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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 "n and M Ann Harl has Shared rich life together despite difficulties le staff writer ago, when 16- Harl met young Todoran he was l to her because of her voice" and her laughed a lot," he a life-time togeth- has changed. has a good, strong and she still laughs a lot. it's been laughter carried the couple ge, them as they raised but by working together as a team, they've been able to con-" quer many difficulties. Austin Had was born with an eye disease that left him with 10 percent of his vision. His moth- er died when he was a toddler, and his grandmother raised him. He attended both Sacred Heart and St. Boniface schools on Evansville's westside. School was tough, he admits, because he couldn't see the blackboards and he couldn't read the textbooks. By the time he was 15, he knew he needed more help than was available in Evansville, so he headed to the Indiana School for the Blind in Indianapolis. "That was difficult too," he remembers, especially learning Braille. The school was won- the Hafts' life ably difficult, with unusual hard- obstacles. Maybe it is, love members as dedicated as Austin Haft. the choir at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. ' blind. he's devised a Tony BucciUi, sends the music for week to Harl. He tells him specifically what music will , blind, reads the : sheet music, and if he has the week. his Wife dictates the lyrics to him and his Braille typewriter. Then, he studies e words Buccilli. "He's real easy going. He's just members. If he doesn't get his notes, he just asks us b " , ass. "amazed" by Austin's dedication. "He is a true he truly enjoys doing it. love." derful though, offering the "finest teachers." The school also offered Austin the opportunity to meet other students with visual impair- ments. One of those students was Mary Ann Todoran, a blind student from Fort Wayne. She also had 10 percent of her vision, and she had been at ISB since she was eight-years-old. Soon, something clicked between the two of them. "We were separated by four buildings and strict rules," Austin said. "We went to class- es together and tried to make ways to be together." Mary Ann remembers "going to dances together and church together." Austin received his high school di loma from ISB and returned to Evansville where he obtained a job at Faultless Castor. In 1945, they were mar- ried. They settled into Evans- ville, and soon began their family. When their oldest daugh- ter, Kathy, was little, she was diagnosed with the same eye disease that her father had. Austin was stunned, because his doctor had assured him that his blind- ness was not hereditary. After the birth of Kath came Kenny, then Jeannette and Philip. Jeanette also had the eye disease. Like most young parents, Austin and Mary Ann were confi- dent that they could raise their children, despite their visual impairments. They became a team "in everything. He'd wash them, and I'd dry them," Mary Ann remembers. They purchased a home, and Austin took care of all the repairs. Neither of them knew how to cook when they married, so they purchased a cookbook MARY ANN AND AUSTIN HARL with "good basic recipes and we learned to cook together. "We didn't really know we couldn't do it." Being visually impaired them- selves, they felt equipped to raise their two daughters. Austin said, ". didn't really know we couldn't do it. "We knew how to care for them." Mary Ann added, "We never thought about it. We just went and did it. We didn't dwell on it. We never really dwelt on the fact that these girls can't see." The family walked every- where, including 10 blocks to Mass every Sunday. "We did a lot of walking," Mary Ann said, "downtown, to the movies, out to eat. The kids loved it." Austin added, "They didn't know any better." Today, their children are all grown, and all "doing well," Mary Ann says. And  two of them operr; ate as a team. "We cooper' ..... ate," Ma D, Ann says. "He dusts, I vacuum. We still have that pattern of cooper- ation." Whenever they need spe- cial assistance, they don't have far to go. "God has really provided us with many friends. I call them our angels. "We couldn't have managed without our faith in God and the Church. That w;as always uppermost to us. From my childhood, Jesus was most important. We tried to instill that in our children, and we would never had made it if we . had not had that faith." ! \\;0 (Auffart) Bartley of Ireland will celebrate Wedding anniversary with a dinner for the tmme- on June 6 at their home. They were married june 6, L"hurch, Ferdinand. They are the parents of Esther Kellams of Ireland, LaVerne Simmons of oe Auffart of Ireland. They have nine grand- great-grandchildren. Continued from page 1 Etchegaray, president of the Vat- ican committee planning the jubilee, said it shows the "exclu- sively spiritual character" of the holy year. The calendar includes the cel- ebration of liturgies according to each of the rites that make up the Catholic Church, in addition to weekly Way of the Cross services during Lent and the recitation of the rosary on Marian feasts. Special days have been set aside for the pilgrimage and prayer of children, youths, senior citizens, permanent deacons, priests, religious, bishops, the sick, artists, journalists, artisans, prisoners, refugees, scientists, university professors, agricultur- al workers, public officials and the military and police officers. Women will be honored on the March 25 feast of the Annunciation, with a main cel- ebration at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and live video links to major Mari- an shrines around the world. On Ash Wednesday, March 8, after the pope's traditional Mass and the imposition of ashes, a prcssion and service marking a "request for pardon" will be held near Rome's main archeological ruins. The service responds to Pope John Paul's call for the church to be "more fully con- scious of the sinfulrtess of her clusion of the next general assembly of the world S>mod of Bishops for Oct. 8, The synod's theme is the ministry of the bishop, and bishops from around the world will be invit- ed to the final Mass. The Vatican calendar also list- ed a Feb. 25-27 "study conven- tion on the implementation of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council," but offered no dels on the meeting. ...... The Vatican has set aside June 11, 2000, as the day of prayer for collaboration among religio and Oct, 3 as the dayof Christ- children," to acknowledge the ian-Jdialogue, weakness of church  TrweMay7rationof and ask forgiveness in to 00'new maayrs" will certain- : move, cleansed 00renewed, ly "one of strongest of the into the new millennium.   and the strongest The calendar