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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October t Religious ed curriculum developed for mentally retarded- - PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- A comprehensive religious educa- tion curriculum for children and adults with mental retardation has been developed for nation- wide distribution. The curriculum has the approval of Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh and the enthusiastic support of Eunice Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation in Washington. The Pittsburgh Dioceses Depart- ment for Persons with Disabili- ties guided the curriculum's preparation, "This curriculum, the first of its kind, specifically designed for I use in Catholic schools, CCD classes and at home by parents, is one of the most important and effective ways we can support parents trying to raise their chil- dren with mental retardation in the Catholic faith," Shriver said in a statement. "Regardless of how fast one learns or how well one can read and write, all of us deserve to share in the gift of faith given by God, and to have the oppor- tunity to contribute in the com- munity of our church," she added. "With this unique effort, we come one step closer to bringing individuals with mental retar- dation fully into the spiritual life of each parish." Bishop Wuerl, in a statement, called the curriculum a "pio- neering effort" and "another important step toward full inclu- sion of persons with disabilities into the life of the church." The Kennedy Foundation, based in Washington, granted $87,500 to fund the curriculum project. It contains 260 less)n plans and prayer services, a catechist formation handbook, a parent guide to sharing the faith, ref- erences, and practical resources for teaching. It will be distributed to every bishop heading the United States' 178 archdioceses and dio- ceses. The grant also will pay for: Worth mentioning... Marriage preparation training session planned Clergy, Pastoral Life Coordinators, and oth- ers who are involved in preparing couples for marriage are being invited to attend a training program on the use of the FOCCUS pre-marital inventory. Sister Barbara Mackey, Ph.D., one of the inventory authors, will provide the training, to be held at the Catholic Center, Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, call Catholic Charities (812) 423- 5456. A $25 fee will help pay for materials, lunch and the speaker. St. Vincent de Paul function 'gratifying' Over 200 attended the St. Vincent de Paul Society Mass and breakfast Oct. 29 at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. During breakfast, the guests were served by 15 to 20 teenagers, according to Daughter of Charity Sister Gaynelle Barrett from St. Mary Church, Huntingburg. "It was gratifying to see that kind of service," Sister Barrett said. - Ostrich bratwurst available at Fall Festival The St. Philip Booth (#88) at the West Side Fall Festival, which starts Oct. 7 in Evansville, will have two exclusive products, according to Dan Horstman, booth chairman: Ostrich Bratwurst, 94 percent fat-free, furnished by the Marty and Susie Schroeder Farm and processed By Dewig Meats, and apple cider ice cream floats. No Sunday evening Mass at St. John, Evansville Achange in the weekend liturgy schedule has been announced at St. John Church, Evansville. The Sunday Mass is celebrated at 11 a.m.; the Sunday evening Mass has been discontinued. A weekday Mass is celebrated on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Feeder league football continues Holy Rosary/St. John shut out St. Theresa/Good Shepherd, 24-0, in the Memorial High School Grade School Football Feeder League, Sept. 29. Darren Dulay scored on runs of six yards, 72 yards and one yard; Louie Croco added the fourth TD on a two-yard run. In the second contest, Christian Farley ran 48 yards to lead undefeated St. Benedict/Holy Name to a 6-0 win over Christ the King/Holy Spirit. Camp Ondessonk to host golf benefit Camp Ondessonk will host its first ever golf III MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 III I benefit at the Gambit Golf Course in Vienna, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 12. Camp Ondessonk, one of the largest Catholic youth camps in the United States, is located on 981 acres in the Shawnee National Forest. For more information, contact Carrie Wet- stein at (618) 695-2489. Catechist videotape training available The National Conference of Catechetical Leadership in conjunction with Tabor Publish- ing of Allen, Texas, has released "Getting Start- ed As A Catechist," the first training component of"Echoes of Faith," a 60-hour multimedia for- mation program for new catechists. The series will eventually include 30 train- ing components, 15 of which will explore the four major segments of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" -- creed, sacraments, moral- ity and prayer. "Getting Started" is available for $29.95 from Tabor Publishing by calling (800) 88-ECHOE. Farm Aid 'still needed today' Country music star Willie Nelson, who has organized every Farm Aid benefit concert since 1985, says the event to help family farmers and groups that support them is as needed today as the first concert was 11 years ago. "We're losing, still, 500 farms, small-family farmers, every week," Nelson said. JoanAllsup of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference said in agreement, "Family farms are still as unstable as when they he!d the first Farm Aid." This year's concert is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Columbia, S.C. On the bill are Columbia natives Hootie and the Blowfish, the Beach Boys, Tim McGraw, Martins McBride, Son Volt, Jewel, Rusted Root and John Conlee, plus Farm Aid co-founders Nelson, Nell Young and John Mel- lencamp. Cable television station TNN will show the concert as a six-hour Farm Aid spe- cial at 5 p.m. CDT Oct. 19. Launching annual anti-pornography campaign Morality in Media, the New York-based media decency group, will conduct its annual White Ribbon Against Pornography campaign Oct. 27- Nov. 3. Last year's effort drew proclamations of support from more than 20 governors and scores of mayors. To receive a kit on the white ribbon cam- paign, contact Morality in Media, 475 River- side Dr., Suite 239, New York NY 10115. Or call (212) 870-3222. t i I H ii 'FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee i HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC "  tickled Bonded. Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residtial PC. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 .... 1-800-]66:27Q7 i t tl . ji . _ _ Training sessions in each of the 13 U.S. ecclesial regions starting in late October. -- A coxnmunications package to be sent to each Catholic school superintendent and diocesan director of ministry to persons with disabilities. -- Development and dissemi- nation of a press kit. -- Development of a video on the program for use in parishes and Catholic schools. The Kennedy Foundation is named after Shriver's eldest brother, Joseph, who was killed in World War II. It was estab- lished in 1946 by his parents, Joseph and Rose Kennedy, to honor him. The foundation has two major objectives: to improve the way society deals, with have mental retardation help identify and ways to prevent the mental retardation. The national office Knights of Columbus alsoi a grant of $42,500 to distribute the curriculum is being named aid Kennedy. "The generous grants challenge of welcoming including adults with mental in parish and school education programs," statement by Grace director of the cese's Department for with Disabilities. Pope's schedule for appendectomy By JOHNTHAVIS ed. The pope had no Catholic News Service events planned at the until early November, VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- surgery will cause him to Pope John Paul II cleared his or postpone a number of schedule during the second week meetings, "ad in October for an expected group talks for at least appendectomy, days. The Vatican said all official The papal activities were suspended, his summer residence in as of Oct. 7. The 76-year-old pon- Gandolfo Sept. 29, tiffwas expected to lead a beat- sounded tired. 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