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:! ho00[ E S S AGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 26 March 6, 1992 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor et meetings have been scheduled throughout diocese 1992-93 budget has been scheduled in the Diocese of Evansville "to provide infor- mation for parish leadership of meetings on the an Fiasco Brian Padgett, Shad Arvin, Brian Allen, and Tim Lukomski enjoy looking at photo found at the Photo Corner during the Fiasco at St. John Church, Loogootee. in preparation for the Annual Diocesan Appeal," according to a letter mailed by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger on Feb. 28 to pastors and pastoral ad- ministrators. Invited to the meetings are parish leaders -- pastors, pas- toral administrators, parish council presidents,-parish fi- nance committee chairper- sons and ADA chairpersons. Others not specifically listed, but in parish leadership posi- tions, may also be invited. "Because each parish goal will be impacted, it is very important that each parish take leadership and have a grasp of this (budget) increase and its implications for local budgets," the bishop said. The bishop's letter indi- cated that, "if some of your parish leadership cannot get to one of the meetings (the one in your deanery), I would welcome them to any of the others. The bishop said that, in courtesy, parish leaders planning to attend a meeting in another deanery should contact the host deanery to indicate how many people are coming. The meetings, one in each of the seven deaneries of the diocese, will be held between March 8 and April 2. The for- mat specified for each meet- ing by the bishop would pre- Annual Report published The annual report of the Diocese of Evansville, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 1991, is published in this issue of the Message. A letter from Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger accompanies the charts and graphs, which indicate "the financial sound- ness" of the diocese, accord- ing to the bishop. The annual report is found on pages 13 and 14. A sepa- rate report, showing the con- solidated statement of the parishes, is found on page 15. sent tile diocesan budget in summary form, provide time for questions of clarification, and indicate implications for the ADA ill 1992. Meetings are scheduled at St. John Church, Newburgh, on Sunday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. CST, for the Newburgh Deanery; at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, on Sunday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. EST, for tile Jasper Deandry; at St. John Church, Loogootee, on Sunday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. Esrr, for tbe Washington Deanery; at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, on Mon- day, March 23, at 7 p.m. CST, for the Evansville East Dean- ery; at Resurrection Church, Evansville, on Sunday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m, for the Evansville West Deanery; at St. John Church, Vincennes, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. EST, for the Vincennes Deanery; and at St. James, Haubstadt, on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. CST, for the Princeton Deanery. Entry into the church ...... i Coming to faith in Christ by twists and turns first.person of conversion was written who was accepted into and confirmed on Holy tony, religious conversion is ,'ous: a blinding the light that struck Paul to Damascus. however, the process It began in the 1950s.  1950s was an age of inno- black was black, white, and no gray existedi 3ught it did, you were proba- t. Ike Eisenhower BOB PAYNE us all with a comforting, smile and, for all we knew, Robert Young really did know during these simple times that I grew up, the only child of Katherine Payne who had settled in 1952 at416 East street in Evansville. back, I can still see the images of those days in my mind: tshioned street lamps, Coca-cola in bottles, television with only smile from people which indicated they actually trusted of innocent acceptance extended to all areas of our life: views, our relationships, and certainly to religion. we attended when I was growing up, a small fundamen- was a white concrete block church, nestled in the looked quite at peace, as though it had chosen If. ay mornings of my childhood were made up of the musty basement, the taste of spearmint gum, the sound of with their fervent message of faith flowing over me and my young receptive soul. mdll innocent creature among giants, can help believ- ng these adults in his immediate world say is absolute it; I accepted it all. But somehow I never related to the t. I should be saved. I never quite understood what they when I was nine years old I climbed into the baptistery l. Baptized I was; saved I wasn't sure, w into my teen years, other influences began to shape my ecame a Bob Dylan fan and a child of the 60s. I became inter- Kennedy. The conservative fundamentalists and their phi- more and more remote, to focus in on mystical feelings I'd experienced since i childhood. These feelings would come over me at unexpected times when I was walking through the woods or watching a thunderstorm. Somehow, in the slow-motion finger- painted swirling of the storm clouds; in the cry- ing of the wind; in the simplicity of some remote or insignificant place I could sense Someone speaking to me. By the time I was 19, I had stopped going to my old church. I could never feel saved, so why should I go? .I began to read books about the Catholic faith, a subject which had fasci- nated me since I was a Bishop ebrate the Rite of ElectiOh at H Church in , Church t 5 p.m. CST, 8. ?' will have first taken place in their parish churches, according to Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O,S,B,, diocesan director of religious education. ................................... the parish, the chief pastor of the diocese als0 'elects' them,' Sister Jochum said. She reported that 221 catechumens and candi- dates from 34 parishes will be recognized by the bishop at the two celebrations; child. One of the books, "The Spirit of Catholicism," made me realize there was more to Catholicism than I had ever realized. On Delaware street I grew up next to a Catholic thmily: the Grannans. One day I heard them through the window, saying the rosary, Somehow it all seemed natural to me. There was a mystical significance to this reli- gion that was absent from the church I grew up in. This mystical truth kept making itself known to me in many ways, It came to me as I heard Joan Baez sing the words of Bob Dylan's song, "I Shall be Released:"They say every man needs protection/they say every man is bound to fail/but I swear I see my reflection somewhere so high above this wall By the age of 30, I had decided to become Catholic. Jesus Clrist made sense to me in this way. For me, I could relate to Him as someone who is saving us continually, ever with us, through the sacraments. As I look back on my entry into the church, something dawns on me: in my own way I was coming to faith in Christ by twists and turns and zigs and zags, finally making it in through the back door. It was certainly no Damascus road conversion. There are many roads to conversion, how- ever. Damascus is only one. As I trace the pattern of this wobbly line I've traved from childhood to Catholicism, I think Of the words of St. Augustine: ",.rod writes straight in crooked lines." Bob Payne lives in Evansville. He is in the bachelor of liberal studies program at the University of Evansville