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H The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Making final plans for World Youth "Four buses will carry 184 people from the Diocese of Evansville to Denver, for the celebration of World Youth Day. Rick Etienne, diocesan di- rector of youth ministry, is coordinating the pilgrimage. : Youth ministry is one of the services made possible by the Bishop's Fund -- Annual Diocesan Appeal. WASHINGTON (CNS) From holding last-minute fund raising to preparing roads and trails that lead into the papal Mass site, final preparations were under way for World Youth Day '93 Aug. 11- 15 in Denver. iOf the 150,000 people be- tween the ages of 13 and 39 already registered for the event, many were using the final weeks to raise the neces- sary funds to make the trip. In the Archdiocese of Mil- waukee, local youth took ad- vantage of Harley-Davidson's 90th anniversary. The event in mid-June drew an esti- mated 60,000 bikers to cele- brate, and a youth group from St. Clare Parish in North Lake, Wis., scrubbed a few Harleys to earn $1,700 of the $12,000 they needed to go to World Youth Day. The youths charged $3 to wash Harleys -- affection- ately called "HOGs" for the Harley Owners' Group. They charged between $10 and $20 for foreign models. St. Clare's young people weren't the only ones in need of money to attend World Youth Day. Young Catholics from 17 formerly communist coun- tries will be able to get there, thanks to contributions by U.S. Catholics to a nation- wide collection for the Church in Central and East- ern Europe. The U.S. bishops approved the funds requested by the bishops of Central and Eastern Europe to help offset travel and lodging expenses for World Youth Day partici- pants. The countries include Slo- vakia, Hungary, Poland, Ro- mania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Russian youths also will benefit from the collection funds, but an additional 20 Russians will come to World Youth Day in a program sponsored and hosted by sev- eral U.S. dioceses and orga- nized by Catholic Travel Cen- tre, a private travel agency. In addition to financial preparation, young people were getting spiritually ready for the events in Denver, which will feature a visit by Pope John Paul II Aug. 12-15. In Macerata, Italy, the pope told a group of young people participating in an annual local youth pilgrimage that he hoped World Youth Day in Denver would offer a sign of the "new unity" needed in an age of social upheaval and di- vision. "Responding to the urgent challenges of our time, which often tend to disintegrate the society in which we live, the world meeting of young peo- ple should be a sign and a proposal of new unity," he said. In the United States Arch- bishop J. Francis Stafford of Denver devoted a recent pas- toral letter to World Youth Day, reflecting on historical connections between the pope and the local church. In his fifth pastoral to Catholics in the Denver Arch- diocese, titled "Praying with Peter," he called the upcom- ing youth event "an opportu- nity for all of us in Denver and throughout Colorado to reflect on the great gift of life, on the great cause of human freedom, and on the great task of defending the God- given dignity of all human beings." Archbishop Stafford wrote that when the pope arrives in August, Catholics will wel- come him not as a "stranger" but as "a beloved father in Christ, for whose ministry of evangelization, reconciliation and unity, we make interces- sion every day." Meanwhile, World Youth Day organizers were making final practical preparations for the event, setting up en- tertainment, food provisions July 2, i The quiet beauty  of Rocky Moun" : tain National :: Park, 70 miles from downtoWn  Denver, inspires many to appred" ate God's presenC in nature and i. their lives. -- Photo courteSY Denver MetrO Convention and Visitors Bureau singers, comedians and dance troupes. McDonald's was recent] chosen as World Youth official food cone offer breakfast, lunch dinner at its restaurants several other sites. pants will be able to make a vance purchases of coul for meals as well as buy on site. Outside of its McDonald's will ful atypical fare such as bagels, cereal, pasta s bratwurst, Polish sausage hot dogs. The World Youth Day nizers have agreed to trails and harden the Cherry Creek State P state recreation facility the site of an Aug. and maintenance of the main and the Aug. 15 facility during the event. They are also ore Entertainment for the the- portable toilets for the t matic events of World Youth and providing .lL Day includes mariachi bands, water. :i Garden Patch '93 ! . . q upf turned to southwest Indiana Father Fehx Preske, who was or _earin or dained on May 22, 1948, retired in 1992. Father Preske is the brother of Deacon Richard Preske of Evansville. Deacon Preske was Pastoral Life Coordinator at :. Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, when his retired brother came back "home" from the Diocese of Fargo, N.D. Father Preske found a hospitable residence at Blessed Sacra- ment Church -- and in return, he has been available in the parish for Sunday liturgical and sacramental ministry. How did he get to Fargo from Evansville? It's a long story. Two of Father Preske's uncles -- Matthew and Damien -- FR. FELIX PRESKE were Benedictine monks at St. Meinrad, and Felix considered the monastery, too. For health reasons, however, the advice he received from the monastery was to try the dio- cese. In 1940, before the Diocese of Evansville was established, the priest-rich Diocese of Indianapolis was sending seminarians to dioceses in the West. Because one of his uncles had worked in the Indian missions of North Dakota, Felix Preske became affiliated with the Diocese of Fargo. When the new Diocese of Evansville was established, Felix had already made his commitment. After ordination, he went west. In the early years, "Confessions took up most of the afternoon and evening of the day .before First Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings," he told the New Earth, dioce- san newspaper in Fargo. His first assignment was St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fargo. On Sunday morn- ings, the young Father P-reske offered Mass at St. Anthony and then in the school gym at ; Blessed Sacralnent in West Fargo. . His next assignment was to a parish in Langdon, N.D. His work there included teach- ing in the parish grade school and high school, being a chaplain at the local hospital, and ceTebmting Masses at the parish and one of its missions. He was appointed to his first pastorate in Marion, N.D., in 1953. A year later, he guided construction of a new church at a parish in Verona. Several parish assignments later, Father Praske came to Sacred Heart Church at Car- rington; N.D., in 1970 --where he established a parish council and implemented other Va00c=i n clmng00. In the Diocese of Fargo, he served on the Diocesan Marriage Court and the Priests Personnel Board, He was dean of the southwestern area of the diocese -- a deanery : which included about 20 parishes. "Back home" in Indiana, Father Felix is close to the members of his family. They in- clude Benedictine Sister Angeline Preske, a member of the Beech Grove community; John, a memb.er of Holy Redeemer Church in Evansville; Father Venantius Preske, a priest of th. e Diocese of Little Rock; Henry, a member of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; Theresa Martin, a memoer of t. Boniface Church, Evansville; Aloysius Preske, a member of St. Anthony Church, Evansville; Deacon Richard Preske, now working at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville; and Marvin, a member of Resurrection Church, Evansville. [ ] [ [ [[[[ |[[[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [[ The Garden Patch is an an- nual project sponsored and operated by Catholic Chari- ties Bureau. This program ac- cepts fruits and vegetables donated by area gardeners who do not want to see their excess harvest go to waste. Volunteers sort, bag, and dis- tribute the produce at a nomi- nal fee of 25 cents per bag to elderly and low-income fami- lies. All proceeds are used to support this and other gar- den-oriented assistance pro- grams. This year, the project will operate on Mondays, begin- ning July 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 609 Cherry Street, Evansville; and on Wednesdays, beginning July 28, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1900 North Fulton Avenue. The distribution of the produce will begin at 11 a.m. on each of the days. Registration for consumers begins at 10:45 a.m, Donations of fruits and veg- etables can be taken to the distribution sites from 9 to 11 a.m. on the designated days of operation. The churches listed below will also accept produce do- nations. St. John Church, Newburgh Connie Schnapf. St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel -- Joe Blankenberger. St. Joseph Church, Vander- burgh County  Gil bacher. St. Francis Xavier Poseyville -- Bill St. John Church, Cel Jarboe. St. James Church, Clarence Reising. Sts. Peter and Paul Haubstadt -- Joh Spindler. Holy Cross Chu rch, Branch  Beth Holy Rosary Evansville -- Tom joneS. St. Philip ChurCll Philip  FlorenCe '" nemuehler. Holy Redeemer C11 Evansville  John Bruenig. For nlore tact the parish listed, or call (812) 423-5456,