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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 4 OCTOBER 2, 1987 From the desk of Bishop Francis R. Shea Bishop of Diocese of Evansville Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday, October 4, is Respect Life unday, a day on which we are asked to ink deeply about the gift of life, our introduction into the human family. Catholics are taught at an early age to think of themselves as children of God. To our creator we give thanks for the in- credible association offered to us by which we can look forward to an eternal existence in God's presence. We are taught that the first human residents of this earth exercised their free will and made a choice contrary to God's will. The separation which this caused in the human family was ultimately healed by the redemptive death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead. Through the sacrament of Baptism, we are all welcomed into the fellowship of the Holy Trinity and become living members of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. It is all this of which we must think when we speak of the sancti- ty of human life. It is our genuine rela- tionship with God which makes human life sacred and imparts to each of us a hearts to the Author of our existence. The Holy Spirit guides us through the many pitfalls we find here on earth. This year, on Respect Life Sunday, we must ask God to strengthen us in our resolve to continue to work for our 15-year-old Respect Life Program. Many of our fellow citizens have adopted the idea that because abortion is now legal in this country, it is moral- ly acceptable. We must not falter in our efforts to oppose this view. Prayers and constant efforts to educate our own peo- ple on this serious issue is our solemn duty. We must not hesitate to stand strongly for our own convictions and try our best to help others to share them. Many members of other churches are firmly convinced of this truth and bear strong witness to it. Let us all join our efforts in this great cause. May God bless you for your steadfast commitment to Respect for Life and may we all remain faithful to the charge given to us in this our day. Sincerely yours in Christ, dignity which no one can ignore without offending God. All of this can be found in God's Holy Scriptures, the inspired word given to Most Rev. Francis R. Shea us to guide us and lift up our minds and Bishop of Evansville Respect life October lg87 marks the 15th anniversary of the Respect Life Program which is sponsored by the American Catholic bishops. The program helps to build a com- munity that respects the value and dignity of all human life. Convocation 87 All priests in Evansville diocese to attend meeting Oct. 12-15 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor register at the convocation on Monday afternoon, October 12. They will return to their parishes soon after the midday conclusion of the gathering on October 15. The priests are gathering for prayer, study, dialogue and recreation, accor- ding to Father James Saner, director of continuing education for priests in the diocese. He cites the need for the priests to step back from a whirlwind of change in contemporary society, to gain a solid footing in their preparation for ministry in the present and in the future. A letter sent by Bishop Shea to the priests specified the need "to help priests see where we are spiritually, psychologically, theologically and emotionally as we move through this challenging time in the church into the future." Among the specific concerns are the declining number of priests, the shared power of'clergy and laity, the value of celibacy and the charism of marriage, the participation of women in the church, and a trend toward Scripture For the better part of four days this month, the Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville will be without the services of priests assigned to their parishes. Not only diocesan priests, but priest- members of religious orders who work in parishes, too, are being invited to what is being called "Convocation 87." Priest-replacements have been designated for each of the seven deaneries in the diocese, to offer daily Mass and to be available for any emergencies. Details about the replacements and how to deal with emergencies will be available at each parish in the diocese; announcements will be made from the pulpit and printed' in the parish bulletins. Emergency information will also be published in this issue of the Message, and again in the next issue. The Presbyterate Convocation is an extraordinary gathering called by Bishop Francis R. Shea, at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Priests services instead of Mass brought about will be leaving their parishes in time to by the decline of the number of persons On the insid00"00 St. Simon Church, Washington -- Feature parish on pages 10 & 11. who may celebrate the Eucharist. Dur- ing the convocation, daily Mass will be offered at designated churches throughout the diocese, by retired priests and religious order priests. Hospitals have been notified, so they will know whom to call in case of emergencies. Jasler Deanery. Father Robert Green will celebrate daily Mass at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, October 13 at 7 p.m., October 14"at 6 a.m., and October 15 at 7 p.m. Father Conrad Louis, O.S.B., will celebrate daily Mass at St. Ferdi- nand Church, Ferdinand,October 13 at 7:30 p.m., October 14 at 7 a.m., and Oc- tober 15 at 7:30 p.m. Father Green will reside at St. Joseph (462-1805); he will be available in case of emergencies at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, or for emergencies anywhere in the deanery. Father Conrad will reside at Marian Heights Academy (367-1991 or 367-1431); he will be available in case of emergencies at St. Joseph Hospital, Huntingburg, or for emergen. cies anywhere in the deanery. If additional assistance is required, Father Thaddeus or Father John will be available, from Providence Home, Jasper (482-66o3}. Washington Deanery. Father Jams Palmer, O.S.B., will celebrate Mass at St. Simon Church, Washington, at 8:15 a.m., October 13, 14, and 15. He will reside at St. Simon {254-2883}; he will be available in case of emergencies at the Daviess County Hospital or anywhere in the Washington Deanery. Princeton Deanery. Father Gerard Ellspermann, O.S.B., will celebrate Vocations -- Serra Club dinner speaker presents more than statistics. See page 17. Mass at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, at 7:30 a.m., October 13, 14, and 15. He will reside at Holy Cross I753-4340}; he will be available in case of emergencies at the Gibson County Hospital or anywhere within the Princeton Deanery. Vincennes Deanery. Father Austin Newberry, O.S.B., will celebrate Mass at St. John the Baptist, Vincennes, at 8:10 a.m., October 13, 14, and 15. He will reside at St. John (882-1762). He will be available in case of emergencies at Good Samaritan Hospital St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; Sacred Heart, St. Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist Chumh, Vincennes, and St. Vincent de Paul and St. Thomas Churches in Knox County. Father Nicholas Taylor, O.S.B., will celebrate Mass at St. Peter Church, Lin- ton, at 8:30 a.m. October 12, 7:30 a.m. October 13, 8:30 a.m. October 14, and 7:30 a.m. October 15. He will reside at St Peter (847-7821). He will be available in case of emergencies at St. Peter, Lin- ton; Holy Name, Bloomfield; St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville; Mary Sherman Hospital. in Sullivan and Greene County General Hospital in Linton. Newburgh Deanery. Father Barnabas Gillespie, O.S.B., will celebrate Mass at St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, at 7 a.m., on October 13, 14, and 15. He will reside at St. John (853-6181). He will be available in case of emergencies at War- rick County Hospital in Boonville and anywhere in the Newburgh DeaneIT. Evansville East. Deanery. Msgr. Clarence Schlachter wili celebrate Mass ',See CONVOCATION page 3