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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 'Deaf Fellowship for Jesus' meets monthly irl Dayli By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Evansville area are working to change that situation. During Deaf Awareness Week "Ninety percentofdeafpeople in Indiana, Sept. 28 through do not go to church, because Oct. 5, Father Kuykendall hopes they don't feel welcomed," pastors and parishioners will  :i::::!:!i::.:: according to Father Henry take a good look at how their Kuykendall. He and a group of church responds to the needs of  : concerned leaders from a vari- deaf Christians. : ety of Christian churches inthe The ecumenical program is :::i!!:::iii:   What can you do at your parish or school? : Father Henry Kuykendall is pastor of Nativity Church, [ director of Deaf Ministry for the Diocese of some of his suggestions to consider during Indi- Deaf Awareness Week. systems designed to amplify that the system installed at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville, is "wonderful" according to the favorable comments he has received from parishioners. Churches may employ someone to sign for the deaf at ser- vices. Churches and schools may gather and make available mate- rials such as videos and study guides designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Church visitation ministers may make a particular effort to contact the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and work to make their churches more hospitable for them. Father Kuykendall noted that he would welcome invitations and schools in the diocese, to preside at a Mass children in for details.... called the "Deaf Fellowship for Jesus" and it is designed to appeal to all Christian believers regardless of particular denom- ination. This kind of ministry is unprecedented in the area, according to Father Kuykendall. With the support of Father Robert Deig, pastor of St. John Church, Daylight, Saturday afternoon programs are planned once a month at the parish facil- ities in Daylight. Included are bible study, a Christian worship service and a Catholic Mass, and a potluck dinner followed by movies, sports and games. The Saturday programs are scheduled Oct. 19. Nov. 2, and Dec. 21. Starting in January, the programs will be held on the first Saturday of every month. The programs are open to deaf, hard-of-hearing, their families and anyone interested in learn- ing more about their culture and language. The monthly progt.ams begm at 3 p.m. with Bible study for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, led by the Rev. Ronnie Stoops and his wife, Stacy, from the Tri-State Deaf Church. Following Bible study at 4 p.m., Rev. Stoops will lead a Christian worship service and at the same time in another area, Father Kuykendall will preside at Mass. The priest and the minister may preach at each other's services from time to time. A potluck at 5 p.m., followed by volleyball, baseball, movies or games, will complete the planned activities. Father Kuykendall hopes the people who come regularly to the monthly programs will invite others, "to come to Jesus." Mary Jane Rhodes, editor of 'Deaf Fellowship for Jesus' organizers include, Logan Blewett, Mary Jane Rhodes, Rev. Ronald his wife, Stacy Stoops. Father Henry Kuykendall tured. The program organizers were met at the Deaf Center Room, Nativity Church Sept. 7. the Deaf Fellowship newsletter and one of the program orga- nizers, believes there is no good reason to continue to have more than 90 percent of the deaf com- munity unchurched. But in gathering news of church ser- vices and religious activities, she found less than 10 churches which offer any kind of service for deaf people. Rhodes, along with Ronnie and Stacy Stoops, and Logan Blewett, are the organizers of the monthly programs. Support for the programs comes in part from the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, Ministry of the Deaf, which is supported by the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Churches participating include St. John Church, Daylight, the Henderson, Ky., Baptist Church, and the following Evansville parishes and congregations: Nativity Church, Avenue Church of Savior Lutheran Shepherd Assembl minster Presbyterian, Deaf Church, Mission and the lowship Church. Planning for the beg in earnest at a Sept. 7, held in Room at Nativity ty-four people attended; them deaf, five hard and 10 hearing persons" various parishes and tions in Indiana, Illinois. The group Stoops is planning classes for deaf and hearing children ilies. Religious and tional sign language be offered once a I' FIRST FEDERAL Savings and L0an Ass0dat Washington & Loogctee ' RUXER FORD.- LINCOLN.- MERCURY i i JASPER 1 482-1200 Director of Schools earns Phyllis Beshears, director of schools for the Diocese of Evans- ville, has earned a Ph.D. in edu- cational administration. The degree will be conferred on Dec. 14 during commencement exer- cises at Indiana State Universi- ty in Terre Haute. "This is a dream come true for me," Beshears said, noting, "There are many to whom I feel indebted," including Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger who "whole- heartedly supported my efforts throughout these two-and-a-half years. He cheered me on every step of the way." Beshears said work on her degree "challenged me beyond what I could have imagined." Her dissertation is entitled "The Feminine Ethos and Sec: ondary and Elementary Educa- tional Administration." The purpose of the study was to determine if women adminis- trators in secondary and ele- mentary education differ in leadership characteristics that are consistent with those ? i? PHYLLIS described in the ture. 301 MAIN ST, Funeral Homes " Four Convenient Locations EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVENUE