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,..17, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Costly promise By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service Question: Approximately four years ago I mar- a girl of the Baptist faith. I agreed to be married a minister, since she was divorced from a pre- ge that lasted 10 months. She agreed, if the annulment were granted, to the Catholic Church. She made the condi- r, that the children must be raised in her At the time I agreed, not knowing the strife it WOuld cause and the other issues it would create: ag or, resentment, lack of trust, bad nonverbal com- breakdown of our physical love for one The annulment was granted two years ago, but t to marry in the church. She doesn't to raise the children Catholic and feels I can- my promise to her and to God. I made a bad decision to marry the way I . Now that I understand about the children, I feel After being a practicing Catholic all my life, I can- not imagine trying to live a normal life without the sacraments of penance and Communion. It's sad ! have caused such a mess for myself. Can you offer any guidance? (Pennsylvania) Answer: Before offering whatever response I can, I wish every Couple even remotely considering an interfaith marriage had an opportunity to read and think seriously about your letter. Unfortunately, your situation is not uncommon. Couples in love tend easily to think all differences and conflicts will work out somehow. Too often they end up with the choices con- fronting you, end the marriage or consent to some- thing (like how you raise your children or how you live your own faith) that seriously Violates one's own conscience. As part of its marriage preparation process, the Catholic Church today has a simple but common- sense procedure to be sure the couple have at least surfaced these major questions and, hopefully, resolved them in such a way that neither partner will be forced to do anything later on that contradicts what is believed to be right, If those conflicts cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the couple need to consider very seriously whether the}, should marry each other; either that or resign themselves to the possibility of an eventual, painful spiritual dilemma like yours. As you have discovered, if one or both partners have a strong personal faith, whatever that might be, failure to work through these problems can wreak enormous spiritual damage to tile family later on. What can you do? First, don't do anything until you have discussed the whole situation, including the present weakness- es of your marriage, with a priest in whom you can have confidence. You have many to choose from in your area. Ask him to help you. It will take time, but with some wise guidance you should be able to return to the sacraments, as you desire. I hope you do. A free brochure outlining basic Catholic prayers, beliefs and moral precepts is available by sending a stamped, self- addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria IlL 61651. Questions for this column shouM be sent to Father Diet- zen at the same address. KELLY Youth, ages 13 to 30, talk. 00nHh i ip ment.on.n,00 .... Matthew Kelly to'speak at Resurrection Australian-born author and speaker, 24-year-old Matthew Kelly, will speak at Resurrection Church, Evansville, -Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Kelly is the author of three books and has received invitations to speak in almost every country in the world, according to local orga- nizers, George and Betty Orth, Tom Goebel, Hank Tenbarge and Darlene Weber. They say Kelly speaks convincingly of his faith in God and his life of prayer. Kelly's talk will follow the Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. and the Rosary at will have an informal gathering Charismatic Conference scheduled fifteenth annual Mid-South Regional Catholic Charis- Conference will be held at St. Ignatius of Antioch 601 Bell Road, Antioch, Tenn., from July 31 through 1. Speakers will be Father Robert DeGrandis and Jim information, call Teresa Seibert, (615) 789-4598. Name omitted from article An article in the Message July 3, about the fiftieth anniver- Holy Family Church, Jasper, inadvertently omitted an associate pastor, Father John'Breidenbach, the list of priests who had served the parish over the The Message regrets the error. Walk for Breastfeeding' af the La Leche League of Evansville and Warrick plan to participate in a local version of the World for Breastfeeding, which will be held at Wesselman ille, on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. A Walk-from the shelter house and around the park is followed by a picnic lunch. Leche League International has scheduled World Walk Week, Aug. 1-7. The non-profit organization information and support to 200,000 breastfeeding 66 countries every month. ation, visit the website at, contact the local coordinator, Yvette Wassmer, (812) 8580146. wanted Church, Red Brush, is seeking copies of the set, Glory and Praise, and willing to purcha for use in the parish. The books, copyrighted in 1980 by American Liturgy Remrces, are unavailable from the Stevens (812) 897-2260 or St. Rupert parish office, STOCKS, BOND8 AND A 0000;HOLE MORE. Listed Stocks Over-The-Counter Stocks Mutual Funds . Preferred Stocks , Options Government Bonds. Municipal Bonds Corporate Bonds Certificates of Deposit. Money Market Funds Insurance , Annuities Re,foment & Pension Hans Trust & Estate Planning Investment Management Hilliard Lyons offers these investment products and services, and more. As a client of Hilliard Lyons, you will receive the advice and counseling from your Financial Consultant. Your licensed Financial Consultant has the knowledge t0 fully explain each investment 0plrtunity to you, as well as how particular investments mght fit into your financial strategy. For a further desmption on any of these investments or services please call us, Your Financial Consultant will be happy to provide further details. 329 Main St. Evansville, IN 47708 (812) 426-1481. (888) 42.6-1481 HILLIARD L'YI00 i SUMMER SOCIAL Behind North High School, Evansvlge Thursday, Friday, & Saturday = July 16, 17, & 18 Cldcken & Roast Beef Dinners Dine in our air-conditioned cafeteria, seng each nighl 4-7 p.m. Ridea Chinese Auction Cash Raffle Homemade $1,525 In CASN to Grounds open nightly at 5:30 p.m.-- Festival License #971FE71306109-01