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The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 grader reports on his neighbor: Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger EUGENE many things to relax. When he's the Message down looks up at His shadows over a long nar- and his tree looks like a not. He is an or Gettelfin- ; a priest when got his wish. nment leads ,p "Seventh grad- Bishop Gerald Published on the occa- anniversary. by 13-year a seventh t School. for Laught by Said he and his assigned to inter- "one person that job." His was Bishop priest, but Was also a )rincipal, a and. an But while he was church in life, he bn April 11, he ing time to doesn't to a the United the pope in also does at home, he reads and uses his computer. In the summer, he canoes in Canada, and in the winter he skis, Being a bishop is a lot like any other job. Bishops do receive salaries, and they have to retire at a certain age. They should retire at age 75. They also have a boss -- the pope. Also, any job has people that should possess specific qualities. Bishop Get- telfinger says a bishop should possess these three qualities: you should be able to talk to peo- ple, you should 'have the same qualities as a father of a family, and you should have the same qualities a priest has. If you possess these three qualities, maybe you should be a bishop? Bishop Gettelfin- ger's day is not very different from any- one else's. He wakes up, drinks coffee and reads the paper, takes a show(r, cel- ebrates Mass, and ,then works in his 'office. But each day is a little different. There are many things he likes about being a bishop. He loves being with peo- ple and talking to children at schools. He also enjoys leading children's Confir- mation. There is only one thing Bishop Gettelfinger does not like about his job. He does not like not being able to solve problems. One question you may be pen- dering is "Why do bishops wear tall ha.ts and have long staffs? Well, Bishop Gettelfinger says that the tall hat indicates leader- ship. The long staffindicates that he is a shepherd. (It's kind of like how the Lord is our shepherd.) He also said the staffis for walk- ing. You may not notice;but he also wears a ring. This ring shows his duty to serve Evansville. Imagine the relationship between a principal and a teacher. That's the same way a bishop is related to a' priest. A bishop keeps unity over a whole diocese, instead of over a church like a priest does. A bishop can also give people every sacra- ment. Because the world is chang- ing, Bishop Gettelfinger's job is changing. Gradually, his job is becoming faster. He is also using more modern tools such as fax machines and computers. But Bishop Gettelfinger says it's bet- ter that way. So far, Bishop Gt- tel finger has noticed two things that have changed. He's noticed that there are hardly any nuns teaching in schools like they used to. There is also more involvement of ordinary people in the Catholic churches. He Pastor to celebrate ordination anniversary Jf St. John He was appointed in 1968 as FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK In 1966. Father Ziliak was named diocesan director for radio and television, and also served as vicar for seminarians. on the and 13 is cele- on to the Was born 'ansville, and studies .nnshruck, alled April and !tudies at he was '': Mag- School, editor of the Evansville diocesan edition of The Criterion; and in October, 1970, he launched the Message. While s'erving St. Nicholas Chapel in Santa Claus (1970 to 1980) and Nativity Church in Evansville (1980 to 1987), Father Ziliak continued as edi- tor of the Message. In 1987, Father Ziliak was appointed associate publisher, and Paul R. Leingang was named editor. Father Ziliak was named to his cun'ent position as pastor of St. John Church, Newburgh, July 14V 1987. He has also served the diocese as a member of the Council of Priests and as Diocesan Consultor. He cur- rently serves as Dean of the Newburgh Deanery. Weekend Masses at St. John the Baptist are scheduled Sat- urday at 5 p:m.; Sunday at 7, 8:45 and 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. R00's F0000a/Des00 Fresh Flowers* Silk Arrangements Gift Items 207 N.E. 5th Street Washington, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-7200 . "Somefhing good is right on your way" DELICIOUS DONUTS,, CAKES, BAGELS, & COOKIES says that in the future there will be more of that. As more ordi- nary people get involved, there will also be less priests and nuns. But what if they become no more? "That would be a prob- lem," Bishop Gettelfinger replies, "but it won't happen." Overall, being a bishop would be pretty difficult. You would have to make many sacrifices. You could not have a wife and children, you would have to talk a lot to people, and you would have to listen to people's ideas, thoughts, and problems all the time. But Bishop Gettelfinger has learned to adapt to these sacrifices, and is the perfect man for the jab. Bishop to observe anniversary Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will observe the eighth anniver- sary of his ordination to the episcopacy, April 11. Bishop Gettelfinger, then a priest of the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis, Was ordained Bishop of Evansville at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, on April 11, 1989. Archbishop Edward G. O'Meara, now deceased, was the ordaining bishop. Bishop Gettelfinger is the fourth bishop of the diocese, fol- lowing Bishops Henry J. Grimmelsman, Paul F. Leibold and Francis R. Shea. i i i People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra 'prayers and attention. Services were held April 1 for Bene- dictine Sister Mary Inez Mitchell, 80, who died March 28. Sister Mitchell was the fifth of six children ofthe late Cecil- ia (Born) and Charles Mitchell of Evansville. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1934 from St Joseph Church, Em/sville, and made her fnal vows in 1939. She celebrated 60 years of religious pro- fession in 1996. She taught music at the elementary level in schools in Evansville and Mount Vernom She also taught at the Uni- versity of Evansville and Mater Dei High School, Evansville, and at St. Benedict College and Marian Heights Academy, both'in Ferdinand.. She served m a diocesan music consultant and as monastery liturgist and organist- She was a member of Stillpoint, a musi- cal group of Ferdinand Benedictines: Performing the music of Stillpoint she said recently, "touch- es the mind and heart as we shag God's message to us. Singing t it'makes the message real." Survivors include two sisters, Benedictine Sister Carla Mitchell, a member of  Fetxlinand comaunity, and Mary Agnes Olinger of Huntingburg. i ,,ll i i i t,ll ......................... ., Please send i.format/ for PEOPI. WE CARR ABOUT to MaPy AJen Hkes, The Meuage, P.O. Box isa, u ZN crrz,t. / i! !i