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February 16, 1990 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 11 By BISHOP GERALD A. GE'I'rELFINGER Giving alms: recognizing our dependence on God Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the hallmarks of our Lenten practices In light of that, with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 28, it is not too early to begin making plans. The third hallmark, almsgiving, is one that requires us to plan our giv- ing budget Almsgiving is an ancient practice and it is cer- tainly part of-our Judaeo-Christian heritage. As followers of lesus, we are expected to give of our substance on behalf of the poor of the world. Note that the widow's mite was not earmarked for a specific purpose, but she gave of what she had to God and trusted that others would be proper stewards of the alms. This is not only the spirit of almsgiving, but also of the ancient practice of tithing -- giving of one tenth of our goods back to God as recognition of his goodness to us. The Church in this country has chosen to pro- vide multiple opportunities for almsgiving during Bulletin Board, Continued from page 6 ore information call 425-7028. Centering Prayer workshop, at dKordes Enrichment Center, Fer- inand, will be offered Friday- Sunday Mar 2-4. The program is for anyone who has given regular time to oraver and senses a call to "be with" God in all dimensions of one's life. Introduction to the method of Centering Prayer. Sister Maria Taste, O.S.B., will lead this retreat which opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Fee for residents, $85; commuter, $60. For reservations call 367-2777. Reunions St. Vincent's Orphanage Reu- nion in Vincennes Call 473-5218 from 9 a.m.-9 p'.m. for more information. Reunion 90: Memories is the theme for the combined reu- in/talent show for all alumni, achers, staff and friends of St. OSeph School, Evansville. The Union will be held Saturday, lch 3, at 7 p.m., in the St. aad phone, and a brief descrip- tioa an the back, and should be nt to Donna Hayden, 1807 N. akland, Evansville, IN 47711. S00ritual life Pr00oflrams w., St. Rupert Church, Red Brush, S. lIt .have Vesper services each .Unday in February, at 4 p.m., in of the approaching 125th versary of the parish. l)iocesan Rite of Election for. RUXER FORD . LINCOLN - MERCURY the time of Lent, roughly February, March and April. There are three distinct appeals from the na- tional level. First of all, the Membership in the Propagation of the Faith; secondly, th Bishops Overseas Relief fund of which Catholic Relief Ser- vices is a part; and thirdly, the Good Friday collec- tion for the support of the Holy Places. Then of course there are myriads of others of which you are aware. Membership in the Propagation of the Faith is a way to support Catholic missionary activity throughout the world. Of course we cannot all go work in the foreign missions, but we can go by way of prayer and monetary gift. The Bishops' Overseas Relief Fund is remarkable in that it is able to get to places of natural disaster or tragedy with a speed that even our own and other foreign governments recognize. This comes from the fact that as a universal Church we have the catechumens of the diocese will be celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, Mar. 4, with two liturgies. The first will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, at 2 p.m. EST with a reception following in the Parish Hall. The second will be at St. Anthony Church, Evansville, at 5 p.m. CST with a reception following in the Center for Family Life Cafeteria. As Clay in the Potter's hand..." is the theme for the Benedictine Life Weekend to be held March 16-18. The weekend is open to single, Catholic women, 18 years of age or older, who wish to know more about religious life. There is no obliga- tion for further association or commitment. For more informa- tion contact Sister Rose Mary Rexing, R.R. 3, Box 201, Ferdi- nand, IN 47532, (812) 367-1411. Deadline for registration is Mar. 15. Day of Prayer with the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Ind., Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The theme of the day is "Contemplating the Holy in the Ordinary"; the talk will be given by Sister Annata Holohan, O.S.F. Cost is $10 which includes lunch. Please bring a Bible and journal if possible. For more in.- formation or to register call Sister Maureen Irvin, O.S.F., Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN 47036, 934-2475 or 934-5016. SPRED Mass, Sunday, February 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. World Day of Prayer will be celebrated with two services by Church Women United. A candlelight service will be held Thursday, Mar. 1, 7 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 609 Cherry, Evansville. A service with the theme "A Better Tomorrow: Justice For All" will be held Fri- day, Mar. 2, 9-11:30 a.m., at Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church, 641 Washington Ave., Evansville. The DeSales Program will be presented by Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, prior to and during Lent. The Catholic adult video education series is entitled "Our Celebration of the Eucharist," and is a discussion of the meaning and history of the Mass. For more information and for a time schedule call Tom Goergen, 479-8651. Lenten scripture Study Class on the "Life and Letters of St. Paul," presented by Father Donald Dilger, diocesan Scrip- ture Scholar, will begin March 1 and run to April 5. The series of six Thursday classes will have a morning session from 10 a.m.-noon and an evening ses- sion from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and will meet at the Catholic Center. Cost is $5 per session and $20 for the series. For more information or reservations call Activities Dept., 424-5536. Anniversary of First Mass in Ferdinand will be celebrated with a Mass at Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, Sunday, Apr. 22, 10:30 a.m. German songs will be sung, old fashioned clothes are recommended. Carry- in dinner will follow Mass in Fer- dinand Community Center. Miraculous Medal Novena of the Blessed Mother, every Mon- day night, 7 p.m., at St. Benedict Church, 1312 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville. All are welcome. Prayer hour, every Wednes- day, noon, at St. Benedict Church, 1312 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville. Mass schedule for Southwest presence already throughout the world -- the structure is there. Channeling disaster relief to places of immediate need is a monumental task. We as Catholics are able to do it through this effort. Maintenance of the Holy Places made sacred by the physical presence of Jesus is a responsibility of all Christians, The Franciscans were commissioned by the Holy Father to be the caretakers of these special places. Their work is complicated in that Catholics -- indeed Christians -- are minority in the Holy Land. Although there is general coopera- tion among Jews, Moslems and Christians with respect to the Holy Places, tensions are certainly a way of life. Keeping the dignity of these sacred places is a concern of us all. In whatever way you give alms know that it is the recognition of your dependence on Almighty God! Indiana Church of the Deaf is as follows: Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Ferdinand; Saturday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Daylight; Satur- day, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Ferdinand; Saturday, Mar. 3, 6:30 p.m., Daylight. Father Henry Kuyken- dall presides at the Daylight Masses, Anna Hoppenjans inter- prets for the Ferdinand Masses. Support groups American Diabetes Associa- tion, Evansville area chapter, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-a p.m. in the Concord Room at Deaconess Hospital. A video, "Focus on Living," will be shown. The public is welcome. For more information call Clara, 428-2503, or Sherry, 476-4447. SHHH, a self-help group for hearing impaired persons, will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at Evansville Surgery Center, 1212 Lincoln Avenue. The speaker, Lee Ann Shields, will discuss education programs for the deaf and hearing im- paired. For more information call 867-7892. "I Can Cope," a cancer sup- port group program, will meet on Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Evansville Cancer Center, 700 N. Burkhardt Rd., Evansville. Professional lectures, educational materials, discus- sions are included. Topic for Class 1, Thursday, Mar. 15, is "Understanding Emotions and Communication," presented by Jim Cavera, M.S.W, An Alzheimer's support group meets the first Thursday of each month at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville. It is free and open to family members, caregivers or anyone else in- terested in Alzheimer's disease or dementia disorders. For meeting HWY. 231 SOUTH / JASPER, INDIANA 47546 / PHONE: 812-482-3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" times and locations, or tcr receive a quarterly newsletter, call the St. Mary's Center for Healthy Aging, 479-4705. The Widows Support Group of Dubois County meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the parish center at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. For information, call Sister Jackie Kissel, 482-1805. Widowers support group meetings are held at St. Joseph parish center, Jasper. The group supports those who have lost loved ones through death. A different program offered at each meeting. New members are always welcome. For infor- mation, call Father Frank Ren- ner, 482-1805. WOW (Widow or Widower), a social group, meets weekly to provide support, comfort and en- couragement. Monthly breakfasts and special interest groups. Call the Mental Health Association, 479-0956. Next Step is a family-oriented alcohol and other drug education program for early prevention and intervention offered by Parkside Lodge, at Mulberry Center. Specifically designed for young people with abuse problems but who are not yet chemically dependent. For more information call Parkside, 426-8201. Youth "When I See You Smile" is the theme for Youth Day XXII, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 18, at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Registration begins at 1 p.m. EST, and events begin at 2 p,m. EST with a welcoming time. The cost is $3 per person. Frank Bucaro, a nationally known youth ministry consultant, will be the main speaker. The after- noon and evening will include a liturgy, a youth recognition ceremony, dinner and dance. The day will end with clean-up around 9:30 p.m. Washington Nursing Center 254-5117 Catholic Services Weekly Medicare -- Veterans -- Medicaid Please send Bulletin Board in- formation to Michelle Girten, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. The deadline is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication date.