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27, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 7 gathered to their ranks, Sept. 19, The festive din- ! in the new parish center at Holy Rosary Church, were celebrating signif- .. I:'L flinner. Msgr. Clarence Schlaehter, 75, celebrated his fiieth anniver- : Father William Deering, May 26. ' Father Patrick Foster, May 26. in Cherry Valley, Calif., ere the following. ane 5. Dec. 18. the priests in prayer, and flinner, Msgr. Kenneth R. noted the presence of the youngest and in seniority: Father Kenneth Steckler, who s Kaiser, whowas , owner of Crazy , a friend of BoonvilIe. Father Sauer is pastor of members of the parish decorated the Gathering for a group photo during the annual celebration of priests' anniversaries are, from left, Msgr. Clarence Schlachter, diocesan director of the Mission Office, 50 years Father William Deering, recently appointed pastor of St. Bernard Church, Gibson Coun- ty, and Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, 40 years; Father August Busch, coor- dinator of the clergy assistance pool, 40 years;Father Patrick Foster, pastor of St; Joseph Church, Jasper, 40 years; Father Sy Loehrlein, pastor of St. Rupert Church, Red Brush, 40 years; Father William Dietsch, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Poseyville, 25 years and Father Michael Allen, associate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, 25 years. -- Message photo by Paut R. Leingang finds correlation between Mass attendance and stand on abortion PHIA (CNS) -- who attend church are more likely than ld church less fre- to vote for candidates oppose abortion, according national survey released by Catholic Campaign for of the survey by the Group found that 55 :ent of weekly Catholic they were more vote for a candidate who abortion. survey results were as the Catholic lpaign for America began its tion in Philadel- survey of 797 conducted earlier in had a margin of r of Plus or minus 3.5 per- ;age points. 15 percent of the weekly said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who favors abortion, while 22 percent said it made no difference, and 8 percent said they were not sure. Among occasional churchgoing' Catholics -- those who go to church from once a month to sev- eral ,times a month -- 36 percent said they would prefer a candidate who opposes abortion, 31 percent said they would support the can- didate who favors abortion, 23 per- cent said it didn't matter and 11 percent were unsure. Catholics who attend church only rarely -- several times a year or only on holidays -- or who never go to church were more like- ly to vote for candidates who favor abortion, the survey showed. Forty-four percent of Catholics who attend rarely and 40 per- cent of those who never go said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who favors abor- tion. Seventeen percent of the "rare attendance" group and 21 percent of those who never goto church said they would prefer a candidate who opposes abortion. Of the 797 Catholics who responded to the national sur- vey, 56 percent said they attend- ed church weekly, 19 percent occasionally, 18 percent rarely and 7 percent never. On welfare reform, "survey subjects were asked how they felt about recently enacted leg- islation which puts a five-year limit on welfare benefits, requires that recipients work within two years, and reduces benefits to legal immigrants. Fifty-one percent of Catholics said they strongly supported the legislation, while 26 percent said they supported it somewhat. Six percent each were strongly opposed or somewhat opposed, while 11 percent were unsure. On education, the survey asked whether parents should "be able to use education tax d)llars to send their children to the school of their choice  be it a publiq, pri- vate or parochial school." Sixty-eight percent of all Catholics said yes, 21 percent said no, and 11 percent were unsure or refused to answer. Catholics of Hispanic descent were 10 points more inclined than non-Hispanic Catholics (76 percent to 66 percent, respec- tively) to want the option of using education tax dollars to send their children to the schools of their choice, the Catholic cam- paign's survey said. Sixty percent said they were strongly supported a law to ban partial birth abortions, while another 13 percent said they somewhat supported such legis- lation. Twelve percent were strongly opposed to the law, 4 percent were somewhat opposed and 12 percent were unsure. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, vetoed by President Clinton in April, was supported by 72 percent of those who voted for Clinton in 1992, the Catholic campaign reported. Asked whether the government should "provide the same recogni- tion and benefits to individuals who have entered into same-sex marriages as those who are in tra- ditional marriages," 56 percent said no, 29 percent said yes, and 16 percent were unsure or refused to answer. Fifty-six percent of the respon- dents said Catholics should "work together on matters of public policy which have to do with the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic faith.-" Twenty-nine percent said they should not, and 15 percent were not sure or declined to answer. olic Education Foundation to reach younger audience Education Foun- has initiated a new out- program to inform inter- late school students and families that a Cathoh i school education is afford- if family finances are solicits funds from indi- business and founda- and in turn provides d for tuition assis- to needy, deserving stu- so that they may attend raorial or Mater Dei in sville. Michael O'Leary, CEF said that in the past, rraation efforts have been toward current and school freshmen. in ad to assist- students, is d.istributing a new to students in grades 6 to 8. O'Leary said the effort will reach students and their families before they make a final decision on a selection of a high school, "Families today face many demands on their pocketbooks," O'Leary said. "The costs of run- ning a household can make it difficult to afford tuition to a Catholic high school." Over the last three decades, CEF has awarded more than $2.5 million on behalf of nearly 5,000 students, according to O'Leary. "These students, in turn, enrich the quality of our community by their faith and works, which wit- ness to the values of a Catholic education," he added. "The Catholic Education Foundation is guided by a belief that Catholic high schools are the best educational choice because they focus on academic and spiritual growth," he said. He said Mater Dei and Memo- rial high schools "stand as insti- tutions of educational excel- lence," and pledged that "No child in our community should be deprived of a Catholic educa- tion because he or she cannot afford it." In addition to the tuition grants-in-aid provided each year, five special grants are also available for freshmen who also possess a record of outstanding scholastic achievement. For more nformation, contact Linda Monte juno, CEF executive director, (812) 424-5536. Garden Patch reports 10 tons of produce donated "Despite a very wet spring and dry summer, which com- bined for less than ideal grow: ing conditions, the Garden Patch Outreach Project did very well this year," according to Wayne Bochert, coordinator of the project at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Evansville. The Garden Patch Project accepts donated fruit and veg- etables from area growers, and makes them available at a min- imal cost for elderly and needy individuals and families. The proiuce was distributed with the help of a group of volunteers at St. Mary Church and Asbury United Methodist Church, both in Evansville. The proceeds of the sales this year amounted to $947.55, which will be used for parish- based programs and communi- ty services that target low- income families and the elderly. Bochert reported that 516 indi. viduals, or 275 families were served. Many were served several times, bringing the overall total to 571 households or 1,186 individu- als. They picked up a total of 3,788 bags of produce. Bochert noted that 78 percent of the recipients are on Social Security benefits. "I want to sincerely thank all: the volunteers who worked at the distribution sites, the church coordinators, the gardeners who donated over 10 tons of produce, the delivery people who brought produce to us, St. Mary Catholic Church and Asbury United Methodist Church for the use of their property and facilities, and everyone else involved who helped make this project suc- cessful,  Bochert said.