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,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana : 3 clergy compensation plan to take effect Sept. 1 It. LEINGANG September; the other half will made. direct expenses of up to $2,000 Message editor be added in the following year. Full-time non parochial as- annually, cause of the size of the parish. in the Diocese of will take effect new method is the in the area of since 1974. costs' for parishes :stitutions in the phased in over years. The com- .'kage includes extra pay for additional t package raditional "non- such as housing, insurance, busi- and continuing be COmpletely OVer the next three with Sept. e-in pe- will receive a adjustment, m the fourth the many vari- rapensation Ibr ay be different. are the points for the The current Per year will over $15,600. In addi- each priest an extra $50 up to a lder the est will re- year of of benefit in, with half of amount to be ar A cost-of-living adjustment will be made, starting in the fiscal year 1999-2000. Parish size -- Under the current system, parish size makes no difference in a priest's pay. Under the new system, a portion of a priest's pay will depend on the number of households counted by the Catholic Parishes Campaign. The additional amount will range from $63 per year to a maximum of $5,805 for a pas- tor; half of that amount for an associate pastor. This new ben- efit will be phased in over the next three years; after three years, a cost of living adjust- ment will be made. Parish school -- Currently there is no effect on compensa- tion. In the new system, a pas- tor serving a parish with a school will receive an addi- tional $2,000 per year; an asso- ciate pastor will receive an ad- ditional $1,000. This extra benefit will be phased in over the next two years; after three years, a cost of living adjust- ment will be made. Additional parish -- A priest currently receives no ad- ditional pay for performing sacramental ministry or ad- ministrative services at a parish other than the parish where he is pastor. Under the new system, a priest is to re- ceive an additional $1,000 per year for performing performs sacramental services at an ad- ditional parish; he receives an additional $2,000 per year for performing administrative ser- vices at an additional parish. This new benefit is to be phased in over the next two years; after three years, a cost of living adjustment will be we care about... feature in the Message, designed to help People of God in southwestern Indiana. ted to submit information about people SOme extra prayers and attention. ion Liturgy was celebrated March 19 for Ster Amata Alvey, 96, who died March at Monastery Immaculate Conception,  Sister Alvey entered the Sisters of St. enedict  in 1916, and made her final vows in 1922. She celebrated 75 years of religious Profession in 1994. I-IShe served as a teacher in Evanville, tuntmgburg and Washington. She retired v Lue monastery infirmary in 1979. l for Rosemary Neufelder, a School, Evansville, who has been Medical Center, Evansville. requested for 31-year-old Annette (Bit- found out that she has acute weeks pregnant. to Alan Meier; she is the daughter of They attend St. Theresa Church, and her husband have a daughter, Alex. in Indianapolis, where she is under- treatments. She expects to be in Indi- six weeks, and says she would "appre- to Annette Meier, 5 North Hematol- Center, 550 University Blvd., Indi- for PEOPLE WE CARE Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box IN 47724. signment -- Currently, a priest receives no additional pay for full-time teaching or service in the diocesan tribunal. Under the new system, a priest work- ing in a full-time non-parish job would receive his base pay and an additional amount up to $6,000. Part time work out- side a parish will be pro-rated, and the amount is to be deter- mined by the bishop. This ben- efit is to be phased in equally over the next three years; after three years, a cost of living ad- justment will be made. Social Security -- Pay- ments currently range from $2,017 to $2,201 and are paid by the parishes or other insti- tution. Under the new method, such Social Security payments will continue, but the payments will vary according to the new categories, and can not be com- puted for general comparisons. Car allowance -- A profes- sional travel allowance of $4,215 will increase to $4,607 annually. That amount allows for a priest to travel 10,000 miles a year (or 834 miles a month) in the performance of his ministry. Some reimburse- ment is also available for addi- tional professional mileage. Continuing education -- A current allowance of $650 will increase to reimbursement for Food -- No amount is specified currently or under the new system; amounts vary in accord with need and parish practice. Health insurance -- Bene- fits of $3,960 annually will con- tinue at the same rate. Housing =- Benefits, val- ued at $5,500 annually, will continue at the same rate. Under the current system, a priest with 20 years of service, at a large parish with a school, receives salary and benefits of $24,033. After the new system has been phased in, that same pastor would receive an annual stipend of $15,600, an addi- tional $5,000 because of years of service, as much as $5,805 because of the size of the parish, and $2,000 because of the school, for a possible total of $28,405. In addition, he would receive benefits and al- lowances totaling $16,067. The parish or other employer would also provide the priest's food and Social Security payments Under the current system, a newly ordained priest minis- tering as an associate pastor at a large parish would receive pay and benefits totaling $23,433. Under the new sys- tem, that same priest would receive a stipend of $15,600, an extra $250 after the first year, and up to an extra $2,900 be- He would also receive benefits and allowances totalling $16,067, along with food and Social Security payments. The new method was ac- cepted and ratified by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, who had received recommendations from the Priests' Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the Diocesan Finance Council. Committee members who gathered the information and "made the initial proposal in- cluded Helen Boettcher, Rick Etienne, Steve Eickhoff, Provi- dence Sister Sheila Griffin, Dr. Thomas Hamilton, Father David Nunning, Father James Koressel, Father Hilary Vieck, Father Gregory Spencer and Father James Sauer, chairper- son. The committee members dis- covered that priests in the Dio- cese of Evansville received the lowest amount of money di- rectly paid to them, in compar- ison with other dioceses in In- diana. They also currently receive less than priests in the surrounding dioceses of Belleville, Ill., Owensboro and Louisville, Ky. A series of articles dealing with clergy compensation, its history, and various compar- isons, begins this week on page 5. Continued from page 1 1992; a shoulder injury after a fall in 1993; and partial hip re- placement surgery following a fall in 1994. More recently, the pope got sick on Christmas Day when an apparent bout of nausea forced him to cut short an in- ternationally televised bless- ing. He was back at work a few days later. Dr. Francesca Crucitti, the surgeon who operated on the pope in 1992, told Catholic News Service that the pontiffs present problems had nothing to do with the intestinal tumor that was removed four years ago. "This is certain," he said March 18. On March 13, the audience cancellation left thousands of tourists disappointed. "I'm saddened that he's ill; we were so looking forward to seeing him," said Frances Mikalauskas of Holy Cross Parish in Dayton, Ohio. While the pilgrims were dis- appointed, tour operators were distraught and busily trying to find options for their groups, especially for those whose buses dropped them off with a promise to return three hours later. "Oh, no, what will I do with them," said an Italian tour guide leading 50 Austrians. "They've paid for a tour which includes seeing the Holy Fa- ther." Representatives of MotivAc- tion, coordinating the visit of U.S. John Deere dealers and their spouses -- 400 people N were trying to communicate an upbeat mood to their charges. "They're going to have a great time," said Cathy Chap- lin. "They're flexible; they'll Stewardship by the Book When Jesus heard about the illness of His friend, Lazarus, He responded, "This illness is not to end in death; rather it is for God's glory, that through it the Son of God may be glorified." Every aspect of our lives our gifts as well as our sufferings can, if surrendered to Christ, lead to blessing for ourselves and others. survive." Barbara and Herb Hensz of Harlingen, Texas, were part of the group. "I would have liked to hear the pope speak," Mrs. Hensz said after the MotivAction guides gave them directions to  a nearby shopping district. The Henszes are not Catholic, but the pope =holds a high office of great respect: He's one of the thingsio se and listen to in Rome. " ' Saila Siva, Julie Ullrich "and Gina Nelson were more kiisap- pointed. Wearing their-long black skirts and white bloses, the teen-agers from the West: over School choir from Middle: bury, Conn., were suppose4 o perform at the audience: : : ! :" "Do you think he's'real]y sick, or didn't he want to hear us sing?" Miss Ullrch asked jokingly. "We were' disap- pointed, but we sang for our- selves in the hall just t " ay we sang in the Vatican." Landings00 Continued from page'1  " ing Catholics were among the participants. "During the retreat, they talked about the Bible story of the Samaritan woman sitting at the well, talking to Jesus. I related to her. It made me think  because I was away from the well, and then I came back." Cox said he was =really sur- prised" by the reaction he re- ceived from parishioners in Oakland City when he made the decision to return. "I was happy to be back. but it :eemed they were even happier t have me back. I couldn't get over how l was welcomed back."