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!ii/ i ', i !? .. m in Martin County are served of parishes by two priests, Father and Father Tom Kessler. They min- too, to the former parishoners of St. Township, in neighboring ty. Jillson begins a special series of the "parish future, parish present" Catholic Churches of Martin County, el of St. Mary, Barr Township next report in this series will be pub- ptember. i!! :i00i The Churches of Martin County And the chapel at St. Mary, Barr Township, toe JILLSON to the Message is the word that best the past year for the Martin Coun- Churches. Last they welcomed Father former pastor of in Evansville, County; saw one of the parishes redefined as a and became charter first parish "clus- the Diocese of Evansville. Martin County cluster St. Joseph Church in St. John Church in St. Mary Church in St. Martin Church Also included are from the County area of St. Mary, Barr Township, which is now a chapel. Services at the four Martin County parishes are handled on a rotating basis by Father Kessler, who serves as pastor of St. Joseph in Bramble and St. Martin in Whitfield (though he resides at St. Mary, Barr Town- ship) and Father Le6 Kiesel, pastor of St. John, Loogootee and St. Mary in Shoals. If you're confused by all this, you're hardly alone; the parish- ioners and ministers directly involved in the process are still searching for the best way to share the spirit and their Abortion-related developments heating up with summer WASHINGTON (CNS) Abortion-related developments nationwide have been heating up this summer. Those developments include: Several congressional actions. A Michigan court order temporarily blocking a late- Offer -- 6-Month Subscription YOU like what you see in this issue of the Message, and !to learn more about the issues in our Church of south- today, you may sign up now for a special scription to the Message. name and address (or return the label on this with $10, to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evans- 47724-0169. An envelope has been inserted in this convenience. six-month subscription will start in September February 1999. this offer is directed towards those who are not Subscribers of the Message. term abortion out-of-state. The birth of a baby during what was supposed to be a par- tial-birth abortion in Arizona. Condemnation of acid attacks on abortion clinics by the bishop of Galveston-Hous- ton. Growing concerns over the use of anti-racketeering laws agat abortion protesters. By a vote of 276-150, the House July 15 passed legislation making it a federal crime to take resources among a geographic area that encompasses not only four parishes but also four school districts. In other words, people with deep-seated habits, traditions and rivalries are being asked to work together to form one big, cohesive Catholic family. "We (in Martin County) have been asked to really chart a course for what is potentially the future of the Catholic Church," explained Father Kessler. "The fact is, forming a cluster of parishes is a way of addressing to the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Telephone (812) 424-5536, or toll-free (800) 637-1731. E-mail addresss: message@diocese- minors over state lines to obtain an abortion in order to circum- vent parental consent or notifi- cation laws. Shortly before the vote, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-chair- man of the House Pro-Life Cau- cus, said passage of the Child Custody Protection Act "should be a no-brainer." "To lure teen-agers over state lines and to encourage strangers to purposely avoid state laws is indefensible," he said. With a 9-6 tally July 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send identical legisla- the fact that, throughout the Church, we simply have more Catholic parishes than priests. "What we're doing here is very exciting because we're the first in the diocese to go through something like this. But as a community and as a family, ioners of St. Mary, Barr Town- ship cope with the transforma- tion of their parish into a chapel which means that only spe- cial ceremonies such as wed- dings and funerals may be held there, as opposed to having a regular Mass schedule. Accord- ing to Fathers Kessler and Kiesel, the most pressing and important goal of the cluster is to be there for the people of garr Township and to aid them in transitioning into one of the remaining cluster parishes. Said former parishioner Alice Mattingly, the physical close- ness of Father Kessler (who lives in the rectory) is helpful, but a percentage of former parishioners are stilt somewhat disillusioned. "Some people still feel lost," she said. "The sense of family is we're also helping one another missing and people are going in deal with changes that can be different directions. dramatic and even traumatic." "But just the other day, Father At the top of the list is helping Leo (Kiesel) stopped by a (pre- the displaced former parish- ,fee CHURCHES page 3 i i ,q To the Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville: This edition is one of six issues of the Message to be mailed to every registered Catholic household this year. Two dol- lars of each Catholic Church member's contribution pays for these diocesan-wide subscriptions. rH, H i Priestless Sundays Page 2 Clergy Assignments ................ Pages 8-9 EWTN and Odyssey .................. Page 14 See DEVELOPMENTS page 13  .......