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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Mary's begins Compulsive Gambling Program HUGHES staff writer recently worked losing ev- was important in wife, his child, and manage his own when the man facet with Judy, he "It's not that bad." with corn- gambling, Judy ex- There is a denial that of Addic- ices at St. Mary's Evansville, a Com- ambling Program. is designed for older, who as compul- matter where they said, noting when gam- mers money than they would. I clients who benefit checks, can't pay their getting further clients tend to sir problems at first, admitting only to losing "a couple of dollars here and there, so it's acceptable, rather than what it really is." Although he is starting to see the "beginning stages" of prob- lems stemming from riverboat gambling, he does not blame the riverboats for all gambling problems in the area. "All sources can be a problem for pathological gamblers: the stock market, the horse track, bingo, lottery tickets. Gambling of any type can be a problem, because gambling becomes a release, a way of escaping." Gambling" offers a way, through external means, for the gambler to get the feelings they want, Judy explained. "They are trying to get good feelings." His job in counseling them, then, is to teach his clients about pathological gambling, its progression and its early stages. "I tell them, 'This is what can happen, and this is what has happened.'" He takes them through the steps of denial, anger and de- pression, bargaining and then acceptance. He also helps them as they face the grief that sur- faces during the loss of their addiction. "They grieve over the fact that they can't gamble," he explained. This loss of the ad- diction leaves a real emptiness in their lives, Judy said, adding, "When that's gone, they have to fill that void very quickly" or they will fall back into their old behaviors. Then they must renew their lives for recovery to take place. "It's a spiritual problem, be- cause they feel that the God of their life has been the addic- tion. It [the addiction] has blocked their relationship with God, and with their family and friends." The program combines a focus on the mental, the emo- tional, the spiritual and the so- cial life of a person. They are encouraged to become involved in a 12-step Gamblers Anony- mous program, to get involved in their church, and to re-es- tablish family relationships. Judy said that a majority of people who gamble do not have a problem; he estimates that five percent of those gambling will have a problem. For additional information about the Compulsive Gam- bling Program, call (812) 485- 4141 or 1-800-892-2913. ways to get * There have been control, cut back or stop gambling. : *Gambling becomes a waY: of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood, that is feelings of helpless- hess, guilt, anxiety, depression. * After losing money gambling, I another day to get even, or to "c-hase * The person lies to family to conceal the extent of involvement with - Illegal acts such as ment have been co gambling. . Significant relationships, jobs or educational or.career opportunities have been lost or jeopardized because?of gambling. * There is a reliance on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambli!g. we care about... zs a feature in the Message, designed to help the People of God in southwestern Indiana. to submit information about people who SOme extra prayers and attention. Mass was celebrated April 17 for John P. died April 13. He is the father of Father Pastor at Precious Blood Church, Jasper. include his wife, Margaret; sons, John of of Carmel and Laurence of St. Louis, and Bartin and Margaret Kane of St. Louis. Were held April 15 for Mary Lou Wilkerson, April 11. She was the mother of Deacon Ed Pastoral associate and DRE at Good Shepherd also include sons Wayne, Dennis and Marvin, , Mary Jane Geuss and Donna Tinsley. re requested for John Tromley who is suffer- He is a member at St. John the Baptist Christian burial was celebrated April 9 for Clement Brennan, 87, at St. Mary-of- entered the Congregation of the Sisters of J.1927, and made her final vows in 1935. schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, Vincennes; St. Rose, Vincennes, and St. information for PEOPLE WE CARE Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box IN 47724. BUILDING FSB i HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC licensed. BorZoi. Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P,O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 i i R - MERCURY I JASPER 482-1200 ] lade Funeral Home 19 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-6151 about pre-need counseling. e Alan J. Wade Washington native promoted to Brigadier General Washington native Anthony "Tony" R. Jones has been pro- moted to the grade of Brigadier General in the United States Army. The ceremony was con- ducted April 5 in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He is currently Chief of Oper- ations and Contingency Plans for the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, U.S. Army, Pen- tagon. In his reassignment, he becomes Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, in the National Military Command Center. He began his military career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the In- fantry following graduation from Indiana University in 1970. He also holds a master's degree in systems manage- ment from the University of Southern California. He is the son of Helen Jones and the late Lester D. Jones of Washington. He attended St. Simon School and Washington Catholic High School. He is married to the former Nancy Erwin, and they have three daughters. Relatives attending the Washington, D.C. ceremony in- cluded his mother, Helen, and his brother, Tim. BRIGADIER GENERAL ANTHONY It. JONES Veto Continued from page 1 womb," they wrote. "It moves our nation one step further to- ward acceptance of infanticide. "Combined with the two re- cent federal appeals court deci- sions seeking to legitimize as- sisted suicide, it sounds the alarm that public officials are moving our society ever more rapidly to embrace a culture of death," the letter added. The three-page letter sought to refute some of the arguments used by Clinton in his veto mes- sage. "At the veto ceremony you told the American people that you 'had no choice but to veto the bill,"' the cardinals wrote. "Mr. President, you and you alone had the choice of whether or not to allow children, almost completely born, to be killed brutally in partial-birth abor- tions. "Members of both houses of Congress made their choice. They said no to partial-birth abortions," the letter added. "Your choice was to say yes and to allow this killing more akin to infanticide than abortion to continue." Clinton had asked Congress to add an exception that would permit partial-birth abortions i in cases of "serious, adverse health consequences" to the mother. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act did allow the procedure to save a woman's life. The cardinals said the word "health," as defined by the courts in the context of abor- tion, "means virtually anything that has to do with a woman's overall 'well-being." "In other words, as you know and we know, an exception for 'health' means abortion on de- mand," they said, adding that "most partial-birth abortions are done for reasons that are purely elective." The letter noted that there was no physician at the veto ceremony who was "able to ex- plain how a woman's physical health is protected by almost fully delivering her living child, and then killing that child in the most inhumane manner imaginable before completing the delivery." The cardinals pledged to "urge Catholics and other peo- ple of good will -- including the 65 percent of self-described 'pro- choice' voters who oppose par- tial-birth abortions -- to do all that they can to urge Congre to override this shameful veto." iiiii I The House of Representa- tives, which approved the legis- lation by a 286-129 margin, was expected to vote April 18 to override the veto. But a more difficult battle was expected in the Senate, where the original 54-44 vote was short of a two- thirds majority. "Writing this response to you in unison is, on our part, virtu- ally unprecedented," the cardi- nals said. "It will, we hope, un- derscore our resolve to be unremitting and unambiguous in our defense of human life." The cardinals' letter made no reference to the November elec- tions. But a separate letter by Archbishop John F. Donoghue of Atlanta urged Catholics in his archdiocese to consider such issues as the veto when they cast their ballots. "The beautiful garment of our country's civilization is being torn asunder by the rampant practice of aborting, of murder- ing one and a half million un- wanted children every year," the archbishop wrote April 15. /'he time for stronger action has come, and perhaps the voice, the actions and the votes of informed, loyal Catholics is just that forceful action which is needed."