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MESSAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 35 May 3, 1996 ,n ,noumben,s'- / [ Po,,t,ca,, I Church Voting Records Not Partisan s oeu ',, J WAltT: N DEANERY county COUNTY vJe Stella Bennett Teacher of the Year writer ;st grade School, raed the 1996 ear. The annual as presented A. Get- achers from the Diocese nominated nominat- Was lauded in her Pecial. She they each and that a million dol- as a L only for also ;hat need to Students is the time to a note of in the local paper. Mrs. Bennett is a teacher who is truly con- cerned about her students in the classroom as well as out of the classroom." Father John Boeglin, pastor at Holy Family Church said Bennett "has truly dedicated her life for the success of Holy Fam- ily School. Stella typifies what is best at Holy Family School -- kindness, gentleness, concern, faith-filled support and charac- ter." Her principal, Pam Bell, noted that the "students in Mrs. Bennett's classroom benefit aca- demically, socially and spiritu- ally. She teaches the 'whole child.' The first graders write wonderfully creative stories. They do well in math. They learn to pray. They learn to get along with ohers. Stella has a wonderful way of instilling a love for learning in her stu- dents." Bell said that the students "sense her warm, caring a'ti- tude and trust her whole-heart- edly. Stella has a genuine love for everyone she meets. The par- ents notice this and make com- ments continuously about her. They appreciate all she has done throughout the 27 years she has been at Holy Family School. She is commonly referred to as a 'liv- ing saint.'" Bell added, "one thing that stands out about Stella is that she will always take the time to listen. She stops and listens to student stories, even those that she has heard numerous times before (as children often repeat themselves when something is important to them). "She makes everyone in her classroom feel special. She makes them feel that they each have a purpose in life and that they are worth a million dol- lars." Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettlefinger Sister Geraldine Hedinger, O.S.B., Ad- airtistrator of St. Clement Church, Boonville, With Joseph Ziliak, Moderator, effective April 21e4v,'1996. esearch Item You think this action is morally right or or birth control pills. Diocese Statewide 16% 16% right 25% 24% SUre 13% 12c SOraetimes wrong 27% 25% 20% 22% What the Church needs... By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor What are the needs of the Church? What direction should the bishop lead? What are the top priorities? Participants -- 194 persons from 65 parishes in the Dio- cese of Evansville -- held Deanery Assemblies to try to answer those questions. Lay leadership, youth in- volvement, catechist forma- tion, evangelization -- these are the needs identified by par- ticipants at the assembly for the Evansville West Deanery, held at the Catholic Center, April 24. That gathering was one of five held throughout the dio- cese in recent weeks, conclud- ing in the Jasper Deanery April 29. At each session, participants began to work with a list of items submitted by the parishes. The groups worked to narrow the large list to three or four items, and then to suggest ways to meet those needs. For example, participants at the assembly held for the Evansville East and Newburgh Deaneries identified "Develop- ment of Faith in Families" as one of the needs of the church. They pointed out that par- ents often do not have enough knowledge about the faith to pass it on to their children. They said, however, that fam- ilies are the foundation of the church, and there is a great hunger for family spirituality. Some ways to meet the need include better preparation for marriage and support for mar- ried couples, providing coun- seling for families, especially in outlying areas, having a mentoring program for fami- lies, explore Christian Family Movement, and promote sensi- tivity to non-traditional fam- ily. To meet the need for lay leadership training and devel- opment, participants suggested a lay ministl'y formation pro- gram, bringing workshops to local parishes and the deanery, and providing programs for specific areas  such as youth ministry, bereavement, cate- chist formation and training. Other top needs identified by the participants at the Evansville East and New- burgh Deanery Assemblies were outreach on social issues and the combination of "Teen and Young Adult Formation" and "Support of Catholic Schools." The participants at the as- sembly for members of the Princeton and Vincennes deaner- ies concluded that the top needs of the diocese were ongoing adult formation, stewardship, promo- tion of family values, and en- couragement of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Needs identified at the As- sembly in the Washington Deanery included lay leader- ship training, development of spirituality of all parishioners, evangelization of inactive Catholics and unchurched, and the need for theological unity. Jasper Deanery participants identified lay leadership,.youth involvement, and returning ir- regular or inactive Catholics to the Church. Judy Neff, diocesan chancel- lor, said the list of needs, along with the suggestions of ways to meet them, will be turned over to the Diocesan Pastoral Coun- cil at its meeting, May 4. The list will also be presented to the Deans in early May. The deans and the members of the Diocesan Pastoral Coun- cil will be asked to advise Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger on the direction he should take: