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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Prayer important in 'Stand for Children' rally, says By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASH INGTON (CNS) -- The power of prayer is an important element in the June 1 Stand for Children rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, said one of its top backers, Children's Defense Fund head Marian Wright Edelman. "It's everything. It's every- thing," Ms. Edelman said in a May 14 phone conference with reporters. "The fact that we have to have a Stand for Children day," she added, should prove the need for prayer. "It's a crime for children to be killed every hour-and-a-half and us not even crying about it," she continued. "When you see that we're spiritually poor, we've got to pray. We've lost our spiritual anchor." The rally, expected to last about two hours, will begin with an interfaith prayer service last- ing 20-25 minutes Details were still being worked out in the days leading up to the rally. "For me, prayer is the water. It is the thing that keeps you alive and refreshed. It is the way we struggle," Ms. Edelman said. On the night before the rally, several churches were scheduled to conduct prayer services for members of their respective faiths, including Episcopal, Pres- byterian, Conservative and Re- form Jewish synagogues and a Unitarian-Universalist congre- gation, according to Ms. Edel- man. Rally organizers have been careful to not use attendance as a predictor of success. Instead, Ms. Edelman said, success will be measured by the "spirit" of the participants and the follow- up activity of participants when they return to their homes. Still, she said she was aware of 2,000 buses having been re- served for trips to Washington by mid-May, as well as seven or eight trains and some charter airplanes being used to bring in people. UNITED SOUTHWEST BANK ,VdL'NKE]I OLD NA'HONAL R&NCO The rally is being conducted to halt what organizers say is a se- rious slide in the welfare of chil- dren in the United States. Mrs. Edelman said that from talks held with typically apoliti- cal organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Easter Seals, the three top concerns are violence against children, health care for children, and children's educa- tional needs. "How stupid for us to continue to build more prisons, and we won't give even $1,300 (to moth- ers) for good pre-natat care," she said. "Our problem is not a child problem. It's an adult problem." For parents who cannot get to the rally, Ms. Edelman sug- gested that they be good models for their children. "We don't want our children to take drugs, so we'd better not take drugs -- including alcohol and tobacco -- ourselves," she said. "It's being a good exanple. .. If we act selfish, our children are going to grow up selfish, too." No politicians will speak at the rally, but afterward they will be mailed a questionnaire on is- sues important to the 2,800 Stand for sors: "In 1997 we accountable for ..... not just Edelman said. "We want to n what's ha or two years again. Stewardship by the In the second reading Paul reminds the Corint "There are different same Spirit; there are ministries but the same am I using my gits. common good?" WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE Ed. L. Lee , Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 Thursday Friday Saturday FRE OPEN AIR CONCERTS FRIDAY, May 31, 7:00p.m. May 30th, 31 st & June I st Position 0 )ening Cafeteria Manager St. Benedict School Qualified applicants will have knowledge of nutrition, managerial skills, and be able to work with State and Federal monitors. Experience a plus. Send letter of interest and r6sum to: Jeff Yando, Principal St. Benedict School 530 S. Harlan Ave. Evansville, IN 47714 Ho -g (Thurs Dinner served From 5-7:30 p.m. Sausage Children's Time: Saturday 3pm-Sprn. 918 W. Mill Rd Behind North Park Shopping Center