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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 It's Saturday! It's February! It's unpredictable! By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER . easily figure out my mood as I write this i c.eWednesday of last week, my schedule ,mtOorbit. Then, for the record, cabin fever ., malacly of the momen fh,,^_. : _ t last Saturday• For us -,rern Indiana, to be immobilized for even ,:, ' ¢is cause for stress i   Our local Dar)ers derficted distrau ht !Withtheun la  '- - • g elc-- , p nned presence of chddren at  tesl:o ffehk snow storm- Of course, we : unplanned moments• The serendipitous arrival of the deep snow to our com- munity gave rise to exaggerated sales of snow shov- els and sleds• I enjoy the snow. I welcomed its interruption to my daily schedule. What I regret is the need to reschedule appointments and meetings• Worse still is the attempt to compress schedules to meet the needs in an already full calendar. There is something else I noticed as my routine was interrupted• My personal prayer schedule suf- fered too! I find it very comfortable following a daily, uninterrupted, schedule of prayer. Deacons, priests and religious have made a commitment to "pray" the Liturgy of the-Hours-- the Divine Office daily: Though prayed, for the most part, in private the Liturgy of the Hours is the public prayer of the Church• As we pray it, we are reminded of the uni- versality of the Church throughout the world. Maybe your experience of meeting the personal obligation to pray is different from my own. I suspect it may be similar if not exactly the same. Changes from daily routines do, in fact, affect personal sched- ules of daily prayer. I have to work doubly hard to pray "on days off" or on days when I am presiding at public celebrations. As priest and bishop, I need to adapt to others' needs and schedules. In doing so, my personal daily routine is disrupted• I must adapt my personal life too. | find that to be a challenge• How do you teach your children to pray no mat- ter the environment or the occasion? The challenge is an enormous one, but the rewards are immeasurable. Trust me! diana General Assembly reaches "cross over" ,YB ml a ^ J. 1 : ;atholie Conference 98 i ;E: Way point of the i,;.e', al Assemblv. or Which have ve! i:: : :dOuse of origin ;ii ::.  Second ch :,, e o amber. " ,, oenate bills are t00ei.iOuse ;;,:  fi :,, and vice  'fi;Ulg is a status a  C issues at the % ifOrtife '00iCo00 t___ He a, Utho - use :l I;ur by Rep. Mike po00),fa.ed on ÷ ""ulag calendar. The bill would make it mandatory hearing and failed• The measure for a woman considering is designed to offer tax credits abortion who receives for those who make poverty- information over the related contributions• The phone to meet certain author of the bill, Sen. David criteria which would help Long (R-Ft. Wayne) is expected equip her to make an informed to bring the bill back during the decision. This issue may resurface 1999 General Assembly. before the session adjourns. • Special Needs adoption & ., State Children's Health Child•caretax credit  HB 1014, Insurance Program (SCHIP) -- authored by Rep. John Day (D- SB 19, authored by Sen. Steve Indianapolis), failed to get a Johnson (R-Kokomo), passed hearing. The bill provided tax the Senate (50-0). The measure credits for families adopting a would provide state guidelines special needs child and for child for implementing a health care expenses. insurance program for children • Adoption & safe families act of lowincomefamilies. Indiana  SB 425, authored by Sen. has been given $70 million dol- Murray Clark (R- Indianapolis), lars from the federal govern- passed the Senate (50-0). The ment to provide health insur- bill would revamp Indiana's ance for uninsured children, foster care system. The measure The state will have to add $26 is expected to cut red tape and million of its own money. The allow children to be placed in federal government will return permanent families sooner than $48 billion dollars over the next under current law. ten years to states for this pro- gram. SB 434, which was report- Economic Justice ed on earlier as the SCHIP mea- • Minimum Wage  HB sure, was amended into SB 19. 10'15, authored by Rep. John • Poverty Contribution Tax Day (R-Indianapolis), passed Credits  SB 92, did not get a the House (57-42). The bill rais- es Indiana's minimum wage of ($3•35) to $5.15 by March 1998. • Landlord/Tenant- HB 1233, authored by Rep. Brian Hassler (D-Evansville), passed the House (95-3). The measure clarifies rights of the landlord and the tenant and protects both parties from injustices• Education Issues • Safe Haven Program  SB 147, authored by Sen. David Long (R-Ft. Wayne), passed the Senate (31-18). The program is designed to help schools pro- vide secure surroundings for students in the hours before and after the school day. The mea- dents who attend nonpublic, accredited schools. • Education Tax Credits  SB 470, a measure authored by Sen. Tom Weatherwax (R-Logansport) and Sen. Teresa Lubbers (R- Indianapolis), passed the Senate (28-21). The bill would provide education tax credits for all chil- dren, in accredited, nonpublic and public schools for education- al purposes. • Textbook Tax Credits  HB 1001, authored by Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend), passed the House (54-46). It would require the state to pay the first $50 of textbook and materials expenses that would otherwise sure would extend this benefit be bill, to.e.sdeng,Rg=..y.,:, to children who attend rionpu ....... lic, accredited schools. Currently they are excluded from the pro- gram. • Int61enet Access  SB 94, authored by Sen. David Ford (R-Hartford City), passed the Senate (50-0). The bill would provide access to education technology and communication resources through Intelenet for instructional purposes for stu- who attend accredited, non- public schools. The Indiana General Assembly must adjourn by March 14. For more information on the ICC priority issues or to become part of the Indiana Catholic Action Network (I-CAN) con- tact your ICC diocesan coordi- nator, Judith Neff (812) 424- 5536, e-mail dioevv@aol.com. rs in mission: Pray, sacrifice, support - and plant seeds com- publica- this week error in tim- There ! a member of o/ n today! Cross People were to them. their fields tnd encour- promising, Provide the did pro- other teach- Sew, as they and set and sisters also began bringing the Blessed Sacrament to the village. One Sunday morning, after the Communion Service, a village elder spoke to the sisters, expressing his gratitude and the gratitude of the people. "For myself", he said, "if the sisters hadn't helped me, I would now be in the grave instead of living with my family and grandchil- dren." In the village, seeds are planted, crops harvested; words of faith are spoken, and heard. Jesus, the Bread of Life, comes to the villagers. In more than 1,000 mission dioceses around the world, the missionary task goes on day by day telling the Good News of Jesus, listening to peo- ples' anxieties and the stories of their hearts, noticing what is lacking in their lives and doing something about that need; addressing greater, deeper, spir- itual needs as Jesus did when he cured the paralyzed man, out- ward sign of his authority to for- give the man his sins. When we think of the mis- sionary tasks, we often think of missionary sisters, such as Sister Mariola Mierzejewski who serves in Zambia, Africa. Tor nine years, Sister Mariola has been looking after orphans, many of them little children with AIDS, holding them, hug- ging them and being hugged, bringing into their little lives a • love that, with God's grace, they will one day realize, is the love of Christ. When we think of the missionary task, we think of bishops and lay catechists, brothers and seminarians, men and women novices in religious communities around the world. But do we think of ourselves? Do we realize, fully, that we are missionaries, called by Baptism, called by Christ, to continue his mission here at home and even," to the ends of the earth?" We are called, and needed. Two-thirds of the peo- ple of the world todaywe're talking billions---do not know, or just know a little, about Jesus and his gift of salvation; so many have not experienced in their often desperately difficult lives the dignity He gives them, the love He has for them. Will you help to change that? Will you become a member of the Propagation of the Faith? For more than 175 years, the Propagation of the Faith has provided bedrock support to young, poor and struggling missions: missions in China and here in the United States in its very earliest days; soon there- after in dioceses of Africa and Oceania; today in more than 1,000 mission dioceses through- out the world. As a member of ue Propagation of the Faith, you are asked to: I) include in your daily prayers the people in mission dioceses and those who bring them the good news of God's love in Christ, serving them in truly life-giving ways, 2) offer your personal sac- rifices (your anxiety, your pain, your disappointments) in union with the sufferings of Christ for the redemption of all people. As you help in this way, you are in holy company. St. Therese of IJsieux, co-patron of the ssions with St. Francis Xavier, never went to the missions, but she prayed constantly and offered her many sufferings so that others might come to Christ. 3) offer your financial support through the Propagation of the Faith for mission priests, religious and cat- echists. You may enroll yourself or others, living or deceased. Each person you enroll will receive the grace of 15,000 Masses celebrated for members every, year by mission priests. Please resolve today to make Jesus' worldwide mission a part of your daily life and then offer your membership gift in your parish churda.  membership is • $5.00; Chxtinary Family member- ship is $10.00; Perpetual mem- bership Individual is .00; .... $I00.00. Baptized into Christ, we are caned00 one of us--to be his miss to the le of all the world, "planting seeds," helping to call everyone into the family of Christ. Here is a special opportunity to say "Yes" to the Lord.