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++, .... .. +ho F__+ SSAGE _ CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 1 September 4, 1992 A letter of gratitude from Bishop Gettelfinger My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Somehow because we have faith, deep within us is a spirit of awe and wonder at how God chose to give us life through the loving cooperation of our parents. Rooted in that same faith we have a sense of accountability for the use of God's gifts with which we are endowed. It is the faith that calls us to be good stewards. Central to being a good steward is an urgency to ex- press gratitude First we must thank God. And, then we thank those wio have been so generous on our behalf. Keenly aware of my responsibility to be a good steward, I write this letter of gratitude. First of all, I am most grateful to Almighty God for all f you and the depth of faith that you express daily in your ives. Your faith not only sustains you, but is inspirational and life-giving to me. I thank God for it. Because of your deep and abiding faith, you have once again, in a most difficult and economically stressful time, shared of your material wealth for the life of the Church here in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. I thank you for that! I thank each of you for your owil response to the An- nual Diocesan Appeal. Because of circumstances, some could not give as much as before. Others of you are living on fixed incomes and are limited as to how nmch you were August 31, 1992 able to share. Many of you increased your gift from previ- ous years at no little sacrifice to yourselves. In all cases, the life of faith in our diocese is richer for your generosity. I am most appreciative of the leadership given by the pastors of our parishes. I asked them to do a very difficult task. They responded most generously to my request, first by their own personal contributions of money, and most of all by spearheading the campaign in the parishes. There is, of course, a battalion of parish leaders, too, who assisted the pastors of our parishes and without whose efforts the parish campaigns would have failed. For you I am most grateful since there is always personal risk in pub- licly stepping forth to assume a difficult task. Let us pray for one another that each of us may be a good steward. As you, I struggle with that challenge. On behalf of all who benefit from your generosity of heart and from sharing your contribution of material goods I thank you. May the Lord bless us all as we gratefully strive to be good stewards of God's gifts to us. Gratefully and faithfully yours in Christ, Most Reverettelfinger Bishop of Evansville ADA, budgeting, lay retirement to be reviewed t ByPAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- !r has appointed a task force 'make recommendations out the future nature and rection of the Annual OCesan Appeal. The deci- ton to name such a task force yes one of the results of eetings and discussions frith parish and deanery lead- Frship. L-Bishp Gettelfinger an- pmUnced the details of the task force in a letter mail earlier this week to pastors, priests, pastoral life coordina- tors, parish council presi- dents and parish ADA chair- persons. The bishop also announced that separate committees would review the diocesan budgeting process and the manner in which the dioce- san contribution for the lay retirement program is col- lected. The budgeting process, the ADA, and the lay retirement during seven informational meetings held by the bishop during Lent. In the letter, the bishop an- nounced that he had reduced the ADA goal by $60,000 -- the amount which had been included to send the Message into every household in the diocese on a monthly basis. The bishop said he would find outside funding for the Message, and each parish ADA goal will be reduced by 1992 ADA details Accompanying the bishop's letter were the fell'owing Ce- tails in a summary report about the 1992 AD'A {com- puted before rite bishop re- moved $60,000 from the total): Pledges for the 1992 ADA totalled $1,875,189, or 83.6 percent of the diocesan goal of $2,243,000. Pledges for the 1991 ADA See ADA page 17 St. Philip +classmates By MARY ANN HUGHES, Message staff writer : :i When her student, Sarah Wathen, was killed this summer in a dent, Ruth Ann Scott learned a difficult lesson. The first teacher at St. Philip School, St. Philip. says she began to under- ! stand  "we are all mortal." +th  "It close to home. As a teacher, when I give my little kids a fa  ,e,a of the school year, I assume they.are all going to be  put because of e suddenness of Sarah's death, Scott e u'lings for granted anymore." .; : v  Sarah was on her way to a softball tournament, kaa she was riding in skidded near railroad tracks. .er seat belt for "just a momenF, and When the side popped Open, she flew .. Sarali was 8till hi at +the hospital:: " " J ' :+' saidthe St. Hero dron': /