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ch 13, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum I 9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Last week on March 1-2, 1992, I attended the nUal meeting of the Majors Superiors of Reli- gious Communities and the Bishops of the State fladiana which is always held in Indianapolis. e three hour tril; on Monday morning and the turn on Tuesday afternoon in brilliant sunshine r0ught home the beauty of the diocese in which e live. We are blessed indeed. h: The bright yellow "Easter" flowers along the ghWay and in yards are a sure sign that sprinR is ear. The wispygreen willow leaves were in tle ale green stage. . Other buds of trees were about to burst forth ] leaf, and by now some surely have. Ttle pruned | f.aards seemed poised to bloom at any moment. [ L et, despite the balmy snrin-like weather and uli J r o [ - ght Sunshine, I hoped the trees and flowers and Would not get so far along. A quick freeze 243 Ctiued from page 5 Sacred Heart o Vincennes I,illdidates: Gary Fortner, l'. a HUnckler, Linda Kell , "las Kerlin Y St. Francis Xavier ( Vincennes gerlt teChUmen: Debbie Nu- adidates: Bonnie Don- "' 'xagela K. Hamilton Spring is t ull of life and hope, and danger could damage or even destroy them. In short the whimsical moods of spring are fraught with dan- ger to those things that beautify our landscape. Another most notable signal of spring was the activity on farms. Farmers and tractors were in fields in abundance. This has been the case all week as witnessed in my travels across the dio- cese. For farmers the accelerated pace of work outside and the urgency to be prepared for the planting make springtime a dangerous time too. There is an exhilaration about being out-of- doors in spring. The smell of newly turned soil along with the pungent odor of freshly cleaned stables bodes of new crops and abundant yields. Preoccupation about what might be can lull the unsuspecting farmer into carelessness around the powerful equipment he uses. Spring is so full of life and hope. We know St. Nicholas Santa Claus Catechumen: Lee White Candidate: Russ Winkler Darla Kunkel, Darlene Moran Candidates: Rebecca Bow- man, Tamara Cox, Beth Rutherford, Kyla Hurst St. Joseph Jasper Catechumen: Lonnie Nicholson Candidate: Deborah Ann Burke all too well that it is also filled with danger for the unwary. Farm safety is the only uniform the farmer has to wear. There are no prescribed hel- mets or pads. There are no referees or umpires to levy penalties when the rules of safety are bro- ken. Because most farmers on a moment to mo- ment basis work "solo," there is usually no one nearby when an accident imperils one's life. Farm workers must abide by the rules of safety since second chances are rare. The true ac- cidents are those "near-misses" when rules have been broken or short-cuts taken and a life is not shattered or snuffed out. We pray for all farmers. May God bless them in their work. May their efforts bring forth abun- dant crops. We pray in gratitude for the fruits of their labors, an abundance of food for our tables. We pray God to keep them safe. St. Celestine Celestine Catechumens: John Dodd, Cindy Fulkenburg, Tim Faulkenburg, Kathrina Traughber, Randy Traughber, ning, Michele Stefancik Candidates: Joyce Illing- worth, Stacey McKee St. Simon Washington Catechumens: Lynn Cox, Jamie Lewis, Tim McDaniel Candidates: Betty Crowe, Opal Kelly, Rick Perkins, Mitch Webb ,St. Joseph Dale Catechumen: Bonnie Hohl Candidates: Kelly Coffin, Ruth Gaesser, Lori Lubbe- husen Holy Name Bloomfield Candidates: Terry Gerhart, Cindy Sensini Randy Traughber St. John St. Mary Candidate: Debra Betz Loogootee Holy Family St. John the Baptist Washington Catechumen: Lisa Arvin, Jasper  Vincennes Catechumens: Billy Fields, St. Peter Candidates: David Sanders, Candidates: Carolyn Sue I]'&lLeehUmens: Brandon Michael McCain, Kathy Sue Linton Laura Downey, Cynthia Head, Kay Fleck, Gary ''ea, Douglas Fehlinger, Ridge Catechumens: B. J. Dun- Clark, Darlene Chandler Wittmann SOcial activists meet to assure nation's best for children 0AaHINGTON (CNS) -- Edelman, founder and presi- The conference, co-spon- li ! activists from Catholic eSes thr .... -urltr ougnout me /sh; Spent four days in 11[ "'gtn learning how to re t d0iri hat the nation is lild  the best it can for its ull.' that's how Marian Wright dent of the Children's De- sored by the U.S. Catholic fense Fund, described the Conference Department of So- goals of the U.S. bishops' re- cial Development and World cent statement, "Putting Chil- Peace, the bishops' Campaign dren and Families First" and for Human Development, and of the March 1-4 conference Roundtable, a forum for so- on Catholic social ministry in cial action discussion, in- the '90s. cluded discussion of topics as NOTICE Robert J, Pigman was omitted from the Ameritech Yellow Pages qol:)ert j. Pigman is a member of the law firm of Berger Berger and the firm provides legal representation in ACCIDENTS BODILY INJURY CIVIL LITIGATION  WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS PRODUCT LIABILITY 425-8101 TOLL FREE IN INDIANA 1-800-622-3604 TOLL FREE OUTSIDE INDIANA (l the Walkway at 313 Main Street 1-800-327-0182 Vansville, Indiana 47708 broad as international justice and peace and as specific as a refundable children's tax credit as part of U.S. tax reform. "I don't know of very many forces as effective as the Catholic Church when you decide to hunker down and work on something," Edel- man told the meeting. During an afternoon on Capitol Hill March 3, a mem- ber of the House Democratic leadership and a representa- tive of the Bush administra- tion presented the diocesan social justice leaders with de- cidedly different approaches to the problems facing chil- dren and families today. The two were House Major- ity Whip David E. Bonior, D- Mich., and Joanne Barnhart, head of the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. CARRIAGE INN "The poor, after all, are not a powerful enough con- stituency to affect change by themselves," said Bonior. "It's only when the Demo- cratic Party has been able to forge an alliance between the poor and the middle class that change has been accom- plished." Barnhart, substituting for Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sulli- van, said the administration's two goals to improve the plight of children are "to strengthen families and pro- mote self-sufficiency." Later that same afternoon, the social action workers set out to personally convince members of Congress to ap- prove a refundable children's tax credit and to shift the na- tion's budget priorities from weapons to health, housing and development assistance for poor nations. 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