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1,11 ]iiili The Message for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Garden Patch offers excess narvest "By PAUL R. LEINGANG , Message editor ! Garden Patch is an an- Sponsored and op- Catholic Charities, to fruits and vegeta- by gardeners who 0 not want to see their excess go to waste. any gardeners however Sure they have excess by planting extra for garden patch, according to L Fehrenbacher. PUt out some extra stuff Deacon Fehrenbacher Fie and his wife, Alberta, 's of St. Joseph Vanderburgh County. for the past eight to they have collected fruits and vegetables Parishioners. They bring pickup load -- peas, zucchini squash, when they come and other items. St. Wendel, Deacon Joseph Blankenberger is the Garden Patch contact person. He raises extra sweet corn. All in all, 11 parishes have designated contact persons for the project. Other parishes and individuals are also invited to participate, to bring in their surplus fruits and vegetables to be distributed to elderly and low-income families. At Catholic Charities, Wayne-Bochert is the Garden Patch coordinator, taking over for Tom Coe who has managed the project in the past. Bochert said that the project this year will operate on Mon- days, beginning July 18, at St. Mary Church, 609 Cherry Street, Evansville; and on Wednesdays, beginning July 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1900 North Fulton Avenue, Evansville. At the sites, volunteers sort, bag and distribute the produce at a nominal fee of 25 cents per bag. The proceeds are used to ate treasurer to handle operations By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor R. Britt, associate treasurer for the Diocese of Evans- handling day-to-day operations, following death of Treasurer Ronald C. Baumgart, June 21. been responsible for much of the day-to-day work office under Baumgart's direction. Baumgart's respon- I included supervision of the office and special such as the development of a medical health in- proposal for employees of churches, schools and in the diocese. Gerald A. Gettelfinger met with Britt, Msgr. Omer Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp June 27, to make imme- plans "to keep the ship afloat," Britt said. No other announced. Meyer will continue to be available for help and ad- the operation of the office. Msgr. Meyer has worked finances since 1952. He was appointed as trea- 1965, and continued in that capacity until 1992, was appointed as diocesan investments manager senior consultant to the treasurer. AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER MILLER. & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 INSURANCE-SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire.& Life! Your Personal Servtce Agent L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. W. Franklin Street 425-3187 Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of Columbus MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz support the Garden Patch and other garden-oriented assis- tance programs. Donations of fruits and veg- etables may be taken to the distribution sites from 9 to 11 a.m. Consumers begin register- ing for the produce at 10:45 a.m., and distribution begins at 11 a.m. Bochert provided the follow- ing list of contact persons and parishes: St. John, Newburgh -- Connie Schnapf. St. Wendel, St. Wendel Deacon Joseph Blankenberger. St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County -- Deacon Gilbert Fehrenbacher. St Francis Xavier, Poseyville -- Bill Williams. St. John, Daylight -- Cel Jarboe. St. James, St. James -- Clarence Reising. Sts. Peter and Paul, Haub- stadt- John F. Spindier. Holy Cross, Fort Branch Beth Schmitt. Holy Rosary, Evansville w Tom Jones. St. Philip, St. Philip m Florence Wannemuehler. Holy Redeemer, Evansville -- John and Judy Breunig. The Garden Patch Project continues through Aug. 31. Persons interested in making a donation may contact the per- son listed for their parish, or they may call Wayne Bochert at (812) 423-5456. Catechism prompts praise, brisk sales WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's not exactly the type of light, entertaining summer- time reading or a good "bed- side" book, as one religious communicator noted. But the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church" could be- come a million-seller in the United States. Not only did the catechism spark sales as soon as it ap- peared, it also generated en- thusiasm from church officials and catechetical circles. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilac- qua of Philadelphia termed the publication of the catechism "an occasion of particular joy." Along with the previous publi- cation of the Spanish*language catechism, the appearance of the English version "affords the Archdiocese of Philadel- phia an indispensable tool to jump-start our Catholic faith," the cardinal said. "The church's task of show- ing the strength and beauty of Catholic doctrine is net easy," he said. "Many things vie for the attention of today's men and women," while economic pressures and the pace of fam- ily life "now make it difficult for parents to spend the time to hand Catholic values care- fully over to their children." "I fear that we may be rais- ing a generation of faith illiter- ates," he said, pledging to "work to bring this document to life." "'The Catechism of the Catholic Church,"' he said, "cannot be regarded as just an- other book on the shelf. It must come alive." Bishop John C. Reiss of Trenton, N.J., called the cate- chism a "gift to the church." "For many Catholics this will bring an end to the uncer- tainty and confusion that they have experienced since the i __ Jill Ann White I Administrator i [[ -tjjlr]l HWy. 57 So. Washington, IN I 8812-254-4,516 I 1 Prairie Village l I Living Centeri l I Imlll = Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 I I i I iiiii i I Vincennes Bicknell ....... Sandbom Monroe City. Princeton * Patoka Member F.D.I.C. Second Vatican Council con- cerning what the church teaches," he said. "As the Holy Father said in the introduction to the new catechism, it is a sure and authentic reference for teaching Catholic doctrine." Apparently, many would-be readers were eager to get their hands on the new book. Heavy early sales prompted a second printing of 340,000 copies in addition to the initial printing of 560,000, according to Dan Juday, director of the U.S. Catholic Conference Of- fice for Publishing and Promo- tion Services, the catechism's main U.S. publisher. Those 900,000 copies will grow again from a third print- ing later this summer, and the English-language catechism's 15 U.S. co- publishers were al- ready readying orders by late June, he added. Based on anecdotal evidence from co-publishers and Catholic bookstores, the cate- chism, which officially went on sale June 22, prompted wide demand. Dennis Klotz, owner of the Catholic Book Store in Detroit, said he had sold 1,100 copies by midday June 23. He had or- dered 3,000 copies and adver- tised the book's availability in Catholic and secular newspa- pers and through parish bul- letin inserts. One parish sent in an order for 146 copies. "I've been in this business 19 years and I don't think there's ever been a book where we've had this demand. Never," said Klotz. "It's incredible, the response we're getting," said Sister Bernadette Reis, a Daughter of St. Paul and assistant man- ager of her order's bookstore in the Boston suburb of Dedham, Mass. Of 2,500 copies ordered for the Dedham store, 1,500 soon were gone by mail order or over-the-counter sales. "Veri- tatis Splendor," Pope John Paul Irs 1993 encyclical, "came a close second, but nothing na- tional ever sparked this kind of interest," she said. Sister Mary Peter of the order's St. Paul Media Center in Edison, N.J., said that the sales seem to be split between clergy, religious and lay people. "People do want to know what's right and wrong," she added in an interview with The cese of Trenton. "It's a hunger for the truth, what we really believe as Catholics, It's not bedside reading." Sister Marilyn Kerber, direc- tor of religious education for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and president of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, affirmed her orga- nization's strong support for the catechism. .. "We are pleased that the English-language catechism is finally with us," said the nun, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. "And we anticipate its having a major impact on the entire cat- echetical enterprise." But she also cautioned against inappropriate use of the catechism, which she noted *is not intended to be used di- rectly as a teaching instrument with children" but instead "was meant to be a major ref- erence work for bishops and their staffs, publishers" and others in catechetical work. The catechism :also has drawn attention from leaders and scholars of Judaism, with a recent Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith publica- tion featuring commentary by an assortment of Catholic and Jewish writers. Rabbi Leon Klenicki, editor of Interfaith Focus and direc- tor of interfaith affairs for the ADL, praised the catechism for how it portrays Judaism in several areas but said he was concerned that it ignores or downplays some important as- pects. He said he was pleased the catechism stresses that Jews are not responsible collectively for the death of Jesus; teaches that the covenant between God and Israel has not been re- voked; emphasizes that Jesus was Jewish; and acknowledges Jewish roots in Christian liturgy. But he said the ADL also was concerned that the cate- chism treats the Old Testa- ment solely as a preparation for Jesus' coming and ":'ocation; depicts biblical episodes only as indications that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel; and incompletely por- trays the role of Jewish taw in Monitor, newspaper of the Dio- daily life-. 1 301 MAIN ST, VINCENNES. iN 47591 I ..... ,,,I