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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .-- Magic of Words-- Survey of Catholics provides some surprises Where will we be a genera- tion from now? What, indeed, will be some of the realities for Catholics in the 2020's? In 1963, 71 percent of Catholics surveyed attended church weekly or more often. By [ 1972 the number had dropped to 55 percent. A study done in 1990 shows the attendance rate at 40.5 percent. The age group, 20-29, our young who will be odr mature people of the 2020's, have gone from 76 percent weekly atten- dance in 1963 to 38 percent in 1990. If we look just at the under- 25 age, we get a little different picture. From 1972-76 the average weekly attendance for the under-25 group was 31 percent. In 1986-90 that figure had dropped to 23 percent. These figures come from Pierre Hegy, profes- sor of sociology at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.-Hegy has an article in the May 1, 1993 issue of "America" magazine on his find- ings. The picture is not all that pretty. Wade Clark Roof, a University of California sociologist, has published a book recently titled, "A Generation o'f Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation." Some of his fig- ures are enough to make a gray head turn even grayer. The Roof report states that 88 percent of babyboomers think a person can be a good By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK COLUMNIST Catholic without contributing reg- ularly to the church. Some 85 per- cent think going to church every Sunday is not necessary. Some 81 percent do not subscribe to the church's discipline on divorce and remarriage. Some 68 percent deny that a person must obey the church's teaching on abortion. If you were born between 1946 and 1954, you are consid- ered a babyboomer. Do you fit the profile stated in the preceding paragraph? If we look forward to the con- sequences of such figures on a parish trying to set and follow a budget, you can imagine the difficulty if 88 per- cent consider themselves good Catholics without regularly supporting the church financially. An attitude such as this is what causes real pain for church leadership. We want to be open to the calls that come to attend to their needs in the hospital. We want to spend the hours that we do in preparing them and their children for the sacrament of matrimony. We want to provide eaningful experiences surrounding the baptism of their children. We want to provide the sacraments through the years bf development. And we like to insure that many teachers help in this process -recon- ciliation, communion, confirmation. We are ready to provide the sacrament of anointing and the ministrations at the time of death, burial and Anti-FOCA post, cards part of postal backlog ., By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN But, he said, they were also -, ,, Catholic News Service "dismayed, because, while these cards remain undeliv- WASHINGTON {CNS) -- ered, FOCA has been moving Pro-life leaders expressed a through the House, with a combination of relief and dis- hearing in February and a may at reports that well over markup in March." 1 million postcards against The Shinay memo on the  the Freedom of Choice of Act postal backlog said that "in were part of a huge postal order to ensure timely delivo   backlog in the House of ery of all of the other mail ar-  Representatives. riving here daily, a decision Michael J. Shinay, director was made to segregate these  /' two sets of postcards from the ': ' of House postal operations, said in an April 20 memo to regular mail." "!:* all House members that the "We have been working 'v_ :  House Post Office had re- diligently with overtime to e, fl ceived more than 2.25 mil- work this backlog off. As of .g-. lion postcards since January today, there is less than one- on the Freedom of Choice Act half million on hand," Shinav and on the Balanced Budget added. "I estimate that we Amendment. will totally eliminate this Although the memo did not postcard backlog in four to break down the number of five weeks based upon con- postcards on each topic. Shi- tinual overtime, supple- nay said in an April 21 letter mented with recently hired to Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., additional mail clerks." that approximately 1.25 mil- Gall Quinn, executive di- llon of the postcards were in rector of the bishops' pro-life opposition to FOCA, a pro- secretariat, said she was Retreat posal which would forbid "grateful to the postmaster for most state limits on abortion, delivering millions of cards The National Committee already, and for alertirg every for a Human Life Amend- member of the House to the merit, aCatholic pro-life orga- size of the continuing cam- " nization, co-sponsored an paign against FOCA." anti-FOCA postcard cam- "We hope members of paign called National Projec! Congress will seriously con- Life with the U.S. bishops sider this unprecedented out- Secretariat for Pro-Life Activ- pouring of" pro-life mail,' she tties. The campaign_ began in added. ianua but continued well r into th6spring. ,. ;!:Mike 'Iayl, cutive di- PRINCIPAL POSITION AVAILABLE rec tQr of te committee, said those Who mailid postcards Pre-schoo/thru grade 5. Starting 93-94 school werel'elieVed at:t00e House year. Candidate must a practicing Roman post o rice s announcement "because they were beginning Catholic and hold or be eligible for a valid ale- to wonder why they weren't mentaryschool administrative license. .getting responses from their representatives, or card [::or application information contact Phyllis counts that matched the num ..... ber di(ceses knew they had Beshears at 424-5536. mailed" . _ :7:77:::::=7"7 ...... 7-- ": :-7 --_ .......... grieving that follow. But.it does become difficult ing, compassionate face if the only come is to request services and not gation to support the ministries of the year in and year out. In past studies, such as those of Ft. Fichter in the 1950's, it seemed that the of people who would leave the young age did return in later years were responsible for their children's Hegy says his study indicates that too massive and the returnees too few. Hegy is not happy reading. His garding the morality of pre-marital Catholics moving from 38 percent wrong" in 1972 to 18 percent by 1990. who say "not wrong at all" increased percent in 1972 to 44 percent by 1990. Among those under-30 some 14 that premarital sex is "always wrong" By 1990 that figure had dropped to 7 Some of these figures might cause re-evaluate or question the role of delium" (the sense of the faithful} in standard for church teaching studies would indicate that the sense ell faithful is much broader than the ologians. Something to pray about. fleet on: Something to ask the'Spirit enter the hearts of the faithful to faith and practice. Second graders at St. John Church, Loogo0tee , participated in a retreat as ration for First Holy Communion. Above, Andrea Eyler, Amy Mathias, Alex Kaiser bake bread during the retreat. MILLER & Z&me,00 Funeral Homes I I '1  =! . .JL__ "Funeral Since 424-9 Four Convenient Locations CENTRAL GI 626 FIRST