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:4 / i:ii ! ii/' . ,1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Brinkman "he family has been overwhelmed by response from diocese bod By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer talks about her 23-month-old son, Logan, pride of a mother lion with her cub. is her miracle child. she watches him toddle across the floor, and she smart he is. she talks about their year-long struggle and treatments which have rav- when she talks about the tremendous from people all over the Diocese of Evans- has never met. received the devastating news that Logan t ill. to the doctor for his one-year checkup. He tto Jasper Memorial Hospital, and the next day, he to Riley Chil- r polis. known as the of tests, the told that their tic dis- to get 22, he was a ldren's received transplant. Joe, took a his job in his wife and They left their on July 31 Dec. 22. Logan spend on the road. travel back Wednes- they are in tments. well," Alisa a few setbacks, well." weakened their doctors to make i A thank you note I We would like to thank everyone in the diocese who prayed, sent cards and letters, and supported us during our stay in Cincinnati. We feel that without you we would not be : home now and Logan would not be doing so well. We are forever grateful to the people of St. Peter Celestine Church for their constant prayers and stlpport. Special thanks to Father Bob Bultman. He has been with us every step along the way.  weekly calls and constant sup- port kept us all going. Also, thank you for keeping everyone at home informed of Logan,s condition and keeping him in your daily prayers. We are very lucky to have Father BOb and the people of St. Peter Celestine Church. They are all extraordinary people. still ve a long road ahead of us, but with the help of God and allofyoU weare sure the es will pass quickly i and with as few bumps as possible. Thank you and God bless you. Love, has been in Alisa's family since Civil War days. "Dust is our worst enemy," she explained. That meant new paneling and new ceilings Her parents bought new windows for the home, and Joe's parents paid for new carpeting. The home "looks nothing like it used to" thanks to extensive remodeling by family members, including aunts, uncles and cousins. "Everybody in the family chipped in and did it." The Brinkmans' were also helped -- both emotionally and -- To work to eliminate social 27 percent "belief celibate" is faith, even require- present- a matter of not doctrine. cler- but not percent respon- low on to the faith the said t. abor- essential, 34 to a essential, to attend said percent of essen- Orders. causes of poverty. -- To believe that Christ established the authority of bishops by making Peter head of the church. -- To have a regular daily prayer life. -- To have devotion to the saints. The combined proportion of respondents who thought those elements were either essential or important ranged from 75 percent to 86 percent. The researchers said of the five top-ranked elements, four had to do with the sacraments or special attention to helping the poor; the fifth was devotion to Mary. By contrast, they said, the five elements on the list that respon- dents considered least central to faith "had to do with two top- ics: specific moral teachings the right of workers to unionize, teachings about the death penalty and teachings about abortion  and specific institu- tional rules  only men can be priests, only celibate persons can be priests." The report said regular Mass- goers tended to rank all ele- ments higher in importance than those who rarely or never attended Mass. It found no significant differ- ences in views between more educated and less educated Catholics, between lifelong Catholics and those who con- verted as adults or between unconfirmed Catholics and those who had received the sacrament of confirmation. Respondents who had attend- ed a Catholic elementary or high school or Catholic college rated three elements in the list higher than those with no Catholic school background. Those ele- ments were teachings opposing abortion, teachings opposing the death penalty, and having reli- gious orders in the church. In other areas, a slight majority said they thought the Catholic Church demands more of its members than other Christian churches do, but fewer than half regarded the Catholic Church as more faithful to Christ's will than other churches. The survey was funded by the Lilly Endowment, to study post-baby-boom Catholics in the United States. 3 Logan Brinkman, with his mother Alisa, receives a Spinoza bear from Mary Dimmett, a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 1114. The $130 bear has a cassette tape player inside it, and comes with nine tapes. The bears are available to children with chron- ic illnesses. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes financially .--- by people throughout the diocese following a Nov. 7 article in the Message. "It's been unbelievable. People from Vincennes, Mount Vernon, Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand. The cards and letters and the financial help they gave us was overwhelming." "One family in Haubstadt usually exchanges Christmas gifts among the adults, but they took all the money and sent it to us. "It was unreal to see that amount of money, the way people , ope-,! ,'Up their  IO:,I,IL::'] did .nmrlk hmJmyeaDmu.:! ary, and the help everybody gave us was astounding." She said their pastor at St. Peter Celestine Church, Father Bob Bultman, called every week. "We were supposed" to come home for Thanksgiving, but we couldn't. We got 30 to 50 cards from people at Celestine, people who knew we couldn't come home. At the Celestine grade school, every child made a Christmas card for Logan." Someone sent the Brinkmans a check for 5500 and encouraged them to "have Christmas for everybody. We didn't do that. We did buy Logan a play gym for inside, but we put the rest into an account. We just couldn't spend money like that." Alisa said she felt "overwhelmed" by everyone's response. "It was so wonderful that everybody was behind Logan. All the prayers and all the support, they made it possible for Joe and me to be there with Logan the whole time." People we careabout Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers ate invited to submit information about people who ram! hmefit t,y some extra prayers and attention. Services for Benedictine Sister Evarista Wittmer, 96, who died Feb. 16, were held Feb. I8 at Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand. Sister Wittmer entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1918, and made her final vows in 1924. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 1996. She taught for 49 years at hools in Evansville, Huntingburg, Vincennes, SISTER MontgomeD; Haubstadt, Poseyville, WITTMER Ferdinand, St. Anthony, Rock3rt, St. ..... James and Fort Branch. She taught religious education classes at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand, from 1975 to 1979. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABC to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- ville, IN 47724. The e-mail address is message@evans- Subject: PEOPLE WE CARE ABOLPf.