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2 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Msgr. Michael Wolf retires from active MSGR. WOLF By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Msgr. Michael O.J. Wolf, long time pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Evansville, has retired, effective March 1. Following a recent fall at his rectory, Msgr. Wolf, 84, has been residing at St. John's Home, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville. In a letter acknowledging Msgr. Wolf's retirement, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger expressed his gratitude for his faithful and loyal service as a priest for almost 60 years. (Msgr. Wolf was ordained June 7,1938.) "You have served God's peo- ple consistently and most gen- erously throughout y)ur min- istry, especially the poor and disenfranchised. This has been particularly evident in your willingness to be available daily for the sacrament of reconcilia- tion." Msgr. Wolf was well known for providing food to hungry and homeless who were fre- quent callers at his rectory door. Bishop Gettelfinger also noted that Msgr. Wolf had been "extremely generous in your stewardship of money gathered to further the mission of the church." A chapel to be built at Mater Dei High School in Evansville will be named in honor of Msgr. Wolf. The parish recently contributed a large sum of monev to the capital campaign for the Evansville Catholic Interparochial High Schools. In his letter, Bishop Gettelfin- ger said, "Your work as pastor has come to an end, but your work is not done. It has changed." Holy Trinity serves downtown faithful in Another in a series of articles exploring the "'parish future, parish present" in southwestern Indiana. By RICK JILLSON Special to the Message Ask anyone who attends the weekday 12:05 p.m. Mass at Pro- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trin- ity what draws them to the church, and you'll get the same answer: tradition. They'll point to the rich histo- ry of Holy Trinity. Founded in 1849, it's the oldest parish still active in Evansville. They'll bring up the church's location at 219 N.W. Third Street, and note the importance of being able to practice their faith in the heart of historic downtown Evansville. And always, they'll tell you about the Masses at Holy Trinity, how they embrace the spirit of modem Catholicism while bring- ing to mind the tradition of gen- erations past. Worshipers point to small things, like the, fact that the Eucharist is kept in the cen- ter of the altar, and that daily con- fession is available before Mass. "To me, Holy Trinity is the foundation of the Catholic faith in Evansville," explained Gall Shetler, a regular 12:05 p.m. Shetler's thoughts. The couple, who attend Mass regularly with their four children, say they feel like their kids are welcome at Holy Trinity. They also point out the beau, of the midday service. "I love the Masses here," said Lori Cassid}: "I love the fact that it's downtown and that the church itself is gorgeous." ' ............. ' ..................... ...... V i  i 5 his is the only way we'd be able to worship together during the week, and that's a vital part of our faith attendee, and the mother of seven. "It's a very traditional Mass, with an emphasis on fam- ily. The Eucharist is always the focus, and that's something important for my kids to under- stand." Steve and Lori Cassidy echo And there's another more practical reason the Cassidys became Holy Trinity parish- ioners. Steve Cassidy works for Professional Consultants, just down the street from the church. This enables him to meet the rest of his family for Mass on his lunch hour. "This is perfect for us," he said. "With work and four little ones, this is the only way we'd be able to worship together dur- ing the week, and that's a vital part of our faith." Janie Gayheart is a friend of the Cassidys, and another Holy Trinity regular. In her opinion, God has a special place in His heart for the church and its pastor, Msgr. Michael O.J. Wolf, who retired at the end of February. "Monsignor Wolf is such a wonderful, devout man," she said. "He has an air of reverence and respect for the Lord and his people that is real- ly Christlike." Shetler adds, "Father Wolf is a symbol of Christ and an inspira- tion to my family because he is completely devoted to God. He always says that holy priests make holy people, and he really Working poor get wage raise this year in By BRIGID CURTIS Indiana Catholic Conference Hoosiers making the lowest of the lowest wages are getting a raise this year, said M. Desmond Ryan, executive direc- tor of the Indiana Catholic Con- ference, thanks to collaborative efforts of legislators and lobby- ists during the 1998 General Assembly. "Raising the wages of the working poor couldn't come at a more appropriate time," said Ryan, "especially when the new focus of public assistance is to move former welfare recipients into permanent employment and self-sufficienc:" Legislation to raise the mini- mum wage, which the ICC has a long history of supporting, had received little attention over the years until this year when the bill was altered in such a way that it had two segments of the busi- ness community at odds with each other. A change in the bill to reduce the minimum wage increase to a one-step raise of $4.25 rather than a two-step wage increase to $5.15 was agreeable to most of the business community, however, the bill, as amended, would have given tipped employ- ees a 54 cent per hour raise. According to Rep. John Day (D- Indianapolis), author of the bill, the tip credit portion of the provi- sion quickly got the attention of the those representing restaurants and retail groups and it was at this turning point that the real negoti- ations began. Day also attributes passage of HB 1015, the minimum wage bill, to the mutual respect and trust among all those involved in the negotiations saying, "All the players involved acted hon- orably, represented their con- stituencies well, and did so in the context of honest compro- mise." HB 1015, which becomes law on July 1, of this year, contains five major provisions: 1) It raises Indiana's wage from $3.35 to $5.15 in two stages. 2) It raises the base pay of tipped employees from $2.01 per hour to $2.13 per hour. 3) It does not add or subtract "persons already covered by Indiana's minimum wage. 4) It provides a three-month minimum training wage of $4.25 for those under 20 years old, and, 5) It provides overtime pay protection for employees, a pro- vision upon which Indiana's statute has been silent. Although the law goes into effect on July 1, the first wage raise of $4.25 goes into effect on Oct. 1, 1998, and increases to $5.15 on March 1, 1999. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, the mea- sure is expected to cover rough- ly 9,000 Hoosier workers, but the business and labor commu- nity could not confirm those numbers. Some believe many more workers will be covered under the new law. Put simply by Day, "HB 1015 expands the tax base, increases the purchasing power of the lowest paid worker in Indiana, offers an incentive to work and helps persons avoid the need for public assistance. "Tipped employees working in the food service industry in work weeks where they do not average $3.02 per hour in tips from their customers will be paid the difference by their employers to equal $5.15 per hour," said Day. "The law will help single moms, working as food servers who don't make enough with tips during those slow business hours." In addition, under the over- time protection provision of the bill, employees will be paid time and a half their regular pay for all hours worked past 40 hours during their work week. The bill covers employers who gross under $500,000 per year and are not engaged in interstate com- merce. In 1938, the minimum wage was twenty-five cents, 30 years WASHINGTON, IN 254-1430 ' TOLL FREE 1-800-GMC-CHEV i Ed. L. 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