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 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -The world around us Commentary By DEACON JIM CAVERA As you are aware our Indi- ana legislators failed to reach an agreement on a state bud- get and so this will necessi- tate a special session to be called by the governor. The normal session is 60 days in length and that time lapsed on April 30th. While we have this break in the ac- tion here in Indiana we can direct our attention to the na- tional front. The US Catholic Confer- ence (USCC) is the national public policyarm of tile Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops. It provides us in the Indiana Catholic Conference with a list of concerns on a national level. Among these concerns are right to life issues, economic support for families, health care reform, and education reform. Recently the media has been focusing on the first hundred davs of the Clinton Administration. Early actions of the new president present contrasting messages. On the one hand, his signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act displayed concern for families and children but on the other hand his actions on federal support for abortion indicate an inconsistent value of life. The contrasts continue with the president indicating that he will allow medicaid funding of abortions and at the same time proposing the largest increase in prenatal care funds. Now it is up to you and I to keep informed and to express our views to Congress. One such issue that deserves our attention is H.R.25 and S.R.25 known as the "Free- dom of Choice Act." This leg- islation in its current form contains restrictions which undermine states' interests in protecting human life. These bills are described as ambiguous and craftily drafted to appease many groups but in reality they will force the states to lift re- strictions and make abortions easier. The USCC encourages us to express our opinions to our elected representatives. I have written to Representa- tive Frank McCloskey and calleit his Evansville office in the past year and in both in- stances I received a written reply. It may be a little thing but it works. 1. Be good to Mother Earth, Plant trees, shrubs, flowers or vegeta- bles. 2. Honor the nurturing and mother- ing skills of all people, including women who nurture children of extended families. 3. As we observe Memorial Day, re. member those who are in wars now. 4, As we acknowledge and celebrate student graduations, let us note flishments of the House Office, (812) 357-6585. 6. Thank and affirmyour children's teachers and/or catechists as the end of the school program ap- proaches. 7. Volunteer as a teacher, teacher as- sistant, or supervisor of crafts, re- freshments or outdoor activities for summer Vacation Bible School in your parish or in a neighboring parish. Contact your parish direc- First Ba Church, St. Paul E aria Mental Health, Akeem and Monica Peaches; and van Duerson. Habitat's olyn Reed, ing together from all difference." tor of religious education for information. Pre-Sem, G.I.V.E. programs open to high school By FATHER MARK ' the G.i.V.E. Program is not sociate pastor at Resurrection Rexing, vocations director at members of making a commitment to be a sister or nun; she is only say- ing that she is willing to learn more about religious life, as well as continuing to look at the many other options open to her. About 30 young women are active partici- pants in the program. Members of the Pre-Sem and G.I.V.E. Programs meet monthly. Some of the activi- ties sa far this year have been an annual retreat, traveling to the musical put on by St. Meinrad (The Sounds of Spring), a visit to St. Mary's Medical Center, a visit to St. Agnes Church in Evansville, a visit to Mary, Help of Chris- tians Church in Mariah Hill, and most recently, a visit to St. Benedict Church in Evans- ville. A typical day at a parish consists of visiting with the priest and/or staff, a tour of the facility, and the priest telling about his vocation and his ministry in the parish and in the diocese. The day in- cludes Mass. Transportation is provided. G.I.V.E. activities are simi- lar, and members meet regu- larly. Some of the activities so far this year have been a retreat in February, a visit to the House of Bread and Peace in EvansviLle, and visits to the Poor Clare Monastery, Evansville, and to St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. The girls spend time with the sisters, who tell their "vocation story" and what they are cur- rently involved with in their ministry. The day also in- cludes Mass. The programs are open to any high school student and are sponsored by the Voca- tions Office of the diocese. Father John Breidenbach, as- Church in Evansville, and Monastery Immaculate Con- Team who are Benedictine Sister Rose Mary ception in Ferdinand, are the running the KURZENDOERFER Vocations Team "Getting to meet new peo- ple and getting to see differ- ent ways of life nuns live, is what I like most about G.I.V.E," said Anne Stofleth. She is a sophomore at Mater Dei High School and a mem- ber of St. Philip Church, St. Philip. ' "Being able to be with 0ther:people who share the same ideas about the Catholic aith, is what I like about Pre- Sem," said Tony Fehren- bacher. He is a junior at Mater Dei, and a member of St. Wendel Church, St. Wen- del. The Pre-Sem and G.I.V.E. Programs are high school vo- cational awareness programs which were started in the !1970s in the Diocese of Evansville. The Pre-Sem Program began in 1972, after the clos- ing of the Latin School. It is for high school boys who have indicated a willingness to learn more about priest- hood while they are also learning about the other life choices presented to them during their high school days. A young man in the program is not saying he wants to definitely be a priest he is saying that he is looking at vocational lifestyles. About 75 young men are active participants in the program. G.I.V.E. -- Girls in Voca- tional Exploration -- is for high school girls. It provides an opportunity for young women with potential for Church leadership to meet sisters from various religious communities serving in the 'diocese, -The young lady- in .iiiiii Anne Stofleth and Tony Fehrenbacher talk over their experiences in the G.I.V. Programs. Position Available Campus Ministry Director, Vincennes tJ The Diocese of Evansville seeks a Catholic for a full-time ten director of campus ministry for Vincennes University. Qualifications: ministry or related experience, a bachelor's degree or higher, ability to ecumenical environment. Applicant is to be a self-starter, creative, Catholic faith and able to be a pastoral presence within the campUS Send letter, resume, three letters of recommendation and brief describing your personal vision of ministry, by May 24 to: Catholic Judy Neff, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 i /