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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Perspective-- We are all called to serve, each in our own Four men with chain saws and power equipment were re- moving the lower half of a tree in my back yard. I was watching them carefully. The upper half of the tree was removed some time ago -- perhaps with even more violence than a chain saw can deliver. A wind storm had torn the crown from the top of the old gum tree, damaging a neighbor's fence and two garages. The tree removal crew was working carefully -- trying to make sure that no part of the damaged tree would cause more damage to fences or garages along the narrow alley -- or interfere with the power lines danger- ously close to the jagged edges of the remaining trunk and branches. At first I watched with total attention as one worker climbed the tree with spurs and a safety belt. He trimmed away small branches, while By PAUL R, LEINGANG EDITOR # workers on the ground used ropes to guide branches toward a safe landing in the middle of the alley. Then the trunk itself was cut into sections, from the top down. The first piece fell perfectly. The crew below quickly cut it into manageable pieces and remaved it from the landing zone in the alley. The second piece of the trunk also fell perfectly -- but then bounced sideways through the neighbor's picket fence. Bet- ter the fence than the garage, said the crew leader -- who promised to replace the broken section. The crew continued work. As each section was dropped, the danger seemed to lessen and so did my interest in the activity. I took advantage of the time and the situa- tion, and began to mow the lawn. Even over the roar of the lawn mower, the sound of the chain saws would let me know what was happening so I could watch ifI wanted to. Then I made a discovery. In a flower bed, to the side of our yard were beautiful Irises, tall and richly purple, had been there for days. The blossoms were at their -- or even perhaps a little past it ...... noticed them. ::, Isn't that often the case? We get caught up in watching what is gerous and exciting, and fail to notice the beauty. The Church is full of people with gifts and talents. Some get more attention others w but all of us are called to serve munity, each in our own way. Synod '93 offers an opportunity for more people to participate in shaping san church. Parishes, too, offer more people opportunities to share their gifts ents in various ministries  some that tion, others that add quiet beauty to God's people. We are the Church. Washington Letter Border tensions:. By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) w Legislators in California are trying to clamp down on ille- gal immigrants, while a con- gressman from their state and human rights activists are worrying about abuses by fed- eral agents charged with en- "; forcing existing laws ..... Underlying both activities are fears that a new tide of immigrants is creating hard- ships for people who reached the United States,first, say Light of truth To the editor:. I was dismayed to see our Catholic News Service using pro-abortion terminology (Washington Letter, May 7, 1993). Abortion and contra- ooption are not "reproductive health issues," rather they are serious moral problems. Catholic publications should hold up the light of truth in this area. I was also sorry to read that f I I The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese o( Evansville Pubfed weekly except last week in DecemOer by the Catholic Press of Evansville Rsaet ..............  Gerald A. Gettenger ........................................ Paul C#culaon ........................  ......... Amy Hmnan ................................... Paul Neand Staff  ........................... Mary Ann Hughes Address all communtcatons to P.O. Box 4169, Evansvle, IN 47724-O169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville. IN 47701. Publica- t number 843800. Postmastec Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of Publication  1993 Catfx Press of E I II :!i Enforcing the law vs. rising concern over a Catholic social activists who against a 20-year-old student some immigration enforce- legal residents," the are trying to smooth tensions and potect legal and illegal immigrants as well as citizens who get caught in the middle. "When the economy is tight, there are pressures for jobs and. resources, people get afraid and the tendency is to lash out," said Gregory Kepferle, chairman of the So- cial Action Directors of Cali- fornia and director of parish social ministry for the Dio- cese of Oaklanc[, Calif. That lash!ng out may be overt, like two April assaults pro-lifers are reportedly will- ing to consider the debate to be about restrictions on abor- tion. Having restrictions on abortion cffn do some good, but we can't concentrate on getting restrictions enacted. We must never forget that every abortion takes a human life, and we must not rest until every unborn ,baby has full legal protection. Kathleen Abel Evansville Remember unborn To the editor: : I would like to add my sup- port to the 14 signatures of a letter in the April 2 issue of the Message regarding the protection of the unborn. It is with utter disbelief that after many months of preparation by the members of the Synod, the most basic of Catholic moral issues re- garding the unborn and abor- tion and death with dignity in the elderly will not be ad- dressed. We have seen mil- lions of babies murdered and the beginnings of assisted sui- cides in the elderly and sick and yet as Catholics do we dare to choose to ignore ei- ther spectrum of life as a pas- toral (primary) isstie? The Catholic Church has always taught that life begins at conception. The unborn is at the University of California at Davis. Irma Munoz told police that after receiving hate mail for some time, she was at- tacked on her way home from the library. Her assailants wrote messages on her body, including "go home," and "wetback," and cut off her hair. The'next day she was at- tacked again as she left a meeting to use the telephone, Kepferle said. Or, it may be more institu- tionalized, like abuses by a baby not a fetus, a word used when it becomes neces- sary to pretend abortionists are not killing a baby. The Fifth Commandment teaches, "Thou shalt not kill." Abor- tion is the killing of the un- born. One of the top priorities of Catholics should be the pro- tection of with materialistic goals that we let apathy be our guide to the most basic is- sues of life. I too consider it an embar- rassment when the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville does not take a strong public and forefront step in the protection of the unborn against the evils of abortion as do our Protestant Churches. When the peaceful marches, yearly pro-life ban- quet and Mothers Day Signa- ture Ad appears in the paper, where are the countless num- ber of Catholics in the Evans- ville Diocese to be seen or heard from? There are some, but the number should and can be much greater. We lose our innocence when we stand by and do nothing but watch the innocent die by abortion. Perhaps the Synod should reconsider its omission of the unborn. After all being un- born is where life begins. Maryann Fichter Evansville ment agents including beat- ings, rape, illegal detention and intimidation that have gone unpunished. In conjunction with the re- lease May 13 by the human rights monitoring group Americas Watch of its latest report on abuses by the U.S. Border Patrol, "Frontier Injus- tice," freshman Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., introduced a bill to create an indepen- dent office to oversee com- plaints about immigration au- thorities. Despite heightened scrutiny by legislators, com- munity activists and the press following an earlier report, "beatings and other forms of mistreatment are still com- mon during the arrest and de- tention of undocumented im- migrants, U.S. citizens and said. Rep. Ed Pastor, cited cases in Patrol agents went lic school grounds s for suspected illeg grants, a violation law. "They went into after dne youz they had arrest him) been seen restaurant," "I'm not so' filled with said, adding that of the immigratil and its Border hard-working, overworked. ment direct nos. See Bishop's The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. i 23;:.9 a:m, '26, 12:30 to 3:31] i Bishop's staff,' Catholic Center, ! 27, 10:15 a.m.. -- Mass at Ma : Priests, 28, 1:30 p.m: ..... Perpetual Monastic maculate Conception, Ferdinand, Laroche and Suum Mar) Sunday, May 30;at 10:30 a.m, Memorial Day Holiday, Monday, san offices closed.: