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_ MES SAGE Deacons i i i i ! WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY Diocese switches employee ,nsurance program By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Employees of parishes, schools and other church employers in the Diocese of Evansville are being invited to attend any of several meetings scheduled in late August, to explain a switch in insurance coverage. The switch was made after Acordia notified the diocese that a significant rate increase would be required to take effect Sept. 1. "That was clearly unacceptable," Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in a letter to priests, parish life coordinators, department heads and principals. An agreement has been signed with a new insurance provider. The Nyhart Company of Indi- anapolis, with an office in Evansville, will administer the program, which will provide cov- erage through the Sagamore Under the current plan, 647 insured. When in- Sured dependents are counted in, the total number of persons in diocesan medical and dental 1,009. All eligible em- whether now covered or not, are invited to a meeting. Robert Cox, diocesan trea- said the new program will Offer comparable benefits -- and in some cases, improvements OVer the current coverage. The rates will be about percent higher than current i rates. Among the advantages noted Cox are the following: The Sagamore Network in- eludes Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, which had not been part of the pro- gram. St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, is also a member of the Sagamore Network. Employees currently cov- ered, who sign up for the new" program, will not be subject to any "pre-existing condition" ex- clusion. Employees who participate in the new program will be able to chose the kind of coverage they want at the "point of service" -- that is, the employee can choose to go to a health care provider in the network and have 90 percent of eligible costs paid by the pro- gram, or choose to go to a health care provider outside of the net- work and have 80 percent of eli- gible costs paid. Notification of the decision and invitation to a meeting was mailed late last week. Afternoon and evening meetings were held Aug. 21 at Mater Dei, Evansville, and Aug. 22 at Memorial High School, Evansville, and St. J0hh the Baptist Parish Center, New- burgh. Meetings next week will be held at the Old Cathedral Parish Center, Vincennes, on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.; at the Catholic Center, Evansville, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m.; and at the Precious Blood School Cafeteria, Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Bishop Gettelfinger noted that the negotiations with Acordia and Nyhart "went down to the last moment" and that "time is short to enroll employees and de- pendents in the Nyhart pro- gram." Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Rev. William Deering, Pastor of St. Bernard Church, Gibson County, and of Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City; continue duties as diocesan Director of Wor- ship and the RCIA (Rite of Christian Inita- tion of Adults). Effective, Wednesday, Sept. 4, noon. Think about the city or town where you spent most of childhood, and the city or town where you've spent (If you live, or lived, on a farm, think about the town nearest you.) What percent of the city or town's population was/is Catholic? More than half Catholic, as a child: Statewide: 38% Diocese: 49% More than half Catholic, as an adult: Statewide: 29% Diocese: 45% Less than half Catholic, as a child: Statewide: 38% Diocese: 34% Less than half Catholic, as an adult: Statewide: 49% Diocese: 41% Working at St: MaT ChUb; ...... 1996 CPC reaches 95% of goal By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The 1996 Catholic Parishes Campaign has reached 95 per- cent of its goal, according to Justin Clements, diocesan direc- tor of the office of stewardship and development. Pledges total- ing $2,778,778 were received; the goal was $2,925,748. Clements said that 36 parishes reached or surpassed their goals this year; and 59 parishes reported pledges this year that are higher than last year. There are 73 parishes in the diocese. Clements also said that 33 parishes reported having more donors participating this year compared with last year; and 38 percent of the parishes reported greater participation, measured in percentage, this year. Throughout the diocese, 62 percent of registered parish- ioners participated this year in the CPC effort. Their average gift was $136. Those two figures place the Diocese of Evansville among the top five in the United States, Clements said. Parishes with pledges over their goals include the following:. Christ the King, St. Mary, St. Theresa, Holy Rosary, Good Shepherd, Nativity, SL Benedict, Corpus Christi and St. Anthony, all in Evansville; Holy Angels, New Harmony; St. Philip, St. Philip; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; St. Peter Celestine, Ce- lestine; St. Joseph, Jasper;, Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill; St. John" Chrysostom, New Boston; St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; St. Martin, Chrisney; St. Bernard, Gibson County; St. James, St. James; Blessed Sacra- ment, Oakland City; St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; St. Thomas, Knox Count),; St. Vincent, Vincennes; St. Peter, Linton; Holy Name, Bloomfield; All Saints, Cannel- burg; St. Michael and St, Patrick, Daviess County; St. Joseph, Bramble; St. Peter, Montgomery;, St. Anthony, St. Anthony, St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville; Holy Cross, Fort Branch; Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt, and St. John, Newburgh. Many of the parishes above also exceeded last year's pledge totals. The following parishes did not reach their goals, but received pledges exceeding last year's to- tals: St. John, Daylight; Holy Re- deemer, St. John, St. Agnes, Resun'eon and St. Boniface, all in Evansville; St. Wendel, St. Wendel; St. Henry, St` Heriry; St` Mary, Huntingburg; St. Mary, Ireland; Holy Family Jasper, St. Bernard Rockport; St. cis Xavier, Poseyviile; St. Joseph, Princeton; Sacred He, Vin- cennes; * St. Mary, Daviess County; St. John, Loogootee; Sts Peter and Paul, Petershurg; St. Mary, Washington; St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand; St. Rupert, Red Brush; St. John the Baptist, Vin- cennes; St. Martin Whitfield; St. Mary, Shoals; St. Simon, Wash- ington, and St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes.