, St. Theresa Green 34; Holy Rosary White White 21; Holy Spirit 33, 36, St. Theresa White 8; St. Evansville Christian 6; Good Theresa Red 53, Evansville Shepherd 35, St. Beredict Christian 7; Good Shepherd 41, White 24; St. Theresa Red 54, Holy Rosary 19. Chades H Bowmng FUNERAl DIRECTOR (Father) FUNERAL HOME Pro-planning ..... 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