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..February 26, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 5 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Legal is not always right: How to make an impact on laws Let us support our state legislators who con- tue to work toward maintaining the restrictions against abortion in our state The Indiana Catholic Conference NetWork is a we} to assist in that as well as any other legislative matters than comes before the legislature that affect us for good or ill. ^  encourage all of you to join the Indiana catholic Conference Legislative Network to learn more about the issues. You will also receive alerts on pending' legislation so that you can quickly your representative or senator on the mat- Beacon James Cavera is our Diocesan Coordi- for the Indiana Catholic Conference and re- First of all, it is important to understand Indiana Catholic Conference is controlled of directors which includes the Bish- P s of the State_of Indiana and other lay members. i me on the board of directors is our lay repre- tative, Diane Bender of Evansville. The pri- .Y activity of the ICC board is to assist in shafait p- agdPUblic policy, guided by the light of our altion. S era, econdly, each diocese has a Diocesan Co- Umator who links the diocese with the central office of the conference in Indianapolis, near the legislature. As I mentioned above, Deacon James Cavera serves in that capacity. Thirdly, each diocese has representatives on tile Indiana Catholic Advisory Committee. Along with the Coordinator, the Director of Catholic Charities, Father John Boeglein, Dioce- san Director of Rural Life and Jan Stenftenagel, a member at large, serve as advisors. Fourthly, there are the Indiana Catholic Conference Information/Action Legislative Action Networks in each diocese made of small groups of persons who agree to keep themselves informed on issues that concern the Indiana Catholic Con- ference. They also form a phone network to pass along alerts that come down from the Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, our lobbyist on behalf of the Indiana Catholic Confer- ence. These alerts are then converted into phone calls by constituents to their legislators to impact the outcome of actions in the state legislature. We have from our diocese same key leader- ship in the Indiana State Legislature. For that reason, any who would participate in the Indiana Catholic Conference Networks from our diocese can indeed impact Indiana law. In our time and place, the all consuming concerns surround issues that have to do with the dignity of human life from its very beginning " to its natural end. The dignity of huriihn life de- mands respect. Legislators nmst be constantly re - minded of that dignity and respect as they are in combat with the forces that would deny life to,: the unborn, assistance to dependent children,,. proper concern for the frail elderly and in fact encourage euthanasia for those who appear use- less to society, not to mention those suffering handicapping conditions and capital pun}shment for the condemned. Now the most current of is- sues are abortion and assisted suicide by the v6r, profession with an oath to preserve life. If you are interested and willing to become an active and involved Catholic citizen in our state, join the Indiana Catholic Conference Infor- mation and Action Networks in our diocese. All you have to do is make contact with Judy Neff at the Catholic Center 424-5536 or long distance at 1-800-637-1731. You would certainly help me in impacting legislation in light of our Catholic teaching. PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LET US PRAy Diocese of Evansville t', ,, Odof life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, i! We might know and love You, ' We might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, presence may be known and felt in our midst, !others too may come to know and love You may begin to serve and worship You. lmpwer us with Your Snirit to use full the You have Wen r y many gifts us. crease our faith, n for the Church. l'Ielp us to see Your pla &we lO . . ok to the future may our faithful to Yours, ay atwe, Church Southwestern Indiana, the o; ,,^- . narther Your kingdom thr uh Dreachin and livin Your upel. , o ,, . g g All Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Peoples Trust Company SINCE 1888 $chum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 I.G.A. & KLNER HOME JASPER LUMBER CO. Father Lowell Will to celebrate 25th anniversary When Father Lowell Will celebrates the twenty-fifth an- niversary of his ordination, he will see some familiar faces. The pastor of St. Peter, St. Patrick and St. Michael churches will celebrate the. anniversary with a Mass at St. Peter Church, Montgomery, on March 7,. The five "kids" who carried up the gifts at Father Will's First Mass will carry the same gifts into the church for the anniversary. They are the priest's cousins, Chris Will, Alan Will, John Will and Marie Kothe, and a god-child, Ramona Whitehead. Also planning to attend the celebration are the priest's mother, Esther, his brother, Curt, and his sister, Ravay Wicks, all from the Evansville II area. Father Will, 50, was or- dained in Innsbruck, March 2, 1968. He first was assigned as a teacher at Mater Dei High School, and assistant pastor of St. Boniface :Church. Evansville. He also taught at Memorial High School, Evansville, and served as as- sistant or associate pastor of Christ the King Church, Evansville; St. Mary Church, Washington, and St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Father Will was named pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haub- stadt, in 1987, and to his cur- rent assignment in 1991. Father Will will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter Church on March 7 at 2 p.m,, local time (1 p.m. Evansville time). A supper II CATFISH DinnERS/CHEESE P00za Holy Rosary Church, Evansville FRIDAYS, Feb. 26, March 5 and 12 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ADULTS --- $5.00 CHILDREN --- $2.50 I I I Seeking Coordinator of Youth Ministry. Large Eastside Indianapolis parish. Excellent compensation and benefit package. Experience in Youth Ministry required. Position effective July 1st, 1993. Send resumes by March 15th to Holy Spirit parish in care of Search Committee, 8919 East 16th Place, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. FATHER LOWELL WILL and reception will follow from 3 to 7 p.m. local time in the Montgomery Ruritan Building. Everyone is invited. "I neither expect nor ask for any gifts for myself," Father Will said. "In the spirit of the vocation of priesthood and in thanksgiving to God for his countless blessings to me, all gifts will be given to charity." I KofC565 2901 West Maryland Full Menu Wed., Fd., Sat. 5 -- 9 p.m, Catering Call 423.2734 , . ,, i i 301 MAIN ST. - VtNCNNI=... tN 47Sll1 I L0wCo Skt  Metal Patw 18e to 36 so 12' x 60" x 2' as low as $80.00 REJECT TECK INSULATION 3t4" $3.99 per 4 x 8 sheet I" $4.99 pe 4 x 8 sheM F=,st Come. F Sen,ed No Davistal + 5o L Cr, P/j: 4 mLE Monl'cry 812-295-5770