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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February li By BETH NORD Guest Columnist During my undergraduate college days, I worked at Walt Disney World as a co-op student, in the position of Attractions Hostess/Guide. The experience was one of new opportunity, much ex- citement, and considerable warmth from the sun and from the many people I met. The experience also required hard work, an abundance of emo- tional energy and what seemed like endless repe- tition of a few tasks. Attractions Guides say such things as: "Wel- come, we hope you enjoy your visit," "Please walk this way and watch your step as you enter and exit," "The restrooms are straight ahead, then to your right," and the ever famous, "Yes, the 3 p.m. parade down Main Street is at 3 p.m." Theirs is a short-term, yet personal relationship. Trivial though they may seem, these bits of guiding information are essential for helping peo- ple to find direction and preventing them from getting lost in the crowd. They also provide an at- mosphere where guests can have a safe and enjoy- able experience. Business people know that guests or con- sumers are attracted to offerings if they can feel as though they are important as individuals. And they know that quality experiences result in re- turn visits. In developing youth ministry one must ask: "What attracts our young people? What guiding experiences encourage them to feel welcome? What draws them to want to experience church Youth ministry: Treating others on an individual beyond initial experiences and obligatory ritu- als?" Guidance and healing are essential for an ef- fective ministry with youth. Young people today deal with many issues such as identity crisis, peer and parental relationships and conflicts, substance abuse, questions of sexuality, job and vocation concerns, as well as faith issues. Though we would like to think that the adolescent years are filled only with fun, adventure and healthy growth, we know that such is not the case. Ques- tioning, confusion and struggle are also part of the picture for most youth. Ministry to young people requires repetitive efforts of sharing information and personal wit- ness. These offerings of guidance and love often have a phenomenal impact on the lives of youth. Providing guidance and healing require time, pa- tience and mental as well as emotional sensitivity to our youth. While not everyone is inclined to- ward ministry with young people, one must not underestimate the power of the personal witness of faith. Were we not all youth at one time? Though at times ministers do give youth in- structional information, being a guide also means offering direction, not answers. It means assisting young people as they find answers for them- selves. Our witness reminds youth of what they may want to consider as they struggle with an issue. Questions such as these are relevant: "Does the person have adequate information to make a tP decision? .... How will each decision option them and others? .... How would ] such a situation?" Proper guidance and healing require a knowledge of how to make a referral situation goes beyond one's competence. Whether youth need personal tual guidance, vocational guidance, ciliation opportunities or some other su service, it may be our encouragement them to take such a step. Trusting relationships with our youth are crucial in order that ize both the depth and sincerity of our for them. As a minister, one must reca needs of the individual and the a to address those needs, whether through attention or proper referral. Our youth need loving words, guidi] words, and healing words. Our lenges us to be a friend and guide Being a friend and guide for youth work, an abundance of emotional what may seem like endless repetition tasks. Yet experiences with youth also offer adults new insights about humanity. Such sights generate a feeling of self satisfaction affirming and enlightening. Words of guidance and healing youth help them not to get lost in the instead, truly feel like individuals who matter the church community. Golden Jubilarians Wilbur and Marian (Bauer) Fehrenbacher of Evansville cele- brated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving Jan. 5 at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. A dinner and dance was held for relatives and Golden Jubilarians Clarence and Virginia (Goode) Leinenbach of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. A family dinner will be held Feb. 13. The couple was married Feb. 12, 1043, at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. They are the parents of Daniel Leinenbach and Gerald Leinenbach, both of Evansville, and Patricia Mills of Boonville. Their sons, Larry and Paul, are deceased. They have five grandchildren. He retired from Folz Ready Mix in October of 1983 and she retired from St. Mary's Medical Can- BLOCK WHOLESALE Ph (812) 425.8191 GEORGE STEEL "Over 30 semi loads 36" coy. #1 std. white 1 (Prom. & Colors 24" coy. 26 #2 metal I Scrap metal 5v ( 1-1/2 Gale. Corr. 2-1/2 Gale. OVERHEAD HUN1 )REDS IN 9x7 TRUSS ANY SIZE POST BLDG. Any Size -- Call for Daviess Co. Hyw. 50 E., CannalbUrgl 4 rot. E'  Education Program, Confirmation preparation a total youth ministry program for junior friends Jan. 9 at the Knights of St. John Hall in St. Wendel. The couple was married Jan. 5, 1943, at St. Anthony Church, Evansville. They are the parents of Barbara Mooney of New. burgh, and David, Richard, Mark and Terry Fehrenbacher, all of Evansville. They have 12 grandchildren and three . 812-295-5770 great-grandchildren. He is a retired paint contractor, ter Business Office in August of 1988. " " .....  ',!9 HAUBSTADT I FuneralPrePla.nmgSmce1940 ! I .-.cT.,c ! * ,  ' Bonded. Inred [ Miller & Mdler [ YOUTH MINISTRY St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, ! . 424-9274  I I TONV00OZ00,O P.O. Box 405 -" : ..... I ,' , .. - | :| 812-768-5207 Haubstadt, IN47639 seeking a full-time youth minister. Resp - - ,-i- , ,,-, ,, , ,, , , , ' " , ' , _" would include 7th and 8th grade Religi Education Program, Confirmation prep li Thinkina of SELLING? a tota, youth ministry program for jan, 1 We would be ha'py to perform a Market Value Appraisal of your property and explain our I:l young adult. Certification in youth n rnarketing plan to you Bachelor's degree in related field I '" lll]  Position to start summer 1993. Send r references to S .=arch Corn Tilt lee, C/3, DIA.NE=E=MGE kJ ,=m  CLEM BEHME 625 Frame Rd., Newburgh, IN 47630 by ""/,',,,. ,, ,, ,. ,,4fJ99J 425-8916 1993. references to Search Committee, C/O St. II I] I I II II