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Young adults go fact-finding, and river-rafting Enjoying a sogalo.t_he Ocoe e River in Tennesee are minstry; BdgetRiehter, Amy Uhi, and Amy Eppler from St. John, NeWburgh, andMatt Miller, St. Benedict, Evans- ville. What exactly is a young adult and what does our diocese have to offer young adults? What can a group give in return? These are some of the questions posed by Matt Miller and other young adults. Miller is the new youth and young adult minister at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. Over the weekend of Sept. 6 through 8, they traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the purpose ofle'arning more about the formation of young adult groups. This trip was organized and led by Mike Eppler, the director of youth and young adult ministries for the Diocese of Evansville. It included Amy Eppler, Amy Uhl and Bridgette Richter of St. John the Baptist in Newburgh. Their destination was Our Lady of Per- petual Help Church in Chattanooga, which Miller described as "an incredible young adult community" which "had been formed from rather humble beginnings.  The host of the weekend was Father David Boettner, the associate pastor of the parish, and the young adults of the parish. The intent was to share in their community and learn from them what to do and what not to do in the formation of a new ministry: "The first key was defimng what exactly makes a young adult,  Millei'said. "A young adult is a person from 18 to 21 years of age to the point where they decide on their vocation in life, be it married, single, rehgious, etc. "The second step was deciding how to start a ministry program for the young adults that fits their own needs. The main point in this is to keep it simple and have patience. To use the Tennessee group as an example, their ministry started with a simple volleyball game every week. This meeting was used to build friendships and community. From this it was able to grow into a network of young adults that would gather for service projects or just to have fun with people of the same needs. To go from the original volleyball to where they are today took three years to make, so patience was the essential lrt: "Much was shared and learned or weekend. The group from our diocese became strongly bonded by the fact that they now realized that there were others out there fac- ing the same questionsthat they were asking themselves about the direction of their lives and the role of the churchin it. lhe community from Tennessee was very gracious and open to their visitors, gath- ering as they do often after Saturday evening Mass to go out with people of similar lifestyles and just enjoy themselves and inviting their guests to accompany them. =Hopefully the ideas and thoughts ofthis weekend the connection between t the Bishops take fight against partial birth abortions to Capitol By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON (CNS)  With override oftbe veto of Partial-Birth Abortion Ban expected in the House and the end of Septem- eight U.S. cardinals and than 60 bishops took their against the veto to the of the U.S. Capitol. "I think it's very appropriate mt we pray here. Don't you?" ked Cardinal Bernard F. Law Boston, chairman of the bish- s' Committee for Pro-Life ctivities, at the Sept. 12 vigil. "We pray not as Catholics, aptists, Lutherans or evan el als," he g - said. "We pray for wis- m, t .ruth and hope." :he interfaith prayer vigil on , west 'llerrace of the Capitol ! which also attracted about :00}ooo lay people and clergy as the largest assemblage ever ![.U.S. Catholic bishops m a .1 ublic demonstration on federal :!lrperty. On no other U.S. poli- iY debate in memory has the U.S. Catholic hierarchy taken such a high public profile. In April President Clinton vetoed the bill, which would pro- hibit one type of abortion used late in pregnancy. Saying it bor- ders on infanticide, church lead- ers have vocally opposed the pro- cedure, in which a doctor partially delivers the unborn child and then stabs surgical scissors into the base of the infant's head. The child's brain is then removed by suction, allowing for easier deliv- ery of the rest of the body. The bill initially passed the House with enough votes to override a veto and enact the law without the president's signa- ture. But the vote in the Senate was not enough for an override. Override votes in both houses were expected in late September. The vigil was organized pri- marily by the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the Nation- al Conference of Catholic Bish- ops. Presiders included Terry Schlossberg, president of the National Religious Pro-Life Council and a member of Pres- I'd Like to Know What is the Adult Cateehumenate or RCIA? This is the process by which adults become members of the Catholic Church, according to Beverly Okey, a member of the diocesan RCIA Steering Committee. Her commen- tary, describing the what, who and how of the RCIA is found byterians Pro-Life, and Arch- bishop Abune Matthias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the United States and Canada. Prayers were offered by clergy of a variety of denomina- tions. At a press briefing before the vigil, Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington said, "We come not as political leaders or as lob- byists, but as people of different faiths united in a common cause. And that cause is life." Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore explained that the 150-plus boxes-stacked behind him were filled with about 200,000 postcards filled out by Catholics at Maryland churches the weekend before urging a congressional override. The postcards were addressed to Democratic Sens. Paul Sar- banes and Barbara Mikulski, both from Maryland, asking them, as Cardinal Keeler put it, "to reject this component of the Pope to have appendix removed later this year By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul II's intestinal problems are caused by an inflamed appendix, which will be surgically removed sometime after his Sept. 19-22 visit to France and after an Oct. 6 beat- ification ceremony, the Vatican said. "The transitory episodes of abdominal pain along with a fever, noted since Dec. 25, 1995, are related to ecurring episodes of the inflammation of the appen- dix," said a statement released Sept. 14 by the Vatican. Pope John Paul, giving his usual Sunday talk to Visitors Sept. 15, did not mention his health problem. The pope's personal physician and other medical consultants have recommended surgery, and the pope has agreed to have the operation, the statement said. "The operation is expected within the course of the present year,  said the statement issued by the Vatican press office with the authorization of the pope's personal physician. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the pope's spokesman, told reporters Sept. 14 that Pope John Paul planned to make his trip to France as scheduled and would also preside at the October beati- fication ceremony, which includes Edmund Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers. The pope will undergo the operation sometime after Oct. 6, he said. culture of death." Press briefing moderator Helen Alvare, director of public infor- mation for the U,S. bishops' Sec- retariat for Pro-Life Activities, called it "infanticide... you have a mostly bern child being killed in a particularly brutal way.  The Rev. George Anderson, a United Methodist pastor in the Washington suburb of Mitchel- lville, Md., said he was at a loss for words in trying to describe See BISHOPS page 3 . - II . I I