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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words April 26, 1991 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher One simple way to help and support one another I was graced with a moment of insight and sensitivity last week. That may not seem so significant, but it does to me. You see. Our lives are a series of new in- sights, revelations and knowledge. William Wordsworth used this concept as the central focus of his poetry. He called them "spots in time." They were, in fact, special moments of insight. James Joyce in a similar fashion organized his writings around special moments of insight. He us- ed the term "epiphany." We recognize that word for its meaning of "revelation or manifestation." Peter had a vision while he was at Joppa (Acts 11:1-18) wherein he learned that the Spirit of God was not to be given to the Jews alone. The Spirit of God was to grace the Gentiles as well. This was the great insight of Peter. "If then God gave them the same gift (namely, the Holy Spirit) he gave to us when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?" (Acts 11:17) My gift was not as insightful as Peter's, but still it classifies as something important in my judgment. The story goes like this. As I stopped by Holy Rosary rectory to eat last Monday evening, as is my wont, I found an envelope by my plate. Inside were some pledge cards for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. The total amount was for $600, about which I was very appreciative. Father Jean Vogler, pastor, explained that he encouraged people in the congregation to fill out the pledge cards that were in the pews. He further stated that if any were from another parish, they could fill out the proper parish name and the cards would be sent to the home parish named. That was my insight. How simple! And yet I did not have the sensitivity to such a situation. We did not say a similar thing on Appeal day at our parish. But we did this past Sunday. All parishes note that families and individuals move about and attend Masses on weekends at any number of parishes. For one reason or another they may not be at their home parish. We also notice that people do not always .make up the collection in their home parish. Some do. I would propose that people of our diocese could drop their regular collection envelopes at any parish in the diocese and be assured that it would get back to their home parish. I know that churches in vacation spots rely on an influx of visitors to provide regular services to all. What is good for us all to recognize is that at- tending Mass at another church on a given Sunday is not a good reason to skip support of the home parish. We could still give something extra for the church we were visiting. I am grateful for the cherished insight. It doesn't take but a couple of words to indicate how we help and support one another. May we always live in such fashion. Golden jubilarians Charles and Alma (Henrich) Ellspermann of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Kokies Echo Valley on Old Highway 460, followed by a reception, buffet din- ner and dancing. The couple was married May 6, 1941 at St. Meinrad Archabbey by Father Gerard Ellspermann O.S.B., the brother of Mr. Ellspermann. They havesix sons, Stanley of Rich- mond, Va., William "Randy" of San Diego, Cal., John of Kansas City, Me., Gerard of Cincinnati, Ohio, Richard of Omaha, Ne., and Kenneth of Evansville; 15 grandchildren, and one great- grandchild. Ellspermann is employed as a real estate broker. consultant by Regency Property Management. He was employed as a real estate broker for Citizens Realty for 20 years and he serv- ed for 13 years as a Vanderburgh County commissioner. Mrs. Ellspermann retired in 1985 from the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation. 1 Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. 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