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MESS CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 33 E April 23, 1993 'Red Mass' Rabbi Abrams to speak; public officials, religious leaders invited R. LEINGANG, Message editor The event is sponsored by an association of Catholic lawyers the speaker at the next "Red Mass" will be Rabbi Arthur J. Temple Adath B'nai Israel, in Evansville. The "Red Mass" at St. Mary Church, Evansville, on Thursday, April 29 at said will speak on the topic, "What does God demand said he would focus his talk on social justice issues, drawing from the writings of the prophets. Gerald A. Gettelfinger will be the main celebrant of the Mass, public. Judges, prosecuting attorneys, mayors from counties of southwestern Inctiana and religious leaders I to attend. St. Thomas More Society of Southwestern Indiana. This is the third an- nual "Red Mass" -- given that name because of the red vestments used. Rabbi Abrams is president of the Evansville Interfaith Commission. He teaches a Jewish Chautauqua Society Lectureship at the University of Evansville and at St, Meinrad Seminary, He is a member of Citizens Against Racism, in Evansville. At Temple Adath B'nai Israel, he started an outreach program for in- termarried families. He also started a Sunday evening d!scussion group, Saturday morning Torah study, "Lunch with the Rabbi' series, anct He- brew and Adult Education Classes. -  Rabbi Abrams has served a member of the Peace and ommlssmn of the Union He is a past presideni About 80 rabbis are members "tment Weekend for ADA is April 24, 25 R.LEINGANG last weekend, a request for commitment this weekend, and follow-up efforts with letters and phone calls. The Bishop's Fund -- ADA began in 1982. Clements de- scribed it as a yearly fund raising campaign conducted by the parishes in the diocese to help raise enough money for the parishes' annual diocesan assessment. The diocesan assessment is each parish's share of the support of diocesan-wide programs, services and other "costs of doing business" for the Catholic Church in south- western Indiana, according to Clements. Four pages of information about the Bishop's Fund m ADA were mailed to every Catholic home in the diocese April 2. Among other items reported at that time was a Weekend" Fund -- 1993 eal is April e ' Y ar s goal for Portion of the diocese is is up 4.74 ast year's goal 73 parishes in fund raising been intro- Year, according to diocesan di- Train- s Were held for at the participat- parish model in- :lag early contact ntributors, a the pulpit pie chart showing "how your money is used." That chart showed that only three per- cent of ADA funds are used for administrative and cam- paign expenses; 11 percent for diocesan administrative services and 86 percent for "people programs." Among the "people pro- grams" are such services as campus ministry, Catholic Center and Sarto Retreat House activities, Catholic Charities, Religious Educa- tion, Catholic Schools, the Christian Sharing Fund, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, worship, communica- tions, the Message, develop- ment, the pension fund for lay employees of parishes and schools, ministry to the deaf, ministry to priests, the diocesan tribunal, vocations and youth. Although the overall goal is up by 4.74 percent, the indi- vidual goals of each parish vary according to a formula. That formula is based on the total number of individuals and families in the diocese who contribute $50 or more each year to their parish of- fertory collection. Throughout the diocese, there are 21,806 such contrib- utors. A parish with five per- cent of that total, for example, would be assessed five per- cent of this year's goal. Goals this year increased at 62 parishes, ranging up to just over 21 percent. The goals at 9 parishes decreased, with the biggest drop, just over 17 percent. One parish is subsidized by the diocese: at another, the computed goal was exactly the same as last year. Prayer asked for all involved in violent end to cult standoff By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON {CNS) -- When Father Isidore Rozycki watched the flames rise from the burning compound of the Branch Davidians, he said his "worst fears came to pass," "I never saw anything so bad -- the sight of those flames and knowing people were inside. I will never for- get it," he told Catholic News Service in a telephone inter- view. The inferno he described took place April 19, when cult leader David Koresh re- portedly ordered a mass sui- cide that took more than 80 lives at his Texas compound after federal agents attacked with tanks and tear gas. The deadly and violent end to the cult standoff in Waco, Texas, "fills me with sadness and anger," said an Austin parishioner who organized a prayer vigil near the Branch Davidian compound. ) "What saddens me the most is that in the name of , Christianity, and religion, people were killed. This touches me in the deepest place of where ! live," said Michael Guerra, a lay minis' seee0000002