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The Message Monthly m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana - @ Profile: Catholic Ministry of the Golden Jubilarians Jerome and Magdelene {Delaney) Ochs of Montgomery will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. May 8 at St. Peter Church, Mont- gomery. A reception for friends and relatives will follow until 9 p.m. at All Saints Hall, Cannelburg. The couple was mar- tied May 8, 1943, at St. Mary Church, Washington. They are the parents of six children, Francis Jerome of eden, Donald Joseph of Washington, Ronald Eugene of Loogootee, Mary Sue Wiscaver, Julia Ann Frederick and John Lawrence, all of Montgomery. They have 15 grandchildren and one step- grandchild. One grandchild is deceased, There are 11 great- Golden Jubilarians Michael and Mildred {Baumgart) Gramelspacher of lasper The following information was provided by Father Henry Kuykendall. Staff The staff of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf in the Diocese of Evansville in- cludes the chaplain and coor- dinator, Father Henry Kuyk- endall. Serving as president and catechist is Bradley Buel- tel; Anna Hoppenjans is the vice president. Margaret Luebbehusen in an inter- preter and Sister Jane Mc- Connell, O.S.F., is a catechist. Who do you serve? The Deaf and Hard of Hear- ing persons in Southwestern Indiana. The Resource Agency for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the Tri-state es- timates that there are 18,000 Hard of Hearing persons and 500 profoundly Deaf persons using Sign Language. Directly affected: We have located and in- volved 21 Catholic Deaf per- sons and 15 of them regularly worship at Nativity. These in- dividuals come from some six counties: Evansville, Jasper, Ferdinand, Huntingburg, St. Henry, New Harmony, St. Meinrad, Fort Branch. We also occasionally serve a few people from Owensboro, Ky. and two from Illinois. We have involved as many as 75 Deaf persons and their families at our Christmas, Easter and other special litur- gies and programs. Recently Nativity served as the site for a Sprint sponsored "relay" workshop and 75 Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons at- tended We serve the Hard of Hear- ing at Nativity by printing all homilies and providing 20 copies at every Mass. We don't know for certain how many Hard of Hearing we have but we are trying to de- termine that. We also encour- age every parish to provide a written copy of the homily for their own Hard of Hearing members. Indirectly affected: In the past, we published a monthly newsletter for three years, which the Deaf and Hard of Hearing called C.H.A.T.S. (Catholic Hands across the Tri-state). We mailed out 300 copies monthly, We now publish a quarterly Newsletter. We also get a monthly article in the Regional Deaf Agency, R.A.D.H.I., with some 400 Deaf and Hard of Hearing per- sons. We advertise weekly in the Message and last year we advertised weekly in The Evansville Press. We try to heighten the awareness of all to the uniqueness and gifted ness of all differently able persons, including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Services offered: We offer a weekly. 5 p.m. Saturday, Total Communica- tion Mass, which involves the Hearing as well as the Deaf communities. There is an ASL Interpreter at every Mass as well as a priest who signs his parts of the Mass while also using his voice. We also provide an oppor- tunity for a meal and social- ization time for three to four hours after every Mass. We provide the RCIA for Deaf who wish to become Catholic. We provide religion classes every Advent and Lent, as well as Bible classes at various times during the year. We provide a quarterly Newsletter written, edited, printed and mailed by the Deaf for the entire Deaf com- munity. We involve the Deaf in our dances, crafts shows, appreciation parties and they have an opportunity to serve on any committee of their choice. They work at our so- cials, dinners and other fund raisers. Relationship with parish and parish leadership: Because the Deaf live all over the Diocese it is hard to involve them in any activity that does not take place on the weekend. They are in- valved in the liturgical min- stries of Eucharistic Minister, Server, Greeter preter. Only three local and they are to become involved yet to join a church tee. Relate One young man, tel, who became our ministry in graduated from Technical school wit gree in Computer He is now livin parish, will soon be at St. Mary's computer de: our new President. I wish more people . . that Deaf pei Catholics and do go church and have faithful to Jesus and all of their lives whi totally ignored by clergy and people munity. Deaf peo] like hearing pea I faith, dreams, children, need for ceptance and respq only difference is commmunicate wit hands instead of ear. Jesus came to and to Jesus none 0: handicapped, we are ferently able." I clergy and people" aware of the Hard of Hearing the elderly who Sign Language and attend and without ever the Mass or a homily. riests would write emily and these people feel excluded-frc celebration. Bishop Curtiss suceeds Sheehan in By Catholic News WASHINGTON (( Pope John Paul II cepted the reslg Archbishop hen of Omaha, Ne named Bishop tiss of Helena, ceed him. Archbishop ciavillan,papal the United States, the changes in WaS May 4. Archbisho turned 75, ment age for May 14. He has beer since 1964 and Omaha since 1969. Archbishop been bishop of 1976. He spoke out range of issues, fro will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. May 9 at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. A dinner for the immediate family and invited guests will be held at the Knights of Columbus Home, Jasper, follow- Lug the Mass. An Open House for friends and relatives will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.; the couple requests no gifts. They were married May 3. 1943 at St. Paul Church, Tell City. They are the parents of seven children: Mike Gramelspacher Jr. of Fulda; Bob Gramelspacher of Beileville, Mi; Dave, Alan and Tim Gramelspacher and Linda Klem, all of Jasper. They have Fortieth Anniversary George and Leora (Campbell) Hoffman of Birdseye will cele- brate their fortieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 7:30 a.m. May 16 at Sacred Heart Church, Schnellville. All friends and relatives are invited to an Open House and reception from 2 to 5 p.m. that will be hosted by their children at the St. Anthony American Legion Club in St. Anthony. The couple was married May 12, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church by Father Francis Mellen. They are the parents 15 grandchildren. He is retired from Hoosier Desk Company of seven children, Mike Hoffman, Greg Hoffman, Monica and she is a retired nurse, hav in&,wprked on e materni.,...chnd Wisemn. lpa'.,,Mrtha, Neukam. floor bf Memorial Hospita| in Jasper for many yea.  : : .... a[acpeme -n,-a:f Biseye: ............ " ..... reaffirmations teaching on ual moralit cism of the and plans in the to deploy MX state. In 1988 he convel lena's first diocesa 87 ,ears to stud re priorities, sociat'itrues tures. ' '