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18, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 ! from page 12 to the focus group trends are occur- in the American community. Per- raost important trend IVement away from .Today's Catholic is more diverse Was prior to Vatican II social chal- 1960s (Gree- and Castelli, 1987; D'Antonio, and Wallace, 1992; Na- Octo- older gener- Were often la the Ways they Cticed their lics per- their faith in Ways. We will reasons for, of, this in- in the re- project. lajor shift is the increasingly of religion. Cohort was in- COmmunal as- the Ition placed oa the in- focusing their per- With God. talked of as being ! e Church." said that a is much at than a Instead of s as neces- and of it- View the which can be e they have e to and prac- are not le Catholic "One true Vatican II, about ation, there ay from and a empha- young to :hings oday's mpor- and of mScience S. As a and of rfformed )ry and Under most Church fly dis- them. n do not tchiags, not nec- they .'e with a higher per- a w" than lWing the Use their own conscience to decide upon behaviors that they be- lieve are consistent with being a "good Christian." One important implication of these trends is for Catholic parishes to assess the content of their religious education programs. Since Vatican II, re- ligious educators may have de- emphasized teaching the ba- sics of the Catholic faith to the point that young Catholics don't understand what their faith is all about. They also may have stressed the impor- tance of nurturing personal faith to the point that the insti- tutional Church no longer seems important. Parishes can respond to the needs of young Catholics and contribute to the long-term viability of the Church by increasing the sub- stantive content of their reli- gious education programs and explaining the connection be- tween the institutional Church and personal faith. Reference D'Antollio, William V., James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Ruth Wallace, 1989. American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church. Kansas City, Missouri: Sheed and Ward. Deedy, John, 1987. American Catholicism and Now Where? New York: Plenum Press. Gallup Jr., George and Jim Castelli, 1987. The American Catholic People. Garden City, New York: Doubleday. Greeley, Andrew M., 1977, The American Catholic. New York: Basic Books. McNamara, Patrick, 1992. Conscience First, Tradition Second, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. National Catholic Reporter Special Supplement "U.S. Catholicism: Trends in the '90s," October 8, 1993. m SINCE 1888 Schum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 Custom Made On Your Lot "Frea Quote" Thousands of References POST BUILDING PKGS. Complete pre-engineared packages for you to build. Free instruction books and backup service VERY LOW PRICES TRUSS RAFTERS Size Excellent Pdces-An)oollO" OVERHEAD Hundreds in Stock Nobody Beats Our Prices METAL ROOFING Over 29,000 Sq. In Stock Any Length Cut To Inch BEST PRICES AROUND DEALERS WANTED DAVIESS CO. METAL Hyw. 50 E., Cannelburg 4 mi. E. Montgomery 812-295-4299 -- i II I i  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744' 1 ,11 H|. i i SCHNELLVlLLE i J FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 II I I LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees and Teas WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, [ WE CAN MATCH IT Washington 2544409 Evon,=ville 422.1833 15% Senior Discount Every Monday! Groups, Please Call 812-486-3977 For Reservations Guided Tours Available Just off Hwy 50 Montgomery, Indiana I till I I III I DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU'VE REACHED YOUR LIMIT. If you're feeling as though you simply cannot cope with one more demand, give us a call. We offer free, confidential personal assessments 24 hours a day, sven days a week to help you get past it. THE HELP LINE 634-NEED (634-6333) Toll Free 1-800-852-7279 A serv/ce o/the BAVm=L HEa.'m And Hcakh CaR C, enr Ill0 W=I glk kmt ,lalper.ladi= ailU4t I II II I I I I I [I I I I TOe 00astOot- I I Ill Ill I I I Aznish Restaurant Your Homemade Eating Place Open Mon. thru Thur. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS III II II I I II III DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Mater Dei Class of '70 INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 JAMES A. NIEMEtER GEORGE P. HELFRICH Mater Dei Class of '69 Mater Dei Class of '69 "'We support Catholic Education" II II II III III III III II I