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!ii: The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop's Forum --- i J,M.J, m from childhood are I do not use the Holy Family at the my papers any more, I re- their names set about writing. of St. Benedict in summer two weeks each Bernard's, French- They introduced to the use of the letters of at the top of our written there was not written work, we did learn of asking the assis- Holy Family when we went about it. ntered St. Meinrad High School Semi- alrteen year old boy, the Monks of St. the same practice not only on also on our letters. The Holy so many ways always present to me of my own family. 19 we celebrated the feast of St. ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER A lasting impression Joseph. On March 25 we will cele- brate the feast of the Annunciation of our Blessed Mother, Mary. She was invited to become the mother of Jesus at that moment. Begin- ning this Sunday, Passion Sunday, we relive the last few days of Jesus life, recall his death on the cross and celebrate His Resurrection. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are cen- tral to the deepest mysteries of our faith. They are the inspiration for all family life. Family life in the world of today has so many pressures within it causing stress on all its members. Consider for a moment that the Holy Family too experienced some difficult moments. Mary and Joseph were no less concerned for their Son grow- ing up as any parents of today. I have always thought it might have been helpful if we had a chronicle of the daily life of the Holy Family. Then after some reflection since each family has its own personality and must confront its own time, I have concluded that it's better to ask for their help in guiding us through the troubled waters of today. There seem to be so many distractions to lure parents and children away from the home making it practically impossible to share a common meal, let alone common prayer. Unfortunately, some- times we in the Church draw families apart by all the demands for time. I often wonder how parents are able to keep up with the children's schedules while maintaining some sanity in their own daily life. I invite all of you to join with the Church in its effort to strengthen family life. Our own synod challenges us to be considerate of family life in all that we do so that we do not inadvertently place undue demands on families or family members, thus weakening the whole family. Let us invoke often the assistance of the Holy Family in daily living whether it be with the ini- tials of"J.M.J." or a short prayer seeking their help. ng our faith perspective with legislators and the public WILLIAMS diana Catholic Conference ICC addressed issues centering of terminal cases and clarify gang activity or intimidation, Conference General Assem- Work for the by tackling some bypassing oth- in mind the t the three month Ryan, In- executive director and lobby- ist, said the ICC entered this session with few expectations for passage of significant so- cial legislation though there were a few surprises. "Even in the brief, non-budget ses- sions the Church uses the moment to share our faith perspective with legislators and the public," he said. The i : :i:!  : !  :i :! :!:/!i/i:i/i: !!?:!/:: Gag :i:  ill/ !i :? ii,i:/ii:!  !!!i, KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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One of the surprises of the session came with the passage of a bill which allows Hoosiers to indicate in a living will when artificial nutrition and hydration can be removed if they become terminally ill. Similar legislation failed to pass in the last four sessions be- cause many people felt the defin- ition of a terminal condition was too broad, and legislators could not agree to a compromise. Rep. Robert E. Hayes, D- Columbus, introduced House Bill 1037 this year and finally met with success when he agreed to tighten the definition Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. Downtown Wastitngton Phone: 254-5141 when the removal of artificial nutrition and hydration can take place. Under the new law, the at- tending physician has to deter- mine that death from the ter- minal condition will occur within a short peried of time and the effort to sustain life is futile or burdensome to the pa- tient before artificial nutrition and hydration can be removed. Living wills drawn up after June 30, 1994, will have three options available for advance health care decisions. People can choose either to continue or remove artificially supplied nutrition and hydration or leave that decision to their designated health care represented or durable power of attorney. Another bill signed into law by Governor Evan Bayh tough- ens penalties on adults and ju- veniles who misuse or commit crimes with handguns. Under the law, juveniles 16 and 17 years of age will auto- matically be waived to adult court for offenses or criminal MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 . II DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU'VE REACHED YOUR LIMIT. If you're feellng as though you simply cannot cope wlth one mote demand, give us a call. We offer free, confidential personal assessments 24 hours a day, sven days a week to help you get past it. THE HELP LINE 634-NEED (634-6333) Toll Free 1-800-852-7279 A service of the BmAV]ORAL HEALTH Cm, And Health Care Cenm" carrying a handgun without a license or dangerously possess- ing a handgun. Adults who give handguns to children or fail to reasonably prevent children from obtain- ing or using handguns commit a Class C felony under the new law. The law also enhances penal- ties for carrying handguns in or near schools and for crimes committed with assault weapons capable of full auto- matic fire. Local gun control(:: ordinances except those cur- rently in place are prohibited. A companion bill, also signed by the governor, allows the death penalty, or life in prison without parole, to be imposed for murders committed during criminal gang activities and drive-by shootings. The law prohibits the death penalty or life in prison without parole from being imposed on a defen- dant who is mentally retarded. A child fatality review task force aimed at reducing pre- ventable deaths such as from child abuse received the gover- nor's approval. The law also in- cludes enhancing family preservation services. Welfare reform, a top prior- ity of the ICC, met a different fate. Welfare reform bills started out strong, but met a dead end when fundamental disagreements over the direc- tion welfare reform should take were not resolved. Propos- als such as a welfare-to-work phase-in plan, backed by the ICC, and restrictive two-year time limits were initially passed by the House and Sen- ate respectively, but failed to get a vote in the opposite chambers. The ICC also supported a working family income tax credit proposal which was amended into a Senate bill, but ruled not germane to the bill by Senate leadership. "There is a major shift now toward the primary elections and beyond,  said Ryan. We are hopeful that critical issues such as welfare reform and the working family tax credit will be seriously considered in the next session: