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June 7, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum III 11 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER Retired priests, religious- Gifts given and gifts shared GIFTS GIVEN - GIFTS SHARED Last week I wrote of the shortage of priests and its potential impact on our diocese. I men- tioned, too, the fact many of our priests who are eligible for retirement continue to serve in as- signed responsibilities. For this we must all be grateful. There are many men and women rendering untiring service to our diocese. They are the re- tirees of the ranks of clergy, religious and laity. These members of our church have not ceased being Catholic and active in their faith life just because they have retired. They continue to share their many gifts of time and talent with the greatest of generosity. These are golden years of service. They are indeed an inspiration to me as I am sure they are to you. In the past couple of years I have made refer- ence to the priests' retirement fund and to the new residence for retired priests. I have said lit- fie about how they continue to serve with the fi- delity they pledged on the day of their ordination. Early in the decade of the seventies when re- tirement for priests became a reality, many priests of "the specified retirement age" felt like throw- away priests. This was not surprising in that re- tirement was unheard of for priests ordained prior its arrival. We clearly understood that we were to serve in an assigned responsibility for life. Inept communication of the concept compounded the feelings of abandonment and uselessness on the part of retired priests. Happily that has changed. Priests now anticipate and prepare for retirement, or exercise the option to continue in assignments beyond sixty-five years of age. There has been a change of climate. Our re- tired priests bear witness to that change by re- sponding daily to calls for assistance. They offer Holy Mass and administer the sacraments of Eu- charist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick. Some are so busy they have to curtail their work schedule to find time for "retirement." Without exception, when health permits, these men an- swer such calls with the greatest generosity. They continue to serve in many capacities. Some assist as temporary replacement for a priest away on sabbatical. Others provide weekend coverage when a priest is sick. They make it pos- sible for their assigned brothers to go on vaca- tions. One commits himself to offering Holy Mass every weekend during the camping season at Pa- toka Lake to accommodate families on holiday. Still others make themselves available to our Clergy Assistance Pool that regularly provides priests to those of our parishes that have pastoral administrators other than priests. Indeed retired priests join their lay and reli- gious counterparts in continuing to serve us. Joined together, these faithful men and w6men model the life of Christ in the modern world today. I am most grateful. [ Continued from page 7 Memorial's | of the Wish Upon a Star organi- Zation Lynnette, who suffers yearbook staff orn bone cancer, received new .bedroom furniture from the cnar- The 1991-92 yearbook staff at Memorial High School, |ltable organization. She is the Evansville will include: Angie hter of Steven and Diana Northenor, Brian Kerr, Holly of Evansville. Schnapf, Vicki Ritzert, Dolly "NOBODY Beats Our Service After The Sale!" 1991 Buick Skylark Schutte, Heidi Fisher, Chris San- ford, Melanie Pulcini, Greg La- Grange, Maria Stransky, and Angela Stucke. Lindsey Reed and Jama Williamson will co- edit the 1992 yearbook Mater Dei students in state contest Three students from Mater Dei High School, Evansville, partici- pated in a state math contest at the University of Southern Indi- ana. Matt Weber scored the third highest score on the written test in geometry, Aaron Couture had the top score on the written test. Shawn Arendt tied for top hon- ors for the site award which is a combination of the written test and a group problem solving competition. Bacon Center. Winners included: Nichole Sammet, Kari Koressel, Erica Martin, second place; Clint Reine, Jason Marsh, second run- ner-up; Becky Schenk, Kate Epley, Julie Russler, Tennille Knapp, third runner-up. Officers at Holy Spirit Recently-elected officers of the Education Commission at Holy Spirit School, Evansville, are Jim Redman, Joe Rennie, Kathy Stewart and Suzie Willis. Newly-elected officers are Rita Fairchild,president; Joe Rennie, vice-president; Joan Otis, secre- tary. Incoming PTA officers will be Bonnie Wink, president; Rhonda Schroeder, vice-president; Pat Rennie, secretary, and Mary Lou Bradley, treasurer. Poster contest Music competition Eighth graders at Corpus Students from Holy Spirit Christi School, Evansville, par- School, Evansville, who partici- ticipated in a poster contest ated in the National Federation sponsored by Albion Fellow Music Competition at the Uni- .... ::.,.'IF../  .... /." "- ,-f.' m-.._ _ LOW As. ......... . ..... $9,995 Merle's Swim Club Individual Memberships / Family Memberships 6 mos. 100.00 ! 6 mos. 150.00 I yr. 175.00 I yr. 200.00 iii HOURS: 10 A.. to 10 P.M. Membership includes: Pool, Exercise & Weight Room Whirlpool, CHildren's INdoor Playground . GUEST PASSES AVAILABLE Facilities Available for Children & Adult Parties . so w   All Major Credit Cards Accepted Call for Details -- 867-7999 O RADISSON INN 7101 U.S. 41 North ,.. Evansville, Indiana 10% Discount with presentatioa o cburcb bulleti Illl I I I I I versity of Evansville were Nathan Redman, 2 superiors, 1 excellent; Katie Bradley, 3 supe- riors, 1 superior plus; Amanda Wilhite, 2 superiors, 2 excel- lents. Officers for Mater Dei-ville Dan Gelarden will serve as mayor of Mater Dei-ville, the stu- dent government at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, during 1991-92. Eric Folz will be judge and Laura Schenk will be mayor. Council persons will be Brad Horstman, Matt Render, seniors; Stacey Adler, junior; Rachel Moll, sophomore. Religion contest at Resurrection Students at Resurrection School, Evansville recently par- ticipated in a religion contest. They were asked a variety of questions about the command- ments, liturgical feasts and the bible. The winners included: Second grade Chris Stratman, first; Anthony Epkey, Sara Kiesler, second; Molly Topper, Dax Miller, Nick Austin, third; Third grade Laura Knapp, first; Nick Weinzapfel, second; Kristina Hunt, Julia Schenk, third; Fourth grade Brittny Wan- emuehler, Pat Lamble, first; Seth Weber, John Reis, second; enny Effinger, Tony Unified, fird; Fifth grade Meaghan Topper, first; Jeremy Herrmann, second; Meg Liffick, Adam Schnarr, third; Sixth grade - Ann Weber, first; Kevin Niemeier, second; Brian Knapp, third; Seventh grade Brendan Anslinger, first; Andy Effinger, second; Joe Armentano, third; Eighth grade Angie Knapp. first; Emily Liffick, second; Theresa Garrand, third.