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15, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Many traits set us humans l apart from other species of plants and animals. But one characteris- tic that seems to confound our lives 0re than that of other creatures the way we communicate. HUman communication tends to be Do you want fries with that? By JUSTIN CLEMENTS Director of Stewardship and Development Very complicated, partly because of 0ur ability to think in abstract ideas and images. d we all know there is no evidence that the hUman tongue is connected to the human brain! We humans are social beings, so we must com- municate with one another. We are constantly en- :m encounters with others of our species: [y, co-workers, the supermarket hier, the fast-food drive-through speaker. (We a real person is at the other end asking: you want fries with your hot fudge sundae?") We are literally and figuratively bombarded Just sit quietly for a mo- ment and contemplate the thousands of internal through your mind (your thoughts) your body (microwave radio and TV signals, phone transmissions, satellite feeds, and a assortment of extraterrestrial and psychic only a privileged few TV talk show seem able to receive.) . Then there is the wave upon wave of commu- nications we receive each day from countless media radio, TV, newspapers, magazines -- at it can all seem overwhelming and confusing. And what about the communications them- Consider tile many lectors that cause our SSages to become garbled: different hmguages, tures, socioeconomic classes, religions ..... the is endless. It's easy to understand the plight of Martians who recently landed on a hmely + road in the middle of the U.S. One asked: are we?" His companion replied: "'We nmst be in a cemetery. I saw a grave- stone back there of a human who lived to be 108." "What was his name?" asked the first. His friend replied: "Miles from Omaha." How often have we tried our best to communicate a thought or idea to someone, only to discover later that they heard or understood something completely different from what we intended. A stu- dent tried to compliment his teacher by writing: "Our new teacher told us all about fossils. Before she came to our class, I didn't know what a fossil looked like." And this message recently appeared on the billboard of a local church: "Tonight's ser- mon: 'What is hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice." Sometimes our communications are scram- bled, but we still manage to make ourselves under- stood. Famous painter Salvador Dali once ex- claimed: "Thank God, I'm still an atheist!" People who study human communications tell us we should never assume that just because we have communicated something to another person once, that person now completely understands our message. As an application of this principle, I refer you to the April 8, 1994, issue of the Message. That issue, like this one, was sent to every Catholic household in our diocese. It contained a special insert describing the purpose and work of The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana. For many reasons too numerous to mention here, most Catholics in southwestern Indiana still don't know about The Catholic Foundation of South- western Indiana or understand its purpose and im- mense value fir the future of our parishes, schools and other diocesan organizations. So, operating on the assumption that you are still reading this article, here, once again, is a brief description of the visionary work of The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana. The Foundation's Mission Statement best de- scribes its role and purpose: "the Catholic Founda- tion of Southwestern Indiana, seeking to fulfill the mission of the Church, provides an effective means for individuals, parishes, schools, and other entities to establish endowments for specific purposes, and to receive contributions for general purposes." The official Foundation brochure states that "The Foun- parishes, schools and other diocesan organizations and programs a mechanism for building a solid financial base for their future." The key word to understanding the many ad- vantages of The Foundation is "ENDOWMENT." An endowment is money or other donated gifts which are invested to produce income for a particu- lar purpose. These investments are known as the endowment's "principal." This principal remains untouched; only the income it generates is used for the endowment's designated purpose(s). Both individual donors and organizations may establish an endowment within the Foundation. There are at this writing 22 endowments that have been placed with the Foundation and are generat- ing income for individual parishes, Catholic schools, help for the needy, and several other wor- thy purposes. The Foundation is all about the fixture of the Catholic Church in southwestern Indiana: its parishes, it scho,ls, its prog'ams and services. For more information about The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, call ( 812 * 424-5536, or toll free inside Indiana: 1-800-637-1731, or write to: Catholic Fmmdation of Southwestern indiana, P. O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Support your local pro-life organizations Evansville, IN MOTOR CO., INC. ... Ed. L. Lee -- :HEVROLET SALES and SERVICE=: Mortuary St. Anthony, Indiana 1 Ol North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ' HIGHLAND CHAPEL Fr: Raymond Brenner of Convenient Locations so00 F.ST aVE. Resurrection Church, I Presents Give ,00our graduate something they can really use. A direction. AN ITALIAN ttOLIDAY TOUR Visiting * Pompeii * Sorrento * Capri Assisi Venice * Florence November 7 -- 18, 1994 ,795.00 Per Person From Chicago (Double Occupancy 12-day fully escorted tour includes first-class hotels in twin-bedded with private bath, breakfast everyday and 5 dinners, plus trans. by deluxe air conditioned m0torcoach. Air transportation by Sabena Belgian World Airlines jumbo jets. NOTE: Spaces still available on a first come, first serve basis. Get reservations in soon. Slide presentation on Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 5301 New Harmony Road, Evansville, Indiana For more information and to receive a free color brochure call: Father Raymond Brenner 812-963-3121 Covenant House Faith Community Know a graduate who's still searching for their next move? Tell them they can put what they've learned  and what they believe  to work by putting the Gospel into action. Covenant House Faith Community is Christian men and women of all ages, helping the truly forgotten  homeless kids. Members commit themselves to 13 months of service helping young people while living in a lay Christian comamnity dedicated to a prayerful lifestyle. Faith Community is a vibrant, action-oriented and deeply spiritual challenge. No special talents or religious knowledge are required. What it takes is a commitment m God, fellow community members and the homeless kids of our city streets. Tell your graduate about this richly rewarding challenge of a lifetime. Where they can put their education  and their faith  to work. Write or call: Orientation Director, Covenant House Failh Community, Dept. B 346 W. 17th Street, New Yorlt, NY 10011 (212) 727.4971 New i/tk i, Fon kaUdczdale i Ne: O,leah'*tt&mOnl I Ai,eles  Aq Tco