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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March1| Committee hopes people will 're-found' diocese in its fiftieth By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor " The Diocese of Evansville will celebrate its fiftieth an- niversary, starting later this year. Activities and events are still in the proposal and plan- ning stage, but a goal state- ment ha been determined: "By celebrating our strengths and taking pride in our heritage, to re-found the Church in south- western Indiana." Arriving at that goal took a great deal of discussion, by members of the diocesan Fifti- eth Jubilee Core Committee, who met at Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland City, Feb. 26. Father John Boeglin chairs the committee. Members of that committee emphasized a comnmn concern, that whatever is to be done should be fun, and not a whole lot of work. They also agreed that the invitation to celebrate a Jubilee Year should be ex- tended to all parishes and Abortion Continued from page 1 comprehensive benefits pack- age. In a letter to his fellow bish: ops March 4, Baltimore Arch- bishop William H. Keeler, president of the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops and the USCC, urged letters to members of Congress asking them to include universal cov- erage and exclude abortion in any health care reform plan eventually approved. Joining him in the March 4 letter were Los Angeles Cardi- nal Roger M. Mahony, chair- man of the Committee for Pro- Life Activities, and Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ri- card, chairman of the Domestic Policy Committee. "We believe that this direct contact will take our campaign another step toward health care reform that provides uni- versal coverage for all and pro- tects life from conception to natural death and preserves our ability to provide health care that reflects our values," it said. Meanwhile, an official of the bishops' pro-life secretariat urged Congress not to accept the argument that abortion .coverage belongs in the na- tional health care plan just be- cause many private insurers cover it. "Such inclusion as a basic benefit would force all Ameri- cans to subsidize abortion -- a policy to which the vast major- ity of Americans is opposed," said Gall Quinn, director of the secretariat. The Alan Guttmacher Insti- tute, a research firm associ- RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DEUCIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAQK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOODS • SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR /tlL YOUR CAIERI NEEDS, CALL '  I 482"2640 I ....... 393 3rd. Ave., Jasper, IN schools, organizations and Southwestern Indiana" is a itintothe goalstatement. delegation .to a • . ! movemehts in the diocese. Committee members et out to establish a theme to unite all of the possible activities. Prompted by a question from Benedictine Sister Joella Kid- well, committee members con- cluded that they first had to determine a goal. They wanted to answer the question, "Why should we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary?" Following are some of their answers: • to celebrate and renew our faith. • to think of ourselves as diocese. • to show what the diocese is (that it is not only diocesan services, or where people send money). • to build understanding of "diocese." • to have "family" as part of the theme. • to consider the theme, "We are a pilgrim people on our way home." • to realize that "Church of cumbersome phrase. • to acknowledge that "dio- cese" is a misunderstood term, and that many people cannot say "diocesan" or other forms of the word. • to note that canon law de- scribes diocese as "a portion of the people of God .... " • To try to erase the "we -- they" mentality. • To include "pilgrim" or "common goal" or "on the way." • To bring all to a positive understanding of the diocese as the people of God. Benedictine Father Warren Heitz introduced an idea cur- rently popular within religious communities -- the notion of "re-founding" the community. "Re-founding" is supposed to include the enthusiasm, excite- ment, dedication and commit- ment typically experienced when people first set out to ac- complish something. Commit- tee members warmed up to that concept and incorporated ated with Planned Parenthood, presented a study at a March 9 congressional hearing saying private coverage of abortion sets a precedent that should be followed in the national health care plan. "But the institute turns right around and urges Con- gress to reverse the.'status quo' regarding these companies' lack of coverage for contracep- tion, declaring that 'our emerg- ing national health care reform plan must not model itself on current capricious patterns of coverage," Ms. Quinn said. The hearing at which the Guttmacher data was released led to a controversy over which groups were allowed to testify and permitted to leave materi- als on the media table for reporters. Staff members of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources' Subcommit- tee on Aging, chaired by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., had turned down several requests from the National Right to Life Committee to testify on the hearing's topic, which was women's health. After subcommittee staff in- formed the pro-life group that "neither NRLC nor any other 'advocacy' group would be al- lowed to testify," the pro-life organization protested the scheduled testimony of the Guttmacher Institute, which it called "a leading abortion ad- vocacy group. MILLER & MILLER . "4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 is pleased to announce that ROBERT J. PIGMAN has become a partner in the firm in the practice of law Attorneys and Counselors at Law 313 Main Street Evansville, Indiana (812) 425-8101 (800) 622-3604 in Indiana (800) 327-0182 Outside Indiana Charles L. Berger. Sheih M. Corcoran. Mark W. Rietman A jubilee theme will be pro- posed by a subcommittee, to be discussed next month. Committee members also agreed to come up with sugges- tions about activities and events, in line with the stated goal. They agreed that sugges- tions should cover the diocese, smaller regions or areas within the diocese, parishes, organiza- tions, clubs, publications, etc. Sister Anthony Prugger, a Daughter of Charity from Evansville, volunteered to co- ordinate the ideas. Among activities mentioned in early discussion were the following: • Invitations to celebrate the jubilee should be in the Message. • Message stories during the year might focus on people, personality profiles, and some of the humorous events in diocesan history. • • Groups of people from one parish should be encouraged to visit other parishes, for Mass and for social events. • Parishes might issue for- mal invitations to members or groups at other parishes. • Parish bulletins might be distributed more widely. • City parishes could send a and vice versa. • Parishes could people as good will sadors to search out ple in vices, bingo, etc. Bishop Gerald the ge committee any plans Diocese Archdiocese all connected in one event. 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