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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Pope says Church must be strong in defending the By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II described himself as "by nature rather sweet, not severe," but said he must be "rigid regarding the School Continued from page 7 County, i a the Optimist Club speech conquest. Jamie Cutrell received a first place medal. Music awards Jamie Schmitt, April Schmitt, Brad Elpers, Jason Hall, Wade Miller, Daniel Elpers, Shay Grasso and Lena Ruminer, all students at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, received first in a re- cent music coxtest. Roxie Helmer and Kim principles" on which healthy families are based. Speaking during a March 6 parish visit, the pope said only families "built on the truth and the (Ten) Commandments can remain solid and united." "Some have been talking about building a false family, a ing and Kirby Goedde receiVed a Division I rating in the solo category at the state solo and en- semble finals. Ryan Frey, Elizabeth Verkamp, Rick Stephens, Lauren Bradey, Roger Nur- renbern, Matt Schenk, Scott Mayer, Mark Decamps, Andy Hart, Ryan Muensterman and Jason Seng received a Division I rating in the state ensemble category. fictitious family of two men or two women," he said, referring to a February proposal by the European Parliament and sub- sequent debate across the con- tinent to grant homosexual couples rights equal to those of married couples. "We respect every man, every woman, but to build a family this way is wrong and dangerous," the pope said dur- ing his Sunday morning visit to St. Bernard Parish in a Rome suburb. Meanwhile, the Vatican's po- sition on family rights was pre- sented to the U.N. Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva. "These rights are rooted in a clear definition of the family," said Archbishop Paul Tabet, the head of the Vatican's dele- gation to U.N. organizations based in Geneva. "The family is founded on marriage, the intimate and complementary union of a man and a woman, established through the indissoluble bonds of a freely contracted and pub- licly affirmed marriage and open to the transmission of life," he said. The Vatican released the text of Archbishop Tabet's late- February speech on March 4. The importance of the family is obvious to everyone, the archbishop said. The value of the family and modern threats to its stability are one reason why the U.N. International Year of the Family has gener- ated so much interest. A stable union is a source of mental, spiritual and moral growth for life is the center of tellectual, cultural education, said. Men and right to freely spouse and to size of their Children h born into a mother and a "Children are fected by the one or the other ents or by their the archbishop "The ents cannot be inhuman and running the risk o the more their --INDIANA GRAND COMMANDERY-- Dosher placed second. KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN Helping Our Kids ,.co.po...Eo UNDER THE LAWS OF NEW YORK -- BY SPECIAL ACT PASSED MAY 6, 1886 Laura Davidson, David Hackert and Matt Wolber were the three top sellers in the Helping Our Kids campaign at . St. Benedict School, Evans- ville. Page for a day Christy Ulrich, a student at Corpus Christi School, Evansville, has served as a' page in the Indiana Statehouse. Science Fair at St. Matthew Winners at the Science Fair at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, include Grade five -- Jeff Hardin, first; Clint Erbacher, Leslie Rutledge, second; Katie Daus- mann, third. Grade six -- Aaron Head, first; Julie Kaffenberger, Susan Hoehn, second; B.J. Schoening, third. Math-a-thon Ninety-three students at Holy Spirit School, Evansville, par- ticipated in a Math-a-then for St. Jude's Children's Research Hos- pital; they collected approxi- mately $1,300. Science Fair at 'Good Shepherd OFFICE OF Brig. Gen. WilUlam TenBarge Indiana Grand Secretary 1408 Continental Drive Evansville, IN 47715-6050 The Knights of St. John are a modern counterpart of the Knights of St. John Hospitallers, who the City of Amalfi in the Kingdom of Naples in the year 1048. These Knights marched upon Holy City, and wrested the shrine of Christianity from the infidels. They erected a church in honor the Baptist, and maintained hospices to shelter the pilgrims. While the Knights of St. John were formed nationally in the United States in 1879, a number manderies were organized prior to that date in various parts of the country, and have already first century of progress. The medieval Knight fought well for God and the Church, but the modern chose a spiritual field, wherein they could strive to capture men's hearts and minds for among its members a filial devotion to Holy Mother, the Church, and a profound respect for Knights of St. John is a semi-military organization, and those who wear the uniform participate in events and processions. They also take part in diocesan and civic functions. The Knights of St. the uniform is madestronger in his faith by placing himself before the public clothed in the uniform Catholic organization, thereby demonstrating before the world that he is proud of his religion. In the Tri-State area, there are five individual commanderies; St. Wendel, St. Joseph City, S stadt and St. Joseph County. These five commanderies joined together are called a Regiment. The Regiments, or Districts, in Indiana. The two Districts make up the Indiana Grand Commandery. Commandery meets every April, 2 years in one District and 2 years in the other District, to take ness such as charity and membershi and events pertaining to religion, and civil problems. Before 1966, the charity of the National Knights of St. John was the Extension Society. Through Society, the Knights of St. John helped to build 5 mission chapels in the United States. In 1966, commanderies decided to have as their main project, the retarded children, namely, Marian Evansville. Haubstadt also helped the school for retarded in Princeton. Each year, each money raising event, the profits going to Marian Day School. Since its inception, donations to School are approaching $200,000.00. Benefits of the organization are many, including: an affiliation with the Church in a very particul opportunity to wear the uniform of a Catholic organization; the practice of Catholic action by a of faith; parish involvement; fraternity; social activities; benevolence; sports programs and Nick Lodato received Best in Show for his entry in the Science Fair at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. Jill Mueno sterman received second and Kyle Austin received a third place. Grade winners included: Grade five -- Lindsay Schiff, Jennifer Wathen, Sarah Orth; Grade six -- Matt Beyer, Ashley Hodges; Grade seven -- Jeff Goehring, Chris Steinlmuer; Grade eight  Jason Herr, Adam Welmer. Why should anyone join the Knights of St. John? We are all marching toward eternity. In full life, friends, fun and happiness, but in an environment clean and godly. You will find all these Knights of St. John. Each one of us has an immortal soul to save. Christ died on the Cross and Church to give us the opportunity. He will not drag you to Heaven, nor will the Church. We must own two feet, and march toward it. The Knights of St. John will help you. It will furnish you the fortitude to live the lofty and noble ideals of its order, k good Knight of St. John is ALWAYS a .... , William TenBarge President, CommanderY Secretary, Indiana February 18, 1994 r State awards for Mater Dei Mater Dei student Kellie Scott received a Division II rat- Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of St' Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg BetZ