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......... 2 .......... The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Taking a look at marriage preparat B'y PAUL R. LEINGANG Family. Inter-church couples come Message editor .... i Many couples rate Catholic marriage preparation as a valuable experience. That's one reason John Hegeman of Evansville is chairing a com- mittee of persons studying marriage preparation in the Diocese of Evansville. Hegeman, a select handful of volunteers and several staff members of Catholic Charities met at Sarto Retreat House on Feb. 1. Among materials they evalu- ated was a summary of a Creighton University Study of Marriage Preparation. The title of that study was "Mar- riage Preparation in the Catholic Church: Getting it Right." It was conducted by the Center for Marriage and Fam- ily at Creighton University and the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Omaha, at the request of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops' Com- mittee on Marriage and the Family. While the study did not di- rectly address the concern of preventing divorce, the find- ings suggest that marriage preparation could be effective in keeping marriages together. Only 3.5 percent of the couples in the projected sample popula- tion were reported to be di- vorced one to eight years after marriage preparation. That compares to 18 percent of the general population predicted to be divorced after four years of marriage, according to Richard McCord, with the Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Included in the Creighton study's findings are the follow- ing: Marriage preparation in the Catholic Church is rated as a valuable experience by a vast majority of those who partici- pate in it. Couples in the earli- est years of marriage value it most. Marriage preparation has a restricted shelf life. Its per- ceived value declines signifi- cantly over time. The mandatory nature of marriage preparation in the Catholic Church doe not get in the way of couples valuing it highly. Marriage preparation is most valuable when presented by a team, especially a team of clergy and lay leaders. The total absence of clergy form the process reduces the value found in it. The intensity of a mar- riage preparation impacts on its evaluation. Too few sessions limit value, and so do too many. Marriage preparation s rated most helpful when it deals with the "Five Cs"-- communication, commitment, conflict-resolution, children and church. A sixth C, career, and especially dual career, needs to be presented better. Prior formal high school andadult religious education impact positively on subse- quent marriage preparation. Attitudes towards mar- riage preparation are colored by a sense of belonging to the Church and participation in Church practice. to marriage preparation with lower levels of Church involve- ment and lower expectations for marriage preparation. They are most likely to drift from Church belonging and practice. Couples who expect more from marriage preparation get most out of it. Many report they get even more than they expect. After reviewing the findings of the study, committee mem- bers also discussed current methods of marriage prepara- tion in the diocese. In prepara- tion for their next meeting, in March, they decided to gather information and opinions from the seven deans. Members of the marriage preparation committee include Kathy Elpers, a social work professor, and Pauline Kothe, owner of a medical supply house, both of Evansville; Fa- ther Joseph Erbacher, pastor of St. Anthony Church, S.t. An- thony; priests who work in the tribunal, Father Kenneth Walker and Msgr. Clinton Hirsch; and Catholic Charities staff members, Jim Collins, Ziba Graham, Martha Halter- man and Kristel Riffert. Msgr. Hirsch, who continues to work at the diocesan tri- bunal since his retirement, was instrumental in establish- ing a marriage course in the diocese in the 1950s. Collins is the director of Catholic Charities; Halterman is director of Counseling and Family Services; Graham and Riffert are director and coordi- nator of parish and community services. Benedictine priests to serve 11 parishes in Tell City Deanery The Archdiocese of Indianapo- lis has announced that, effective August 7, Benedictine priests from St. Meinrad Archabbey will assume responsibility for all six of the current priestly ministry assignments in the archdiocese's Tell City Deanery. The Tell Ci W Deanery is adja- cent to the Diocese of Evansville. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., said, "I am deeply grate- ful to Archabbot Lambert (Reilly) and the monks of St. Meinrad for once again showing their loyalty and dedication to our archdiocese." The arch- bishop added, "I care deeply about the people who live in the communities served by the 11 parishes of the Tell City Dean- ery, and I am very pleased that the historic relationship be- tween Catholics in southern In- diana and the monks of St. Meinrad can continue in this new way." Currently, eight Benedictines from St. Meinrad Archabbey serve as pastoral ministers at parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. St. Meinrad's offer to provide priests for the Tell City Deanery i i MUENSTERMAN S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 comes at a time when the arch- diocese is greatly in need of ad- ditional priestly ministry, ac- cording to the announcement. A three-year parish staffing plan, which was developed by arch- diocesan deans two years ago at the request of Archbishop Buechlein, shows that all deaneries in the archdiocese have felt the impact of declining numbers of active clergy. The additional priests provided by St. Meinrad will help the arch- diocese maintain the current number of priests serving the people of the Tell City Deanery. At the same time, it will provide St. Meinrad with pastoral min- istry assignments that are close to the archabbey. The Tell City Deanery is one of eleven deaneries, or regions, in the Archdiocese of Indianapo- lis. Bordering the Ohio River in southern Indiana, the deanery consists of 11 parishes serving approximately 6,759 people in 2,881 households. Sacramental ministry is currently being pro- vided by six priests -- three priests of the Archdiocese of In- dianapolis and three Benedic- tine monks from nearby St. Meinrad Archabbey. The assignment of the Bene- dictine priests allows the arch- bishop to reassign the three archdiocesan priests who cur- rently are serving in this dean- ery to other regions of the arch- diocese. CATHOLICS? Away from Church & Sacraments? "LANDINGS" a new way to "Come Home & Stay Home  What da Catholics believe about? MORALITY -- Wed. 8:30 A.M. or 7 P.M., 2/28 & 3/13 PRAYER -- Wed. 8:30 A.M. or 7 P.M., 3/20 & 3/27 LENTEN FRIDAYS Stations of the Cross -- 4 & 7 P.M. Catfish Filet Dinners - (chicken nuggets for kids) 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. DEAF or HARD of HEARING? ASL -- all homilies printed Nativity Catholic Church A small, welcoming Church family Masses -- Sat. 5 P.M., Sun. 8:30 & 11 A.M. 3635 Pollack Ave. (Bet, Vann & So. Greenriver) Fr. Henry (476-4646 TrY/Voice) or Dottie (476-7186) i John Hegeman is chairing a committee preparation in the Diocese of Evansville. MILLER & MI can Thanks to everyone who helped make the Breakfast for Gibault School for Boys a peciaUy want to thank our sponsors. The Cutting Edge, Inc. Ice Products, Inc. Siemers Glass Company, Inc. Browning Funeral Home, Inc. Lefler Body Shop, Inc. John Hodge m ONB Insurance Evansville Wet-Heat & Piping Co., Inc. Willow Lanes, Inc. Roselle R. Weinzapfel, CPA, CFP ; Paul's Menswear, Inc. James L. Will Insurance Agency Reis Tire Sales Lensing Wholesale, Inc. Pierre Funeral Home, Inc. Weber Equipment Company, Inc. St. Joseph Catholic Church - City McDonald's Restaurant - St. Joe Avenue Altstadt Office City Donut Bank Bakery & Coffee Shop Lappe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. D. Timothy Born, Attorney Turoni's Pizza, Inc. Helfrich Realty Co., Inc. Muensterman's Car Service Center . Marx Barbecue, Inc. Scherer Monument Works John Witting Lawrence and Madonna Preske : Oak Hill Pharmacy Ziemer Funeral Homes Alstadt Plumbing Service Charles and Eloise Castleman Hasgoe Cleaning Systems Merry-Go-Round Restaurant, Inc. Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel, Inc. Knights of Columbus #565 Bar & Restaurant DiLegge's Restaurant Evansville Area American Postal Workers Thanks again for your support of Gibault child deserves a chance." Knights