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April 26, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana , Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A, GETTELFINGER The phone rings... Someone answers in a pleasant voice: "The Catholic Diocese of Evansville. May I help you?" How often this happens day in and day out across our diocese is countless. And, oh how easy it is to take our secretaries for granted. They are the "voice" of our parishes, our offices. They bear the daily burdens of handling tough calls. They are required in an instant to manage each call as if they had all day, but are expected to expedite each one with speed and efficiency, and always with "caring" in their voice. In that same instant, they must intuit the mood of each caller so as not to of- fend. They must be compassionate when distraught members of the faithful who have lost loved ones call seeking the priest or the bishop. They field the bitter barbs of angry parishioners Sixtieth anniversary Gerhart and Julia (Hargrove) Bilskie of Vincennes will celebrate Aeir sixtieth wedding anniversary with a family dinner Sunday, Pril 28 at Weinbach Cafeteria in Evansville. The couple was arried April 24, 1931 at St. Thomas Church. They have two children, Paul of Vincennes, and Marjorie Bell of Princeton; Seven grandsons, and give great-grandchildren. The children re- quest a card shower for their parents; cards may be mailed to: . 3126 Hillcrest Rd., Vincennes IN 47591. The Bilskies are members of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes. i ii Youth Minister Coordinator St. Paul's Parish, Tell City, is seeking a full-time Youth Minister Coordinator. B.S. Degree in a related field preferred or two-three yrs. experience working with youth. Strong Understanding of Catholic faith, ministry, family and youth very important as well as strong communication and organizational Skills. Resumes with references accepted thru May 15, 1991. Mail to: St. Paul's Parish Office, 814 Jefferson Street, Tell !N 475,86. A. ,TTN Search .Committee. , ........ Let us not take our secretaries for granted who have a complaint without themselves becom- ing angry. And so it goes each and every day. Then there is the "boss." The secretary is called upon incessantly by the boss to manage the business of correspondence, to make phone contacts, to set up conference calls, to handle callers the boss doesn't want to talkto at the moment or ever. The secretary is required to have impeccably typed and formatted letters free of all errors with correct spelling of everyone's name even if it is given incorrectly. As a scribe, the secretary is expected to interpret accurately the il- legible handwriting or scribbled note of a harried boss. One time I was dutifully doing an evaluation of a secretary when I came to the routine question: "Is there anything that I (as boss) can do to make your job easier?" Without a whit of' hesitation came the response: "Yes, there is. Always give me the first paragraph." In the discussion that follow- ed she told me that many times in dictation or even in routine dialogue I had the habit of presum- ing everyone could read my mind for the first paragraph without either speaking or writing it. Yes, with all this, the toughest job our secretaries must have is to be always upbeat. The secretary is never allowed to become angry, have a bad day, not feel well, or make a mistake, or God forbid, forget anything the boss said. They are ex- pected to be Christlike even when treated in a un- Christian manner by callers or bosses. In my experience in Church work, th most consistent and classiest set of professional are our secretaries. We need them! I thank them! i Golden jubilarians Walter J. and Evelyn (Ziliak) Weis of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. May 4 at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, follow- ed by a buffet and dance for family and invited guests. The couple was married May 1, 1941 at St. James Church, St. James. They have four children, Don, Jerry and Becky Catt, all of Evansville. Their son Dennis is deceased. They have five grandchildren. Weis retired from International Steel after 44-and-a-half years. 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He noted that divisions trou- ble his own Church of England -- for instance in the bitter debate over the ordination of women. "I ask that we set above our divisions the urgency of witnessing to our nation that there is a God who cares and loves all people," he said. "We shall only be able to do that if we stand together, even when decisions are made that cause us terrible pain." Archbishop Carey said he would commit his church to speaking out on political and social issues when necessary. "No church can or should avoid political comment when freedom, dignity and worth are threatened," he said. "The cross of Jesus Christ firmly roots us in human con- cerns and needs -- and places us alongside the oppressed, the dispossessed, the homeless, the poor and the starving millions of the planet," the Anglican leader said. He made special note of the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq. The ceremony was an ecumenical exercise. The Old Testament was read by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev: Emilio Castro, and the New Testament by Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster, England. Classifieds FORMALS OR PROM DRESSES Size 8-9 $10.00 and up. Call 477-2158.