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i / ? I page 6 SUpport from God. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 7 Mary J. Poe : Ft. Sill, Oklahoma publishes re- for service and volunteers Working in Somalia er trouble spots of and who have fern- the Diocese of sville. The daytime mber of the one request should be thank you to share with a recent tradition put into prac- pastor, Father Lut- gave us the idea us that on we really did thing. It was our articular, our all the work. when one of our as a birthday, the a rose to mother in for all she went live birth to our thank her for ife rather than Lion, since, ac- law of the Could abort our the child and I no say in the God for my life. I cannot L her and children me through her in God's gift to Jerry Padgett Loogootee n of Unborn " editor: the Pri- to be ex- ;ynod, we to see that protection of the t included. s is a grave We have ever the Catholic us that we as l Catholics must be leaders in this area. It is an embarrass- ment that the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville does not take a stronger stand for the pro-life position, while other organi- zations and churches have been in the forefront in com- bating the evils of abortion here in Evansville. For example, Vanderburgh County Right to Life sponsors a yearly banquet, marches, rallies, and educational speakers for the public. Bethel Temple, along with a network of area churches, sponsors the Evansville Christian Life Center and the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Free pregnancy tests are offered six days a week, no questions asked. Pro-life and Christian counseling are given to all, and some are provided assis- tance with housing and phys- ical needs. Birthright also of. fers free pregnancy tests, pro-life counseling, and assis- tance with baby and clothing supplies. The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Peo- ria are examples of what the Diocese of Evansville should be doing in the pro-life arena. These areas have their own pro-life offices and have made fighting the evils of abortion one of their top pri- orities. A major concern of our Synod should be the protec- tion of the unborn, the el- derly, the sick, the dying, and the handicapped. Richard Vleck, Leaner Mansfiled, Grace Robertson, Angela M. Lasher, Jackie Fehrenbacher, Jan Herren, William P. Schmidt, Ruth Girten, Catherine Russell, John Geerling, M.D., "Hank" Tenharge, Phyllis Haag, Sharon Trout, Mona gedman. Sister Emma's resignation To the editor: Our small rural parish of 117 families in Vincennes would like to let the diocese know of our disappointment at Sister Mary Emma Jocum's recent resignation. You do not realize what a rare "Where customers send their friends" Open nightly ttl 9 p.m. & Son 231 SOUTH -JASPER, IN - 482-2222 Gee mm 1.800-937-USA1 is most trouble free car made in America J.D. teacher and educator we are losing. Sister has always been con- siderate of our every need, scheduling the right kind of retreats we needed, helping us with any problem we in- curred as CCD teachers and responding to any request we made. She scheduled work- shops locally so we could at- tend and not have to waste time traveling. She did the traveling for us. She helped our teachers move up to bet- ter teaching materials, any- thing to make our jobs more effective and interesting to our students, the future adult Catholics of the Evansville Diocese. Please, please, Bishop, why are you letting this woman of God who helps us all slip thorugh our fingers? We need her!! Bonnie Ready, Wanda Memering, Cathy Delisle, Pam Sievers, Pat West, Betty Halter, Carol Ellerman, Susan Snider, Trish Nowaskie, CCD teachers at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes Inspired by Sister Mary Emma To the editor: Thank you, [Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B.], for walking with us during these past six (or so) years. Always in tune with the people, you seem to read the pulse accurately, then diag- nose and prescribe effectively by bringing in speakers who are out in front enough to suggest new solutions for our concerns, vet be understood as they challenge us to wider horizons, deeper perceptions. I'm thinking specifically of Edwinna Gateley and Patricia Miller whose messages were so vital in my experience of daily living. Personally, I'm inspired by the courage, energy and in- tegrity you share with us. I know you travel in the Spirit as you continue on your way and I say once again, "Thank you for being a friend." Mary Ann Schultheis Evansville As we draw together To the Editor: The Diocesan Synod is a gift, a gift that encourages us to stand up and be a 6oice in our church. We are Vatican II people! We hurt and we SOUTHERN NATIONAL FOREST hope. "They" is out. "We" is in. There will always be some of us who make things hap- pen, some who let things happen, and some who won- der what happened. I found the ones who make things happen at the East Deanery Synod. There was a great spirit! Trying to address all the hurts and hopes, how- ever, proved we have only just begun. Much patient dia- logue must come. Along with the gifts of the synod we were given a spe- cial bonus in Sister Louise Bond. "bonding" is what it is all about. I know many many hours have been put in from the beginning, and the Mes- sage has done an excellent job reporting. Bishop Gettelfinger used the analogy of the diocese being a patchwork quilt. The problem I have with that is that it isn't a quilt until all the patches are sewn to- gether, and therein lies the work to be done. Communication seems to be needed at all levels. We have to find out how to do this. I would like to see a "hot line" and also to see the Mes- sage inundated with letters. We need to communicate with -- empower -- listen to heal each other. As we draw together during these holiest of days let us hope we will be graced with forgive- ness for the past injuries, and compassion for hwsat contin- ues to hurt. Jeanne B. Knapp Evansville, IN A sonnet from Father Sy To the Editor: RIVER FISH: A people sonnet Some creatures hate the depths and hug the shore, It matters little whether left or right. Since shallow waters seem unmuuddied bright, These extremists 1 other views deplore. Others dare the central bed explore; In depths these radicals 2 find their delight Where murky mystery is mixed with light. In quest of love. they reach the deepest floor. Too many fear the river's rocky bed. For such the surface seems the safest spot. They follow where the stream of fad has led In its emetic neither- cold-nor-hot. 3 Their safety lies in su- perficial 4 lull, Their life is calm -- but it's deadly dull. I Extremists -- those who mistake a part for the whole of truth. They are moved by hate, especially toward those who view a competing part of the truth. 2 Radicals -- those who o to the root of things (from the Latin: "radix", "root"). They are moved by love. 3 Revelation 3:16 4 Superficial -- the oppo- site of radicals. They are moved by fear. Father Sy Loehrlein St. Rupert Church Red Brush Thank God for kids The homily had been on the Lord's multiplication of loaves to feed the hungry crowd. Mention was made of how many in the world today are so badly off that they have nothing to eat, and sometimes not even clean water to drink; and that many children are actually starving. In the sacristy, the little boy who served the Mass, came up, presented two quar- ters from his pocket along with a piece of candy (a Her- shey Bar, as I recall) and asked. "Can you send these to a hungry boy or girl?" With tears in my eyes, I ac- cepted his gift, and gave it to a little child that day, along the way. THANK GOD FOR KIDS! Msgr. Clinton Hirsch March 1993 Ectasy of the first order ..... ' ::: It was one of those brief and Unexplainable moments in life. A time when our fantasies blossomed In every color of the rainbow. When ctreams came true Faster than they could be dreamed. Days when only the fairest of winds Came gently blowing our windmills. Time suspended on golden threads, Not daring to pass until we gave the word. The sun danced through long days just for us, While we hid in the shadows exchanging intimate thoughts. We recklessly spent the wealth of our youth. As if it would never end. Our light-hearted spirits ran barefooted Through our innocence, tast- ing bits of the reality Of life with shameless aban- don. We laughed and we cried. Through the bitter and the sweet. But fate finally turned the pages on those days. Never were we to see them again. Memories so sweet to cher- ish, But sad to know what we didn't know then. Leaves fall, blossoms die, Youth is a time goes S. z. mwcholz Jasper-- 1087