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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Project Rachel workshop focuses on reconci By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer know what I will be thinking. I finally did ask that nurse in the clinic for a glass of water and I ceremoniously poured it over my belly. I said softly, Oh, Baby, this is the best I can do for you. ! baptize you in the Name of the Father . . . If I ever get to heaven I hope I can see my baby there and tell him how sorry I am for what I have done.&apos;" The Project Rachel program offers tools for healing and rec- onciliation to post-abortive women by providing training and support to priests who minister to those touched by abortion. During the April 21 work- shop, priests and counselors heard from Dr. John Geerling, a member of the diocesan Pro- ject Rachel committee. He said, "What we are finding out in Project Rachel is that a mother When priests and counselors in the Diocese of Evansville gathered last week for a Pro- ject Rachel workshop, they heard of a young woman's sacramental experience on an abortion table. During a video presented for the workshop, Jesuit Father John Powell's book, "Abortion: the Silent Holocaust," was mentioned. In that book, Fa- ther Powell writes of the an- guish suffered by a young woman following her abortion. "Her reply tore at my heart: 'But how can I forget? When I see a two-year-old, two years from now, you know that I will be thinking: That's how old my baby would have been. And three years from now when I see a three-year-old.., you Golden Jubilarians Sylvester and Susan (Hoffman) Fleck of Huntingburg will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at St. Mary Church, Huntingburg. After the Mass, their children and their spouses will host a dinner for the immediate family and invited guests. An Open House will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St. Anthony American Legion Home in St. An- thony. The couple requests no gifts. They were married May 9, 1944, at Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville, by Benedictine Father Henry Ebnet. They are the parents of three children: Allen Fleck of Louisville, Ky., and Anna Rose "Annie" Blackgrove and Richard Fleck, both of Huntingburg. They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery I Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Prescption Servic Dru - Sur<V- Coocs Man-'We  Comer Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9N1 I PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 I I Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Wetnbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 i i i Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 cannot forget that child who was in her womb." The workshop featured a video, "How to Help After an Abortion," with Ellen Curro, who noted that "abortion causes two deaths: the death of the baby and the spirit of the mother." Because abortion is a spiri- tual event as well as a physical one, Curro said that reconcilia- tion for the mother must in- clude reconciliation with the baby and then reconciliation with herself. Curro said, "The mother bonds with the baby before she even knows she is pregnant. Abortion stops that bonding. We find that a woman's need to reconnect with this baby is critical." Part of this reconnection process involves naming the baby and discerning if it was a I finally did ask that nurse in the a glass of water and I ceremoniously!:i poured it over my belly. I said Baby, this is the best I can do for baptize you in the Name of the Father: I ever get to heaven I hope ! can baby there and tell him how sorry what I have done." boy or a girl. "Commonly, they have thought about it," Curro said, adding, "Many have a name, but they've never ut- tered it. If they don't know the sex, we tell them: ask God to tell you and intuitively they come to know." Golden Jubilarians Joe and Betty (Schoeneberger) Rowekamp of Jasper will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. May 6 at Precious Blood Church, Jasper. An Open House will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the K of C in Jasper. The couple requests no gifts. They were married May 2, 1944, at St. Simon Church, Washington, by Father Albert Wicke. They are the parents of five children: Linda Mehringer, Donna Schmid, Jane Siebert, Kathy Jahn and Bill Rowekamp, all living in the Jasper area. They have 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. In 1977, Mr. Rowekamp retired after teaching 34 years at Jasper High School. In 1988, he retired as general agent and owner of Rowekamp Insur- ance Agency. He is now active in cattle ranching. Mrs. Rowekamp retired as secretary of the agency in 1992. OPERATION MANAGER for HOMELESS SHELTER Degree in social services and/or man- agement/or 5 yrs. practical experi- ence necessary. Send resume with past work experience and personal references to: Ozanam Family Shelter 1100 N. Read Street Evansville, IN 47710 ATTENTION: Bob Hayden No Phone Calls II I I[ [IVI(III[Ilill 11111 I I III III Post-abortive also encouraged to ters to their babies ters are forgiveness and you ok, are you at Once the their children are Lord, they/ would your Common love you." "I ok." Only after oped this baby, can they tually to God, The second abortive ciliation go of their guilt thing they Curro year-old who herself for tion. 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