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March 4, 1988 iiii i View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i 11 By ANN WADELTON Indiana Catholic Conference ICC terms parental leaves a 'major pro.00Family issue'  Abill to allow parents to take unpaid leave to spend time with their newborns or seriously ill children died in conference committee in the clos- ing days of the Indiana General Assembly. But the bill's author, Rep. John Day (D-Indpls.) said, "we'll see this issue again. Family life is changing and our state must change, too," The parental leave proposal had been amended into a Senate bill when the original died without a hearing in the House. It would have allowed up to six weeks unpaid leave within a two-year period for parents and would apply only to those working i v-.usinesses with more than 30 employees, about lWpercent of the state's employers. In a letter to his colleguesin the House of Representatives, Rep. Day quoted from the U.S. Bishops' Economic Pastoral, "Employment prac- tices.., can either support or undermine the abilities of families to fulfill their roles in nurtur- ing children." Day said, "In our rush to promote economic development, a worthwhile goal, we have at times overlooked human development and the impact of economic policies on family life." Dr. M. Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, called parental leave a major pro-family issue. "The public is beginning to recognize the importance of 'bonding' between newborns and parents," he said. "Working parents are more than just another special interest group - pleading for benefits. Parental leave should be seen as a right and a way to Strengthen families. Stronger families benefit the entire society," he said. Currently more than half of all new mothers are in the workforce, said Dr. Ryan. Of those, two out of three are either the sole provider for their children or have husbands who earn less than $15,000 a year. Their jobs are vital to the stability of their families, he said. The proposal was opposed by the Chamber of Commerce which said it would be difficult to im- plement and that it would affect workforce flexibility. A recent New York Times article reported that a survey by the Chamber of Commerce of companies offering parental leave found that 60 percent cited "recruitment and retention" of good employees as the main reasons for the program. ' Continued from page 9 Father Joseph Kundek found- ed the town of Fulda in 1847 after finishing church construc- tiq. at Ferdinand. In 1846, he haJ'written from Ferdinand to the Leopoldine Mission Society that he was "determined to undertake the erection of Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery Duncan's Riverside . 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Land for the church was sold to Bishop Maurice de St. Palais in 1860 by Andrew Ernst, who deeded over a portion of the land he had bought from Ebenezer and Sara Niles. Church construction was completed in 1862. The first rectory, a log struc- ture, had a kitchen,.and schoolroom downstairs, with sleeping rooms upstairs. It was replaced by the present building, by Father Placidus Zarn, O.S.B., in 1891. In 1966, correspondence be- tween Bishop Paul F. Leibold and Father Linus Swartz, O.S.B., shows that not everything about St. John Chrysostom was settled in its first 100 years. Father Swartz wrote that St. John Church had always been considered a mis- sion of St. Meinrad. Bishop Leibold wrote to say St. John's territory was defined in 1949, but no canonical document could be found designating it as a parish or a mission. The bishop commented that St. John seemed to be independent, but it had no resident pastor. To resolve the matter, St. John Church was established as a "canonical vicariate" of the Diocese of Evansville, effective January 1, 1967. Father Linus was succeeded by Father Theodore Heck, O.S.B., in 1970. In 1987, Father Warren I , Christopher East Livin g Center ,, Large Spacious Rooms - Medicare, Medicaid & V.A. Approved , 24 Hour Nursing By Licensed Professionals , Physical, Speech & Respiratory THerapies Q Special Diets Prepared By A Registered Dietician - Respite (Temporary) Care :  Organized Activities Program With Shopping & Field Trips LIVING CENTERS VlC 4301 Washington Avenue Evansville, Indiana Phone (812) 477-8971 for information of services and rates Heitz, O.S.B., who already had care for the parish at Fulda was also given charge of the church in New Boston. Father Warren says he wants the parishioners at St. John to take over complete care of the parish -- to do everything but administer the sacraments. He says the parish council should continue to take more and more responsibility for the operation of the church. Families in the parish take their turn mowing the grass around the church and the cemetery. A women's sodality arranges church cleaning. Mass is offered Saturday evening at Fulda, in the larger St. Boniface Church; Sunday morning liturgies are celebrated at both churches. Religious education classes for elementary age students are held in the New Boston parish hall, which is named after Father Theodore Heck, pastor from 1970-1987. Religious education classes for junior and senior high school students are conducted at Fulda. Among diocesan priests who have cared for St. John Church were priests residing at Troy: Fathers Joseph Kaufrnan (1862-63), John Unversagt (1885-90), William Wack (1890-91), Edward Bauer (1924-29) and Vincent Dwyar (1929-33). Benedictine priests who took charge in the in- tervening years included Fathers Martin Marty, Benedict Brunet, Henry Hug, Isidor Hobi, FintanMundwiler and Placidus Zarn. Among Benedictines from St. Meinrad who attended St. John Church in later years were Fathers Mark Meyer (1898-1916), Boniface Benkert (1917-24), Gabriel Verkamp (1934-35), Hilary DeJean (1936-40), Bernard Beck (1940-50) Nicholas Schmidt (1950-55), Linus Swartz (1955-70) and Theodore Heck (1970-87). Father Theodore, 87, was named Pastor Emeritus last year. Your Full Service Funeral Home Miller & Miller 424-9274 CAN YOU HELP? VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Call 424-2555 Birthright 00UPIBUR00 s'r41.eD GLA00 co SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA COMMERCIAL. RELIGIOUS. RESIDENTIAL- CMI$ Original Designs Restorations a Appraisals Clear & Colored Bevels Mirror & Plate Glass Lamps Custom Storm Protection Etching & Sandblasting Classes & Supplies 853-0460 20 W JENNINGS, NEWBURGH