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25 Years of serving Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 25 NUMBER 6 October 6, 1995 GIrDle / ! Brutd I People We i [ Worth i Honorees B I Care About B ! Mentioning B Jubilarians honored for their fidelity and love By MARY ANN HUGHES " Message staff writer Over 800 family members Redeemer honor married Char- iubilarian for the Mass, Bishop Gettelfinger.asked families as what happens we get and farmers. When Marie suf- fered a stroke at age 81, their bishop would come to their home with Communion. "Because of her illness, she took her frustrations out on the one she loved the most. She could not find any- thing good that Oscar did. "She complained that he burned the food when he cooked it, the house was too hot, the house was too cold. She accu,ed him of flirting, of drinking, that he was never home. All her accusations were groundless. Following her death, the bishop went to visit Oscar. He found him "so sad," Oscar said, "you don't understand how much it "It is hurts. I miss her so much, be- ubilarians, cause I loved her." for each ? "You show us how muqh you God loves us, despite how and weak we are. We honor you ___ ::!:::! ': for Y0urlovend )Gettelfinger then fastness." Church, Evansville. The Zinkans See page 3 for more pho- niversary. They are tos of the Jubilee Celebration. 'Faithful for Life' pastoral calls for living in fidelity YNA1Ncy HARTNA, atholic News Se.= '" in society and "are celebrated 'anti- choice' in matters of life to family members as well as sion that legalized abortion, she today as basic to having free- and death. It is intended to to other people, said. Today's environment is (CNS) ps want their statement on life that liv- to the most vul- In society is more free- choosing abortion or !sia, according to the spokeswoman. Interview with Catholic Helen Alvare said "Faithful for Life: A *n," has been two the making. It was ap- gly by the their spring meet- ',ion and euthanasia widely accepted dora in the United States," said Ms. Alvare, who is director of planning and information for the bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. Because of that, she said, the bishops' document is "more radical and prophetic in tone" than those issued on the same subject in 1975 and 1985. The pastoral was formally released Sept. 28 by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Ange- les, who chairs the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activi- ties which developed the state- ment. The release was timed for Respect Life Sunday Oct. 1. Cardinal Mahony said the document "is emphatically the files Diocese of Evansville item: extent are you active in any of the following activities? music, liturgy. 14% __. Very active i14% .... Quite active 24%  Somewhat active Statewide Catholics 13% -- Very active 12%  Quite active 19% -- Somewhat active 56%  Not active confront and expose the awful consequences of lives lived and ended according to the philoso- phy of 'choice."' It offers to Catholics and ev- erybody else "the principle of fidelity" and "the model of Good Samaritan," he added. It also is intended to "help shape the country's ongoing 'family values' debate" and help peo- ple understand their obligation In the interview Ms. Alvare said that the document "goes way beyond referring to re- specting life as merely not killing. It prescribes a way of living to make things right," she said, a way of "living gen- erously toward life.  "We became acutely aware that the entire environment has changed since Roe vs. Wade," the 1973 Supreme Court deci- Brutd initiation to honor record marked by a widely recognized "crisis in families" and by "the rapid growth of the choice phi- losophy? "We felt we needed to place these reflections on abortion and euthanasia in the context of these two signs of the times,  she said, noting that abortion is still legal and eu- thanasia is growing, occurring %ub rosa in every state." number of individuals, couples By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Sixty-seven Brut Society medals will be presented to couples and individuals during the 1995 initiation ceremonies, at Holy Family Church, Jasper, Sunday, Nov. 19. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will preside. The Brutd Society is an hon- orary association of Catholic lay persons who have been rec- ognized by their fellow parish- ioners as outstanding models of Christian stewardship. The society was established in 1990 as an official activity of the Diocese of Evansville. Parishes may nominate one or more candidate  an individual or a couple -- each year. The number of new members to be inducted this year is the largest since the society was formed, according to Justin Clements, diocesan director of stewardship and development. Each new member receives a certificate and a medal. The Simon Brutd Medal was fashioned from the official dioce- san stewardship logo. It features a cross at the center of the three stewardship "T's" of Treasure, Time and Talent. The society is named in honor of Bishop Simon Brutd, first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes. See Page 2 for names of the 1995 recipients and their parishes.