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! ;he four Catholic schools in the Princeton Deanery traveled to Sts. School, Haubstadt, on February 28 for a presentation of "Poetry Evansville Children's Theatre, is a performance combination with theatrical techniques. Poetry selections in- Feel This Way," and "Stay in School." Above, Marta King, cen. and principals through a performance of the poem "Fog" by -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughe's accepts four-year phase-in medical program for lay employees inSUrance in for Parishes, msti- of TOgrara is to a four year se-in Period, plan for e contin. the four eployee s as Part of ation, to be chool or ich era- likely be Pation in pre- final. lded Pecial com. by pro- ect our justice accepted and ated to COordi. a spe- eents of the plan and its four-year phase in period: The Diocese of Evansville will supply insurance for all el- igible employees as part of their compensation, during Fiscal Year 1997-98. Between Sept. 1, 1994, and Sept. 1, 1997, the present med- ical insurance program will be continued, with some modifica- tions; the fees that employees and employers currently pay for insurance will be gradually reduced (as the assessments are gradually increased). A lay employee "Health Care Benefit Fund" will be es- tablished. This fund is ex- pected to have a reserve of at least $1 million by Sept. 1, 1998. Having such a reserve will provide stability for the program. Parishes and institutions will be assessed for each eligi- ble employee, beginning Sept. 1, 1994. This fee will fund the health care program and build up the Benefit Fund. The fee will gradually increase, until the fiscal year 1997-98, when it will meet the current projected costs of the total lay health care program. The assessed fee for each eli- gible employee is $900 for the first year, rising $900 in each of the next three years to a per-employee fee of $3,600 in the fourth year. The short range strategy Committee members said the short range plan should in- clude an effort to keep current employees in the plan and to attract more employees to the plan. For the rest of this fiscal year (now through Sept. 1, 1994), the plan calls for the fol- lowing steps. -- Maintain the present health insurance plan for lay employees. Parishes, schools and institutions which pay all or part of the insurance premi- ums are encouraged to con- tinue that arrangement. Offer an option as soon as possible to employees, such as a choice between HMO membership or traditional in- demnity insurance. Offer employees other op- tions, such as a way to lower their deductible amount by paying more into the plan. If the plan loses money be- tween now and Sept. 1 (if in- surance claims are greater than the premiums collected), the losses will be absorbed in the diocesan operating budget. The long range strategy Committee members want the current plan to "evolve into a new plan" which is "univer- sal, comprehensive, and funded by gradual adjustments in operating budgets." They also proposed a plan that is "flexible enough to respond to changing needs" over the corn- See BISHOP page 2 Bishop urges support for Propagation of the Faith January 25, 1994 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, literally plunge us into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Much as an infant child we were ten- derly welcomed into the Community of Believers. We were first washed in the waters of Baptism, anointed with Sacred Chrism, and fed at the sacred table of the Eucharist. This is our heritage. This is the faith that has been passed on to us down through the centuries by others, starting with the apostles. This is what Jesus commanded us to teach to all nations. In our time and place we are to continue the tradition, the handing on of the faith for the generations to come. We do this first of all by the conduct of our own lives of faith. Even though we cannot all dedicate our lives wholly to proclaiming the Good News by going to the home or foreign missions, we are not powerless. The Church provides us a way to assist others to go forth on our behalf, as well as their own, to make Jesus known to a world that has not heard of Him. Membership in the Propa- gation of the Faith is the way for us to participate in the worldwide missionary activity of the Church. As always, I ask first and foremost that you pray for mis- sionaries in the field and for vocations of others to follow them. Secondly, I solicit your participation by bni al : member of the Propagation of the Faith, or renewing your I membership if you are already belong. Your financial contri- bution to the Propagation of the Faith assists priests, vowed sisters and brothers, and lay catechists in their daily mission activities. This especially true in the young and struggling dioceses of the world. Your solidarity with those in the mission fields is a living witness to the unity we enjoy in our common faith. Equally it is an expression of your willingness to be Christ's witnesses with them. I am most grateful for all you have done in the past. I en- courage you to continue to be generous in supporting the missionary work of our Church through the Propagation of the Faith. As we pray for our missionaries, let us pray for one another. Faithfully yours in Christ I I I Most Reve Gerald A. Gettelfinger Bishop of Evansville I I I II ]l I I I Message circulation drive underway through February New and renewed subscrip- tions are now being accepted at the Message. Most new subscriptions begin on the first Friday of March and continue through the last Friday of February 1995. The Message is published every Friday of the year, ex- cept the Friday following Christmas. Subscribers in the Diocese of Evansville are encouraged to follow directions from their parishes, as parishes have adopted various methods of en- couraging and collecting sub- scription fees. Subscribers in "full circula- tion" parishes pay a discounted subscription fee of $12 per year. All other subscribers pay $15 per year Subscribers may use re- newal envelopes found in the Jan. 28 issue of the Message, in their parish envelope pack- ets, or from a supply of en- velopes provided to each parish in the diocese. Additional envelopes.'will also be inserted in the Feb. 18 issue of the Message. If envelopes are unavailable, subscribers may simply print their name, address and parish on a piece of paper and mail it with the appropriate fee to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169.