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I I I I MESSAGE i The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i VOLUME 24 NUMBER 32 April 8, 1994 III II I i IN e  5 I .l:i ' :l|i::i assessment notices sent out Finance Council and to the offices, allowing for an overall ;e .:th, "g eItor Council of Priests. At the urg- increase in salaries of 2.7 per- i= rebe. cese ot : Ing assessed  u'305 for the ! ear, aCCordin ,t "-l'!e Said t'h: Percent t Ye,r:s_Brnent for i! :: hich was !. Pi Vishioners ': ! ,i!qt. maile d f the'rh. to   fidget and ing of the members of the two groups, Bishop Gettelfinger trimmed $82,235 from the bud- get -- most of it from a line item for capital maintenance. Also cut was money budgeted for a priests' convocation. In announcing the final bud- get figures to the members of the two councils, and in letters to pastors and parish life coor- dinators, Bishop Gettelfinger expressed his concern that he was "risking that there will be no need for any capital mainte- nance either at the Catholic Center or at Sarto because I have reduced the proposed amount to zero." The budget for 1994-95 maintains the current employ- ment level at diocesan central cent. The budget also includes an increase of $90,000 to cover in- creased costs associated with the lay employees pension pro- gram. The lay pension plan covers central office employees and a far larger number of em- ployees at parishes, schools and other institutions. Also included in the budget is an extra $35,000 to cover the amount recommended by a special task force for the first year of a lay employees health insurance program. The task force has recommended phas- ing in higher costs over a four- year period. Extra costs for clergy med- ical insurance are also in- cluded in the new budget. $1 million to 'teach teachers of religion' By PAUL It. LEINGANG Message editor A $1 million gift is "a tremendous blessing" for the Diocese of Evansville, said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. He made the comment as he announced the reception of the gift during a meeting of priests and pastora| life coordinators at the Catholic Center, March 29. The donor is anonymous, said the bishop, but the pur- pose for the gift is very specific. The money is to be used "to en- hance the quality of religious education  in the diocese. It will be used to help "teach teachers of religion," Bishop Gettelfinger said, describing the purpose of the gift. The donor first gave $35,000 to "jump start" the process, he said. Then gifts of $600,000 and $400,000 were received and put into an endowment fund. _ Only the interest from the endowment fund II be used, the bishop said. The principle will not be spent or used up. Although Bishop Gettelfin- ger could not reveal the name of the donor, he did reveal something about the person's character. "This person thanked me for the opportu- nity to give such a gift," the bishop said. James Corr, diocesan direc- tor of religious education, said the interest earned by the en- dowment fund -11 be used to make scholarship grants, to help catechetical leaders fur- ther their education. "Our goal is to have profes- sionally trained persons avail- able to each parish commu- nity," Corr told the priests and pastoral life coordinators. Corr said the grants would help di- rectors of religious education get further training in such areas as religious education and ministry formation. Corr suggested that one pro- fessionally trained leader might work with the catechists and teachers of religion at two or more small parishes. The catechetical leader would help train catechists and religion teachers in schools and in reli- gious education programs, Corr said. Corr said the idea was to have a program with the par- ticular needs of a parish in mind. Parishes with schools have different needs than parishes with a predominantly older membership, for exam- Corr said there are five op- tions. They may ask for schol- arships to any of three area in- stitutions: Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky.; St. Mary-of- the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Ind., or St. Meinrad School of Theology, St. Mein- rad. Ind. Participants may also choose programs developed by Loyola University, New Or- leans, or seek certification from the United States Catholic Conference. Brescia offers bachelor,s de: grees in religious education See $1 MILLION Page 3