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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April March raises funds for Center for Family" The benefits of a Palm Sun- day Procession are continu- ing into the Easter season. Participants in the Evansville event took time to pray and meditate -- and to raise more than $400 for the St. Anthony Center for Family Life. "Raising money is not the primary focus, but we try to provide some support for the Center and the work it does," said Anne Simms, walk coordinator. The Center for Family Life is home to the ECHO Health Clinic, the UCC Day Shelter, the Ozanam Family Shelter, the Wednesday Soup Kitchen, Private Industry Council GED Classes, free children's tutoring and a Po- Prayer Continued from page 1 ter at St. Austin's Parish, in an April 20 telephone inter- view with Catholic News Ser- vice. "The death of the members of the Branch Davidians is a very tragic event and of course we are saddened by it," said Austin Bishop John E. McCarthy in a statement released April 20. The bishop said the "most painful part" of the tragedy was the loss of innocent lives -- the children and adults in the compound and the fed- eral agents who died earlier. "We offer our prayers to all the victims and their families as well as those who have spent nearly two months dealing with this situation," he said. "David Koresh, we believe, gave the order to commit sui- lice Community Relations office. Forty-four persons from the Diocese of Evansville partici- pated in the four-mile walk which began and ended at the Center for Family Life, April 4. At various stopping points along the way, a gospel pas- sage was read, along with a responsorial prayer and a meditation. Stops included the Evansville Association for the Blind, the Four Freedoms Monument, Lloyd Senior Cit- izens Center, the Civic Center Complex and Deaconess Hos- pital. At each stop, a gospel passage was read, along with a responsorial prayer and a meditation. cide and they (his followers) all followed willingly," FBI agent Bob Ricks said during an April 19 press conference. Federal authorities had tried for 51 days to avoid such an ending, repeatedly saying they were willing to wait out the standoff that started with a Feb. 28 raid on the cult's compound. After weeks of tactics that included cutting off electric- ity and telephone lines and blasting music, the FBI used tanks to poke holeg in the compound buildings and spray tear gas inside, hoping to force out the 95 people, in- cluding 17 children, inside the compound. The tactic was designed to make the compound occu- pants uncomfortable, but it turned into a nightmare when three separate fires were Former deacon, Don Lahay, dies April 14 Don Lahay, formerly active as a deacon in the Diocese of Evansville, died April 14 at his home in Washington. He was 63. ,A wake service was held at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh, on Thursday, April 15. A vigil service was held at St. Mary Church, Washington, on Friday, April 16. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary Church on Saturday, April 18. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Washington. Lahay, a native of St. Louis, Me., moved to southwestern Indiana in 1974. He was or- dained a deacon by Bishop Francis R. Shea at St. John the Baptist Church, New- burgh, in October 1979. As a deacon, his first assignment was to work at St. John, his home parish. Lahay was employed at Modern Business Systems in Evansville from 1974 to 1982. He was director of activities at the Catholic Center and Sarto Retreat House in Evansville from 1983 to 1989. In August 1989, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger ap- pointed Deacon Lahay as pas- toral administrator of All Saints Church in Cannelburg and St. Mary Church, Daviess County. Lahay was the first deacon to serve parishes in the diocese in such a capac- ity. Don and his late wife, DON LAHY Clare, were the parents of seven children. Clare Lahay died April 11, 1991. With Church approval, Deacon Lahay returned to the lay status and retired. He and the former Yvonne Etienne of Washington were married in 1992, At the time of his death, Lahay was active at St. Mary Church and assisted his wife, who serves the parish as pas- toral associate. Participants in a Palm Sunday Procession walk through downtown Evansville, meditate, and to raise money for the St. Anthony Center for Family Life. started that quickly engulfed the buildings, leaving a pile of smoldering rubble that was still igniting ammunition and explosives well after the fire had died. Nine people sur- vived, including a woman who left the compound in flames." "it's over, but it's so sad," Father Rozycki said. "We've got to live and pick up the pieces but it's always going to be a bad memory. I believe it will take awhile to recover." The priest from the Diocese of Austin, Texas, is pastor of St. Joseph's, a mission church located in the town of Elk, just two miles from the cult's compound. He said many of his parish- ioners, in the town 15 miles east of Waco, own property that borders the compound. "They have been neighbors," he said. "They've watched (the compound) being built. Now it's hard to believe it's gone." Father Rozycki described the 51-day standoff as "very depressing" for his parish- ioners. "We wanted it to come to a peaceful conclu- sion. We prayed for this every day," he said. The day of the fire, he said his parishioners were angry at Koresh for "allowing chil- dren's innocent lives to be sacrificed." The parishioners are "very upset about the children. That's the hardest part," he said "because they should have had a chance to live." He said his mission parish will hold special services later in the week to pray for the cult members and others killed in the standoff. In the meantime, he contin- ues to pray for those in- volved. As he and others watched the cult's compound burn and the roof cave in, "all we could do was watch and pray," he told CNS. PRINCIPAL POSITION AVAILABLE Pre-school thru grade 5. Starting 93-94 school year, Candidate must be a practicing Roman Catholic and hold or be eligible for a valid ele- mentary school administrative license. For application information contact Phyllis Beshears at 424-5536. "There was such a feeling of hopelessness because we couldn't do anything," he added. During the deadly end to the long standoff, the priest walked to a nearby hill and "gave general absolution " over the whole area. He said he "just prayed for those peo- ple inside' as he watched the building burn. Guerra, who prayed and fasted near the location of the cult's compound in mid- March, described the area as one of "intense dislocation and sadness." "There was not a bit of joy. No one wanted to be there," he said, in reference to the re- porters and federal agents. During the fourth day of the vigil, Guerra said he re- ceived a phone call from Bishop McCarthy, suggesting that it would be better for Catholics to pray and fast in the privacy of their homes. "I think he was afraid the media might interpret our ef- forts as part of a theatrical cir- "cus" instead of was meant to be, He said it was] leave the location: compound wanted to "be those involved dent and stand in the messages resh. He said the Austin area to the standoff is mixed. been a real ness that this has long and also concern for the tile people in are torn betwee chotomy of the call for justice,: During the said he 1 Branch Davidian formed as a to live an a "Waco citizens to be pacifists," he the great irony ultimately violence." JOB OPENING FOR DIRI RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: St. Joseph Church, For details contact: Joe 963-9045 or Fr. Richard at 963-3273. DIRECTOR FOR F( The Diocese of Lafayette-In-Indiana is seeking a Director for the Pastoral Office for Formation. As a the Bishop's Cabinet, responsibilities include an office directed to carry-out the Bishop's vision of Formation. Areas of responsibilities include mental preparation; initiation; evangelization; youth ministry and schools. The director will be articulating vision, goals and priorities along with tration and communication for the Pastoral Office. Qualifications include recent Masters in the or theological studies; church leadership experience, ! competitive, Submit resume and references Search Committee, Diocese of P.O. Box 260, Lafayette, IN 47902.