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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 01ic Foundation sends out distribution checks ! , i?:i! ........ executive director of the Catholic Founda- Indiana, hands over an endowment Father Bernard Etienne, pastor of St. Princeton, during a recent meeting at the Message photo by Paul R. Leingang It is early spring, and time to think about planting new crops, said Donna Leader, "But for many Catholic parishes and organizations, it is harvest time." Every year during the first quarter, The Catholic Founda- tion of Southwestern Indiana sends out distribution checks to its endowment holders. Leader, executive director of The Catholic Foundation, said this time of year reminds her of the harvest season. "It makes me think of Jesus' parables about sowing and reap- ing," she said. "The people who have opened up endowments with us sowed seeds for the future, and now is the time to get back some of the fruits of their labor." The past year was a "banner year" for The Catholic Founda- tion, according to Leader. Twen- ty new endowments were opened in 1996 -- bringing the total to 54 -- and foundation assets grew to over $4 million. The amount of" money being DIRECTOR OF OUS EDUCATION St. Francis Assisi Parish an Center for Catholic Students at Ball State University Muncie, Indiana isi Newman Center at Ball State University in Muncie, lndiana, is seeking a individual who will assume the responsililities of Director of Religious 'the Parish. Ball State University is a mid-size university located in central Student population of approximately 20,000 individuals. designs, develops, administers, supervises, and education formation, including sacramental preparation. include: tinuing education for school-age children, adults, residents, w'" faculty and staff, and university students. tth Campus minister and other parish leaders coordinating educational tal preparation. and participating in diocesan religious education meetings and for personal grouch and professional development. to expand the religious education opportunities for the Of Assisi and Ball State University community. Starting date will be July 1, 1997, or a mutually agreeable date; salary experience; preference given to college graduate and 'aith. merest, vitae, college/university transcripts, and three letters of t file to: Kiefer, Pastor ASsisi Parish for Catholic Students 00rside Avenue ana 47303 distributed to the 54 endowment holders for 1996 is nearly $150,000. The Catholic Foundation's Board of Directors set a new "Withdrawal and Distribution Policy" that allows endowment holders more flexibility in utiliz- ing their distributions, according to Leader, who listed the options under the new policy: Add the distribution to the endowment fund where it will continue to be a restricted part of endowment corpus. Receive a distribution check and use it now for its intended purpose. Put it into an unrestricted account where distribution vdll be pooled with all Foundation investments. Holders have the option of withdrawing it with a one-year written notice for amounts over $10,000 or a 90- day notice for amounts under $10,000. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger established The Catholic Foun- dation in 1992 to give parishes, schools and other diocesan orga- nizations and programs a way to build a solid financial base for the future. "The Catholic Foundation enables Catholics in our diocese a way to share their blessings in a very special way," said Leader. "Endowments are maintained 'in perpetuity,' which means a gift to create an endowment or a gift to an exiting endowment are gifts that keep on giving. The money that is invested today in these perpetual funds will reap finan- cial benefits forever, while help- ing maintain our strong, Catholic heritage." For more information about The Catholic Foundation, call Donna Leader at the Catholic Center. t812) 424-5536 or toll free in Indiana, 800) 637- 1731. Outpost has room for campers A few slots are still available for the Outpost during the sum- mer season for boys and girls of the Diocese of Evansxhlle, accord- ing to Mike Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministD'. The camp has a renovated din- ing facilib; new cabins and a new "outback" camping area. Moun- tain bikes, backpacking and canoeing on Swan Lake have been added to the list of activi- ties, which also includes archeD', air rifles, non-competitive sports, arts and crafts, nature, and prayer and worship. Jack Thompson heads the Out- post stuff, which includes Charles Marks, Erin Zenthoefer, Melanie Niehaus, Bernie Schmitt, Jen- nifer Kluesner, Erik Gillum, Dave "Bear" Harris and a new cook. Slots are open for youth who have completed the fifth, sixth, seventh, eight and ninth grades. Information is avail- able from Marcella Meredith at the Catholic Center, 1812) 424-5536, or toll-free in Indi- ana, (800) 637-1731. Tho who register before April 30 will receive a $15 "early bird" discount. Worth mentioning... 'Partial Birth Abortion Forum' to air April 7 A locally produced forum on partial birth abortion will be aired on WAZ TV, channel 52, in Evansville, on Monday, April 7, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists include a doctor from Indiana University, the edi- tor of the Evansville Courier, representatives of pro-life orga- nizations, and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. St. Vincent dePaul Society reports monthly activity Benedictine Sister Victoria Pohl, who coordinates the Evans- ville St. Vincent de Paul Society, reports that 338 requests for assistance in February were referred to various Evansville area parish conferences. Of these requests, 122 were for rent, 69 for utilities, 27 for water, 83 for furniture and appliances, and 37 for miscellaneous items. The food pantry served 356 families comprising 927 adults and children. The Catholic University of America sends thanks In a letter to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, the president of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., thanked the Diocese of Evansille for its contribution of $7,123 in 1996. The annual collection for CUA is held on the third Sunday of September. St. Meinrad receives grant for Internet connections The Foundation for Independent Higher Education, select- ed by the National Science Foundation to receive more than $676,000 through its Connections to the Internet Program, has distributed grant awards to 32 private colleges. St. Meinrad College will receive $20,873 over the next two years to assist in establishing Internet connections. Poor Clares pray for parishes on feast days The Poor Clares at the Monastery of St. Clare, Evans511e, pray for parishes of the diocese on their feast days. The sisters prayed for Resurrection Church, Evansville, on Easter Sunday. They will pray for Good Shepherd Church, Evans- ville, on April 6, the Sunday after Easter: and for Holy Redeemer, Evansville, on April 11, the date of the church dedication. TEC name omitted A name was omitted from caption for a group photo of the Teens Encounter Christ weekend, published March 7. Includ- ed in the photograph was Tony Farina, a member of St. Nicholas Church. Santa Claus.