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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 4' --Taking the time to make a difference--- Directions and dates, past and futu Two personal events are coin- ciding and they started me think- ing about the connections -- and the directions -- involved. The two events were a wed- ding anniversary, which my wife Jane and I have celebrated, hnd the visit of some old friends, which is just about to happen. These two events, one past and one future, are happening within a two-week period. The wedding anniversary was not one of the "big" ones that fami- ly and friends would help cele- brate. It was significant for Jane and me, within our immediate family. The visit from friends will be a rare coinci- dence. We have not seen them for quite some time, probably about 15 years. We've sent each other Christmas cards, and we've kept in touch in a dis- tant kind of way. Lou and Marlene live in Wisconsin. They are planning a trip to Georgia, and they will stop in to see us along the way, here in Indiana. Lou is a friend, but when I first met him, he was my boss. I used to work for him in Rock Island, Ill. He and his family had set the tone for our rela- tionship when I went to my first job interview with him. I stayed at his house, and met his wife and children -- and I learned as much about his family values as I did about the job he was offering. ,ii ' !: i  By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR Lou and his family left Rock Island several years before I did. He and Marlene went back to their native Wisconsin. Some years later, Jane and I and our children moved on to Indiana. After all these years, we are looking forward to renewing our old friendship. They have written. We have called. I am sending them a map to our house. As I was preparing the map, my thoughts about our wedding anniversary and the visit of some friends began to come together. The map I was drawing included some significant sights along the way. Landmarks. Street names and highway numbers. Directions. Our wedding anniversary, too, had brought us to a point where we could look back to see signifi- cant events. Landmarks, so to speak. The roads we had taken. Directions. * * * Talk with the people in your family, or with your friends, about the markers and the signs that lead to your home. One of the points in the map I drew was our parish church building -- and I know that the church is a significant area in my life in many ways. What roads have you taken to get to the place you live? Your job? Your family? Your relationship with others you care about? If you have children, tell them about: journey leading up to their bi events of their lives. , Take some time to make a life. Include the signposts -- the events which gave you guidance and the way. Include the wrong turns, if there List the events along the way s birth, a baptism, a first day at school, child's last day at home, a wedding. Recall the journeys Jesus significant events in the life of to Jerusalem. Recall the dicovery made friends of Jesus on the road to EmmaUS' Find out whaV guides newcomers church. Help improve the path to full : in the Christian community. Make contact today with an the time to renew an acquaintance, write a personal note of appreciation fr ship you have enjoyed, friend. Become t Help a child make a brother or big sister, or find a new relationship on your map. Comments about this column are: or the Christian P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. Washington Letter Teaching abstinence: Little- :nown welfare provision allows By NANCY HARTNAGEL Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A little-known section near the end of the new federal welfare law will provide up to $8715 million a year over the next five years for education programs on sexual abstinence. It is one of several provisions in the welfare overhaul package aimed at decreasing out-of-wed- lock births, especially among teens. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Carbolic Press of Evansville PVoiisher ............. Bshop Gerakl A. Gettelfinger Editor ...................................... Paul R. Leingang Prod Technn ............... Joseph Dietrich Advertising ................................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as periodical matter at the post offce in Evansville, IN 47701. PutP number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of Puc, atn CogFight 1996 Catholic Press of Eyanswlle iiii i According to Peter van Dyck, an i)fficial of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, which will administer the money, a $50 mil- lion federal allocation will be dis- bursed in formula grants to states and other jurisdictions on Oct. 1 of fiscal years 1998-2002. How much each state gets is determined "by the proportion of poor children in the state to the proportion of all poor children in the nation," van Dyck told Catholic News Service. Under this formula, the District of Columbia will get $120,439 of the $50 million, while California will get $5,764,199. And for every $4 of federal money, van Dyck said, there has to be a nonfederal match of $3 from states, localities, foundations, companies or other private sources. A much-awaited draft version of the bureau's guidelines to states concerning the application process was to be mailed during the week of Feb. 10, said van Dyck. Though only states and jurisdictions may apply for the funds, he added, the guidelines also were being sent to many groups and organizations that have requested them. Applications are due July 15 at the bureau, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "The explicit goal of the absti- nence education programs is to change both behavior and com- munity standards for the good of the country," according to a back- ground paper of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Republican lawmakers w including North Carolina Sen. Lauch Faircloth, who introduced the provision in the Senate ver- sion of the welfare bill -- crafted it specifically to exclude pro- grams containing information about safe sex or contraceptives. "Teaching the social, psycho- logical, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sex- ual activity" must be the "exclu- sive purpose" of educational and motivational programs eligible for the grants, the law states. The law also requires partici- pating programs -- to be deter- mined at the state level -- to teach: That abstinence from sex- ual activity outside marriage is the expected standard for all school-age children and the only We feel included To the editor: I want to thank you for the very fine edition of the Message (Jan. 31), with the State of the Diocese insert. It was very well done. Thank you also for the Message throughout the year and for being sensitive to small parishes like Holy Name Bloom- field. You include articles and pictures of our people and parish, not just the ones we. send, but also from time-to-time you call us for information. We feel included and thank you for that. We hope that you keep up the good work as the year proceeds. I especially enjoy the b.umai interest stories on what people and parishes in our diocese are doing. Good luck as you contin- ue this important work in our diocese. Sister Diane Fischer, O.S.B. Pastoral Life Coordinator Holy Name Church Bloomfield 12th-grade certain way to avoid out-of-wed- lock pregnancy, sexually trans- mitted diseases, and other asso- to ciated health problems. -- That a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expect- ed standard of human sexual activity, and that sexual activity outside marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and phys- ical effects. -- That bearing children out- of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the parents and society. In addition, qualifying pro- grams must teach young people how to reject sexual advances, how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances, and how important it is to attain self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity. Given these criteria, "there said Best aren't many programs out there ton, that would qualify," said Ann Guthrie Hingston, national pro- gram director for Best Friends Foundation, a Washington-based organization that she noted "would definitely qualify." Best Friends is a character- somestate building program for adolescent ed. girls that includes abstinence "If theY education, to the Since it was founded in 1987 by Elayne Bennett, Best Friends has worked with 600 Washingten-aroa girls from their fifth- through HingstOn "showed a pregnancy ra Friends' girls, 26 percent the same public The rently Friends fitness, tion -- in 1 in WashingtOn land, girls Hingston, plans to apl the annual District of real." BU t companies grants) she said. Bishop's sch The following activities and events are listed o ule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: Rite of Election Sunday, Montgomery, 1:30 p.m. EST Evansville, 5 p.m. CST: Clergy Prayer Day, Church, St. Henry, 9 a.m. EST. Finance Council, Wednesday, Feb, ii ter, 3:30 p.m. CST.