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The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 5,  to " How want know As a service to the readers of the Message, P' ONE OF A SERIES OF PERSONAL ESSAYS ON FAITH tee offer the following suggestions" for "making" Ilt and in the world. Karen Debes is a senior at S Reitz High School, Evansville, ,::" 1: Attend Lenten services at a local C where she is editor-in-chief of the " 2. March is Handicap Awareness Month. Be aware of and sensitive to handica b yearbook. She is a member of the  i 8 TEC Community and active in c youth ministry. Herparish  j! l:j  con (812) 422-5819 or C churChvanderburghiS St. Josephcounty.Church,   482-3503, a( By KAREN DEBES .: an Irish friend, i As a child, my most vivid memories dealing with the Catholic Church are my morn  C telling me not to sit on the kneeling bench (facing back- 1 ward), and my dad telling me to look forward at Jesus up on the cross. 8, I now see a definite pattern here. My parents were my .... faith. They took me to church. My faith was not one of .... my choice, but one of my parents, s Fortunately, this is no longer true. I found my faith The world around us i through TEC (Teens Encounter Christ). But before I could - s find andtrust my faith, I had to find and trust myself, but COMMENTARY moves and amendments Catholic Conference focUS;: more importantly, I had to find and trust my God. By DEACON JIM CAVERA tacked on to bills being con- only on a few specific issU .- t Finding him was easy. I had never really lost him. sidered on the floor. Because each session due to time c,i: f Trusting him, on the other hand, was a bit more difficult. Our legislators have el- of this it is hard to keep up to straints There are certainll, "n do" z I was taught from a young age that God loved me. But ready been hard at work for date. I look to the Message for many othertissues bmg . :: now, I knew. And with this newfound knowledge, I two months and we are now updates on particular laws. I " !.bated for which you may 1 learned that God wasn't just someone for me to pray to. down to the last segment of also read the Saturday edition want to express an opiniona ] He was also a friend. My best friend, this legislative session. This of the Evansville Press which Write to state represent " Yes, I still pray to him. Yes, I still look up to him. But is the time when bills which features a section on pending fives and senators at the Indi': ( above all, I'm a friend to him, and he's a friend to me. have survived their initial legislation each week during ana Statehouse, indianap0Mr I Often I find myself talking to him about my hopes, committee votes come to the the General Assembly. I un- IN 46204. dreams and fears, before I talk to one of my relatives or floor to be voted on and to derstand that many of the Call state representativest}[ 1 friends. I know he's always there to listen, and will never move to the next step of be- local papers in our diocese (800) 382-9841 (Republicanni/ l judge me or my actions, coming law. are also a good source of in- or (800) 382-9842 (Deru,::J 1 So maybe sitting backwards in church and playing in Of primary importance to formation about legislative is- rats). ,,O0]'!J ] the pew didn't scar me. Maybe it even helped. Eventu- us in the Indiana Catholic sues at this time of the year. ally I choose to sit facing the altar and look at the Conference are those bills In addition to being in- Call state senators at L a | I crucifix, that focus on life issues such formed, it is very important 382-9467. And in the end, I chose my faith, and I beiieve in it fully. Someone once told me youweresfk:wth Your : , as Informed Consent, Family that you make your view My best luck in gettJ family, but you could choose your friends. I think God is Leave, Minimum Wage, As- known to your elected repre- through has been' to cll v the best choice I've ever made. sisted Suicide, Extension of sentatives. The Indiana tween 7 and 8 a.m.CST" : the WIC Program, and the ..= ,.1 ' , School Breakfast Program, to "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" name a few. C[F[H D[[/C[[[ P[ll The Indiana Catholic Con-  ference sends updates to all Miller & Miller those on the mailing list and 424-9274 also issues alerts from time to Holy Rosary Church, Evansville time when it is necessary to -- FRIDAYS, Feb. 26, March 5 and 12 contact legislators in an ur- gent way. You can help us by Support Catholic schools by staying informed, using the Tradition Card. 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p,m. At this point in the process ADULTS $5.00 there are many strategy CHILDREN $2.50 ! Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES - p.o. aox 191 | LINTON, INDIANA 47441 DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE ' : The Diocese of Evansville in Indiana seeks a Director of Catholic Charities to be responsible for its  Ed. L. Lee ......... . Catholic Social Mission and to be director of its so- Mortuary .............. cial service agency. 101 North Meridian Street A percentage of each purchase you make using the Tradition Ga^' QUALIFICATIONS: Mew or related field; five goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800 "777"394'' ' years experience in Church social work administra- Washington, IN 254-3612 extension 322 for details. Issued by Citizens tion. Strong design/development, supervisory, collab- orative and initiator skills needed. The Diocese offers pleasant work environment, competitive salary and ! benefits. Starting date negotiable. Send cover letter, |  i resume and three references by April 15, 1993, to: I " " Catholic Charities Search Committee P.O. Box I  I 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169. ' " I I 1 DENNIS K. FELDHAUS JAMES A. NIEMEIER  J Mater Dei Class of '70 GEORGE P. HELFRICH Maler Dei Class of 6 'i ` Mater Dei Class of '69 : i , i',...',,,, "'WE SUPP,,IRT CATk'IOLiC EDUCATION"-3![ i