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2 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 7, nembe Karen Debes, 17, is a member of St. Joseph Church, Vander- burgh County. She is a member of the TEC community• She will be a senior at Reitz High School, Evansville, where she is Editor- in-Chief of the yearbook• "I think the church should learn to depend more on youth and their resources because we are the building blocks of the church and without us it will die." Tonya Frey, 18, is a member of St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. She plans to study accounting and aviation at Purdue this fall. "I believe that the church should ask us more -- have us in- volved more. We are just the se- lect few on this board, I feel, but there are more who need to be " heard from." Brandie Herren, 15, is a mem- ber of St. Joseph Church, Prince- ton, where she is treasurer of the parish youth group. She will be a junior at Princeton Community High School, where she is a mem- ber of DECA and the Investment Club. She works at Aunt Helen's Restaurant in Princeton. "I think that we need to get the parents more in- volved. If parents would get more involved, children would know more about what is going on. I would like our priest at church to announce what we're doing and to come to our meetings• "It seems like the youth group kind of gets put aside, but hopefully in the fall, our youth group will be stronger, we will have more people join, and we will be able to do more things. "I think that, at our deanery events and youth days, we have an increasing number of people• I think we are doing pretty well getting people in. We all enjoy youth days. "We had a deanery summer social. We really had a blast, but we didn't have that many kids there. I think the problem with the Catholic kids coming is not that they won't have fun. I think the problem is peer pres- sure. I think some people who are Catholic have friends that don't understand the Catholic religion. The Catholic kids are afraid their friends will turn against them. !' Jason Wagoner, 15, is a member of St. John Church, Loogootee. He attends Loogootee Junior Senior High School, and his interests in- clude golf and getting a good edu- cation. (The church needs) "more activ- ities where youth decide what is to be done, not pre-planned activi- ties. When the adults decide, make sure tile youth help them decide what is to be done. That will pro- duce more youth coming to these activities•" Sally Wickman, 16, is a mem- ber of St. Joseph Church, Jasper• She attends Jasper High School, where she is a member of SAD an OCtagon. "I think parents need to get more involved with their chil- dren. I think the parishes need to have more of a youth pro- gram. They have enough activities, but we need more youth involvement to come, new people." . :Register, 2, Find someone with,:an opposing view- point. Talk, together until you understand the other's viewpoint. 3: Volunteer at school orplayground duty, ville, 4, Become a foster parent, Contnct your local in welfare department or private agency for more " formation. 5. Recycle. Separate paper, plastic, glass and aluminum from food waste, and take recyclable gress items to collection points. 6, Give blood, Call the American Red Cross and the workshops were for information .... tional; he made 7. Each morning this Week resolve to act more charitably towards those you encounter in P Church a your daily routine. Listen more carefully, care more sincerely, share more generously, forgive more readily and love more deeply. Family 8, Be available to yourself. Take time for God;  ferent, and :to for others and yourself, fre he acts, The world around us Notes of an ICC activist: Commentary by Jan Stenfle- nagel Jan Stenflenagel, a member of Holy Family Church, Jasper, has served on the Ad- visory Board of the Indiana Catholic Conference since 1985, and as Acting ICC Co- ordinator for the Diocese of Evansville from 1987 through 1991. The political process in our country, established by our constitution, is a process of participatory democracy. And yet so few of us bother to par- ticipate in that process that it appears that we don't care what course our country takes. We complain about the bu- reaucracy, the red tape, the lack of compassion that is in- herent in our government. We see how government is the source of problems rather than the catalyst for solu- tions. Participatory democracy means that each of us must do just that  participate. And how do we participate? • We must educate our- selves about the issues• • We must educate our- selves about the candidates • We must be willing to step in to the process with our time and talents, to elect candidates or to be candi- dates ourselves. • We must vote. • We must follow our elected officials as they con- sider and make laws which affect us. • We must encourage those elected officials to respond to our needs and concerns. The work of the Indiana Catholic Conference is to help us be better citizens by providing the tools to carry out our participation. The ICC shows us the issues of concern to us Catholics as well as shows us how we can influence the course our gov- ernment takes• In several years of activity as a member of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the most telling phrase about the work of the ICC is summed up by our executive director, Dr. Des Ryan's continued refrain: If only the people of Indiana knew the critical significance of even 10 letters to a legisla- tor.., how as few as 10 let- ters can influence a legisla- tor's position on a particular issue. We Catholics are so goodfot direct social service to t.x needs of people. We clo!lle, we house, we feed, we lvo. Our groups of St. Vincent u Paul, Habitat and manY many others respond to u gospel's call of corpor mercy And vet we must a. • d  t an important question. W. are our neighbors hu,grY,; naked and homeless? w.l{ are our neighbors poor, sl without health care, joblff and discriminated againSt  is also the gospel's call to ju" tice which invites us to c{ lenge the system which tal to recognize and solve su, problems. Ross Perot tapped 20 il lion Americans who believet that eo le at the grassrO P P The can make a difference' Indiana Catholic Conferen.C for 25 years has sh°W o Catholics of Indiana how make that difference. Join us. To join the indlau. Catholic Conference N,etvr in your narish, call Jud.Y . " 0 0o- [812) 424-5536 or (80.) not 1731. If your parish dane Be have a network, start ':- part of the solution, yo, count. Moving? Receiving more than one col00 of the Message? Have a queslion about your subscription? To change your address, contact Susan Winiger, Post Office Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724-0169. Telephone (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731. 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