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E CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 43 g June 26,1992 %1;:. ew church in Newburgh rising as work Continues toward completion of the new St. John the Newburgh. Steel beams and laminated wood beams Will soon define 625 Frame Road. New construction at the parish also in- [ addi + and ii new residence for the priests. -- Message photo by Susan Winiger Women's pastoral and evangelization get bishops' attention at Spring meeting By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Vigorous public debate about a still-controversial pastoral letter on women was the highlight of the spring ineeting of the National Con- changes in church teaching on abortion and sexual mat- ters, and acceptance of mar- ried men into the priesthood. The groups seeking change, led by Maryland-based Catholics Speak Out, released a national Gallu I) Poll of Catholics which indi(:ated What else did the bishops talk about? See the Bishop's Forum, page 5. ference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Conference, at the University of Notre Dame June 18-20. On June 18, as the bishops debated the pros and cons of the draft pastoral in the uni- versity's massive Joyce Ath- letic and Convocation Center, across campus, in the Hes- burgh Library a coalition of lay groups seeking change in the church held a daylong se- ries of press conferences and other events. The groups were there to argue for various causes in- cluding ordination of women, that Catholic support for women and married priests has grown significantly ill re- cent years. At tbe bishops' session, however, most of those who addressed the question of or- daining women urged a stronger explanation and de- fense of the church's policy against women priests Only one, retired Bishop Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo., spoke out directly against the church's stand. He said that by excluding half of See WOMEN'S page 8 Junior Mental Health Association encourages teen involvement in community By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message Editor The Junior Mental Health Association in Evansville is a model pro- nation, according to Helen Kremzar, adult adviser of the for the past five years, Kremzar can make that claim with authority: recently conducted a workshop at the annual meeting of the National Health Association in Washington, D.C. Evansville's JMHA Membership has topped 800. Kremzar said most of people involved in the organization are Catholic. Most of the are very active. At bimonthly "RanDin' ' meetings, professionals speak on different Opics relevant to yout'and adolescent mental health -- self-esteem, men- :talillness, grief and suicide. "Rappin'" meetings are open to the public arLd about 150 students typically attend. teens get involved in community service projects -- such as at the Easter Sunday dinner for 350 homeless people at the House and Peace, a car wash for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a fashion show to benefit the Evansville Psychiatric Children's Cen- Evansville State Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy Association, and + egular visits and performances at three Evansville nursing homes. , Other activities this year have included entertaining at the Protestant home, playing volleyball and other games with patients at the State Hospital, giving a party and a musical performance at Home, and having a Valentine s Day party and dance at e Psychiatric Children's Center. volunteers entertained first and second grade students at Caze School, where they showed movies, helped with reading and isted with a meal. The Feb. 26 activity was the first proje.ct involving Sunday, June 28, members of the organization plan to volunteer at 4-H Saddle Horse Show. "There is no end to these young people's in- t in the community," said Kremzar. The JMHA "strongly encour- the idea that giving something back to the community -- no matter your age -- is important." Kremzar said the youth benefit, too, from comumnity work. "The selfless work which they are doing builds their self esteem and makes them feel more important," she said. Kremzar believes that JMHA creates an atmosphere of teens helping to overcome pressures in areas of substance abuse, relationships , with parents, teachers and peers, and to make progress in their education. "These young people learn what it means to be mentally healthy, how to stay that way and even how to recognize the warning signs that friends and peers may be experiencing mental health problems, JMHA was founded in 1963 by Louise Whiting Fryer of Evansville. It was the first such organization in the na- tion. In 1987, Kremzar -- a mental health'volunteer with a degree in psychology -- ex- panded the high school pro- gram into all Evansville area middle schools. Members' HELEN KREMZAR now include students from Warrick, Posey and Vanderburgh counties. In Evansville,,the JMHA received Volunteer Action Center's Volun- teer of the Year Award in 1991. Wider interest in the program was generated in November 1990 when Kremzar made a presentation at a national meeting in Indianapolis. In 1991, the national mental health association asked her to compose a' how to" manual to be distributed nationwide. Since an article was published in a national mental health magazine, inquiries have come from organizations in Texas, North Carolina, Mary- land, Montana and in other areas in Indiana. Kremzar lists five goals of the program: Good mental health through prevention which begins and is nour- ished by education. Teens helping teens. Individual commitment to conlnnmity servi(>. Future adtdt volunteers and connnunity leders wh()will be free ofl the stigma associated with menial illness. Disseminating infornudion about mental illn.ss md treatment; free- ing other youth and adults of tlie stigma often attached to nmd.l i lhless.