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ThelV00 E S S ii "" CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 21 I NUMBER2 SEPTEMBER 14, 1990 i , tea woman, children are safe By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor . After a "nightmare of a weekend," a New Harmony family is "very tired, but appy ,, said Pauline Gerard. Family sop, s htd been dashed by an agonizing " Cse of mistaken identity over the Weekend, but the answer to their Pl ers came in the form of a telephone ca Sunday evening. FI, Lat phone call came from Joan n Khaja -- and it came from Lon- don, not from Kuwait. Khaja and her ilc ran, two-year old ]anon and one- ; Year-old Basil, had made a stopover in LnClon on their way back home to New mony. They were among more than -t other women and children aboard aqi Airways jumbo jet which ar- ri Sunday evening in London. cQIaja, seven-months pregnant and .neerned about a loss of weight, • • • . 3, according to her sister, Christine n. Khaja's brother-in-law Scott 'rard, flew to London immediately r the phone call. he woman's Kuwaiti-born husband, , Qammad Khaja, is unable to leave l lnited States while he waits for ' ;. citizenship, according to the ily. Joan is known to family and friends as "]ojo" or "Jo." Late last week, Christine said a call from the U.S. State Department informed the family that Jo Khaja, wife of Muhammad Khaja, was on a plane heading home. Later they learned it was an incredible coin- cidence. It was not "their" Jo Khaja. Sunday at about 4 p.m., Christine said they received' another call from the State Department, this time informing them that another plane was leaving Kuwait but that Joan was not on it. About an hour later, a State Department phone call told the family Joan and the children were on the plane. A call to the U.S. Embassy in London verified the good news, and at 6:15 Joan herself called home. The phone call brought the first real news to the family members in New Harmony -- "Jojo" was safe, the kids were fine, and Basil has three new teeth. Such news was what the family members -- and countless others -- had been praying for. Shortly after the New Harmony family realized the seriousness of the situation, Joan's sister Pauline asked the Message to help ask for an outpouring of prayers. "We're indebted to the people who prayed," said christine. :"We hope peo- ple will continne to pray for the others who are still there " Catechetical Sunday will be observed Sept. 16 in diocese By PAUL LEINGANG ..... Message Editor "Forming Communities of Compas- sion" is the theme of Catechetical Sun- day, observed in the Diocese of Evansville and in dioceses throughout the States, Sept. 16. The same theme was used in plan- ning workshops in the Diocese of Evansville, in Evansville, Saturday, Sept. 6, and in Loogootee, Saturday, Sept. 15. Approximately 370 persons attended the Evansville session of the workshop. Approximately 200 persons are ex- tary school, high school, adult educa- tion, RCIA and Spred, she said. Catechetical Sunday provides an op- portunity to focus on the mission of the Church, according to a document prepared by the United States Catholic Conference. Celebrating Catechetical Sunday also provides an opportunity to be proud and grateful for the mission activity of the Church, according to the document• "In the light of contemporary events, the call for compassion raises a strong voice," wrote Mary Elizabeth Hogan, USCC Coordinator for Catechesis/Religious Education, "Our pected at the workshop to be held at St. faith communities are called to be com John Parish Center in Loogootee .... , passionate -- to suffer with -- to be Most parishes :il the dise will' .models-of forgiveness, mercy, kind- observe Catecheticd. Sunda!on Sept.. ness; tove tenderly; to act justly; to 16, according to $er I- Emma walk Ftnblwith our God," she said. Jochum, O.S.B., dtbCbsan director of3:::'Cate,lsis Olin be help to form such religious education. Catechists at some :communities of compassion." parishes are being commissioned on other weekends because of parish schedule conflicts, she said. Publicly commissioning catechists "really helps the parish community to become aware of the religious educa- tion that happens in the parish, and the work and the plans that are going on to provide religious education," said Sister Jochum. Catechetical Sunday is for all catechists, in or out of school, said Sister.Jochum. Some parishes commis- sion catechists for pre-school, elemen- "Catechesis is more than giving and receiving right answers," said Father Thomas G. Gallagher, former USCC Secretary for Education• "It is more than handing on and receiving a body of information," he added. Catechesis is meant to lead ultimately to full iden- tification with Jesus, to a mature faith, to receiving the action of the Holy Spirit and to deepen one's conversion, he explained. Father Gallagher said that the entire parish along with the home, the family and the community are ',extremely im- portant in the catechetical enterprise." SL Nicholas pa00sh to be established By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The St. Nicholas worshipping com- munity is to be canonically established as a parish, according to a decision an- nounced Tuesday by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfingar. The bishop announced his decision to members of the priests' council and diocesan finance council, to members of the St. Nicholas council and a task force which had made its recommendation to him, and at an op.en meeting for members of the St. Nicholas community. Details of the decision-making pro- cess, the decision itself, and accompa- nying directives to members of the com- munity are spelled out in the Bishop's Forum, his regular column in the Message, on page 9. Included are the steps required to initiate the process of planning for a new church building to be dedicated under the patronage of St. Nicholas. The bishop said the parish founda- tion date will be Dec. 6, 1991, the patronal feast day. He also said he will appoint a full-time pastoral ad- ministrator as soon as possible. The Holy Eucharist will be regularly celebrated at St. Nicholas, with provi- sions to be made by the diocese as coor- dinated by the pastoral administrator. The boundaries of the new parish will be drawn by the diocese v  later than Dec. 6, 1990. Door-to-door meetings within the community will indicate anti explain to the members of each household their membership in the parish and their commitment to the parish and the • diocese.