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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop asks for "another way" Mayor Howard W. Hatcher of Vincennes, left, and Mayor Tom Baumert of Washington enjoy the reception following the Red Mass. They were among the governmental officials at the annual event sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society, with a reception hosted by the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Evansville. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor In a homily which touched on life issues and capital punish- ment, Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger asked judges, lawyers and other governmental offi- cials to search for ways "to deter violence" and to "find another way to avoid killing." Bishop Gettelfinger was the principal celebrant of the annu- al "Red Mass," at St. Mary Church, Evansville, May 1. In his homily, the bishop noted that St. Paul- Saul at the time -- was eager to pursue the letter of the law, which included the death penalty for blasphemy. Front end alignment . Complete body rebuilding Radiator Service Estimates Given Call 254-5358 207 E. South -- Washington, IN Saul witnessed the execution of Stephen, a Christian who was so committed to his belief that he was willing to die for it. Bishop Gettelfinger said that "violence brings violence" and questioned whether capital pun- ishment is in fact a deterrent. @ The Catholic tradition holds a consistent life ethic, the bishop said, "from earliest life to nat- ural death." He urged his listeners that if they disagreed with him, it was "fine, but l encourage discus- sion." He acknowledged the com- munity service that was needed and being given, and he told the judges, lawyers and other civil authorities, "I honor each and every one of you who have responded to this call of ser- vice." The Red Mass -- so named because of the color of the vest- ments used in a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit -- was begun in southwestern Indiana in 1991. It is celebrated each yea in con- nection with Law Week activities. At the end of the Mass, Bish- op Gettelfinger asked partici- pants from all faiths represented to come forward to ask God's blessing on the gathered offi- cials. Members of several Chris- - not death Joining in blessing the congregation are, fron ton HIrsch, Rabbi David Feder, Father Gettelfinger and Father Steve Lintzenich, Church, where the Red Mass was celebrated. other priests and ministers who also joined in blessings on the gathering of judges, lawyerS tal officials. --Message photo by paul R 3 tian churches, along with Rabbi David Feder from the Jewish community, participated. The Red Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Southwestern Indiana, a volun- tary association lawyers. Foundation of Indiana. Knights of Columbus Annuity, IRA and SEP Plans." t  HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential ,,.o P.O.Box 405 "TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 ,i i i FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee iii I = Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ii I i I Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Life 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana i GURRENT 6.00% RATES: 5.75% on deposits of $10,000 or more on deposits $ 300 - 10,000 Rates are guaranteed through 3/31/99 on deposits received by 6/30/98. * Some facts about the K of C: Largest Catholicfamilyfaternal service organization in the world, with more than 1.5 million members 116years of meeting Catholic families' insurance needs $33 billion of individual life insurance in force $6,9 billion in assets Over 128,000 annuities in force A++ (Superior) -A.M. Best's highest rating AAA (Superior) - Standard & Poor's highest rating LUMBER COMPANY More Than Just a Tire Store... 1407 t.My. 57 S, Washington IN 47501 812-254-1035 812-254-1075 FAX L Ill * Plan 793. Not available in Oregon.Annual withdrawal without charge up to 10 percent of accumulated value permitted on or more.This offering is made to members and spouses.The quoted rates are on new payments received by a reducing surrender charge. After 3/31/99 interest rates will be set at the highest posMble levels consistent with abe)lute no case less than 3.5%. (Current renewal rates are 5.50 to 5 75% )