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September 13, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum I i By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Parents challenged to transmit their faith 11 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Parents Responsibility This past weekend l had two expe.riences that reminded me of one of the awesome respon- sibilities parents have, namely tile education of their children. The firs! was a session with my nephew and his wife-to-he in their final prepara- tion for marriage. The second came (luring the weekend liturgies that I was privileged to cele- brate in one of our parishes. Seeing the faces of so many youngsters with their parents brought home to me the challenge parents have in trans- mitting the faith to their children. As we approach Catechetical Sunday I wish to remind all parents and parish communities that the passing on of the Catholic Faith to young people is the mission of our Church. None of us is exempt from that command of Jesus. In the baptismal rite, parents hear again that they are responsible fl)r tim fifith life of their chil- dren. They are the first teachers of their child. It is a privileged right that parents enjoy. It carries with it an obligation of immens proportions. 3"he community of faith, the parish, has a duty to assist parents in whatever way it.can to teach their children both in knowledge and prac- tice of the faith. The parish fulfills its role by pro- viding sound religious education programming for children and young people. Equally, there should be ample adult programs for married cou- ples to learn the art of parenting, especially in transmitting the gift of faith to their children, The Catholic elementary and secondary schools have been proven to be the best way to assist parents in fulfilling their educational re- sponsibilities. Catholic Schools are not mere niceties. A school helps the parish fulfill its mis- sion to teach as Jesus. He commanded: "Go, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Fa- ther, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." For this reason a parish, where possible, has an obli- gation to provide this opportunity for parents. Because parents have the right and responsi- bility to teach their children', they shoul(l be able to choose how to accomplish that. To that end, the parish nmst provide opportunities for a reli- gious education program for parents who choose not to send their children to a Catholic: School. Those called to teach in Catholic S(:h.ols and in out-of-school religious education pro- grams assume a very serious position in our Church. The positions are equal in importance. For these reasons, teachers of religion should prepare well. Parents have confidence that the rich heritage of our faith is communicated accu- rately and completely. Teachers nmst avail them- selves Of dmcesan cerhficatmn and training pro- grams. They have a right to expect assistance from parents and the parish comnmnity. CROP Walk scheduled for September 29 The 1991 CROP Walk, for Participants in Vanderburgh, .Warrick and Posey counties, is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1:30 p.m to 5 p.m. The walk is sponsored by the EVansville Area Council of Churches and the Tri-State Food Bank. CROP originated as the acronym for Christian Rural OVerseas Program. It is now a tfrademark for community Und-raising and educational vVents sponsored by Church orld Service, part of the No- R.S.V.P Sr. Marie Edward,O.P./Vocation Directress Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532 (914) 769-4794 Dear Sr Edward: -| would like to know more about yOUr Community tional Council of Churches of Christ in the United States. Church World Service helps people through pro- grams of long-term develop- ment, emergency assistance and refugee resettlement in more than 70 countries on five continents. If they choose, participants in the CROP Walk may desig- nate Catholic Relief Services as the recipient of the money they raise. All money raised during the event will be divided be- Z ............ SHARE A GREAT COMPASSION The Dominican Sisters Of Hawthorne. We nurse incurable cancer patients in our seven free, modern nUrsing homes, located in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia and Minnesota. Many who enter our community have no prior nursing experience, but we all share a great compassion for the suffering poor and delight at being able o help them. Living the vows and participating in a life of prayer gives us the ability to serve God in this Apostolate. We seek Women who are full of love for Christ, and desire to join a Congregation with a strong spiritual and community life. tween international and local relief organizations. Seventy- five percent will go to CWS or CRS, depending on the preference of the participant. Each county involved will re- tain 25 percent of what the county raises for hunger pro- grams chosen by the counties. Vanderburgh County will di- vide its share between the Evansville Area Council of Churches Emergency Food Pantry System and the Tri- State Food Bank. Posey County walkers will meet at a shelter house in the New Harmonic State Park. After registration, the walkers will hike one of the Park's trails and return to the shelter house. Vanderburgh and Warrick County walkers will meet at Zion United Church of Christ, Evansville. Walkers will go through the Fulton Projects, rest at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and return to Zion. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MESSAGE ===============================================:::::.::x`::::..:.::i:::`:x..`:::::::i:i::::::i:i::::::.`: American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank :i:z::::;::`::`:x;:;..::::xx..::::`::::: %::! ..,. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. FIT. 1 ST. ANTHONY Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. - Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 Fortieth anniversary Jerome A. and Anna Mae (Mehringer) Hasenour of Newburgh will celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Anthony Church, Evansville. The couple was married Sept. 11, 1951, at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. They are the parents of tour chil- dren: Shirley Brames, Stan, Mike and Maria Hasenour. They have nine grandchildren.