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MESSAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 38 May 24, 1996 J I :witnesses t Vmit Bishop | Deacon Holswo00h i clewed Fellow | I I! ' II I' . i Parish staffing report to ng anntversar es be presented to diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Anniversary celebrations being celebrated in May and Jdne this year include ordination anniversaries of 60, 55 and 50 years. , Father Clemens Hut, 35, was ordained a priest by Bishop Joseph E, Ritter ofIndia tpoiis, June 2, 1936. Father Hut is a native of Evansville. He was born April 9, 1911. After atterding Catholic grade school at St. Joseph, Evansville, and one year at Memorial High School, he entered St, Meinrad Seminary. After ordination, Father Hut was first assigned to St. An. drew, Richmond, Ind., and then to Sacred Heart, Viiacennes, He was appointed pastr of St. Philip Neri, Bicknell, in 1945, and of St. Agnes, Evansville, in 1948. At St. Agnes, Father Hut witnessed the growth of the parish and guided construction of the new church building. The convent building was also renovated, a project he said was made possible by Wilbur, Joseph and Mary Nurrenbern. Father Hut, who had been in ill health, moved to Arizona in 1959. He retired in 1976, and currently resides in Mesa, Ariz. No picture of Father Hut is available. Father Francis J. Bauer, 82, was ordained a priest by Bishop Joseph E. Ritter f Indianapolis, June 2, 1941. His preparation included high school, philosophy and theolow studies The new wasone Indiana priests assigned to Colorado, where therewas a shortage of priests. He was assistant pastor of St: Catherine in Denver for two years. In 1943, Father Bauer returned to Indiana and was named assistant pastor of Assumption Cathedral, Evansville. He was the first resident pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City, in 1947; pastor of St-James, St. James. in 1951; and See PRIESTS page 2 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor ttow will 44 priests serve the people of 73 parishes? The recommended answers to that question will be the sub- ject of three meetings at vari- ous locations in the Diocese of Evansville during June. Ifi the diocese currently, 62 diocesan priests and five Bene- dictine priests work in parishes fulltime. In the year 2005 -- less than 10 years from today only 44 priests are expected to be available for" full time parish work. Members of a diocesan Fu- ture Parish Stafl]ng Task Force met monthly over 18 months and presented a series of find- ings earlier this year to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and to the Deans. the Priests' Council, tim Presbyterate and the Dioce- san Pastoral Council. The find- rags are currently being pre- pared for presentation to the diocese-at-large at the three re- gional meetings, The presentations are sched- uled at 7 p.m. at each location: the Old Cathedral Parish Cen- ter, Vincennes, June 12; the Catholic Center, Evansville, June 13; and the St. Mary Parish Center, Ireland, June 26. In a letter to the parishes, Bishop Gettelfinger said he wanted to invite all the mem- bers of their parish councils to attend. What the council mem- bers and other parish leaders will hear will include some gen- eral principles and values, as well as some specific recom- mendations, according to Fa- ther Joseph Ziliak. task force chairman. Father Ziliak said the task fi)rce had three goals: To heighten awareness of the issue of diminishing num- bers of clergy and explore ele- ments of a vital parish. To face the reality of a di- minishing number of priests and describe ways in which parishes can be effectively staffed ira the future to ensure the Church's missitm. To make specific recom- mendations for the future staiting of parishes. The data" used by the task force showed that there is cur- rently one active parish priest for 1,300 persons. Looking to a future with fewer priests, the task force said, however, that "Mega-parishes are not the sole picture given." Other factors to consider include "distance, strength and uniqueness of the faith commumty, future popu- See STAFFING on page 3 postcard campaign aimed at partial-birth veto override ews Service ,)  The are hoping Congress and other mes- OVerride of Pres- ident Clinton's veto of the Par- tial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Project Life Postcard '96 has been set for June 29-30 in Catholic parishes throughout the country by its sponsors, the National Committee for a ttuman Life Amendment and the bishops' Secretariat for Pro- Evansville writes to express "shock and OVer a political ad published May 3, be- position on abortion. printed on page 4, along with an answer to the question that is implied: "What is the g policy of the Message?" rdue Research Item tt do you agree or disagree with the following re are still many laws and customs that are Women. Diocese Statewide 25% 24% 39% 41% 16% 15% 13% 13% 06% 07% Life Activities. The postcards -- to be sent to each participant's representa- tive and two senators -- call partial-birth abortion "a brutal late-term abortion technique that is more than infanticide." If Clinton's veto is allowed to stand, "this inhumane practice of killing children who are al- most completely born will con- tinue," the postcard adds. "I urge you: please take action now. Vote to override the presi- dent's veto of H.R. 1833." The legislation vetoed by Clinton would have banned a procedure used in late-term abortions in which the unborn child is partially delivered be- fore surgical scissors are stabbed into the base of the in- fant's head. The child's brain is then removed by suction, allow- ing for easier delivery of the rest of the body. The House of Representa- tives, which approved the legis- lation twice, by margins of 286- 129 and 288-139, was expected to override the veto. But a more difficult battle was likely in the Senate, where the vote was 54- 44. In materials sent to each Catholic diocese in the United States May 13, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment offered postcard sets and educational fliers in English or Spanish. A bilingual parish instruction booklet pro- vides talking points on partial- birth abortions and sample bul- letin announcements to be used before and during the campaign weekend. The flier says that "there is strength in numbers" and that the U.S. Catholic community "can make a difference" on the issue. In addition to contacting their representative and senators, Catholics are encouraged to: --"Talk about it with friends and family. Many don't know about partial-birth abortion or don't believe it's really happen- ing. "Pray for an end to this un- conscionable practice." The committee, a grass-roots Catholic pro-life effort, has had other successful joint postcard campaigns with the bishops' pro-life office. In 1993, an estimated 6 mil- lion postcard sets were sent to Congress; the effort was consid- ered instrumental in Congress' failure to approve the Freedom of Choice Act. The next year, campaign or- ganizers said even more post- card sets were sent out against the inclusion of abortion in na- tional health care retbrm legis- lation, which also failed.