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4, 1996 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 inner for Ei ht =ville parishioners are getting to know one another better coordinated the Dinner for Eight program which is designed to encourage the adult members of the parish to gather together and meet one another. The program, which is just concluding its first year, began with a sign-up card. Parish- ioners were asked to host a din- ner for eight or to be a guest. The host was asked to provide the meat dish, beverages and bread, and guests brought salads, veg- ....... :!  .... MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Often, parishioners sit in the pews, Sunday after Sun- Ly, surrounded by the same of worshippers, but they .wer make a connection with another. Church members St. Clement in Boonville are change that. Volunteers, under the direc- n of Donna Gaesser, have Miller, Barbara Forehand, Lynn Arteberry, Bill dley, Alan Arteberry, Terry Forehand and Clarence er enjoy dinner at the home of Bill and Jane Bradley for Eight. etable dishes and desserts. New groups were formed for every dinner, enabling partici- pants to meet up to 21 other parishioners. "It was a lot of fun," said Sharon Staley, a St. Clement parishioner. '`you get much bet- ter acquainted with people you have seen for years at church, and you find out they are really neat people." Gaesser agreed, noting, "You go to church year after year, but you don't really know someone until you have a meal with them. Then you get to know them, and you find out where they work and where their kids are living and working." She said that at one dinner when she met an elderly couple from the parish, she discovered that the gentleman had been a playmate of her husband's mother when the two were young children. Because every dinner provid- ed an opportunity to meet and get to know fellow parishioners, Gaesser said the get-togethers were always "interesting and surprising." Getting parishioners to serve as hosts for the program wasn't difficult, she said, because "It's no work at all. The host or host- ess only provides the meat and beverage, and then they set the table." Maurice Fleming, Margaret Fleming and Judy Friehaut help themselves to dessert during a Dinner for Eight get-togeth. er for parishioners at St. Clement Church, Boonville. .S. government has an essen- al role in promoting the corn- good, especially for those need, said Catholic lead- annual meetingof Charities USA in Cleve- Sept. 20-23 convention, ng off the agency's Vision the next centu- drew administrators and from around the try'! t' was hosted by narities of Cleveland, celebrating its 75th ion's : that the measure of greatness is its corn: ent to its raost vulnerable Bishop Anthony of Cleveland in his address. curing a future without dignity of every d the bishbp, of the National Con- currentAmerican appeals to selfish y ,_ hess. Im grou a P gainst anoth. gen- ,said Jesuit president arities USA. at Cleveland's City told mere. ,group that "the appeal to the 'cem- which is deep in teaching and in our history will be heard this election year. campaign Is an acknowledgement A. Hormutl : 00'nze00acttc#hysician .... IIC. When it was her turn to host- ess, she said her husband asked, "Aren't you going to do anything else?" "I said, 'No. They are bringing everything else.'" The final dinner of the year was held at Mary Jo Riley's farm, and everyone was invited. The dinner was co-hosted by for- mer pastor Father James Sauer and current pastor Father James Koressel. This year, about 40 parish- ioners participated in the Din- ner for Eight program, and Gaesser is hoping to double that number in 1997. "It's a wonderful way to get to know everybody better." seled death-row inmates and founded a crime victims' advocacy group, said the death penalty is not a peripheral issue but embl- ies the deepest wounds of our soci- ety: our racism, our tendency to blame the poor for our problems, and our penchant for trying to solve social problems with vio- lence or military solutions." A spokeswoman for Catholic Charities USA said the conven- tion's general sessions and work- four strategic goals of promoting services that empower people, elimiriating racism, creating a stronger Catholic identity in member agencies and providing the means to implement the first three. Catholic Charities USA is the nation's largest social service net- work with 1,400 independent agencies and institutions prodd- ing a variety of services to peo- ple in need. People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may bene- fit by some extra prayers and attention. An expression of thanks has been received from Father William Lautner, a retired priest of the Diocese of Evansville, who received over 100 birthday cards for his September 5 birth- day. Services for Providence Sister Mary Timothy O'Con- nor, 86, who died Sept. 21, were held Sept. 25 at St. Mary-of. the-Woods. Sister O'Connor entered the Congregation of the Sisters. of Providence in 1931, and made her final vows in 1939. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including Sacred Heart School, Evansville, and St. Simon School, Washington. , Prayers are requested for Richard Wetzel, financial man. ager at Holy Name Church, Bloomfield: He recently suffered a massive heart attack, and he will not be able to continue his duties at the parish. Deacon Charles Seifert from Holy Family Church, Jasper, is hospitalized at St, Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, following quadruple bypass on Sept. 30. Pleaze send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 41@9, Kvem vzue,"" IN47724 ............ ,,.  ,   I i ii ] i i1 [ 'most of its social programs work well, despite Americans' "viscer- O e r al bias against overnment, he said. Father Kammer said many programs in need of change have their most dramatic problems at the state level, but that wasn't taken adequately into account in the recent welfare reform bill. "For those of us Up close, fed- eral social welfare programs con- sistently have proven to be better designed, better financed and, frankly, better administered than state social welfare programs," he said. In his address, Bishop Pilla said many people view today's political climate with alarm. "Most of us cannot remember a time in our society when there was not a partnership between government and private and reli- gious institutions to care for our neediest members,  he said. He called for stronger rela- tionships between Catholic Char- ities and other Catholic organi- zations. "Relationships create power, That is not only true of individuals, it is true of institu- tions as well," he said. - The results of a new national Catholic housing survey, corn, missioned by the Housing and Community Development Com- mittee of Catholic Charities USA, were released at the meet- ing. According to the survey, Catholic institutions in the Unit- ed States sponsor nearly 50,000 housing units with almost """1 " BUILDING SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 F Van Tress St,, Washington , 500 Main:St,, Pe!ersburg i i I I quarters of them elderly. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, an indepen- dent research organization based at Georgetown University. "While Catholic organizations should be commended for spear- heading the development of housing," said Father Kammer in a statement, "let's remember that partnerships with the pri- vate sector and government at all levels make most of these pro- jects possible." The survey "identified 664 housing programs sponsored by 317 Catholic groups, including dioceses, Catholic Charities agencies, religious orders, health care organizations, parishes, and groups funded by the U.S. Catholic bishops' Campaign for Human Development. Respondents involved with 218 projects said the programs were established with public partners such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, while those, with 186 projects said they had private religious part- ners, including non-Catholic groups. Eighty-three projects were started with private, non- religious partners such as banks, foundations, and non- profit groups. Also atthe meeting, Sister of St. Joseph Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book "Dead Man Walking," was given Catholic Charities' Vision 2000 Award. The award recognizes people who live out the agency's goal of "proclaiming 'the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person" through their work with individuals, families and communities. " - rities'..speakers emphasize U.S. role in promoting common good CLEVELAND (CNS) -_:_ The that the federal government and 70,000 residents, nearly three- Sister Prejean, who has coun- shops focused on Vision 2000's