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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 30, 1996 Christian Coalition reaches out to pro-life DemOcratS By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) -- In a ma- jesfic museum hallway housing enormous stuffed elephants, the Christian Coalition and the Na- tional Right to Life Committee honored and thanked pro-life Democrats for their efforts. The Aug. 26 reception at Chicago's Field Museum of Nat- ural History was a study in con- trasts in addition to the juxta- position of honoring Democrats in a room dominated by ele- phants, the symbol of the Re- publican Party. The event for about 200 dele- gates and other pro-life activists was timed to coincide with the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention at the United Center, a couple of miles across town. The star of the reception honoring congressional Demo- crats was Ralph Reed, the elo- quent executive director of the Christian Coalition. The coali- tion was sued by the Federal Election Commission in July for violating campaign spend- ing laws in supportingonly Re- publican candidates in the 1992 election. Without referring directly to the FEC case, Reed disputed claims that the Christian Coali- tion is trying to take control of the. Republican Party. "Our ambitions are much larger than that," he said with a smile, going on to predict a time when evangelical Protes- tants and Catholics would be "linked arm in arm" for political action. "We have allowed de- nominational differences to di- vide us too long." NRLC political action director Carol Long credited the 40 or more House Democrats who reg- ularly vote against abortion with turning back legislation in- I cluding the Freedom of Choice Act and an attempt to reverse restrictions on federal funding of abortion. "If you ate a pro-life Demo- crat, I urge you to stay in your party and work for change," Long said. When party leaders see that opponents of abortion from both parties are elected at the expense of abortion sup- porters, the message'will trans- late into changes in party poli- cies, she said. Both Reed and Long cited as an example of Democratic Party intolerance on abortion former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey's second failed effort to speak at the convention in op- position to the party's support for abortion. Composer of religious music to perform at Ferdinand Every Sunday the music of David Haas fills churches across America. On Friday, Sept. 13, at 7.:30 p.m., the acclaimed com- poser will perform his music in person in the church of the Monastery Immaculate Concep- tion, Ferdinand. The next day, Sept. 14, Haas will lead a workshop on the use of music in liturgical rituals and assemblies. At the day-long pro- gram, intended for music and liturgical ministers, Haas will explain and demonstrate funda- mental principles and guidelines for the liturgical use of music. David Haas is known interna- tionally as a composer of reli- gious and liturgical music, as well as a concert and recording artist. He lives in St. Paul, Minn., where he is director of, The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer, and Ministry. Concert tickets and workshop information are available from DAVID HAAS the sponsor of both events, Ko- rdes Enrichment Center (812) 367-2777 or (800) 880-2777. Concert tickets are $10. The workshop fee of $50 per person includes materials and lunch. Discounts are available for groups. D | TEC#19 Participants in the Teens Encounter Christ Weekend number 19 in the Diocese Evansville gather for a group photo. They include, first row, Shannon Walsh, Keith Scheessele, Grant Richard, Teresa Balbach, Chris Niehaus, Jalane Weber, Richard Burek; second row, Erik Gillum, bison, Dani Seger, Cheryl Hildenbrand, Jill Fromme, Tammy Mehrin Grubb, Kelly Tenbarge, Michelle Dube, Erie Hoppenjans, Seib; third row, Rachel Moll, Becky Epperson, Wileen Halter, Hall, Bonnie Turner, Michaela Knies, Lampert, Nathan Vogt, Tim Kempf, Dana Nancy Kreilein, Jeff Scheller, Jake Lampert, K.C. Moore, Derek Epperson, Chad Lamey, Jamie Hurt, sisth row, Greenwqll, Lori Tischendorf, Father Ken Herr, esty, Bennett. Mike Killebrew was the lay director Me, Lord2' Worth mentioning sexual trauma." Also included is a Possibilities for Healing Partners' Group which will meet for three sessions to assist cou- ples in understanding and supporting one another. Anyone interested should call Catholic Charities, (812), 423-5456 by Sept: 30 to arrange an initial indi- vidual session. Session scheduled for non-profit mailers A flyer is being sent to parishes and schools and other organizations with not-for-profit mail permits, inviting representatives to one-on-one question-and- answer sessions with postal experts, the Postal Coun- cil, business mailers and equipment vendors. The session is scheduled at the Catholic Center, Wednesday, Sept. 1 I. A second day session may also be held, Thursday, Sept. 12. Reservations are required. New postal regulations take effect Oct. 6. Parish sec- retaries and other persons involved in mailings are advised to watch |br the flyer and encouraged to make reservations at their earliest convenience. Jasper parishes begin round of Stephen Min- istry training St. Joseph Church, Jasper, will be offering Stephen Ministry training beginning Sept. 12. Stephen minis- ters meet the needs of the community by providing one-to:one care giving, according to Mary Ann Seng, co- coordinator of Stephen Ministry at St. Joseph. Inter- ested persons may contact the parish center. The Stephen Series begins for 14 newly chosen Stephen ministers at Holy Family Church, Jasper, Sept. 5. Meditation Path dedicated at USI An outdoor Mass was celebrated at the University of Southern Indiana, Aug. 25, in conjunction with the dedication of Meditation Path. The 600-foot path, which connects Parking Lot B to University Housing, features a statue of St. Francis, signs naming the Beatitudes, and benches. The installation was supervised by Brian Knapp, a Mater Dei senior who is working toward his Eagle Scout badge. He is the son of Mary Helen and Dr. Allen Knapp. . -- The path was dedicated to Brian's grandfather, Bert Miller, a long-time West-Side scouting leader who died earlier this year. 'Possibilities for Healing' group to start for abused women Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Evansville is presenting Possibilities for Healing, a group for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. The group begins Oct. 10, and will meet every other week for 10 sessions, ending Feb. 13, 1997. The group will meet at Catholic Charities, 123 Northwest Fourth Street, Evansville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Leaders will be Katherine Powell and Gene Schadler. The format uses %olution-focused group therapy for women coping with the lingering effects of childhood ECHO Health Center is site of Child Health Clinic ECHO Health Center is the newest site for the Van- derburgh County Health Department Child Health Clinic, offered every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ECHO Health Center is located in the St. Anthony Center for Family Life, 713 Second Avenue, Evansville. Dr. Cynthia Graves, pediatrician for the Health De- partment, ill see children two months to 19 years of age if they do not have a family physician and are not on Medicaid. Fees are based on a sliding scale. The Child Health Clinic will operate on a walk-in basis; there will be no appointments. Services provided include physical examinations, limited illness care, TB screenings and immunizations including tetanus/diph" theria for staff and adults. For more information contact the ECHO Health Center (812) 421-9850 or the health department (812) 435-5701. Diocesan priests schedule retreat in Septern" her Many priests of the Diocese of Evansville will be on retreat at Sarto Retreat House, Sept. 16 through 19. The theme of the retreat is "Human Intimacy, Celibacy and Priesthood." Day planned for Catholic teachers in public schools "Walking with God in our Daily Life" is the title of a program offered at Mount Saint Joseph Center, Maple Mount, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 5. The program is mr Catholic teachers in the public schools. Presentations will be made by Dr. William G. Bach, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Director of the River Valley Behavioral Health Hospital in Owensboro, and by Patricia A. Blair, pastoral assoCP ate at Blessed Mother Church, Owensboro. Dr. Bach has 31 years of professional experience with children, parents and teachers. He is the father of five children and grandfather of five. He and his wife, Joy, are active laarishioners at Blessed Mother Church. Blair has been involved in religious education for more than 20 years and holds a Masters in TheologP cal Studies from St. Meinrad School of TheologY. She is the mother of five children and stepmother of three children. She has five grandchildren. Her includes ministry as a religious education youth minister and hospital chaplain. For more information, contact Kathy Payne 229-4103. mini Con( Catl been and i e fit o  ,ual at th Th and ] .feren Umer Lighl Missi