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September 26, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Christmas shopper finds funds low, needs great By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor She buys Christmas gifts for about 1,500 men, women and children --but she doesn't know what sizes they wear. Nor does she have enough money. Th/Ws the challenge facing Judy Kirsch and her crew of volunteers who shop for the annual "Christ- mas Store" operated by Catholic Charities in early December. It's not really a store, in the sense that people come in and buy things. But it is like a store, Count on us for professional medical care, any time of the day or night. :-. 6.G,, b. ' 1314 Grand Avenue Washlngton, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-2760 in that people can come in and shop for the right size and the preferred style. Staff and volunteers in church- es and St. Vincent de Paul soci- eties send in the names of the people they serve, people in nee3 of a few gifts at Christmas time. Every infant gets a sleeper and a snow suit. Every child gets sweat pants or a sweatshirt , socks, underwear, gloves, a hat and a toy. Every adult gets some clothing and some personal items, and every family gets some household goods. Many items -- all new items Hear it from the source/ Vatican Radio World News Mon. - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. 0nly on WUEV-FM 91.5 University of Evansville On the air or on your computer at www.evansviUe.edupwuevweb Preserving our Catholic Heritage Each of us plays an important role in preserving and extending our Catholic heritage in our own parish, school or other organization. An endowment set up through The Catholic Foundation is one way you can help kep our Catholic faith alive ... forever. For a free brochure, call Donna Leader at (812) 424-5536. (Outside Evansville: 1-800-637-1731) -- are donated, but it is Kirsch's responsibility to buy the rest. She and others shop the year around, looking for bargains. "It's always a guessing game," she says. "I never know who we are shopping for, a hundred 12- year-olds or 50 8-year-olds. I just have to shop for fifteen hundred people." Kirsch has been working for the Christmas Store "at least 15 years," but she can't remember when she started. Even with a lot of years of experience, it is hard to estimate what clothing will be needed. If there is a big demand for cloth- ing of one particular size one year, she can't expect to have a similar need the next year. Chil- dren grow, and the list is always changing. The story Kirsch tells about her volunteer work may be typical. She came to volunteer one day, and then came back the next. And the next year, and so on. Many of the others who buy items, schedule volunteers, lay out the available items and per- form other tasks are also veter- ans of several years. Over the years, the trends are clear, according to Kirsch. The need is greater and the costs are getting higher. This year, about 350 families are expected. Money to operate the Christ- mas Store comes from churches and indMduals. Special collec- tions and fund raising methods are used by some churches, Catholic and others too. In a good year, Kirsch and oth- ers would have around $6,000 available. This year, the fund con- tains around $2,000. "We are definitely in need," Kirsch says. For more information, contact your parish or call Wayne Boclwrt at Catholic Charities, (812) 423-5456. SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patriia Kasten WHAT IS BETTER? Gospel for Supday, September 28, 1997 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47.48 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B Cycle, a caution about how to enter the kingdom. The .word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. ..... JOHN SAID A MAN DEMONS BECAUSE DO NOT MY NAME AGAINST US WATER CHRIST REWARD GREAT MILLSTONE NECK HAND ENTER LIFE MAIMED FIRE YOUR FOOT THROWN YOUR EYE KINGDOM OF GOD ONE EYE WORM J O H N S A i D O N O T M E S U A C E B D X N O A O E D G M D N M E E O [ O D F A .D A 1 R D E F M J O G l H L 1 O T Y R E F G D N L F D W H E U D E F T S I R H C R S O W M O T T L K E D O N Y A A O A U D S K T W O X T N E E S P K C E N M W E Y R R Y O U R E Y E X R M D G T R E W A R. D Q (c) 1997 Air Publishing Co. II I II I i IIII II I II I I I |1 ii1|, i , ,,,, , _ Funeral Homes Four HIGHLAND CHAPEL Convenient Locations s3oo FKST aVEnUE 19 i ............... m Encourages peace Pope John Paul II encour- aged the peoples of the Mid- dle East to continue the regional peace process and follow "the path of reconcilia- tion" that already has been marked out. He rtmt Sept. 22 with a delegation from the Palestinian Authority. Seeks confession Dressed in the striped uni- form of a Nazi death camp prisoner, a Catholic survivor of Auschwitz conducted an unusual protest at the Vati- can to demand an "official confession of guilt" for alleged church inaction dur- ing the Holocaust. Sigmund Sobolewski, born in Poland and now a resident of Cal- gary Alberta, handed out copies of a petition to passers- by a few steps from St. Peter's Square Sept. 22. To study 'silence' French bishops announced that a new statement on church attitudes during World War II will take a critical look at a period of church "silence" about the fate of Jews in the country. The statement was to be read Sept. 30, at a ceremony marking the 57th anniversary of the enactment of anti-Semit- ic laws under the wartime 00abo=00 w,00a:me pation troops. ..... Encourages fasting Food Fast, an educational program on hunger and pover- ty developed by Catholic Relief Services for U.S, Catholic young people, will be made available to dioce. ses nationwide this year. The 24-hour fast and educa- tion program officially kicks off Nov. 21-22. It is designed for Catholic high schools,[ parish religious educationl: programs and, parish youth groups. :" '  :!" " Transiii0n Msgr. John Fiynn of Omaha, who was recog- nized nationally in Catholic education circles as a pio- neer in development efforts for schools, died Sept. tSof cardiac arrest during a  alk! near his home. He was 71. A funeral Mass was cele- brated Sept. 19 at St. Mary Church in Winchesfer, Mass., for Msgr. john J. Murphy, a former dirtx:tor of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Msgr. Mur- phy died Sept. 15 at age 74. A South African bishop who was an outspoken oppo- nent of apartheid has died at the age of 88. Retired Bish-! op John Patrick Murphy, who was bishop of Port Elizabeth from 1972 to/986 died pt. 18.