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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Taking the time to make a difference--- A difficult year, a sign of hope "A few years ago, some friends of ours were having a particularly stressful year," said Jean and Terry Smith of Des Moines, Iowa. Their friends are Bernie and Kristie Evans, and both families are mem- bers of the Christian Family Move- ment. Everything seemed to be going wrong for the Evans family. They bought a new home, but the sale of the first home fell through, and they had two sets of house payments. That winter, the pipes froze in the old home. Pipes and a toilet fix- ture were broken. They drove around to help a friend search for a lost dog. The dog was found, dead, and during the search, a new tire on the Evans car was punctured and ruined. That was not the end of their car problems that year. The transmission had to be replaced. Then they hit a deer. Work pressures increased for Bernie, and he did not have the time he wanted for his family. Finally, the problems became almost too much to handle. "One night Kristie and Bernie sat down to talk. Kristie began to list the frustrations she Was experi- encing, and began to cry." At the end of the list, she added, "And we have run out of birdseed." Conversation stopped. They looked into each other's eyes, and began to laugh. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR They realized that life's diffi- culties could be overcome as long as they had each other's love -- and, of course, a supply of birdseed. A few years later, Bernie and Kristie had another difficult year. Kristie broke her foot -- that's a dif- ficulty for any one, but it was espe- cially a problem for Kristie. At the time she was taking care of her six- year-old and three two-year-old chil- dren -- one of her own and two fos- ter twins. Bernie, with the help of relatives and friends, was building an addition to the house, and that added considerably to the turmoil and stress. But through it all, they made sure they had birdseed. Misfortunes also hit the Smith family, in one al- most unbelievable year. In February, Jean's sister died unexpectedly at age 35. Terry's mother died, unexpectedly, that same month. The family's day care provider quit. Terry's job began to require more travel and time away from home. Lightning struck their home in April and damaged several appliances. Their home was burglarized in May. July was worse. In July, they were hit by a flood. They were without water for 12 days, without electricity for three days. Terry tripped while carrying a kettle of hot water and badly burned his arm. Their dog ran away. "One evening Bernie and Kristie presented us !; with a bag of birdseed," Jean wrote. as long as we had birdseed, not wrong. We realized what wonderful and how blessed we really are. our mantle as a symbol of hope infinite wisdom. "Both our families feed the in the winter, to help them in need. We take delight in caring for as he cares for us. I guess friends are , -- a needed nourishment of love and greatest need." * * How have you experienced the love friends? If you have children, as experiences. What gifts have you given to others? For some people, one more top of a series of difficulties would be straw." Why do you think the laughter and peace? Take the time to show your concern neighbor -- a family member or a stranger: community. Your gift does not have It may be a little time, or an offer care during a stressful day, or a seed. Questions ahd comments are Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, Iowa 50010. Washington Letter When 'holy man' of high-tech talks, immigrants may be the By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) People who worry about pro- tecting the rights of immi- grants hope that when Mi- crosoft chairman Bill Gates speaks, Congress listens. Gates is part of an unusual coalition of business leaders, Catholic and other religious groups and social activists pressuring Congress to rewrite pending legislation that could dramatically cut the number of people allowed to immigrate to the United States. Bills clue to be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Commit- tee at the end of February and on the House floor in mid- March would impose new lim- its on immigration to the United States. The House bill would reduce employer-sponsored immigra- tion to 135,000 from its current level of 140,000. The Senate version cuts employment ad- missions to 90,000. The num- ber of visas for family members The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville . Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pusher .............. BLshop Gerai A. Getteffinger Edor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Production Technician ................ Joseph Dietrich Advertising .................................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication C/Xtjht 1995  Press ot EvansvIe of immigrants would be cut from its current 480,000 per year to 330,000 in the House version and 300,000 in the Senate bill. Both Versions elim- inate entire categories of fam- ily visas, such as for adult chil- dren of immigrants. In a trip to Washington in November, Gates gave several speeches and interviews in which he said the legislation would hurt companies like his that rely on many immigrants Thanks for Youth Day To the editor: (We would like to thank those who helped to make) Youth Day possible for the Dio- cese of Evansville. We would like to thank Michael Eppler, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Evansville; Father Edward Linton, Associate Pastor, St. Benedict Church; the youth of St. Benedict Church; and the Diocese of Evansville Youth Team for the long hours of hard work. We would also like to thank Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger, Father Raymond Brenner, Father Bernard Eti- enne, Father Kenneth Herr, Father Brian Holtz, Benedic- tine Father Edward Linton, and Father Richard Wildeman for celebrating Mass. This great day brought the youth of our diocese together as a com- munity in one faith. Andrea Maurer, Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt John Silva, St. Bernard, Gibson County Co-Leaders, Diocesan Youth Team Correcting and reflecting on St. Theresa 'Prayer Partners' To the edito Red Head girl again. (An article Feb. 16) mis- printed the name of a prayer partner. A note of correction might do, as those who knew him, know his name. However I would like to add as in a song, not just a note but the melody and harmony he gave. The article said his name was Clarence Brown, I imagine he would smile at this in com- parison to Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown always gave Lucy another chance to hold the football for him to kick, each time believing she would not pull it away and cause him to fall. Charlie Brown always believed and hoped to see that His name? Many. Some I re- call. Mr. Clarence, who always saw the best, the good in every- one and never spoke badly of anyone. CEB, who always be- lieved he would see his girl, his wife Bert again, and loved her to the end. Ted, who was a friend with tb.e same name. Mayor of Parkland Avenue, which was a place where chil- dren like Charlie Brown could play. The mayor was always in and ready to offer help. One could always go to the Mayor with anything or any concern and he listened. He was a neighbor to many and a friend to all. He was the "Armchair See LETTERS page 5 for specialized high-tech jobs. The cuts in employment-re- lated immigration in particular have struck a common chord that echoes flatly with a di- verse group including the U.S. Catholic Conference; the Reli- gious Action Center of Reform Judaism; the chief executives of Intel and Hewlett Packard; the Union of Needletrades, In- dustrial and Textile Employ- ees; the U.S. Chamber of Com- merce; Americans for Tax Reform; and the Committee of 100, an organization of promi- nent Chinese Americans. The issue has been the focus of editorial pages in .newspa- pers ranging from The Wash- ington Times to the Los Angeles Times. It has Massachusetts' Republican Gov. William Weld lining up on the same side as New York's former mayor, Democrat Ed Koch. The formidable nificant changes tion, according Keely, a sor at Jesuit-run wh( "Gates and the: certainly Meanwhile, rather strange find the U.S. ence allied National Rifle the National Education in ings, said alyst for the and Refugee The s sues that tion of on the chur chs See Bishop's sc The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin