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114, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana State funds to go to prenatal care, child health care By COLEEN WILLIAMS Indiana Catholic Conference ram re Hoosier needs are et in a bill signed by Gover- r Evan Bayh this month. .1034 reauthorizes $3.37 illioa a year in funding for Prenatal care, child health md other services. The establishes a state- e SChool breakfast pro- which could yield over in federal funds. se programs, which state and federal , will allow more eligi- 3siers to participate," Desmond Ryan, Indi- Conference Ex- Director. "Some pro- will improve the welfare of babies mothers while oth- By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor i POllomin is erio. . g another in a .n  ]articles about eo le ",v, i P P laclg .toward Synod '93. Seri_ uea. are responses to a v8 Of II " -- lffessO_ q estmns from the ge. lhC rt ramelspacher hopes 'reel oYnod '93 will r), a real difference." 9f ''lSPacher is a member gl:dod Central Plan- --- ,aittee  a rou of L,rgv _ ,. g P SQaS,rellgious and lay per- teD,, rio have been meetino YLrly for more than a rarael t ,_. Spacher. an o- t'mst " P lye ir .from Jasper, is ac- lsz.osf Pt zr' SKhna;hdt: So it, St' Joseph Church, he is lt Lved in Stephen Min- ,. ",t, $  v-, . -- r to ,, " UCharistic minis- ll.e.hospitalized, and a lt a hc adoration partici- u COmmittee member. you say "yes" to in synodal plan. pastor asked me agreed to it, ;h is very to me, and I see all Our own lives, our with others, and 5 ers target children who might otherwise start the day hun- gry or end the day unsuper- vised," he said. Two grants of $190,000 in state funds are dedicated to supplement Indiana's share in the federal Women, In- fants, and Children (WIC) and, Maternal and Child Health Service programs. WIC provides vouchers for food supplements, nutritional education and infant health services. Around 184,000 pregnant women and chil- dren up to age 5 with family incomes not exceeding 185 percent of poverty (about $21,405}, and at nutritional risk are eligible for WIC. Sixty-five percent of eligible Hoosiers are served. Maternal and Child Health services refer pregnant women, especially those in underserved areas of Indiana, to WIC programs, Medicaid services, prenatal care, and educational assistance. The program also main- tains a wide range of services to children and families in- cluding physical exams, nu- trition, dental and health screening, a Family Wellness Hotline, and pediatric pri- mary care development. Child health services are ob- tainable by children up to age 21, especially disadvantaged youth. HB 1034 includes $550,000 of state dollars for the School Age Child Care project fund. School Age Child Care assists single parent and two work- ing-parent families in secur- ing after-school child care. Over $2.3 million is autho- rized for the Local Health Maintenance Fund. Local health departments may use the funds to enhance any of 10 services including nutri- tion, pregnancy care, immu- nizations, and environmental health. A breakfast program is re- quired in those public schools where 25 percent of students enrolled qualify for free or reduced price school lunches, over 390 in the state. Federal start-up granis and meal reimbursements are available to participating schools. Up to 30,000 chil- dren from low-income fami- lies will receive a nutritious breakfast free or at reduced cost. Other students may opt to purchase a breakfast. A 1992-93 Indiana Food and Nutrition Network sur- vey of Indiana school princi- pals indicated a need and de- sire for school breakfast by students was the number one reason cited for offering the program. Improved student attention span was the great- est benefit found by respon- dents for the survey. Wide bipartisan support for the breakfast program was manifested in a House vote, 74-21, and a 35-13 vote in the Senate. The amended version of HB 1034 passed both chambers unopposed. Rep. John J. Day, D-Indianapolis; authored the bill. for the Synod: Curt Gramelspacher all of society as areas that should be affected by our church. And this involve- ment with the synod is one way I can help influence the Church's effect in all these areas. Describe your Synod Plan- ning Committee experience: I have found our planning committee meetings to be some very humbling experi- ences. The credentials and collective wisdom and talents of all the other members is overwhelming and, at the same time, uplifting as the varied personalities work to- ward our common goals with amazingly few obstacles. It has definitely been a learning experience for me. What are your hopes for Synod '93? It is my hope that the Synod will, in fact, make a real difference in the areas that will be addressed. And, I believe it will, because we are planning a process to be im- plemented after the Synod that will handle matters that cannot be resolved in the synod itself. It is unrealistic to expect to handle every diocesan problem in the two days of the Synod. Curt Gramelspacher, a member of the Synod Central Planning Committee, turns to listen to a recent committee discussion. Behind him, Helen Boettcher takes notes. -- Message photo by Paul R: Leingang Fr. Hesburgh recalls 'magic momentS' NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS} Looking back on 50 years of priesthood, Holy Cross Fa- ther Theodore M. Hesburgh recalled some "magic me- ",, PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville SPRAY and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, might know and love You, might serve and worship You as Your faithful people in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, may be known and felt in our midst, may come to know and love You may begin to serve and worship You. us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. our faith. to see Your plan for the Church. look to the future, may our plans be faiLat  to Yours, e, the Church of Southwestern tnoian , Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! ments," such as anointing his mother as she died or cele- brating Masses at the South Pole, in China and in Moscow. President of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987 and now its president emeritus, Father Hesburgh celebrated a jubilee Mass May 6 marking 50 years of "the enormous and impossible vo- cation of carrying out Christ's apostolate" in the priesthood. The Mass took place in the university's Sacred Heart Basilica, where Father Hes- burgh was ordained in June 1943. In his 15-minute homily, Father Hesburgh didn't focus on his 15 presidential'ap- pointments -- including membership from 1957 to 1972 on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- or his ser- vice to four popes, including representing the Holy See at the International Atomic En- ergy Agency from 1957 to 1970. Father Hesburgh focused on his gratitude for being able to administer the sacraments, to preach and to practice "the apostolate Of just being there ... as a living symbol of ]esus when he was present in flesh and blood." "If I could use this moment to ask one more benefit, one more grace from.the Lord, i would ask to be able tO offer the sacrifice of the Mass every day until I die. Then I will die happy." he told some 400 people at the Mass. A coincidence made the liturgy even more fitting as a celebration of 50 years in the priesthood: including Father Hesburgh, the number of priests from the university and the Holy Cross commu- nity concelebrating the Mass came to exactly 50 Father Hesburgh, 75, spoke quietly and reflectively in his homily about Jesus being the "great high priest and one true mediator," thepriest hood of all the faithful d He only mentioned indi- rectly hm international aOjvt- the particular: #fis, ns ties in politics, culture, social bilities and blesslng, of the justice and education, Rather, ordained priesthood, .... i