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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 7,1998 di ram helps Catholics return to their Church ' PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor When she first heard about a process developed Catholics return to the Dottie Schnapf admits e skepticism. to reach the peo- the pews," she said then. "I was wrong." at Nativity Church are her when they can become !"friends" who take part with i,returning Catholics" at the retreat. knows in her heart statistics say, that most who are away from Church'just need to have invite them to return. people make the deci- L to return to a parish where process is used, are met with friendship "a soft landing." After a y meetings, they retreat, where Reconcil- Eucharist are cel- are some of the com- George Pfister, front rozo, Ron Holsey, Mark Richardson and Reva Williams are "returnees" in the Landings program. Rita Kohl, Linda ments of participants in the most recent retreat, June 20, at Sarto Retreat House, Evansville. All returning Catholics and friends were from Nativity Church. "Being able to share in the taking of the Body of Christ" was one answer to the question, "What did you like about this retreat?" The comment from a friend continued, "Being able to receive the Eucharist is like finally being able to belong. To watch [four returning Catholics] receive it for the first time in years brought back memories of when I first received. It will be good to see them not having to stay in the pew while we receive the Eucharist." A returning Catholic com- mented, "I felt at first I could not go through with it, but week after week, I felt more comfort- able with it. The last week I thought I would feel relieved that it was over, but I sort of felt sad that it was over. Dottie invited me to come to Landings next time as a Friend. I think I will so I can help others return." Kramer, Pat Woolen, Dottle Schnapf and Vel- marie Sitzman are "friends" in the program. . Korean church asks S. Korean church for long-term aid handed over an unprecedented written appeal to the Seoul- based Korean bishops' confer- ence during a mid-July meeting in Dalian, China. Father Thomas Oh Tae-sun of the Seoul Archdiocese led a del- egation, which included electri- cal engineer Yun Gap-gu of the Lay Apostolate Council of Korea, from the archdiocesan South Korea (CNS) Catholic Church in Korea has asked South bishops to refocus aid on long-term assis- for agricultural produc- especially electric power, of emergency food aid. Chang Jae-chol, pres- of the North Korean Catholics Association, Committee for National Recon- ciliation, to the China meeting. The delegation met with Chang and other members of the North Korean Roman Catholics Asso- ciation, reported UCA News, an Asian .church news agency based in Thailand. At the meeting, both North and South representatives agreed that further aid should be focused on rehabilitation of electric power and other infra- structure to secure food pro- duction, Father Oh told UCA News July 23. The Seoul priest explained that with the severe shortage of electricity, North Koreans cannot use machinery such as water pumps to raise crops. "Although we send them food material or grain, they can- not operate the factory to pro- duce special food for infant-age children," he added. On the other hand, economically depressed South Korea has a great surplus of electricity, noted Father Oh, who had accompanied Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Tchoi Chang-mu of Seoul to North Korea in April. On the church level, assisting with power generation would mean that South Korean Catholics would provide small generators and oil to the church in the communist North as a continuing, long-term project, the priest said. He also id that after the bishops' conference in Seoul examines the North Kore- an Catholics" request, there would be another meeting with North Koreans in China in August. Since electric power genera- tion is a matter that cannot be handled at a small, private level, future meetings will involve other North Korean organiza- tions including semi-govern- ment groups, Father Oh said. Jubilarians Ma D' (Young) Ruhe will celebrate their sixtieth wed- with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:.30 a.m. Aug. Church, Ferdinand. An Open House will fol- 3 p.m. at the Ferdinand American Legion. Friends and are invited; the couple requests no gifts. They were mar- , at St.'George Church, Louisville. Father George They are the parents of three sons, Edward of James and Thomas, both of Ferdinand, and three Barbara Henning of Ferdinand, and Rosemary Eckert (3arland, both of Jasper. They have 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. iL Centennial 100 years of Catholic education in Princeton The centennial of St. Joseph School, Princeton, and the cele- bration of 100 years of Catholic education will be held on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 to 6. On Frida); Sept. 4, an infor- mal gebtogether will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on West Broadway. An "old time picture gallery will be dis- played. Hors d'oeuvres will be furnished by the Daughters of Isabella. A catered picnic begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Joe field. An Open House will be held at the school during and after the picnic, which will feature games and entertainment for all ages. The cost of the meal is $5.25. For children eight and under the cost is $2.75. On Sunday, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m. Father Bernard Eti- enne, pastor at St. Joseph, will emcee a short program follow- The second church and school at St. Joseph Church, Princeton, were built about 1898 in the 400 block of th Race S The original school was a one-story building. ing dinner. The program will Joseph School. recognize former students, spe- E,e is   atiei cial guests and ends of St. resefvatkmsare required, i