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17, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I 1 gress focuses on strengthening black family : By Julie Asher Catholic News Service ORLEANS (CNS)- an opening Mass that the richness of can culture music and ritual, del- to the seventh National Catholic Congress got their task at hand -- to lay a framework aimed at g the African- family in church Society. in New Orleans 9-12, delegates and other lgress participants also ways to make the arch more inclusive of culture and concerns and focused on the status of the African- American male. "How? " asked Auxiliary Bishop J. Terry Steib of St. Louis, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Black Catholics, during the closing Mass of the congress July 12. "I don't know how, but some- how! " He was responding to ques- tions raised by delegates on how to implement in their home dioceses the actions of the congress. Delegates July 11 approved eight public policy state- ments covering national faro, ily policy, Medicaid, univer- sal health care, welfare Correction The name of Doretha Moore, a dell.gate to the National Catholic Congress, was misspelled in the July 3 iSSue. Moore's parish affiliation was incorrectly listed. She J' a member of St. Benedict Church, Evansville. The Mes- Sage regrets the errors. Fr. Dewig Msgr. Meyer and the people of Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, invite you to attend reform, job training and op- portunity, multicultural cur- riculums and minority schol- arships. The aim is to call on law- makers to take into account needs of African-American families. Delegates also ratified 11 pastoral statements on mar- riage, laity, children and youth, religious education, Catholic schools, evangeliza- tion, pastoral ministry to fam- ilies and African-American ministries. Many of the state- ments were aimed at making parish programs and school curriculums more inclusive of' African-American culture. From the mountaintop of the congress, which has "re- newed and educated us, " Bishop Steib said, "we have to descend to the valley to help others to walk in God's ways. It's an old walk -- with a new strut. " Almost 2 700 people, in- cluding 91 of the nation's bishops, attended the congress Nine of the nation's 11 ac- tive black bishops were there: Bishop Joseph L. Howze of Biloxi, Miss; Auxiliary Bish- ops Steib, Moses B. Anderson of Detroit, Leonard J. Olivier of Washington, Curtis J. Guil- lory of Galveston-Houston, Carl A. Fisher of Los Angeles, John H. Ricard of Baltimore, Wilton D. Gregory of Chicago and Joseph A. Francis of" Newark, N.J. Also attending were Cardi- nals James A. Hickey of Washington, Roger M, Ma- hony of Los Angeles, An- thony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia, Bernard F. Law of Boston, John J. O'Connor of New York, and Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago. The congress agenda in- cluded workshops focused on communicating within fami- lies, the unborn, thesacra- ment of marriage, African- American catechesis, AIDS and the African-American family, the impact of race and politics on African-American families and African roots in the early church. Sacred Heart Church SUMMER SOCIAL SUNDAY JULY 19 On the Parish Grounds West Franklin Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue Chicken or Ham Dinners With Dressing and Dumplings will be served beginning at 11 a.m. in our air-conditioned cafeteria. Carryouts will also be available. Over $1,900 In Cash And Prizes WILL BE GIVEN AWAY! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!